I was chastised today for actually having the audacity to greet a fellow bicyclist.
I was on my usual ride, and for some reason I was reminded of the often repeated commentary that road riders are stuck up SOB's who never even acknowledge the presence of other bicyclists. So in an effort to dispel that perception, as I pass a woman on a bicycle, giving her a good five to seven feet of distance, I say good morning. She says nothing, which I thought was a little rude,and as I start to pull away from her, she says "announce yourself next time." I turn around and look at her and say "did I startle you or scare you?" She replies no. WTF? I gave are all the room in the world and didn't buzz her or in any way aggressively pass her.
Now I understand that there are two schools of thought on passing other cyclists, some say you should announce yourself and others say it's not necessary, but there is certainly no rule, unwritten or otherwise, which requires you to announce when you pass someone. I myself prefer when people do not announce themselves, I can usually hear them coming from quite a distance, and it annoys me when they wait until they are three feet away from me and then scream at the top of their lungs "on your left!"
No good deed goes unpunished.