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B. Carfree 11-22-13 10:33 PM

I had a fat old man pull over and get out of his SUV to flag me down and thank me for wearing bright clothing and having a bright Dinotte light on the rear of my bike (daytime riding with tree shadows). I thanked him for passing me safely and we both went our separate ways puzzled.

FBinNY 11-22-13 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by B. Carfree (Post 16270811)
I had a fat old man pull over and get out of his SUV to flag me down and thank me .....

So we've moved from was probably a woman, possibly attractive, to what was definitely a fat old man. Maybe it's time we moved on before this slides downhill any further.

KenshiBiker 11-23-13 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by FBinNY (Post 16270830)
So we've moved from was probably a woman, possibly attractive, to what was definitely a fat old man. Maybe it's time we moved on before this slides downhill any further.

OP here. I have to agree. I think everything that needed to be said has been said. Thanks everyone for their, sometimes humorous (and sometimes disturbing) insights.

tigerteeuwen 11-23-13 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by KenshiBiker (Post 16266394)
On my way home last night, about 6:30 I was coming up on an intersection, I noticed a car waiting at the stop sign. I briefly glanced at it to so my helmet light would get the driver's attention. After rolling past the intersection, I noticed the car turned in my direction. As the car pulled past me, the driver (I think it was the driver, though it could have been a passenger - there was a big dog hanging out the back window, so I didn't get a good look at the passenger side) yelled out "Good Job!" The tone was truly complimentary, so I don't think it was meant to be sarcastic. I've been trying to figure out why she (definitely a woman's voice) said it (or anything). Couple of theories:
  • This was the first rain of the season and I was decked out in full rain jacket and pants and she was happy to see anyone out riding.
  • When I ride at night I'm lit up pretty well (Niterider Lumina 650 on bars, Dinotte XML-3 on helmet, NR Solas on back of trunk bag, NR Solas on back of jacket, Dinotte XML-3 on left seat stay, cheap blinky on left wrist, reflective vest, reflective bands on ankles, etc.) - maybe she was happy I made it easy for her to see a bicycle was approaching.
  • Maybe she was being sacrastic, or talking to her dog

I guess I'll never know. I think I'll dismiss the third possibility and go on assuming it was one of the first two. At any rate, it gave me a good feeling knowing I was doing something right (even if I didn't know what it was).

I realize no one else here has any way to know that particular woman's motivation for yelling out at me, but I just felt like posting this.

Ride safe,

KB

She thought you were cute. She yelled "good job" to thank your parents for their good genes.

buzzman 11-24-13 03:43 PM

A few years back, I posted on BF about it at the time, a guy in a pick up truck passed me while I was riding one night and yelled, "Go Reflettas!!!!"

He was cheery and upbeat as he yelled it and it seemed important so I just waved in return.

I couldn't, for the life of me, figure it out. Who are the Reflettas? A team? And why was he so adamant about it.

A day later as I donned my reflectorized vest for my ride home from work it struck me, "GOOD REFLECTORS!" Even after thirty years of living here I'm still getting used to the Boston accent.

RubeRad 11-25-13 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by FBinNY (Post 16266566)
BTW- I often do the opposite. When a motorist or truck driver is unusually patient behind me, or otherwise extra courteous and I catch back up at a light, I'll often thank them for the courtesy shown. I want drivers to know that their good acts are appreciated.

Yes me too, I try to as often as possible not only make eye contact and use hand signals before making a move involving traffic, but also deliver a friendly wave or thumbs-up after a successful traffic negotiation, a kind of "Thanks for paying attention, being considerate to me, and not killing me!"

I figure it helps to throw some positive karma into the "global-car-vs-bike-attitude-bank", given how many cyclists think they are exempt from traffic rules and make undue withdrawals from that bank (including myself sometimes!)


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