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Stupid Question; Paved Trail Etiquette?

Old 06-18-14, 11:07 AM
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Stupid Question; Paved Trail Etiquette?

There's a very long paved trail down by the river about a ten minute drive from my house. I have gone down there a couple of time to ride. There are lots of riders on the trail. I stay to the right which seems to be the correct thing to do. But what about waving? Sometimes people wave (usually the more casual rider) but a lot of times they don't. I never know which I should do as far as rider acknowldegement. Do we even do that? I suppose I should just keep my head down and pedal my fat ass off, but wondering what to do in this situation. Don't wave at the guys dressed like their on the Tour? Wave at the guys on Mtn Bikes before they go off trail? Don't wave at anyone with a bike worth more than mine?
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Old 06-18-14, 11:29 AM
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YAWT (Yet Another Waving Thread.)

Do what ya want. There are some who think not waving means you are unfriendly, anti-social, too serious, not having fun, Lance wannabee, etc. In reality, not waving means you didn't wave.
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Old 06-18-14, 11:34 AM
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I would think the least one could do in simply nod one's head in acknowledgement.
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Old 06-18-14, 12:07 PM
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How many people wave at you when you're driving? How many do you wave at?

How many people wave at you when you're walking down a sidewalk? How many do you wave at?

Why does ANYONE get bent out of shape because they waved at another cyclist while riding, and the other cyclist didn't wave back? Why the hell are you waving at someone you don't know in the first place? Do you do it during any other activity? Jeez!
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Old 06-18-14, 12:28 PM
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On a narrow trail, keeping both hands on the handlebars is much safer. If you want to say hi, then say hi.
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Old 06-18-14, 12:49 PM
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Its completely up to each person... there is no set etiquette about it.
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Old 06-18-14, 12:51 PM
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Stupid question is right.
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Old 06-18-14, 12:54 PM
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I waive or head up nod at everyone.. If they return the gesture, great and if not then I just pedal on..
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Old 06-18-14, 01:49 PM
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I've never encountered waving, but I often give and receive head nods and smiles. It's an in-crowd thing. I would stick to nodding, as you should keep your hands on the bars.
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Old 06-18-14, 02:19 PM
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MLB is trying to get fans to stop doing The Wave.

Rangers ban wave with funny message - CBSSports.com
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Old 06-18-14, 02:22 PM
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Guess I was over thinking it. Never know which things bikers (or any group) get their panties in a bunch about. I'll chalk this one up to no big deal.

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If someone waves at me, I nod and smile back at them. Maybe splay my fingers while leaving the palm on the bars. If they don't wave at me, I don't do anything back. I don't get concerned about whether or not they wave whether or not I know them. Life is too short.
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Old 06-18-14, 02:34 PM
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There is a sense of community among many cyclists, but it is not universal, and even those that feel the sense of community may express it differently.

I usually nod, and sometimes say hi. I will sometimes lift my fingers from the grips in a semi-wave. On the trails I ride, I usually get acknowledged, but the response is up to them, and I don't worry either way. Well, I might smile a little more if I am acknowledged...
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Sometimes I wave but I don't always have the energy so sometimes I don't.

Cycle chicks I wave and smile.
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Old 06-18-14, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by SquatchBiker View Post
Guess I was over thinking it.
There you go!
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Old 06-18-14, 04:55 PM
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Wave any time you want to. Just don't take it personally if someone doesn't wave back. If I'm working hard or for some other reason don't want to take a hand off the bars, I usually at least acknowledge the person waving with a nod and a smile. Most cyclists are pretty friendly.
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Old 06-18-14, 05:21 PM
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Does anyone here wave while driving a car to the driver of another car?

I think this might put this in perspective.
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Old 06-18-14, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Horne View Post
Does anyone here wave while driving a car to the driver of another car?

I think this might put this in perspective.
Motorcyclists wave. I've done that when on my motorcycle. Some will wave when you are on a bicycle.

I don't know why, maybe because on our two wheeled machines, we can actually see the other person, as opposed to someone in a cage. Even topless cages it can be hard to see someone through the suns reflection on the wind shield.

It could be that you don't see as many cyclists on the road, at least in some parts of the States. We are still not a bike friendly as other countries. I think we have more jackasses here that won't give any room on the road, even though the other lane going the same direction on a 4 lane road, is completely empty. Many people will even yell to get off the road.
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Originally Posted by Dave Horne View Post
Does anyone here wave while driving a car to the driver of another car?

I think this might put this in perspective.
I can understand your perspective since cycling is probably no big thing in the Netherlands. When you're in South Dakota, USA in January riding along and see another cyclist, it's like Little Darwin said, there's a sense of community among some riders, so you wave or do something to acknowledge your shared passion.
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I dismount and give the passing cyclist a big hug. I do this whenever riding on the MUP. And as soon as my probation is over, I'll be right back out there.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
On a narrow trail, keeping both hands on the handlebars is much safer. If you want to say hi, then say hi.
Really? Cause I can steer perfectly well with one hand and reasonably well with none.
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Old 06-18-14, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Horne View Post
Does anyone here wave while driving a car to the driver of another car?

I think this might put this in perspective.
Well, actually, I have done that. Minnesota is a friendly place and it's not at all unusual to have someone smile, nod or wave just because you made eye contact.
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To answer the driving question, Harley bikers to any other bike than a sport bike. Non-Harley cruiser riders to most other bikers but sometimes not sport bikes. Sportbikes to most other bikes. Jeep drivers and back pre-Tacoma era, Toyota pickup trucks.
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Originally Posted by danmc View Post
I dismount and give the passing cyclist a big hug. I do this whenever riding on the MUP. And as soon as my probation is over, I'll be right back out there.
First laugh of the day. Thanks!
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