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Old 03-26-07, 08:51 AM
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Bicycle/cycling related pet peeves.

What pet peeves do you have relating to your bike or cycling in general? It can be anything related.

I'll start.

My biggest pet peeve is when someone else other then my wife touches my bike with out my permission. Especially when they start squeezing the brakes & shifting the gears. Nothing irritates me more then this. I cringe at the thought & come unglued when I see it happen.


I have not had a major problem with this, yet. People have been pretty respectful of my bike. At work especially. They look at it, sometime closely, which is fine as long as they do not touch it. If it is parked in an area where it may have to be moved I put a sign I made for it to come find me & I'll move it.

There was one person who was talking with another standing next to my bike. It was parked in a wide corridor against the wall where they were talking. One of them was absent mindedly squeezing the brake lever. I saw this & kindly asked if they had any questions about my bike. He let go of the brake lever, said no & apologized. Like I said no big deal. Had he been shifting the gears it would have been a different story.

So what are your bike pet peeves?
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Old 03-26-07, 08:55 AM
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We have the same pet peeve. When my sister in-law was moving her crew from my house she moved my brand spanking new touring bike. I was not happy to say the least.

Others would involve wrenches complaining about my drive train cleaning or mechanical abilities. Common! Do you want my business or not?
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Old 03-26-07, 09:17 AM
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I don't think I've ever seen anyone touch any of my bikes. Perhaps they are just too scared of either oddball bikes (half of mine are mixtes) or perhaps the sheer small size baffles them?

Although I would be annoyed if I spotted anyone molesting my babies .

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Old 03-26-07, 09:22 AM
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I don't think I have any pet peeves related to cycling beyond being passed too close by speeding vehicles. Well, okay, I hate when people, mostly kids, laugh at me or say mean things as I ride by.

I am overweight, but fit. Of course the people laughing at me on my 20-30 mile ride are usually sitting on their a$$es smoking cigarrettes or driving by in a beat up pick-up truck that is worth less than my bike.
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Old 03-26-07, 09:36 AM
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I'd have to say my biggest peeve is bicycle neglect in general. That would include improper storage, lack of a reasonable amount of maintenance, and any kind of trashing of an otherwise serviceable bicycle.

When I hear someone ride by with a dry unlubed chain, if their on a Xmart bike I want to stop them and tell them about the miracle of chain lubrication. If their on a better bike, I just shake my head and wonder why.

East Hill, don't get me started about the pile of bikes I saw rusting away the other day.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:07 AM
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i like people touching my bike.. I enjoy watching people run their hands all over it, squeezing, caressing. mmmmmm
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Old 03-26-07, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by lima_bean
i like people touching my bike.. I enjoy watching people run their hands all over it, squeezing, caressing. mmmmmm
Are you sure you're talking about your bike here?

I'm cool with the touching as long as they don't drop it.
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My biggest pet peeve is the people bleeding all over the floor after getting punched for touching my bike.
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Drivers!

This situation happens almost daily. I'm pedalling along, and will notice a car traveling on an intersecting cross street up ahead. I gauge its speed and my own, and can tell that we will arrive at the same space at about the same time. The car stops at the stop sign or what have you, the driver cranes their neck to the RIGHT to check for traffic. I'm uncomfortable that the driver has not seen me yet, and am hoping they will get around to checking their left. Satisfied that he is clear on traffic from the right, the driver will then glance briefly to his left AS HE STARTS TO DRIVE. This is when the driver realizes there is a bike passing in front of him, looks shocked, and then brakes.

WHY don't drivers check their left first, then right, then left again? Where does that stupid tendency come from, to look right for several intense seconds, and then glance casually to their left as they start to go?

People do this coming out of driveways, out of parking lots, and at stop signs. Definitely a pet peeve of mine.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:27 AM
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Parking lot employees who park their cars in the space in front of my bike box.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by rule
My biggest pet peeve is the people bleeding all over the floor after getting punched for touching my bike.
Then don't punch them in an area they will bleed from. End of pet peeve.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by fillthecup
This is when the driver realizes there is a bike passing in front of him, looks shocked, and then brakes.
Sounds like you need a horn / whistle / bell.

My own pet peeve outside being passed too close by motorists is chewing gum on the roads.

And wind. I hate wind. I even hate wind when I'm not riding.
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Old 03-26-07, 11:32 AM
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When im riding VC and in the lane, and cars STILL pass me on the left!
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When people touch my bike, usually to "feel the paint", I feel the fabric of whatever they're wearing
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People who cannot imagine the value of a good bicycle.

My 1 month old Giant was scratched into the aluminum frame on a bike ride with 5,000 plus riders. The attitude was that my new Giant was only a $59.95 Pacific Cycle.
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People biking on the wrong side of the road.

People that don't ride in single file. Bike now, talk later. (on streets, don't care about bike trails)

People all decked out like they're about to be in the Tour de France, and still have reflectors on the spokes.

And my BIGGEST one ever is when people have a red light for their head light. The colors are there for symbolism.
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Old 03-26-07, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by raverson

East Hill, don't get me started about the pile of bikes I saw rusting away the other day.
You must have gone past that lot in Rainier. I still don't understand that. It was weird, to say the least.

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And rusty, squeaky chains. Especially on a weekend warrior's carbon fiber superbike. Got a $5000 Look but it rides like a Magna because you can't buy a $5 bottle of lube?
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I got drafted by someone I didn't know today. I wouldn't have cared at all if he would've asked, but it's a little unsettling to have someone you don't know right on your butt, using your strength to pull them along. A little common courtesy would have been nice.
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My biggest pet peeve is people driving vechiles and going way to close to me when I'm already on the far side of the shoulder and people that speed up going by me. I'm not to worried about people touching my bike...as long as I know them and they don't touch the gears.
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Old 03-26-07, 04:01 PM
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Tall SUVs with bikes mounted on the roof. It's cool to have bikes on the roof, for sure, but on SUVs? C'mon.
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Today its manufacturer distorting or outright lying about equipment specs. For example, I cannot count the number of times I have seen "utegra drive train" and noted that the bike being advertised has a FSA or Truvativ crank. Now, last time I checked, the crank was part of the drive train, as are the derailleurs, cogs, and chain. Of course, this is just today, I am sure something else will piss me off tomorrow.
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I dunno if I even have any.
When I park my bike at work, sometimes one of the guys takes it for a spin during his lunch brake. No big deal to me though, it's just a bike, if he were to mess something up, he'd man up to it and pay to have it fixed. In fact, he has helped me get decent deals on labor charges because one of his friends runs a bike shop in the next county.
I really can't think of anything that really bugs me.
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I get annoyed when I'm riding my bike and people bark like dogs out their window
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So long as I'm on the bike, it's pretty much all good. Even the wacked-out pickup drivers I've encountered around here can't bring me down.

Now, if I'm not on my bike...
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