CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago bicyclist punched by a machete-wielding assailant was speaking out, after his narrow escape.

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports the Humboldt Park man was just three blocks from his when he was hit.

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The victim asked CBS 2 to conceal his face. He’s still stunned by what happened over the weekend.

He was riding home when he spotted two men approaching from an alley. Then he noticed one of them had a machete.

“One of them hit the bike with the machete, in the back wheel, and that stopped me,” the bicyclist says.

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Pictures show the damage. There was a gash in the bike’s tire, followed by the victim’s question to the attacker: “I think I said, ‘Oh, my God, you have a machete. Is this a joke?’”

His attackers’ next move proved it was not.

“He got right in my face, but he just punched me in the face,” he said.

That’s when he noticed the second man was filming the attack with a camera phone.

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The victim managed to escape on a flat tire. The bizarre run-in was especially puzzling because the bad guys never tried to take a thing.