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Old 12-03-09, 10:19 PM   #1
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Bikes in Elevators Scare People?

When you're with your bike riding an elevator and the door opens, do people waiting to get aboard jump back or startle when they are greeted by the sight of a bike inside?

Its a funny curiosity I noticed a few times recently, just wondering if anyone else has seen it.
What's the deal?...
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Old 12-03-09, 11:31 PM   #2
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It's happened to me. but, I'd describe it as more of a surprised look..
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Old 12-03-09, 11:37 PM   #3
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My first thought is that people (a) understand you will require more room than a person on foot when you exit the elevator, or (b) do not want to get dirt or grease from the bike on their clothes.
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My first thought is that people (a) understand you will require more room than a person on foot when you exit the elevator, or (b) do not want to get dirt or grease from the bike on their clothes.
Certainly this explains why some who see me waiting for an elevator opt out for the stairs.
But the ones who act surprised at a bike already in the elevator, often seem to recover from their sudden shock then board as normal.

I guess it has something to do with seeing a bike in an unexpected place; most the people probably only think of bikes as things to hang in the back of the garage...
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Maybe they think it's a horse? Or a dog? Maybe they're just afraid of bikers. [insert a photo from Easy rider]
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Would you get in an elevator with this guy?

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I find people are more jumpy when they see me coming down the stairs at them.
Which is good, because it can be very hard to stop.
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My brother likes to entertain himself by picking out one random person in the elevator, not saying anything and just stare at them the whole time.
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^^ I suppose he could compound the effect by saying (muttering) "don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you."
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My brother likes to entertain himself by picking out one random person in the elevator, not saying anything and just stare at them the whole time.
He sounds like a real d-bag. Bet he does this to smaller weaker people and not big guys that wouldn't put up with it.
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You brother is my kind of people..Not that I'd mimic his stunt... Don't do that trick in New York City. It might get him killed.
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Would you get in an elevator with this guy?

Obviously no sense of color coordination or he is color blind. Other than that he looks normal enough for a bicyclist.
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My brother likes to entertain himself by picking out one random person in the elevator, not saying anything and just stare at them the whole time.
Isn't that what everyone does?

Oh wait, everyone picks out one piece of vacant space to stare at, not saying anything.
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I find people are more jumpy when they see me coming down the stairs at them.
Which is good, because it can be very hard to stop.
Cool, I wish our building would let us ride our bikes down the stairs.
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did you ever stop to consider that their next thought is that you are a rude, {add your own text** and you should be on the stairs with that infernal contraption. *giggle*

also as someone said, even being an avid cyclist myself I would not get on an elavator with a strange bike as I would be afraid of getting grease and dirt on my clothes.
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Don't most high-rise apartment buildings have freight elevators? If lived in a high-rise, I'd much prefer to use a freight elevator and have plenty of space and not have to maneuver around people.
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Not an elevator experience but an escalator (moving staircase) one.
I was transferring my bike with full touring kit at a railway station and had to take it up the escalator. Easy enough, just hold the bike steady and apply brakes. An old man get on behind me and walks up until he is one step below the back of the bike. I tell him he should step back a bit but he ignored me.
Get to the top and I step off, release the brakes but there are people blocking the exit, the wheels start turning under the escalator but the bike isnt moving forward. Meanwhile Guy In Back is shunted into the back of my bike and almost falls back down.


The problem of people blocking the exit is much worse going down so I have get quite aggressive in telling people to get out the way. NOW.
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Old 12-06-09, 04:33 AM   #19
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I just see this reaction in general, on the train, in the parking lot, store, road whatever...It seems like people think we are crazy or DWI's..,.So they look at us different.
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It has never happened to me. Then again, I never take my bike into an elevator.
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At first people are surprised to see something other than what they expect. This quickly turns to suspicion as they eye the bicycle. Then they look at me confused as if they can't possible think of a reason that I need to have a bicycle in the elevator. This all happens in about 3 seconds and then the regain their composure.

It's usually just the three of us so I don't think that space is an issue.
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Old 12-11-09, 10:14 AM   #22
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I think it's just suprise. I usually don't get on the elevator with the bike unless there are just 1-2 people on it, otherwise I take up too much room.
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