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Old 05-28-11, 11:16 PM   #1
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Real world reactions.

I see on a lot of posts that there are a lot of negative comments
to and about larger bike riders. Not in the posts, but in the real
world.

In my year of riding, I have not had or heard one negative comment.

I have had many positive comments about me riding a bike. About
my size and age.

I get thumbs up from other riders, and now and then a motorist.

Just the other day some one told me they saw me out on the road
and said, "Boy you were gittin' it down New Hope road".
I have had several people ask if that was me in the next town.
I told them is was and they said, "That's great!".
It is a smaller town, several bunched together and I ride them
all.

Is it just the area I live in?
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Old 05-29-11, 04:06 AM   #2
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I've found that the positive comments outweigh the negative.
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Old 05-29-11, 07:05 AM   #3
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Hi,

I am glad to hear that at least someone is getting a good reaction from people on the street, even if its not me. I think it may in fact be related to where you live BHOFM. I was also raised in that area of the country and was taught there was a proper and improper way of treating people and that we are to treat them with dignity, respect, and kindness. No matter what they look like. Unfortunately that is not the case where I live now. I have gotten everything from the usual epithets shouted at me from complete strangers to a homeless man (really?) making a snide remark. However, my favorite is when people throw garbage at me from passing cars. Besides being saddened at such immature and stupid behavior, I blow them off. I figure they must have a really pathetic life to take time to yell things at me, a complete stranger they know NOTHING about. Thankfully, I have come into a very loving and supportive group of friends which makes it all the more worthwhile when I get to tell them of my weekly accomplishments.

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Old 05-29-11, 08:16 AM   #4
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I have to say that I have never heard anything negative here, on the road or trail. At first I thought it was just because Austin is very bike friendly, but now I am wondering if being in the South has something to do with it. When riding some of the country roads outside of town, I get "howdy" from folks as I ride by their property, waved at from drivers in their pickups, etc. The only negative I have encountered was directed at us being cyclists, not how I look on the bike.

MrsN, hang in there. Sounds like you have a great attitude, keep it up! All we can do is pray for those who are feel so bad about themselves that they lash out at others.
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Year round commuter here and I get more negative than positive comments .

With negative comments I just brush them off unless they threaten me. When people throw something at me, threaten me, or endanger me I usually call the police, which has only been a few times.

The "get off the road," screaming, or blaring their horn no longer gets a reaction from me (thats if I can even understand what their saying).

For whatever reason no one wants to stop and tell me in person what it is that gets them agitated. I'm only 5'9 and 240 (built like a football player), what could lil ol me do .

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I thought about starting a thread in here last weekend, but decided against it.

I'm not an Athena and never have been. But, last weekend, I completed in a sprint tri. There were lots of Clydes and Athenas out racing. I have to say, that I found every one of them incredibly inspirational. I really, really commend all of these folks for getting out and pushing themselves.

So negative reactions? No way. No friggin' way.
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Year round commuter here and I get more negative than positive comments .

With negative comments I just brush them off unless they threaten me. When people throw something at me, threaten me, or endanger me I usually call the police, which has only been a few times.

The "get off the road," screaming, or blaring their horn no longer gets a reaction from me (thats if I can even understand what their saying).

For whatever reason no one wants to stop and tell me in person what it is that gets them agitated. I'm only 5'9 and 240 (built like a football player), what could lil ol me do .
That is so strange, I've never had a driver shout negative comments, throw something or tell me to get of the road. I get lots of "Yeah!!", thumbsups and "you're doing great!!" shouts but that's about it!
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Old 05-29-11, 03:01 PM   #8
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I find no negative comments...

However there are several times that rednecks in really big trucks with loud engines decide to pass me really fast...I suppose it is important for them to let me know just how big of an engine they have and how fast they can go. I have a feeling that Exxon really likes it when they do that.

I do wonder what goes through their mind when they pass me, when it was me doing the passing it was generally...
Thinking about my waistline
Thinking about my cholesterol/heart health
Thinking how much it costed to fill my tank that week
Thinking how much it will cost to the fill that tank next year.
...not much room for negativity
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It depends on the age and in some cases how sober the one that are doing the yelling. I hear everything from,"Get off the bike,you're killing it" to "Keep it up!". The ones yelling insults aren't really yelling at you so much as they are trying to impress their friends.
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I haven't heard a single negative thing (33 y/o, usually pass for my late 20s) over the 600 miles I've biked in the past two months. Honestly, I haven't heard a single positive thing either... really, over here, nobody cares.
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Since I'm really deaf I don't know if someone is yelling at me some nasty names. I do lip read though and Ive gotten some pretty vocals thrown at me. LOL what sad is NOT when I'm riding and I hear(when my hearing aids are on) some people talking about someone else. I know this other person who has cancer and has gotten heavy because of medicine she has to take. Really do you need to critic someone you have no idea about? Get a life!!!
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I thought about starting a thread in here last weekend, but decided against it.

I'm not an Athena and never have been. But, last weekend, I completed in a sprint tri. There were lots of Clydes and Athenas out racing. I have to say, that I found every one of them incredibly inspirational. I really, really commend all of these folks for getting out and pushing themselves.

So negative reactions? No way. No friggin' way.
Thanks for posting that, Velo Gator. I know everyone here appreciates it.
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On my most recent Saturday morning ride I was on a two-lane country-ish road and was passed by a group of local rednecks on their ATVs. The one in the lead decided that passing me was the perfect opportunity to show off his mad 4-wheel skills and pop a wheelie.

I felt bad for him that he needed my presence to bring any kind of joy to his own humdrum existence.
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Hang in ther MrsN.

I ride in groups two to three times a week and we often have some joker either shout 'Get off the road' or words to that effect or sometimes throw trash at us. It's almost always some redneck who has had to slow down before being able to pass us. Some people don't know what share the road means
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On my most recent Saturday morning ride I was on a two-lane country-ish road and was passed by a group of local rednecks on their ATVs. The one in the lead decided that passing me was the perfect opportunity to show off his mad 4-wheel skills and pop a wheelie.

I felt bad for him that he needed my presence to bring any kind of joy to his own humdrum existence.
+1 A few weeks ago I was in redneck country and a huge truck full of 20 something's roared passed me screaming out the windows. I ignored them until I noticed they had pulled off to the side of the road about 500ft away. As I approached they were all glaring out the back windows of the "King Cab". Not sure what they had on their mind as I turned off into our campsite just before reaching them. However, Im pretty sure they were not waiting to "congratulate" me on a fine ride.

I have had many a passing scream/insult over the last year and I promise I am always obeying the rules of the road - some people are just morons. There are 2 types of cyclist; those that have been yelled at and those that will be yelled at. Dont worry its coming...
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When I was younger and thinner, I used to run a bunch... up to half marathons. I was always impressed by those who carried around extra weight that were training as well.

Now that I am a biker and heavier, I understand the challenges. Hills are a big challenge to me.

My favorite concept to describe what it is like, is. ....

Go to the Home Depot, pick up a bag of cement, strap it on your back, and then go for the ride.

It really puts it into perspective.
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Go to the Home Depot, pick up a bag of cement, strap it on your back, and then go for the ride.

It really puts it into perspective.
It really does. A coworker of mine is training to climb Mts. Ranier and Denali, and he has a training pack he puts on when he hikes in the hills of south central Indiana. I picked the thing up and just about fell over, and it weighs less than the poundage I've lost in the last year.
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I'm from NYC and I haven't gotten any negative things yelled at me about my weight. I've been told to, "Get outta the way!", and, "Watch it!" and some other things, but nothing weight related.
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I have had several people ask if that was me in the next town.
I told them is was and they said, "That's great!".
It is a smaller town, several bunched together and I ride them
all.
Nothing weight related, but I stopped a few towns over once, on a loop about 30 miles out, and asked some people if I was still going the right way. "If I keep on going this way, will it take me to I-90?" The reply was a mix of surprise and suspicion: "Yeah, but it's a long, long way." "That's ok. I've been at it since Seattle. The halfway point is already behind me." Then they pick their jaw up off the ground. More than five miles on a bike might as well be the end of the earth.
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Bikers who aren't considerate towards drivers create negativity here when in situations where cars have to line up and go slow for a significant time. Other than those times things are positive and people generally work together and comments are positive.
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I'm from NYC and I haven't gotten any negative things yelled at me about my weight. I've been told to, "Get outta the way!", and, "Watch it!" and some other things, but nothing weight related.
I found NYC to be a friendly place (as a tourist) the few times I've been there. I was quite shocked the first time.
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+1 A few weeks ago I was in redneck country and a huge truck full of 20 something's roared passed me screaming out the windows. I ignored them until I noticed they had pulled off to the side of the road about 500ft away. As I approached they were all glaring out the back windows of the "King Cab". Not sure what they had on their mind as I turned off into our campsite just before reaching them. However, Im pretty sure they were not waiting to "congratulate" me on a fine ride.
It is for these reasons that I've considered a conceal and carry. Though I don't know if the risk is worth the reward. You never know when a simple harassment will turn deadly if one party pulls a weapon if they felt necessary. Especially since on most purely physical confrontations I'm ok.
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