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Old 01-19-17, 07:14 AM   #1
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What's the funniest comment you've heard while riding your bent?

Mine was a young child asking his mother, "Mommy, what's wrong with that man that he has to ride a bike like that"?
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Old 01-19-17, 07:16 AM   #2
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Not a funny comment as a funny happening. Went out on Halloween night on my trike and scared the living crap out of a group of kids with parent.
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
He made an objectionable assumption - that there must be something wrong with you. Why shouldn't he expect an objectionable answer? Although I probably would have asked him why he though I had to have a disability to ride a trike.
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Old 01-20-17, 01:31 PM   #5
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Someone asked me, "What's wrong with you that you have to ride a trike?"
My response, "Not a thing. What's wrong with you that you have no imagination?"
His final retort, "No need to be snippy."

It doesn't sound as funny as it was when I wrote it and then read it just now. You kinda had to be there.
Understood, I was riding my trike in a snowstorm (I commute by bicycle) and a woman stopped her car, in the middle of the road and with a loud voice and stupefied expression, said, loudly "Wha' the heck" with a long, rising, tone applied to "heck." Very funny; but as observed in the other incident, you have to have been there.

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Old 01-21-17, 06:35 AM   #6
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As I was riding my trike (with a spinner-style flag) past a group of 20-somethings one called out to me "Sauce! So much sauce!"

I assume that means something good, but I really have no idea.
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A few years ago on the annual Hilly Hundred tour, we rode past a fellow on a 'normal' bike who looked at us on our Screamer and exclaimed "Now I've seen everything!"
Seeing a recumbent tandem made his life complete?
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Old 01-21-17, 03:35 PM   #8
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Mother of one of my daughter's friends, dropping my daughter off as I rode my new (to me) Rotator swb: "That's neat! Did you make it yourself?"
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Old 04-24-17, 10:12 AM   #9
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Some (other) old fart once said to me "you're not going to tell me that's comfortable!". I wasn't planning to tell him anything so I didn't.
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Some (other) old fart once said to me "you're not going to tell me that's comfortable!". I wasn't planning to tell him anything so I didn't.
I think that "comfort" comments directed towards bents aren't really about physical comfort, but rather about ease-of-use. They imagine that steering a recumbent would be awkward.
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Old 04-25-17, 06:30 PM   #11
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mine was, "But, but, but (pant) I can't, (pant) can't get a (pant) ... a draft from you!"
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Years ago, I had a brand new Volae Team high racer and a guy mentioned that I had a strange bike and I must have made it myself. I told him, "Yes. The hardest part was laser etching DuraAce on the crank arms."

After we had a laugh at his expense, we had a congenial talk about bents.
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Old 05-02-17, 07:27 PM   #13
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Last year at the Assenmacher 100 while observing my Baron lowracer. "but, you recumbent guys just aren't as fast as road bikes".

A few miles later...whoosh!! as I flew by.
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A woman standing on a street corner asked me with a very serious tone "do you get a better workout that way?". I said "Yes, my grinning muscles get a serious workout!"
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A 3 year old on a rear bike seat just started chuckling as I rode by on my Giro 20 and said, "What was that?"
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Mrs. Grouch and I were riding one morning when a guy in a pick up truck, headed the other way, yelled "You're crazy."

I'm still trying to figure out if he meant "good crazy" cool or "bad crazy" mentally ill. Mrs. Grouch and I decided that, since it was the two of us together, it had to be "good crazy".
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6 year old to little brother "He made that from a wheelchair.".

Wrong, but still clever.
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My thought many times on many Cycle Oregons following one particular rider on a bent with high pedals and a fairly upright seatback - a double amputee on a unicycle.

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Not really too funny, but I often get asked how do you steer that thing.
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Actually this was a comment to my wife. We both ride recumbent trikes because we enjoy them, not due to any physical malady. My wife had just finished riding the RideATAXIA course, which is a benefit ride to raise funds for Friedreich's Ataxia. ("Friedreich's ataxia is an autosomal recessive inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.") A bike rider came up to her, still on the trike, and asked her how long she'd had it. She replied "about 3 years". The bike rider said "Really! You're doing great!". It took a moment for my wife to realize the question was about the disease, but she was replying about the trike. To spare embarrassing them both, my wife just said "Thank you" and moved on.
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On my windcheetah, stopped at a stop sign, driver in an SUV calls out "i give people like you a lot of credit, you're not letting your handicap slow you down."
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