I'm on the far side of middle age and I took up bicycling a few years ago because my knees can no longer take the pounding of running. Like many of us, I'm trying to postpone the inevitable effects of aging. When I bicycle I almost always ride country roads and I stay as far to the right as possible. I'm never discourteous to drivers, and I value staying alert to what's going on around me. I wave at motorists who are obviously considerate of my personal space and riding pace. And I always carry a handgun with me.
While I've never felt seriously threatened, I've had several occasions - including one today - when motorists deliberately swerved toward me, offered less-than-friendly hand gestures, etc. To the other cyclists on this forum, do you often encounter this type of aggressive/rude behavior from motorists? If so, has it ever been severe enough that you had to draw your weapon, or seriously consider this possibility? Let me be clear, there's no excuse for drawing one's weapon over simple rudeness. Still, I know a cyclist who's brain damaged because he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from a car. Undoubtedly, there are lots of obnoxious cyclists. I'm not one of them. Maybe I expect too much from the general population. In any event, do other cyclists experience much of this type of behavior from motorists, and have you ever been seriously threatened?