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Old 07-27-02, 03:52 PM   #1
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Most Daft comment made while riding a recumbent?

Has a recumbent rider I think I am prone to more daft comments
from people than people on wedgies.
One of the daftest comments I had was from a passanger in a van
who called me a Lazy Wan--r ,and im the one exercising,he was smoking a *** doing nothing.Sometimes I wonder whether there is any hope for the human race.
whats the most stupid comments have other recumbent riders had?
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Old 08-04-02, 07:03 PM   #2
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Stupid huh? Well I had some tell me "That sure looks uncomfortable!" I wonder what kind of furniture they have in their home? Gosh I feel like I'm riding around on a lawn chair! I'm loving it! Going down hill is a different story! What a rush!
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Old 08-04-02, 07:08 PM   #3
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I can't say the comments I hear are "'daft" but rather people just curious about the bikes and wanting to make conversation. THe comment I hear a lot is "how does your bike do climbing hills" typically asked after I've passed some uprights on some steep climbs. NOt that my bike can climb better or worse than an upright. I just happen to enjoy climbing and spend a lot of time training to get better. It's not the bike, it's the rider that moves a bike from point A to B afterall.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain
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Old 08-04-02, 07:17 PM   #4
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Once when I was rding my R45 three hells angles types went by. These were for real bikers not posers. They were scary looking and they gave me a good looking over. Just when I though they were going to get out the chains they started pumping their fists and laughing and yelling "Right on man! Cool! Cool!"
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Old 08-28-02, 07:38 AM   #5
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Nothing negative has been said. It's just the constant attention that is sometimes annoying, I must say!

One time a guy on a motorcycle followed me around a parking lot and pulled up alongside me. He was grinning and said, "What the he** is that thing?! That is SO cool!" I told him and he pulled ahead of me, shouting, "Think I'll look into getting one of those things myself!". Then he took off down the road.

Interestingly, more kids make comments and more adults avert their eyes, acting like they don't see me (at park and bike path). Guess kids are more "open-minded".

That's one reason I love 'bents-most bent riders are very open-minded, off-the-wall, and "child-like", meaning open to new experiences and more playful in their nature.
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Old 09-23-02, 08:02 AM   #6
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i had just got my wife her bikeE and she said some construction worker yelled out, "that thing got an engine or somethin?" i'm thinking it was one of those questions that came out before he actually thought about it.
i once had a goofy college kid see me riding and began to shake his head up and down so furiously, his whole body began to bob up and down. as i got closer he started yelling, "yeah, man! that thing rocks! wow! yeah!"
as far as bad stuff, someone once yelled out that was going to be killed riding in the street. i simply told them that if they didn't want a lawsuit on their hands, they shouldn't be the one to kill me.

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Old 09-25-02, 04:46 AM   #7
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Had a guy ask me where the coffee cup holder was.....
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Old 09-25-02, 12:48 PM   #8
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not that funny (i thought)

You should wear a short skirt on that thing.....

nicer was the reaction of some japanese tourists who saw us riding near the famous dutch windmills (how dutch can you get?)

They almost fell in the water, started to yell and laugh and said:
vely comfoltable!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 10-05-02, 11:31 AM   #9
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I was out for a ride with some upright riders,and what did one have to say."Its nice to hear people say,isnt it nice to see those
cyclists take their disabled friend with them".
I wouldnt mind,but the man across the road got the wife in a mood when he said,why does your husband ride that funny bike,is he disabled?
At work it has been called a Sinclair C5,and the other thing it has been called I dont know whether I should put on this forum as it might offend.If you do want me to say what it was ,but only if the general feed back is that you on this forum will see the name for what it is,a sick name from sick people.
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Old 10-05-02, 09:40 PM   #10
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even though my curiousity is pricked, i will have to resist this time and conclude that sick saying need to stay in the minds of the sick (not you, the sick person who came up with it).

i've notice that i have to be more careful on a bent, the fact is the body tends to go where the head is pointing; many motorcycle accidents happen because of this. i'm riding past, they turn to look at me and all of a sudden they are either driving towards me, getting ready to cut me off, or just putting themselves in danger. oh well...

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Old 10-08-02, 01:21 PM   #11
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While riding in Newfoundland I had a couple worthy comments worth repeating;

"Surprising what you see on the road when you don't have a gun!"

A woman berating her dog that had given chase to two regular recumbent riders was heard to say the following;

"Now Princess, it's not nice to chase those Paraplegics on them there bikes!"

I've been asked how I steer the bike and I just say that I do it by mind control, I think some people believe me.
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Old 10-16-02, 01:45 PM   #12
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I've been riding recumbents since 1983 and I've only had one comment about "being handicapped", but I have had comments like "aren't you affraid you'll fall asleep on that thing?" or "you call that excersize?" Most of the comments I get are very positive.
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Old 10-17-02, 05:23 AM   #13
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Had a cycllist on a DF say"bloody hell, that must have been crash"
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Old 10-19-02, 01:59 PM   #14
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i passed a recumbent while i was running my 8 mile run the other day, then on the way home from xc practice (on my upright bike) i passed him again...recumbents seem a tad slow.
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Old 10-19-02, 03:28 PM   #15
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Sam Whittingham 80 mph, I dont think so.
But you have brought up the subject of every cyclists nightmare,
being overtaken by a runner up hill.
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Old 10-20-02, 09:54 AM   #16
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I have only been riding recumbents for about a month now, so I have not had the opportunity to receive many comments. I did, however, get my first comment the other day. I was out on a neighborhood ride when I passed two guys walking out their front door. One of them yelled, "I'll give you twenty bucks for that!", as they laughed hysterically. I slowed down and yelled, "It will take a little more than that". OK, it wasn't a very good comeback, but one really shouldn't throw out insults while standing in their own front yard. (If you catch my drift.)
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Old 10-20-02, 12:40 PM   #17
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Im afraid you will get a lot worse than that.
I was coming home one day and a man walking his dog seen me
looked twice,and then shouted "WHAT,NOOOOO WAY".
You would think he had seen a alien.
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Old 10-25-02, 12:52 PM   #18
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The most annoying, and regular, one I get is
"How much did that Cost?"
The youth of England seems more interested in a things financial value than it's worthiness of being the best bike in the whole world ever (MY StreetMachine GT)
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4 months into the Rocket riding, I will have to say I've heard this several times: "Why do you ride that? Do you have a bad back?"
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I have had several people ask me, as I sit on my home built Greenspeed trike, "How do you keep from falling over on that thing?"
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Is your bike broken?
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