Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 50 of 50

Thread: Right and Left?

  1. #26
    Wheezy Rider Connell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    8,750'
    Posts
    278
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was on a multi-use trail a couple of weeks ago enjoying a gentle ride on a beautiful summer's evening when I came up behind a young couple having a romantic walk. I called out "Passing on your left", and of course, the girl stepped to the left.

    I wasn't going fast so there was no problem and as soon as she realized what she'd done, she gave me a big smile and said "Oh, I'm sorry". She was kind of a cutey so I simply returned the smile and called "No problem". That must have threatened the boyfriend because he glowered at me and yelled "You're supposed to pass on the right, a-hole!".

    Ever get the feeling we just can't win?

  2. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    The fact that you had the "butt" landing indicates that you, as the overtaking vehicle, didn't really do the right thing. (I do think you understand that.)
    Mea Culpa.....yup - my fault totally. It just sucks that it happened.

  3. #28
    surly old man jgedwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    My Bikes
    IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
    Posts
    3,297
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just yell "Herpes!" or "Zombie Attack!" or "Blind Cyclist!" or some such. The mistake is to try to use your voice for communication. Rather, use it stun them.

    j
    Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
    --------------------------
    SB forever

  4. #29
    umd
    umd is offline
    Banned umd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT
    Posts
    28,343
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    People hear LEFT loudly and often think it is a command to GO left

  5. #30
    Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped. BarracksSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
    Posts
    13,858
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Connell View Post
    I was on a multi-use trail a couple of weeks ago enjoying a gentle ride on a beautiful summer's evening when I came up behind a young couple having a romantic walk. I called out "Passing on your left", and of course, the girl stepped to the left.

    I wasn't going fast so there was no problem and as soon as she realized what she'd done, she gave me a big smile and said "Oh, I'm sorry". She was kind of a cutey so I simply returned the smile and called "No problem". That must have threatened the boyfriend because he glowered at me and yelled "You're supposed to pass on the right, a-hole!".

    Ever get the feeling we just can't win?
    Actually, I'd say you won -- she smiled while apologizing, you gave a courteous reply, and her date displayed his ******osity.

  6. #31
    Uber Goober StephenH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas
    Posts
    10,653
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I always say "Passing on your left" and that seems to work better.

    Little kids are just unpredictable. Slow way down for them. It's not knowing left from right, it's a matter of not having a lick of sense in the first place.

    Don't assume that everyone out walking speaks English, either.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

  7. #32
    Cat-5-O-Meter: Training Caad 8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    California
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Caad 8
    Posts
    890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just ride up right behind them and yell OH MY GOD! WATCH OUT!!, and I pass them as they crash on the side of the path.
    "We should ride backwards and have no helmets either and also cut the cables for the brakes." - Jens Voigt

    Cannondale CAAD 8

  8. #33
    Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped. BarracksSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
    Posts
    13,858
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ^^^^^

    "Look out!! NO BRAKES!!!"

  9. #34
    Older than dirt CCrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    My Bikes
    Too darn many.. latest count is 11
    Posts
    5,345
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Little kids are just unpredictable. Slow way down for them. It's not knowing left from right, it's a matter of not having a lick of sense in the first place.
    Shame too many of them these days grow up and still don't!

  10. #35
    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Farmington, NM
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress SX
    Posts
    1,879
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Caad 8 View Post
    I just ride up right behind them and yell OH MY GOD! WATCH OUT!!, and I pass them as they crash on the side of the path.
    Not bad. Not bad at all. I bet they're not half as deaf as they act.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

  11. #36
    Wheezy Rider Connell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    8,750'
    Posts
    278
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Actually, I'd say you won -- she smiled while apologizing, you gave a courteous reply, and her date displayed his ******osity.
    Good point. At my time of life, a smile from a pretty girl should always be viewed as a win.

  12. #37
    Senior Member Kimmitt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oceanside, CA
    My Bikes
    Electra Townie 3i with xtracycle, Surly Cross-Check
    Posts
    952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Use a bell and slow down for kids.
    I see unexamined people. All the time. I don't think they know they're unexamined.

  13. #38
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Central IL
    My Bikes
    1987 Nishiki Altron 7000, 1991 Trek 520, 2008 Trek 7100
    Posts
    350
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Little kids on the MUP are always going to be unpredictable. When approaching them from behind, what I have found effective is to slow way down, sneak up behind them and blast them with my AirZound. Most of them crash and a couple have actually peed their pants. It's hilarious and always makes my day.

  14. #39
    Frame Catastrophizer mikewille's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Suburban Chicago
    My Bikes
    Surly Instigator
    Posts
    451
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by probe1957 View Post
    Little kids on the MUP are always going to be unpredictable. When approaching them from behind, what I have found effective is to slow way down, sneak up behind them and blast them with my AirZound. Most of them crash and a couple have actually peed their pants. It's hilarious and always makes my day.
    You could squirt them with you water bottle afterwards too!
    Myself, i would pour out the backwash from my beer on 'em.
    And then tell 'em santa's dead
    Last edited by mikewille; 09-26-09 at 11:06 AM. Reason: added smiley to indicate facetious sarcasm

  15. #40
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    690
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It has gotten to the point now where I just slow down, sometimes to a walking pace, just to be sure that I don't hit adults, children, dogs and who knows what else. On the MUPs around here it just isn't safe to assume that you can go much faster than 12-15 mph. Whenever possible I stay off MUPs.

  16. #41
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    20,506
    Mentioned
    101 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Or how about "I'm going to throw up!" You could clear a crowd away from around you with that.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

    Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

  17. #42
    Two H's!!! TWO!!!!! chephy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    4,177
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "On your left" is a moronic phrase to use on an MUP. It may be useful in packs of roadies (where it may've originated), but to dump it onto members of general public - especially 3-year-olds - is ridiculous; you might as well be speaking Greek.
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

  18. #43
    umd
    umd is offline
    Banned umd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT
    Posts
    28,343
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    "On your left" is a moronic phrase to use on an MUP. It may be useful in packs of roadies (where it may've originated), but to dump it onto members of general public - especially 3-year-olds - is ridiculous; you might as well be speaking Greek.
    this

  19. #44
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    NY state
    My Bikes
    See Signature...
    Posts
    1,220
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    an air horn off a semi works, you will need an air tank or pump or something though

  20. #45
    Administrator CbadRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    On the bridge with Picard
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
    Posts
    5,836
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When I ride on a MUP I yell "Coming up behind you!" when I'm about 20 feet away. This gives enough warning for parents to corral children and those taking up the entire lane to move to one side or the other.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    So Tom only hires people that are nutty? Is part of the requirement to be a moderator on this site is that you have to be nuts??
    Forum Guidelines *click here*

  21. #46
    Mrs. DataJunkie Luddite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    My Bikes
    Asama "Luddite" and Kuwahara MTB from the 90s
    Posts
    1,535
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use my bell, failing that I may yell something like "behind you!" but usually the bell makes most of the idiots at least choose a side to walk on, instead of taking up the entire goddamned path. Sigh.

    However, I used to panic ON MY BIKE when someone on a bike behind me would call out "on your left/on your right" just hearing the voice would make me tense up. Now I know to just continue where I am and not to panic like that.

  22. #47
    Pedal faster not harder.
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Thunder Bay
    My Bikes
    Ummmm...Cannondale F4000..Ummmmm...Yeti ARC-X Cyclocross..Ummmm...Rocky Mountain Vertex TO with a BionX PL350 Electric Conversion...Ummmmm..Rocky Mountain Cardiac..Ummmm..thats it for now I think. I'd have to go look in the basement to be sure.
    Posts
    576
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "Heads up."

  23. #48
    Two H's!!! TWO!!!!! chephy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    4,177
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    However, I used to panic ON MY BIKE when someone on a bike behind me would call out "on your left/on your right" just hearing the voice would make me tense up. Now I know to just continue where I am and not to panic like that.
    A strange thing is that most of these people tend to say this after they already started passing, and are often in front of you before the sound waves had a chance to hit your eardrums, get transformed into electrical signals, travel to the brain and be processed by your speech recognition centres. If you're gonna warn someone of passing (which usually isn't even required, imho), at least do it a few feet in advance, even if just to protect yourself in case the person to be passed gets startled and jumps in some unpredictable direction.

    I use my bell, failing that I may yell something like "behind you!" but usually the bell makes most of the idiots at least choose a side to walk on, instead of taking up the entire goddamned path.
    Yep. The most common scenario is like this: a group of one or more peds taking up the whole freaking path hears a bell, slows down or stops, looks puzzled, hesitates, tries to awkwardly reshuffle in order to make some kind of space (this includes locating kids on the fringes of the group and pulling them in for "protection"... since kids will often be the first to react to the warning, but in an erratic way that just about guarantees that you'll hit them no matter how hard you're trying to avoid it ). Need to give them time to complete this complicated manoeuvre.

    More than once I ran into groups whose members refuse to budge at all, figuring that everyone else, travelling in either direction, must walk/ride on the grass in order to get around them. On foot, I often walk right into and through them. On bike... I need to reinstall my AirZound... would love to see their faces like this: .
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

  24. #49
    Senior Member Kimmitt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oceanside, CA
    My Bikes
    Electra Townie 3i with xtracycle, Surly Cross-Check
    Posts
    952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am incredibly fond of bells for multi-traffic situations. Everybody seems to instinctively know exactly what a bell means, so it's a very effective method of communication. It's weird, but I'll take it.
    I see unexamined people. All the time. I don't think they know they're unexamined.

  25. #50
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    20,506
    Mentioned
    101 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Yup. I have a bell on all five of my bikes, and I use them often!
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

    Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •