Hi, sorry about the long post, just trying to get it all out. Advice and criticism are welcomed! My wife and I were headed home from the gym tonight on our bikes and headed across town (East on 18th Street in Manhattan) when a late model white car veered towards my wife and a guy inside leaned out and shouted something profane. Then the car sped off down the street. After making sure my wife was OK, I sprinted down the street after the car to get their license plate. The guys in the car must have seen me following them and once they realized they were going to get stuck at the light, they pulled over. I stopped as far back from them as I could, maybe twenty feet. Two guys jumped out of the car and ran towards me yelling things like: You want to go? Come on! I thought I was on an episode of the Jersey Shore! At this point, my adrenaline is going. Im trying to get out of my bike pedal, declining their invitation to fight, memorizing their license plate, and looking for my cell phone. I notice that there are three more guys in the back seat. After getting within seven or eight feet of me, when its clear Im not going to start swinging, they yell at me for a bit and then get back in their car and race off. Like a damned fool, I decide I want their picture/license plate number so I follow them to the next light, staying farther back, and get a picture of their car (which I then failed to save!). They must have seen me taking the picture because they immediately ran a couple of lights, finally heading off west on 17th Street. Then I called 911 and gave a description, including their license plate, to the officers. Critique: Ive been back living in NYC for a few years and honestly, Ive let my guard down here. The city is so safe right now that Ive lost a lot of situational awareness. When I lived in another state, I had a CCW and carried my firearm regularly, as well as a flashlight, pepper spray, and a cell phone. I was well prepared and something about carrying a gun may have helped focus me on the fact that the world is dangerous. Anyhow, I clearly shouldnt have chased the car in the first place, or if I had, I should have been much more careful to stay back and keep my distance. Once they stopped, I should have turned and gotten the hell out of there. Unlike during my CCW days, I had no idea which pocket had my cell phone and I couldnt find it when I was distracted by the confrontation. I didnt have pepper spray or any other less lethal tools. I had a pocket knife that was fairly accessible but it honestly never occurred to me to pull it out. There were two of them, I suppose a disparity of force might have existed if they had both jumped me or, even worse, the other three guys had gotten out of the car. Any advice? Im not very happy how I handled this incident and Im going to use it as a wake-up call. I had a number of chances to disengage and passed them all up to stand around at the mercy of two juiced up young toughs.