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    It happened again

    After a long winter I finally got back out on my bike today for my first commute in sometime. I was almost to my destination when a car started to pace me. After a moment he rolled down his window and called out my speed telling me he was impressed by my speed (I was going around 25mph at the time). This is now the second time that this has happened to me and I find it kind of odd. I'm not sure if it has to do with drivers thinking we cyclists are slow or something. Has this happened to anyone else? Any other odd but positive experiences like this?

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    i had a car pace me on a country road for like 5 minutes, then pass me with like 3 inches to spare, going probably 0.5 mph faster than me, all the while refusing to move left of the double yellow line. i even waved him around and slowed down 3 separate times with no other cars in the straight, oncoming lane. not a super positive experience, but positive in the sense that at least he was careful to not zoom past me. turned out to a an older gentleman driver (of course).

    i used to go up a 1 mile 8% hill each morning and there'd be this girl waiting for a bus who'd always yell "keep it up! good job!" as if i were in a race and/or looked like i was about to quit or something

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    I had a guy on a Harley pull alongside me on the drive along the river (this beautiful flat stretch) and he gave me a thumbs up... I was pushing 30 mph.

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    As a bicyclist, when driving, I like to compliment and encourage riders that I see. However, I've discovered that the reactions are very different based on one variable: Whether I'm carrying my bike on my bike rack. With no bike on the car, generally I get a snarl or ignored; if I happen to have The Black Knight on the rack, I get smiles and a return thumbs-up. OP, I'm curious whether your incident would have felt completely different had the driver been carrying a $3,000 Trek racer on a Thule?
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    I get that too. They appear to mean well. I wave and say thanks.

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    I drove up next to cyclist at night a few weeks ago because he had the brightest tail light I'd ever seen. I drove up next to him and the same speed and told him "your tail light it awesome" and then drove away. Afterwards I thought about how he probably thought I was going to yell at him when I slowed down (which is usually what I assume when drivers slow down next to me - either that or throw a drink at me - a friend of mine got shot with a paintball *** in the face by a kid on a school bus)
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    I've had a few comments over the years but not a lot, considering all the miles and years I've commuted. My favorite was being passed by teenage girls in a convertible, who shouted "Nice butt!" as they passed.

    More recently, as I was waiting at the light, just before going under the 5 freeway (dangerous, narrow bit) a driver rolled down his window and said, "Wow, you are all lit up; no one is going to hit you!" To which I had some lame reply, "Yeah, well, hopefully not!"

    Finally, early morning, riding in (pretty much) total darkness, I was stopped at a light. An elderly hispanic guy in a broken down (looking/sounding) gardening truck saw my sandals and asked me if they were compatible with SPD pedals! I assured him they were . . . but still; that's about the last thing I expected him to say when he rolled down his window!

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    I've had a driver yell out my MPH one time while riding. I guess he never heard of bike computers. I've had other drivers roll down their windows and talk to me at red lights on a number of occasions. Usually they ask how far I ride or make some comment along the lines of "I wish I could do that."

    Quite frequently, extremely cautious drivers will "tail" me, presumably because they afraid to pass. This sort of driver annoys me to no end, because there is usually ample room to pass and clear roads ahead.

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    I am new to cycling and just purchased a bike for an 11-mile commute a few weeks ago. I live in MN so the roads are quite disgusting and it will be a while before I make my first commute via bicycle.


    As someone new to cycling, I will tell you that I have been very surprised to learn how fast cyclists are! I am hoping to be able to obtain and maintain speeds of around 25mph, but had no idea that was even possible on a bike before reading stories from people here.

    So yes, I think the general, non-cyclist public find it extraordinary when cyclists are able to maintain speeds of 25+ mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AceFahrenheit View Post
    So yes, I think the general, non-cyclist public find it extraordinary when cyclists are able to maintain speeds of 25+ mph.
    I guess it depends on your definition of "maintain" as to whether it is extraordinary or not.

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