I was on my way home from doing a couple of my favorite climbs when someone shouted an insult at me from a car across the intersection. The only part I heard, was "use the sidewalk, dick!"
I was on my way to ignore it when the light changed at exactly the right time, and I turned the burners on and chased the car down.
I've been insulted countless times while out on my bike, usually I just ignore it, or can't even make out what the dweeb says. And really, drivers around here are much better about cyclists now than they were ten years ago.
This time, I read the young punk the riot act. He seemed embarassed that I actually caught up to him and called him out. I was hoping he would step out of the car and take a swing, but it didn't happen, and we went our separate ways with a appropriate venom hurled both directions.
I dislike getting worked up about anything to this degree--though I'm impressed with my turn of speed to chase him down! I probably vented my year's supply of anger in this incident.
If it were you, what would you do?