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Old 08-26-09, 02:58 PM   #1
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Bike People are Good People

I do about 40 miles on the road three times per week. I try to change my route a bit to keep things interesting. This afternoon (while on a route I hadn't taken before) I was about 10 miles shy of finishing but decided to take a quick break under a nice shade tree (it's 100 degrees out there). A minute or two later another cyclist was passing by so I smiled and waved. The gentleman stopped and asked if I was ok - if I needed help with a flat of anything. I said, "I'm doing great, sir. But thank you for checking on me." And he was off.

I've got to imagine that's pretty typical. I know I've stopped and checked on others. I bet most of us do. I've come to the conclusion that bike people are good people - and I'm glad to be one.

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Old 08-26-09, 03:19 PM   #2
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I think people in general are good people, we tend to see the worst of people on the news and forget that is a small segment of society. Good people never make the news. But you are right bicycle people are great people. It is common interest that binds people together
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Old 08-26-09, 04:00 PM   #3
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I had a mixed experience recently.

Last Saturday, I had a woman cyclist do a similar thing for me when I stopped for a break while riding a MUP.

She offset the later unpleasant experience of being forced off the MUP by a woman who was riding on the wrong side of the bike path abreast of a friend who was in the right lane. She was too busy chatting to be bothered to move into the proper lane, so she just forced me off the bike path, since the other lane was also occupied.

I hate to say it, but there are people who just need to shut the hell up when they're out riding and pay more attention to what is around them.

Which was again offset by a number of friendly riders I met further on.
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Old 08-26-09, 04:33 PM   #4
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I think people in general are good people, we tend to see the worst of people on the news and forget that is a small segment of society. Good people never make the news. But you are right bicycle people are great people. It is common interest that binds people together
That's what I think too.

Probably 95% of the cars that pass me simply go by quietly and allow a safe amount of space. So how come I only remember the 5% (or less) who are jerks?
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Are we not sort of travelers . Good people are attracted to travelers because they've interesting stories to tell.
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I had a mixed experience recently.

Last Saturday, I had a woman cyclist do a similar thing for me when I stopped for a break while riding a MUP.

She offset the later unpleasant experience of being forced off the MUP by a woman who was riding on the wrong side of the bike path abreast of a friend who was in the right lane. She was too busy chatting to be bothered to move into the proper lane, so she just forced me off the bike path, since the other lane was also occupied.

I hate to say it, but there are people who just need to shut the hell up when they're out riding and pay more attention to what is around them.

Which was again offset by a number of friendly riders I met further on.
Or you need to learn to speak up! For those that know me, they will tell you this lady would have heard me!
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Or you need to learn to speak up! For those that know me, they will tell you this lady would have heard me!
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She wouldn't have heard from me. Not after I used my ship's emergency-horn on her. Deaf for a week. Invite her to parties and have well dressed people swear at her for $1. Put it on utube.
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Hehe. Funny you post this because i had a similar situation last night.

While doing my 20 or so mile nightly tour around Staten Island i seen an older gentleman fixing his head lamp. I stopped by and asked if he was ok or needed any tools. He said no thanx, and i was off.
Felt good because people have done the dame to me in the past.
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Old 08-27-09, 08:19 AM   #10
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Its funny how riding a bike will bring out the best in people. I started riding with a group of people from work once a week. Its been a great experience getting to know them as I never even really talked to any of them much at work before and they are all great people. Its like once the ride starts the kid comes out in all of us.
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I stopped to help a guy with a puncture who, as it turned out, was riding sew-ups. He wasn't carrying a spareand I was riding clinchers, so giving him a tube or patching his tube was not really an option. He pulled out his car keys and, since it was right on my route and I was in no hurry, asked if I could throw my bike on his car rack and drive the five miles back to pick him up. No problem. I was glad to help.

His car was probably worth as much as my house, yet he was trusting a perfect stranger with it because that stranger happened to be a fellow cyclist.
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As a person needing help I've actually had more help offered by those in cars. Might be a bit unfair as I have no trouble changing a tube and even things a bit more difficult so if it is fixable on the road I'm usually at a point where I obviously have it under control pretty quickly.

But if something nasty happens, like popping a nipple and then where trying to adjust the nearby spokes to true up the wheel a bit pop a second nipple having a nice person with a car offer a ride is memorable.
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Bikes are good for people, I think. So they bring out good things in us.
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