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Why do cyclists look at other cyclists?

Old 04-11-18, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
It's only a matter of time before the OP starts a waving thread and realty gets the monkeys dancing.
Agree.
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Old 04-11-18, 09:10 AM
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I only nod my head or give a short, half wave.

I care less what people are riding or wearing.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
I only nod my head or give a short, half wave.

I care less what people are riding or wearing.
On the other hand, people will look at you if you're peculiar or different than the ordinary. So it depends on how unusual you or your bike is. Whether that's a good or bad thing is a matter of perspective.

I once saw a cyclist amputee. I stared for a moment but at his ability to peddle so efficiently with just one leg and no prosthesis or clips.

On another occasion, a cyclist had modified his bike 5 ft vertically. It also hard to ignore the loud stereos and Christmas lights. Some people like the attention and adorn themselves on purpose. Others may find it uncomfortable.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
I care less what people are riding or wearing.

Wut
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Old 04-11-18, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
On another occasion, a cyclist had modified his bike 5 ft vertically. It also hard to ignore the loud stereos and Christmas lights. Some people like the attention and adorn themselves on purpose. Others may find it uncomfortable.
The New Belgium Tour de Fat went down my street a couple of years ago. That was a fun parade to watch with plenty of highly modified rigs like that.
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Old 04-11-18, 11:14 AM
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my serious response

1) what bike are they riding?
2) anything interesting about their kit or bike accessories?
3) do I know them?
4) should I know them?
5) where are they riding?
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Old 04-11-18, 12:12 PM
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If I stare at a solo rider like you described, half the time it's because I think I may know them but I'm not sure since they're wearing a helmet and sunglasses.
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Old 04-11-18, 12:17 PM
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Get a clipboard and a card table & chair, make a sign, and sit by the road and ask each cyclist why, in person, yourself.

you seem to have time on your hands and need something to do..
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Old 04-11-18, 02:58 PM
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Obviously they were waiting to see if you would wave at them. Failure to wave to fellow cyclists indicates you are not a real cyclist.
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Old 04-11-18, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by highrpm View Post
If I stare at a solo rider like you described, half the time it's because I think I may know them but I'm not sure since they're wearing a helmet and sunglasses.
This, 100%^ Where I live we have a fairly close knit group of cyclists, and if I see another one on the road I am going to try to figure out if I know them or not. Which, as you say, is always hard when they're wearing a helmet and sunglasses just like every other rider out there.
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Old 04-11-18, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
If you are a dude and they were dudes, they were checking out your bike. If you aren’t a dude, then they weren’t checking out your bike. I won’t pretend to have a clue as to _ what was going on in their minds_ if they were chicks.
My! That's a big one!
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Old 04-11-18, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
I was out cruising on my gravel bike. I noticed a lot of these guys in their group rides keep staring in my direction. I am not sure if they are looking at me or my bike. I do feel somewhat uneased.
Unless you are riding naked, It's called self centerdness.
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Old 04-11-18, 05:22 PM
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i dont know if I'm being stared at or the fifth sized container beverage? I'd rather it be I as there's no sharing!
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Old 04-11-18, 06:11 PM
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I have no interest in other random cyclists. By close passing, i can tell they're usually eastern europeans on 10yo department store bikes.

They do have an interest in me, though - seems whenever i stop outside a shop i have to be prepared for an incoming conversation-starter, regardless of what type of rider they may be.
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Old 04-11-18, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
They were preparing to yell at you for stolling your baby bike bolts.
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Old 04-11-18, 09:51 PM
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It's nothing. You should be confident and to ride past them in the best posture you feel.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:45 PM
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"Hey, is that my bike?"
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Old 04-11-18, 11:35 PM
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I don't wave. I nod. If they don't return it, I act like it was just a twitchy muscle. We needn't go through the waving thing again.
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Old 04-12-18, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
"Hey, is that my bike?"
Funny bike story:

Mine was stolen. Waiting at the bus stop to go home and some guy rolls up asking me if I want to buy a bike. I grabbed my bike with one hand and his shirt with the other. He offered no resistance just claimed that some guy gave it to him to sell.
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Old 04-12-18, 01:49 PM
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Because there can be only one.

Originally Posted by Karmajack View Post
We need more info. Are you a dime?
I have to ask. What's a dime?
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Old 04-12-18, 06:18 PM
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Campy has a 12 speed group coming out if you all really want something to look at. Love, hate it, indifferent it is something better than another one of these silly threads.
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Old 04-12-18, 07:03 PM
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I like checking out cool bikes.
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Old 04-12-18, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Funny bike story:

Mine was stolen. Waiting at the bus stop to go home and some guy rolls up asking me if I want to buy a bike. I grabbed my bike with one hand and his shirt with the other. He offered no resistance just claimed that some guy gave it to him to sell.
Dang lucky.
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Old 04-13-18, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Oneder View Post
I have to ask. What's a dime?
A dime is a 10 on scale of one to ten when evaluating looks.
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Old 04-13-18, 10:41 PM
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I look at other cyclists so I don't run into them.
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