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Old 01-19-17, 07:14 AM   #1
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What's the funniest comment you've heard while riding your bent?

Mine was a young child asking his mother, "Mommy, what's wrong with that man that he has to ride a bike like that"?
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Old 01-19-17, 07:16 AM   #2
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Not a funny comment as a funny happening. Went out on Halloween night on my trike and scared the living crap out of a group of kids with parent.
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
He made an objectionable assumption - that there must be something wrong with you. Why shouldn't he expect an objectionable answer? Although I probably would have asked him why he though I had to have a disability to ride a trike.
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
Understood, I was riding my trike in a snowstorm (I commute by bicycle) and a woman stopped her car, in the middle of the road and with a loud voice and stupefied expression, said, loudly "Wha' the heck" with a long, rising, tone applied to "heck." Very funny; but as observed in the other incident, you have to have been there.

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Old 01-21-17, 06:35 AM   #6
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As I was riding my trike (with a spinner-style flag) past a group of 20-somethings one called out to me "Sauce! So much sauce!"

I assume that means something good, but I really have no idea.
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A few years ago on the annual Hilly Hundred tour, we rode past a fellow on a 'normal' bike who looked at us on our Screamer and exclaimed "Now I've seen everything!"
Seeing a recumbent tandem made his life complete?
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Old 01-21-17, 03:35 PM   #8
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Mother of one of my daughter's friends, dropping my daughter off as I rode my new (to me) Rotator swb: "That's neat! Did you make it yourself?"
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Some (other) old fart once said to me "you're not going to tell me that's comfortable!". I wasn't planning to tell him anything so I didn't.
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Some (other) old fart once said to me "you're not going to tell me that's comfortable!". I wasn't planning to tell him anything so I didn't.
I think that "comfort" comments directed towards bents aren't really about physical comfort, but rather about ease-of-use. They imagine that steering a recumbent would be awkward.
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Old 04-25-17, 06:30 PM   #11
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mine was, "But, but, but (pant) I can't, (pant) can't get a (pant) ... a draft from you!"
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Years ago, I had a brand new Volae Team high racer and a guy mentioned that I had a strange bike and I must have made it myself. I told him, "Yes. The hardest part was laser etching DuraAce on the crank arms."

After we had a laugh at his expense, we had a congenial talk about bents.
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Old 05-02-17, 07:27 PM   #13
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Last year at the Assenmacher 100 while observing my Baron lowracer. "but, you recumbent guys just aren't as fast as road bikes".

A few miles later...whoosh!! as I flew by.
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A woman standing on a street corner asked me with a very serious tone "do you get a better workout that way?". I said "Yes, my grinning muscles get a serious workout!"
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A 3 year old on a rear bike seat just started chuckling as I rode by on my Giro 20 and said, "What was that?"
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Mrs. Grouch and I were riding one morning when a guy in a pick up truck, headed the other way, yelled "You're crazy."

I'm still trying to figure out if he meant "good crazy" cool or "bad crazy" mentally ill. Mrs. Grouch and I decided that, since it was the two of us together, it had to be "good crazy".
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