In some fifty miles of cycling yesterday, I passed probably 20 other bikers going the opposite way - one traveling my direction who overtook me (evidently, he doesn't like exceeding a certain top speed, because, on a long downhill, he rode his brakes, so I passed him) - so, my contact was with no more than 21 bikes.
The guy who overtook me that I then passed offered first an "on your left" and then, a hearty good morning as he went by.
None of the other bikers would even acknowledge my nod of the head.
I don't get it.
One guy was even riding a bike that was almost identical to mine - I said hello, he rode by without acknowledging me.
I don't get it, really. What have we become – to what distant shore have common manners fled.
These other bikers were a mixed bag - some were decked out in complete modern riding clothes on expensive looking road bikes, others were in street clothes on old single speeds, some young and athletic, some old and athletic, others like me, fell somewhere in between (not so athletic, not so OLD, certainly not fancy). None could be bothered to acknowledge the most fleeting sign of acknowledgement.
I'm not looking for them to stop and chat, not even a hand wave - a nod would be fine. I hate to be repeating myself, but I don't get it. Why are folks so unfriendly?
BTW, I never confront this unfriendliness. I'll go on nodding hello until the day I die - accepting graciously responses from those who offer, moving on if there is none.
But, I still don't get it. Do any of you?