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    Getting weird looks

    It is my wife's birthday today. We got home from a late lunch party for her. I wanted to run to the grocery store to snag some roses for her. I grabbed my bike and headed out. The bike ride over there wasn't bad, nice and cool outside. The weird looks started once I got into the parking lot. People were just stopping and staring at me. Giving me that look like "what is a bicycle doing up here?" I cruised right up to the front door where the bike rack is, locked it up and ran in to get her flowers. Came out, tossed the flowers and my locks back in the panniers, and headed off.

    I always find it funny when people are shocked to see a rider. They have that "face" that is almost hysterical.
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    If you do it often enough, they'll stop staring. It'll be their normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underground View Post
    .....The weird looks started once I got into the parking lot. People were just stopping and staring at me. Giving me that look like "what is a bicycle doing up here?".......

    Wait till you pull up to a Costco, Home Depot or high end department store. BTDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    Wait till you pull up to a Costco, Home Depot or high end department store. BTDT
    Haven't noticed any weird looks around here. Our local Costco and most grocery stores have bike racks out front. Home Depot doesn't - had to lock up to a rack with some of their fence material a few days ago.

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    I live, work, and play in San Francisco...I won't get weird looks unless I ride nekkid, and even then I have my doubts.

    Two kids on the back of a cargo bike...whatever, just another dad shuttling the kids home or something. Woman with a kiddie trailer in the morning probably just dropped her kid or kids off at school.

    Older guy with a fishing pole tied to the top tube and a bucket hanging off the rear rack...it's pretty obvious.

    Bike covered with pink furry stuff...no idea...but it's just another bike.
    Last edited by jsdavis; 02-26-12 at 08:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    If you do it often enough, they'll stop staring. It'll be their normal.
    I agree. You should get her flowers more often.
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    Its probably in your head. Almost no one really cares, as long as you aren't in their way.

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    I was waiting for the punch line; you know, something like you forgot to put your cycling shorts on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Haven't noticed any weird looks around here. Our local Costco and most grocery stores have bike racks out front. Home Depot doesn't - had to lock up to a rack with some of their fence material a few days ago.
    In the Bay Area, I'm not surprised with it being more cycling tolerant. Our local Costco bike racks are still in pristine condition as is many of our big box stores.

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    Yeah, if you live practically anywhere in California and the Bay Area in particular, bicycles are quite acceptable. However, to many others in neighboring states, we look to them, like we're from another planet.

    I can't even imagine a bicycle rack in pristine condition within thrity miles of San Francisco, unless they just now installed it somewhere, and the cement is still drying!

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    Hard to get out of a hardware store parking lot when you look like this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katcorot View Post
    August 6 2011 001.jpg

    Hard to get out of a hardware store parking lot when you look like this!
    So you only needed to make left turns headed home?
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    That's what you get for living in Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    I can't even imagine a bicycle rack in pristine condition within thrity miles of San Francisco, unless they just now installed it somewhere, and the cement is still drying!

    - Slim
    Many of the bike racks I mentioned are over 10 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Yeah, if you live practically anywhere in California and the Bay Area in particular, bicycles are quite acceptable. However, to many others in neighboring states, we look to them, like we're from another planet.

    I can't even imagine a bicycle rack in pristine condition within thrity miles of San Francisco, unless they just now installed it somewhere, and the cement is still drying!

    - Slim
    The Targets and Costsos tend to be in the suburbs where it's more spread out and high speed arterial roads lead to them so people don't ride to them. A 40MPH road with 60 MPH traffic tends to be discouraging for bicycles bike lane or not.

    Seriously...the bike lanes and infrastructure can be kind of a joke. Roads where the speed limit is 40, the traffic speed tends to be more like 60.
    http://g.co/maps/tf3cc

    In places like SF proper, bicycle works better because the population density is a lot higher so travel distances tend to be shorter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    Wait till you pull up to a Costco, Home Depot or high end department store. BTDT
    Done Costco on both folding bike and road bike... actually do it in regular to stock up stuff at my office for lunch. A little strange look initially but no one cares now.
    Home depot... walked in with both folding bike and road bike... no hassle whatsoever... strange look... yeah...
    High end department store... hmm... never thought about bringing it in... *** Shrugs ***

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    So you only needed to make left turns headed home?
    Ha that's what I was thinking.

    I'm used to funny looks... Most look at me like I'm nuts because I'm on a cruiser (beach cruiser style) almost every place I go. And I'm sure when my ss errand runner build is done its going to turn funny looks too due to how I'm painting it.

    I enjoy getting weird looks. To me the best are when you arrive at a doctors office with a bike.
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    I go past 100's of bicycles every day, I get weird looks all the time, on my bike or off.

    Sometimes, though not that often, I have had people literally slackjawed staring at me.

    I was just walking down the street normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    I go past 100's of bicycles every day, I get weird looks all the time, on my bike or off.

    Sometimes, though not that often, I have had people literally slackjawed staring at me.

    I was just walking down the street normally.

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    Doesn't matter. A non-Asian foreigner living in China (or Taiwan like myself) will get lots of stares and/or strange or rude comments (in Chinese of course). I've seen people almost walk into sign poles because they were looking back at me and my family.
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
    Doesn't matter. A non-Asian foreigner living in China (or Taiwan like myself) will get lots of stares and/or strange or rude comments (in Chinese of course). I've seen people almost walk into sign poles because they were looking back at me and my family.
    Damn! I think that's so rude, it's stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erick L View Post
    I agree. You should get her flowers more often.
    Save the flowers for when you are in trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Damn! I think that's so rude, it's stupid!
    I live in P.R. China, the stare, point, and shout thing is so common that I just ignore it. I do get annoyed about people saying things to my "friend" for walking with a foreigner. She insists that we are all better off if I just act like I don't understand them. But, yes, by western standards it is a rude country.

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    Maybe if the back rack had a *** rack? And steer horns up front.

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