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Old 07-14-09, 04:28 PM   #1
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They waved! They almost never wave!

This morning while driving along PCH through Malibu, I spotted a train of 8 cyclists up ahead going my direction. They were all kitted up (red and black was the theme) and hauling along in a nice line with the wind to their backs. As I passed in the far lane I gave them a few light horn taps. While waving so they knew it was a friendly gesture, I looked in the mirror and saw at least 4 of them wave back. That almost never happens. I don't expect anyone to take their hands off the cockpit in a tight group situation. I figure it was the perfect weather, the tailwind, and the less than normal traffic. Happiness is contagious.
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I wish the cycling community was more like the subie community, if you drive a subie and you wave you always get a wave back.
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Old 07-14-09, 07:32 PM   #3
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What's a subie?
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What time was this? We saw a group of cyclists driving North on PCH heading towards and through Malibu today too. Would be a small world if it were the same group
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I wish the cycling community was more like the subie community, if you drive a subie and you wave you always get a wave back.
But you already know each other anyway. There's only about 30 or 40 of ya, and with all those days you spend in the waiting room at the repair shop, you're bound to meet sometime!
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What time was this? We saw a group of cyclists driving North on PCH heading towards and through Malibu today too. Would be a small world if it were the same group
Time was approx 11:30am, and they were heading south. Of course, at one point they could very well have been going north, did a climb or two, then reversed course.
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Time was approx 11:30am, and they were heading south. Of course, at one point they could very well have been going north, did a climb or two, then reversed course.
I'm pretty sure we saw the same group. I remember maybe six riders. My guess is we were heading north on PCH around noon or so. We didn't check what time we headed out but it was certainly later morning and we livei n Los Feliz and had to get over to the 10 and then out to PCH. I remember saying to my husband, "See, we should bring our bikes out to the beach!". We're newbies.
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I wish the cycling community was more like the subie community, if you drive a subie and you wave you always get a wave back.
you should get a mini, everybody waves in those things.
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you should get a mini, everybody waves in those things.

...or a VW Bus...
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Corvette owners wave too

When I am out on the bike riding solo, I always wave at other cyclists.
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Included in the August 2009 edition of Road Bike Action magazine is their list of 102 tips to make you to a better cyclist. Among the 102 is what they consider one of the most important: Be sure to wave at other cyclists.

Last night while driving over Topanga Canyon heading into the valley, ahead of me at one point was a guy on a bike hammering up the hill. I know the particular section he was on very well because it's a regular workout run for me. You can't hammer there without feeling some pain, so I had to give him an encouragement toot as I passed. Gave me the chills seeing someone go all out on that hill.
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Tinker Juarez said hello as he flew by me on the SGRT yesterday.
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Included in the August 2009 edition of Road Bike Action magazine is their list of 102 tips to make you to a better cyclist. Among the 102 is what they consider one of the most important: Be sure to wave at other cyclists.


Curious, what number did it rank?

My doc just confirmed I'm getting a repetitive strain injury from all the waving I do. Also, my "bell thumb" is becoming arthritic...
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Curious, what number did it rank?

My doc just confirmed I'm getting a repetitive strain injury from all the waving I do. Also, my "bell thumb" is becoming arthritic...
your thumb is now a dead ringer (ok, horrible pun).

I am so glad I have a bell. I've actually had to use the darned thing.

I don't have a wave injury, but I do think I need to make some general adjustments on the bike now that I've finally got my arse on it and done a TAD riding.
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I'm happy to hear that you are riding!
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Old 07-16-09, 10:21 PM   #17
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Curious, what number did it rank?
They weren't actually ranking the list, but it was placed around 50, if memory serves. Few others on the list received a comment about it being important. It's obviously their way of creating community, which builds interest, and ultimately leads to magazine and product sales.
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