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Old 03-06-12, 05:46 PM   #1
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people are judgemental different ways in different places I noticed

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I have noticed people treat me differently in traffic in different parts of town depending on how I am dressed, and depending on what bike I am on.

I live in the athletic part of town. Oddly enough we have one. I live less than 6 miles from 3 bike shops and a co-op. Near several of the highest peaks in town, and the main course for most of the marathons and longer races and what not, means you have to remain aware and park accordingly or you may end up stuck on a sunday morning by runners. so there are constantly runners and cyclist passing in front of my apartment building training.

Over here you get ignored pretty much if you are on a bike.

Downtown if I am in kit on a bike people are pretty nice, doesnt matter what I am riding I get the right of way at lights and in some cases people give me the lane. But if I am in jeans and a t-shirt, it is a bit different, even on my tri-bike people can be mean. At least the cops are nice. (usually)

Out in the suburbs it doesnt matter what I am wearing. They pay attention to what kind of bike I am on, if I am on a nice bike they are a bit nicer, people go around me, or give me the of right way. But if I am on my fixed gear people have buzzed me or I get the finger, but I rarely get horns blown thankfully. ( there have be exceptions. I have been out in full kit on a road bike and been stopped by a cop to ask me if the bicycle was stolen)
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Birmingham is a unique place.

Or is it "an unique place"?

I rode out in the country around there a little bit. More toward Anniston but some in Homewood. Lots of Bubba back then. But still kinda friendly.
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I get a lot of crap when I am wearing my tutu.
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I get a lot of crap when I am wearing my tutu.
I bet you get a lot of crap regardless.
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i dont ride in my kilt below the mason dixon line
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If I go to the lake or pretty much any small town in kit for a metric, people are nice to me and respectful. But around my neighborhood of Oak Cliff which is mostly hispanic (with all the latin machismo), you better be wearing t-shirt, jeans or cargo-shorts. I get yells and wolf whistles in my lycra.


It wouldn't be bad if it was from the opposite sex.
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A friend recently told me she thought women here got treated with more respect (given more space on the roads, etc.) than men, and that drivers felt more sympathy towards women, b/c they were more likely to be helpless or timid out on the streets.

She also felt the more spandexed/kitted out you were, the more abuse you'd take (as opposed to wearing jeans or just baggy riding clothes). Funny, i just figured it'd be the other way around, that people would see the Lance types as serious' riders, whereas the casual dressed folk might be perceived as more reckless.
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