Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Why are roadies so stuck up?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Why are roadies so stuck up?

Old 03-30-13, 06:48 AM
  #1  
MuddKatt
Trekkie
Thread Starter
 
MuddKatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northeast USA
Posts: 68

Bikes: Schwinn Krate Pea Picker, Marin Rocky ridge , Lynskey Helix - ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why are roadies so stuck up?

I was traveling recently on vacation and was doing alot of busy bike paths so this is what brought this to mind, but it's true no matter where I ride.
Mountain bikers, recumbent or other niche cycle riders, recreational cyclists of all ages, weekend warriors: They all are happy and wave or reply back to a good morning, good afternoon or just a hi.
Road bikers, mostly what I call wannabee racers in full kit, wouldn't say hi or even nod their heads, if it killed them. I think they are quite rude. Do the fancy shirts with advertisements short circuit the brain?
I continue to be my happy go lucky self and don't let them sway me from wishing them a jovial greeting anyway. These people should LIGHTEN UP , life is too short No matter who you are, you're in it for fun and exercise and a love of spinning wheels no matter what you ride.
MuddKatt is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:00 AM
  #2  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,035

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3165 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 260 Posts
Oh goodie ... it must be springtime in the northern hemisphere ... a waving thread!



Why don't you lighten up? Is your cycling self esteem so poor that you need cyclists to wave to you?

Let other cyclists ride the way they want to ride. Could be the cyclists who aren't waving are actually paying attention to their surroundings ... dodging potholes, listening to traffic, etc. Could be the cyclists who aren't waving are in the middle of a training routine and are focussing on what they are trying to accomplish. Could be the cyclists who aren't waving are tackling a challenging bit of the route and need to concentrate. Nothing wrong with any of that.

We're all different, and ride for different reasons, and ride in different ways ... sometimes all in one ride ... welcome to the world of cycling.

Last edited by Machka; 03-30-13 at 07:05 AM.
Machka is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:12 AM
  #3  
gecho
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,343

Bikes: 2009 Trek 520

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 25 Times in 22 Posts
I think field of view has a bit to do with it. When I'm on my road bike if someone waves within 15 feet of me, I'm probably not going to see it.
gecho is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:15 AM
  #4  
kenji666
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: On yer left
Posts: 1,646
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
A smile and a wave gets in the way of the suffering.
kenji666 is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:19 AM
  #5  
digger531
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: St. Cloud, MN
Posts: 592

Bikes: Soma Double Cross DC, Salsa Vaya, Redline D440, '87 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If a am riding hard, I probably don't notice if people wave and certainly don't have the presence of mind to wave to them.
digger531 is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:26 AM
  #6  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,035

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3165 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 260 Posts
Originally Posted by gecho View Post
I think field of view has a bit to do with it. When I'm on my road bike if someone waves within 15 feet of me, I'm probably not going to see it.
Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
If a am riding hard, I probably don't notice if people wave and certainly don't have the presence of mind to wave to them.
+1

There have been times I have noticed an oncoming cyclist only when they're right beside me, and there's no time to acknowledge them.
Machka is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:26 AM
  #7  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,665

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
Liked 259 Times in 175 Posts
A smile or wave at a fellow rider would take away from 'the image' of being a 'serious rider'.

Not to mention that the wave would make them less aerodynamic, thus wasting wattage they could have used to go faster.. .

When I ride, I want to see the countryside, to see the sights around me, to see what there is to see. Not ride with my head down, staring at the road, or at the rear tire of the rider three inches ahead of me.
__________________
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Unknown brand MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Plus or minus a few others from time-to-time


Last edited by Cougrrcj; 03-30-13 at 07:30 AM.
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:29 AM
  #8  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,035

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3165 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 260 Posts
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
A smile or wave at a fellow rider would take away from 'the image' of being a serious rider.

Not to mention that the wave would make them less aerodynamic, thus wasting wattage they could have used to go faster.. .

When I ride, I want to see the countryside, to see the sights around me, to see what there is to see. Not ride with my head down, staring at the road, or at the rear tire of the rider three inches ahead of me.
Like I said ... we're all different, and ride for different reasons, and ride in different ways. Just because you only ride one way, and don't understand other ways of riding, doesn't give you the right to criticise people who ride a different way.
Machka is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:38 AM
  #9  
vins0010
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 249

Bikes: '86 Trek Elance 400; '83 Trek 520; 90s Specialized Crossroads, '84 Trek 610 (wife's), 90s Trek Multitrack (wife's), Cargo Trailers, Burley for the Kids, WeeHoo Trailer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's exercise...so, I wouldn't hold it against them. Just trying to get their workout in. Roadies that blaze down the MUP path in packs of 10, barely avoiding others...well, that is another story.
vins0010 is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:40 AM
  #10  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,665

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
Liked 259 Times in 175 Posts
Oh, I understand it alright. I was NOT criticizing them. My post was intended as a tongue-in-cheek 'poke' at their public self-flagellation.
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:46 AM
  #11  
GaryPitts
Senior Member
 
GaryPitts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Gladeville, TN
Posts: 481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Most roadies 'wave' by sticking their fingers out while hands are still on the bars. If you're not looking for it, you'll miss it.
GaryPitts is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:50 AM
  #12  
MuddKatt
Trekkie
Thread Starter
 
MuddKatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northeast USA
Posts: 68

Bikes: Schwinn Krate Pea Picker, Marin Rocky ridge , Lynskey Helix - ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have plenty of cycling esteem. Just an observation on who is enjoying life and the day. I go out riding year round,all through the winter and below freezing, unless the snow gets in the way. Trails, roads you name it, I love it all.

It's not that they are so focused on the ride. The individuals I am referring to are not going all out and are just cruising. Maybe they should figure it will add a watt or two to the workout to exercise the arm muscle and wave or neck muscle and nod lol

Some do as previously mentioned by a few fingers or some do nod, but I am talking the majority. Not included are the group rides as they are usually busy chatting and trying to
run pedestrians into the grass on narrow paths.
Don't worry be happy.

Last edited by MuddKatt; 03-30-13 at 07:56 AM.
MuddKatt is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:52 AM
  #13  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,035

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3165 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 260 Posts
Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
Most roadies 'wave' by sticking their fingers out while hands are still on the bars. If you're not looking for it, you'll miss it.
Yep ... or a tiny nod of the head. Again, if you're not looking for it, you'll miss it.
Machka is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 07:52 AM
  #14  
rebel1916
Senior Member
 
rebel1916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,100
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 30 Posts
Recumbent riders usually acknowledge me by swerving into my path
rebel1916 is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 08:26 AM
  #15  
musicman1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NNJ
Posts: 115

Bikes: 2015 CAAD 10 Ultegra; 2012 CAAD 8 Tiagra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I used to think that waving was the protocol and got blown off time and time again. Now Ill only respond if waved to first otherwise I could careless.
musicman1 is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 08:46 AM
  #16  
Dead Roman
Devourer of souls
 
Dead Roman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,466

Bikes: Felt f70

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
road cyclists in groups are generally in a state of misery not known to the casual rider.


but yeah road cyclist are stuck up weenies mostly.
Dead Roman is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 08:46 AM
  #17  
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,731
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 989 Post(s)
Liked 426 Times in 272 Posts
Lawd...another roadies don't wave thread. It's a bike ride for Coppi's sake, not a freaking Easter Parade.

Santa Madonna de Ghisallo spare us from the wavers!
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 08:46 AM
  #18  
Dead Roman
Devourer of souls
 
Dead Roman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,466

Bikes: Felt f70

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
good to see you are still around Machka
Dead Roman is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 08:50 AM
  #19  
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,731
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 989 Post(s)
Liked 426 Times in 272 Posts
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
A smile or wave at a fellow rider would take away from 'the image' of being a 'serious rider'.

Not to mention that the wave would make them less aerodynamic, thus wasting wattage they could have used to go faster.. .

When I ride, I want to see the countryside, to see the sights around me, to see what there is to see. Not ride with my head down, staring at the road, or at the rear tire of the rider three inches ahead of me.
The first half of your post is funny. Well done.

As to the second half, well that's your riding style. Not everyone shares it.
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 09:09 AM
  #20  
mprelaw
Senior Member
 
mprelaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,318
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
A smile or wave at a fellow rider would take away from 'the image' of being a 'serious rider'.
Don't you think that riding a busy MUP in full kit accomplishes that, pretty much?
mprelaw is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 09:34 AM
  #21  
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Posts: 28,423

Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 470 Times in 302 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Just because you only ride one way, and don't understand other ways of riding, doesn't give you the right to criticise people who ride a different way.
Why not? Who took that right away? Is this forum meant only for praising rude or oblivious cycling behavior?

You feel free to criticize those who don't "understand" cyclists too wrapped up in their bike path riding or themselves to acknowledge a friendly greeting from another cyclist.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 09:40 AM
  #22  
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
O.P. when you are driving do you wave at every car?
__________________
If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


https://keith-crossreference.blogspot.com/
Milice is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 10:01 AM
  #23  
Mr. Beanz
Banned.
 
Mr. Beanz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Posts: 19,896

Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
It used to bother me that others didn't wave but after meeting sooo many riders, I've found the riders that are really excellent riders will wave and are very friendly people. The best guys are great! Few years back I was riding near a big group of guys, some dude came up and joined the group. Nice dude, we ended up having a real good time and ride. Turns out it was the California state road champ. ...Excellent dude! Also met a few other great guys that are similar.

I finally realized the snotty no wavers weren't actually as "serious" as they thought, F*@& 'em, let them stay in their little corner.
Mr. Beanz is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 10:03 AM
  #24  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 8,914

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2310 Post(s)
Liked 608 Times in 364 Posts
Well for one thing a lot of the would be wanna be racer boyz with their seat jacked way up and their handle bars way down are mainly staring at their front wheel. They probably dont even see a lot of cyclist riding towards them.

Second with that ultra tiny seat on racing bikes jammed---------------well anyway they probably dont feel too friendly or feel like smiling.

BTW it could have something to do with snobbery, and the cost of the bike. When I was riding my DF road bike and mountain bikes, (middle cost bikes) roadies seldom waved. Now riding my bents that cost a lot more, I do seem to get more waves.
rydabent is offline  
Old 03-30-13, 10:05 AM
  #25  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 30,100

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1524 Post(s)
Liked 503 Times in 296 Posts
I think that there's a lot of people who ride road bikes and they're not all the same.

Show me 100 of any kind of people and I'll find some that I like better than others. Why would you think that jersey wearing road bike riders would be any different?
Retro Grouch is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.