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Old 09-02-20, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I don't want them to think I want to be friends, in case they're an axe-murderer or on their way to a cannibal convention.
In my experience, axe murderers on their way to cannibal conventions are usually in cars since they have to bring more supplies than they can carry on a bike.

In any event, I would rather be friends than enemies. Friends donít eat friends.
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Old 09-02-20, 04:30 PM
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just a nod in south texas too!
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Old 09-02-20, 05:59 PM
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A wave, a nod, a smile, a lift of the fingers from the bars... it's all good around here. If I don't get any of the aforementioned acknowledgements from a passing cyclist I don't sweat it.
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Old 09-03-20, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by capt_velo View Post
Here in north Texas, it seems like about half of the riders going on the opposite direction will give you a wave. Sometimes, it's not much more than a few fingers rising off the bars and a friendly nod, but I'm still counting it as a wave. I wasn't much of a waver at first, but now I just wave to everyone.
I've been in plenty of rural areas where even motorists wave at each other. They probably think it's strange that we city dwellers don't wave.
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Old 09-03-20, 06:05 AM
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On the local MUT, in my case the W & OD trail in NoVA, hells no. No wave, head nod, verbal. It's get tiring real quick. Out in the boonies on a road ride, gravel ride - Yes. Gotta be civil.
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Old 09-03-20, 07:48 AM
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My observation in my neck of the woods depends how fast you are going. Acknowledgement to other riders progress from hand wave, to fingers off the bar, to head nod, to glancing at the other rider dependent on speed.

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post

Question for you habitual wavers: When you are walking do you wave to other pedestrians? When you are driving do you wave to other drivers?
Harley riders do the hand to the side or hand down to other Harley riders. Every once in a blue moon a crotch rocket gets a wave or nod lol. Corvette owners do the finger off the steering wheel. I'm pretty sure jeep owners and VW aficionados do it as well.
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Old 09-03-20, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by capt_velo View Post
Here in north Texas, it seems like about half of the riders going on the opposite direction will give you a wave. Sometimes, it's not much more than a few fingers rising off the bars and a friendly nod, but I'm still counting it as a wave. I wasn't much of a waver at first, but now I just wave to everyone.

How do they do it your neck of the woods?
Depends on speed anywhere from a full on wave to two fingers lifted off the handlebars/hoods.
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Old 09-03-20, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
It's a little known fact that WW I was actually caused by the failure of a French cyclist to wave at an Austrian cyclist. Franz Ferdinand is an urban legend.

True story.
You've got that a bit mixed up, I think. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was out riding and failed to wave to a Bosnian cyclist. The rest is history.
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Old 09-03-20, 10:39 AM
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Usually, wave, nod, or some other form of acknowledgement here, lots of “good mornings” exchanged on the MUP.
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Old 09-03-20, 11:17 AM
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Old 09-03-20, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by capt_velo View Post
Here in north Texas, it seems like about half of the riders going on the opposite direction will give you a wave. Sometimes, it's not much more than a few fingers rising off the bars and a friendly nod, but I'm still counting it as a wave. I wasn't much of a waver at first, but now I just wave to everyone.

How do they do it your neck of the woods?
I live in Phoenix and people are generally pretty friendly here. My neighborhood has a 2.5 mile loop that has a generous sized sidewalk and bike lanes, so there are many people outside walking, running and cycling in the mornings. If I'm cycling, I usually only wave to the runners and walkers who make eye contact. I try to wave to all cyclists in either direction. My form of wave is extending a hand outward and towards the ground. For those cyclists who don't wave, I understand that some aren't as comfortable on the bike and need to keep both hands firmly on the handlebars.
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Old 09-04-20, 04:40 PM
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I’m into connecting with other human beings so I wave at other bikers when I ride, I wave at other runners when I run (even when overtaking them) and I will wave at cars driving past my house if I’m in the yard. It’s part of being a nice person and growing up in the South. It’s part of southern charm and being cordial.

I live in Central Texas. Austin to be more specific
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Old 09-05-20, 02:51 PM
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Up here in Toronto, I'll get a mix of reactions to my "good morning", wave or head nod. Most times; I'd say 80% of the time I'll get the same response.

No expectations of course when the rider needs concentration on a climb, descent, or if there's a traffic decision he/she needs to make in front of them in the moment.
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Old 09-05-20, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
My observation in my neck of the woods depends how fast you are going. Acknowledgement to other riders progress from hand wave, to fingers off the bar, to head nod, to glancing at the other rider dependent on speed.



Harley riders do the hand to the side or hand down to other Harley riders. Every once in a blue moon a crotch rocket gets a wave or nod lol. Corvette owners do the finger off the steering wheel. I'm pretty sure jeep owners and VW aficionados do it as well.
I've been riding a motorcycle for 20 years, a sport touring Kawasaki and a dual-sport Suzuki, and find that about half of the Harley riders wave, especially in the summer, in the winter I find that most everyone waves, even the bikers with apehangers wave then. I wave to everyone, it is the camaraderie but I had a 67 Volkswagen Bus for many years and found that other VWs drivers would wave, but I found that I was rather snobbish. The 67 was a split window, an older bus, and I tended not to wave to those that had a newer, non-split.

I bike mostly on MUTs in the morning and tend to see the same people day in and day out, I wave, say good morning or give a nod to most everyone, and most return the greeting, but if someone doesn't even look my way I just go on my way. I try to be friendly and those greetings can make the trip a little nicer.

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Old 09-05-20, 05:18 PM
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There was a well known bicyclist (now deceased) who used to get quite upset if another bicyclist didn't return his wave.

Cheers
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Old 09-05-20, 06:03 PM
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This topic was already so tired by 2015 that someone started a thread about these threads.
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Old 09-05-20, 06:26 PM
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but 93 replies later, it's still a popular subject.
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Old 09-05-20, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by royphotog View Post
but 93 replies later, it's still a popular subject.
These type of subjects are eternal and never end.
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Old 09-05-20, 09:35 PM
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Two riders got the wave this morning, but they initiated.

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Old 09-05-20, 09:46 PM
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Here, it is usually just one finger held pretty high 🤣
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Old 09-06-20, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by royphotog View Post
but 93 replies later, it's still a popular subject.
Do you realize how many of those 93 are comments about how funny it is that people keep starting these threads?
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Old 09-06-20, 09:15 AM
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The funniest thing to me is how many people who think waving threads are useless and yet are still attracted to following them and commenting about how useless they are.
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Around here in North NJ it's usually a head nod or a lifting of a finger or two. But this area is so densely populated and you see so many bikers out there, it almost becomes a burden to acknowledge everyone you pass on a bike. Therefore I don't bother anymore unless someone acknowledges me first. I will then always reciprocate.
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Old 09-06-20, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Sorg67 View Post
The funniest thing to me is how many people who think waving threads are useless and yet are still attracted to following them and commenting about how useless they are.
And repeatedly snap over and over again at the lure of thread topics that they deride, often in an apparent attempts to derail thread subjects that they are not interested in with OT "cute"comments and snark.
It is ironic, ain't it?

I usually wave/return wave to almost all the local cyclists, and also the pedestrians and homeowners and motorists who wave at me when I ride in residential areas.
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Old 09-06-20, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Sorg67 View Post
The funniest thing to me is how many people who think waving threads are useless and yet are still attracted to following them and commenting about how useless they are.
Haha I thought the same thing but Iím too new to ruffle feathers.
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