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Old 04-24-12, 08:58 PM
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What do people say when.....

They see you on a bike?

People that know me: "I've been trying to call you."
People that don't: "Aren't you a little old for that?" (I think they mean the britches...at least I hope so)
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Old 04-24-12, 09:36 PM
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Their tone sounds encouraging, possibly about my interesting circumcision scar; but all I can hear when their lips move is the thunder of my own pulse in my temples and the melodious shriek of wind in my ears.
Dagnabit, now you've got me wondering what they've actually been saying all these years. Sure hate the notion that I've been nodding amiably to all these spontaneous proposals of marriage.
Oh yeah, and some people say,"Nice bike" I think.

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Old 04-24-12, 09:46 PM
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Yesterday I came upon a couple from church who were out for a walk. When I stopped: Steve said, "Wow, Bob, you were flying!" Anita said, "Bob, you must be cold!"
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Unfortunately the only people speaking (yelling) to me are typically jackass teenagers. Then its, "Get off the road."

As it turns out, many of our youths are not so bright.
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Old 04-25-12, 05:52 AM
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I get the same response as IAB here in the northern pan handle of WV, not just teenagers though. The folks who don't condemn think I am crazy or have a death wish to be riding around here!


Before I moved here though the most common comment was "that bike is older than you"
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Old 04-25-12, 06:02 AM
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When we're riding one of the tandems, it is usually, "Wow, a bicycle built for two!" or "Look, a tandem!" on a single it's usually me warning the pedestrians that I'm coming up behind them and then thanking them for getting out of the way. Otherwise, people don't usually say anything that I can hear.
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Old 04-25-12, 06:08 AM
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"Hey, cool. I used to ride a bike. It had this thing on it that made engine noises, a little red horn, and streamers coming down out of the handlebars!"or"Nice bike!"
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I can go on about this for hours.
After riding to a Chamber of Commerce event one day, the first question was, "Where did you leave your car?" After they finally quit asking how far away I lived (20 miles) one friend took me aside in confidence and asked, "No really, where did you park?"
Another day, after running across a friend's wife at the grocery, we were talking on our way out the door and when I stopped to start loading my bike she blurted; "Oh my God, I had no idea! Do you need a ride?"
On a loaded tour across the state, I walked out of a convenience store and a lady asked if I had lost my home in the mortgage crisis.

But most say something dumb like "Gettin' a little exercise huh?" or "Savin' a little gas?"

Fun is a word never heard

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Unfortunately the only people speaking (yelling) to me are typically jackass teenagers. Then its, "Get off the road."

As it turns out, many of our youths are not so bright.
This.
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i got a nice "dumba$$" when i was stopped at a stoplight a month ago... i wanted to punch the guy...
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Old 04-25-12, 07:02 AM
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Most people see me riding around the neighborhood with my kids during the day. When I go on my longer rides it is usually very early in the morning, so if someone sees me it's usually" Hey, wheres the kids?"
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Well, I once had a young lady in a marginal neighborhood tell me that if I got off the bike she'd take me to paradise. But usually it's nothing that interesting.
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Old 04-25-12, 09:56 AM
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"hey look at the big guy on the bike" or "can I draft you"
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Because I'm at UTA right now, it's mostly students. You would think young, healthy people wouldn't be as shocked as out of shape adults by a paltry 7 mile commute, but these are engineers we're talking about here. One memorable conversation started with me saying, "yeah,well you live a good bit further away, right?" assuming he was a commuter from Dallas or Fort Worth. And he said, "yeah, it's about 5 miles."
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Hahaha. Great thread!!! Fortunately for me, I live in SoCal. Every day, 365 days a year, there are countless numbers of road riders all over the place. On weekends, you can probably spot at least 2 dozen different packs riding around. Life is good in SoCal
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I once heard a co-work tell her husband. husband: "i wonder if he is a hardcore type cyclist...i wonder how good he is ?" co-worker: "well, if he rides like he supervises....he's brutal but we like him"
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I am seriosly LMAO here reading some of these!
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I have a friend that calls my shorts "nut huggers". Cracks me up every time.
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"Ooo, nice bike!"
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"Hi". Not much else. This is holland, after all. People are born in the saddle here.
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My rides are mostly UP & DOWN... That is I really only pedal when I have to and thats Up... Recently I got to the top of one of our small but steep hills and had to stop and ride around in a tight circle till my heart rate slowed enough for the next hill... A car with two yuppy types pulled up along side and the driver said I had won him 20 dollars cause his buddy bet him I would not make it... I really could make no reply as I did not have enough air to say a word or even smile...

For the most part I don't think anyone actually sees the crazy old husky guy on his old UNIVEGA...
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^ I think I would have given him the universal hand signal for I don't like you. In stereo if I could of managed it.
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Not much.

A few weeks, ago from some teens shooting hoops, with a slightly sneering reference to the neon green: "nice jacket."
Me: "Thanks, it kept me alive another day."

Since a colleague's son was killed on his bike last summer along one of my regular routes, I'm a bit more concerned about visibility lately.
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