When you folks are riding on trails (no need to sneer at me if you never do), do you let someone know when you are going to pass them on the left ?
I bought a bike for the wife and am working on getting her comfortable on a bike. We went to the B&A trail near where I live - it runs between Annapolis and Glen Burnie in MD.
Anyway, I have never been passed by so many people who did not even make a squeek until I heard their wheels spinning by.
My wife is still working on control, and any extra hand movement, pointing, getting a water bottle, etc. still makes her swerve a bit. These macho-jerks flying by could have been taken out by one of those swerves - she never even knew they were there !!! It really disconcerts you as a rookie to suddenly have someone fly by without warning.
One lady passed between my wife and an oncoming jogger -- literally inches to spare -- without so much as a passing word.
Whats going on out there ? Not to discriminate - but most of the rude ones were jersey and short equipped roadies riding $1,000 bikes, flying along well past the speed limit. Don't even think for a minute that I am painting all roadies in this light, but if you got all the gear -- it implies some level of seriousness, and I guess I would expect more courtesy and respect from them.
(come on, what road bike can go as slow as 15 mph with someone hammering on the pedals ).
Come on guys - if you are so friggin cool, and Lance incarnate - get out on the road and leave us rookies in peace on our sheltered trails.
Grumble, grumble. Such a shock to spend my time here with such friendly, nice people, then get out on a trail and run into so many damn jerks !!
Whew, I feel better now.