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Old 09-19-06, 02:03 PM
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When you see other bikers....

Do you nod to show that camaraderi, that most bikers have? I do, but find when I am in my school uniform others don't but when I'm in my gear they do! I think its because they think I'm a chav!
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Old 09-19-06, 02:09 PM
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I always nod, sometimes wave. Here is the break down:

Roadies nod / wave back
Mountain bikers ignore me
Joggers actively avert their eyes

Once, after a weekend of cruising on the motorcycle I accidently waved at a "fellow" motorcycle. He gave me a "poor bicyclist, wannabe biker" look.
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Old 09-19-06, 02:25 PM
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Old 09-19-06, 02:41 PM
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Old 09-19-06, 02:55 PM
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I wave when I'm still far enough away that I'm not passing into their peripheral vision. They usually nod or wave back, or at least lift their fingers off the bar in a mini-wave if they need their grip.

I don't wave at people without helmets because I'm more concerned they might get hurt if they try to wave back and go unstable in the process.
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Old 09-19-06, 03:01 PM
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wave/nod/smile
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Old 09-19-06, 03:27 PM
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Usually give them a "Heya" if they are young or a "howdy" if they are more than young.
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I always wave or nod with a "Howdy". Most give acknowledgement, but some are very snobby. I dont get it.
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Old 09-19-06, 04:44 PM
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Interesting...this past weekend on a group ride of "Nutters" (English Bicycle Enthusiasts ) we waved at anybody and everybody. Most of the roadies we saw tried to look away and did not acknowledge us Youngish girl (18?) on a MTB with a couple of guys thought we were "too cool" (we were in top gear and rolling on the Mendota Bridge in MSP) a older couple sitting in their front yard yelled "way to travel". The rest of cyclists we met about half waved or smiled. I always acknowledge another cyclist regardless.

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Originally Posted by flair1111
I always wave or nod with a "Howdy". Most give acknowledgement, but some are very snobby. I dont get it.
Lycriods NEVER even acknowledge.......
Is it some secret road-code thing to not acknowledge ??
I wave at all bicyclers and have smiles for lots of others too...
Sidewalk people, cars who let me by. Random displays of
kindness. Its good for all, not just bicyclers.
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Old 09-19-06, 05:39 PM
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Personally, I dont wave myself. I'm usually pretty focused on my riding, but I will try and wave back sometimes if I'm not overly tired. Sometimes it may be only a nod, or a lift of a finger from the bars, but I will definitely try to respond in some fashion.
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Old 09-19-06, 05:55 PM
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We've been over this before. It depends on the bike I'm riding:

CF road bike: I only acknowledge other roadies with a secret sign.
Italian steel road bike: I only acknowledge other roadies on Columbus tubes and Campy groups. "Ciao!"
Tri bike: I acknowledge no one. I'm too focused on my own suffering.
mtb/commuter/utility bike: I wave like a waving fool. Especially if I'm towing the kids in the trailer and you are driving a firetruck. (My kids love firetrucks.)
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Old 09-19-06, 06:06 PM
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I nod and sometimes I'll lift my hand from the handlebars, but no full on wave. I'll say good morning/mornin' to anyone who is travelling slow enough to hear me (pedestrians included). If I'm coming up from behind a pedestrian or cyclist I'll always say good morning. Dunno why, but I've never felt comfortable passing someone without saying good morning or hello. The bell on my handlebar is reserved for the little ones and the not so little ones with headphones on.

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Old 09-19-06, 06:08 PM
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When you pass a roadie, look at the brake hood for a half wave with just the fingers.
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Old 09-19-06, 09:16 PM
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I frequently waive or nod to other cyclists, but on a busy weekend here in San Diego, I would go crazy trying to acknowledge every cyclist.

Hi how are ya? Hello. Hi. Howdy. Hi. Hello. Hi. How ya doing? Hello. Hi . Hello. Hi. Hi.
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I usually nod. but don't get much of a response from anyone on a bike...maybe half the roadies and a fourth of the flat-bar riders. Drop bars are few and far between in this town, so I suspect most people still view us as snooty or something.
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Old 09-19-06, 09:29 PM
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Sometimes I wave, sometimes not, it all depends on my mood. Believe it or not, there really are days when I just want to be alone.

In any case, I don't see what all the fuss about waving really is. I've seen countless threads about "those @#$%'s didn't wave back at me" from people who thought giving a wave gave them some divine entitlement to receive one. I wouldn't have thought a group supposedly having so much camaraderie would get so uptight over something as superficial as a wave.
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Old 09-19-06, 10:06 PM
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I usually give a "what up" nod
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I usually nod and get a response too, except for one messenger here in town who even though I have never spoken to I can't stand. He was very near me once when I went down hard in the middle of city traffic. He didn't bother to stop and ask if I was okay, he just rode by as I was lying in the street. I see him all the time, but have no desire to say hello.
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nodding is best....because it can be construed as a nod or a nervous tick..
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Nod is the standard it seems; it's the least physically distracting while moving along.
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I always give a howdy or good morn' or whatever to everybody, but if I get the scowel or ignore face they get a loud " Well f^&k you too!
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I always give a howdy or good morn' or whatever to everybody, but if I get the scowel or ignore face they get a loud " Well f^&k you too!
What if after you cuss them out because you got the "ignore face", you realize they just didn't see you?
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Originally Posted by Halfast
I always give a howdy or good morn' or whatever to everybody, but if I get the scowel or ignore face they get a loud " Well f^&k you too!
So I guess your polite "howdy" is an overcompensation for your basically nasty nature?
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Originally Posted by biker_lad
I think its because they think I'm a chav!
For those of us in the colonies: What is a "chav?"
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