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Should I be offended, flattered, or terrified?

Old 04-18-17, 03:20 PM
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Should I be offended, flattered, or terrified?

So I've been road riding for a few years now. Always kind of go for distance slow and steady gets er done. Then I see a person pedaling their ass off on the rec path and they look both ways enter the road and come up right behind me... and say nothing at all... it's happened about five times now. I used to be that person maybe they want to join the roadies or something I just wish they would say something before appearing directly behind me.

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Old 04-18-17, 03:22 PM
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oh dear lord here we go again.

Don't announce, someone gets offended. Announce, someone gets offended.

You should go have a chat with this guy
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Just let it go....their lack of manners shouldn't be your problem.
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Why does this always happen on bike paths?
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Good call on letting it go.. I probably shouldnt have posted anything just happens pretty often. Different stroke diff folks. I'm sure their intent is not ill. Just havin fun. Just kinda put me off.

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Old 04-18-17, 03:39 PM
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Consider that maybe it was because you were riding like you knew what you were doing? I only announce myself to other cyclists if they are 'wobblers', or there is some reason why they might veer left while I'm passing.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Why does this always happen on bike paths?
Because they are often narrow. One guy has to be in front and the other behind. Hey, this could be worse. It could be about half-wheeling.
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Originally Posted by bikingtotown View Post
Good call on letting it go.. I probably shouldnt have posted anything just happens pretty often. Different stroke diff folks. I'm sure their intent is not ill. Just havin fun. Just kinda put me off.
This pretty much sums up almost everything you need to know about life.
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No Im in the road other guys on bike path. I'm not trying to start **** just was venting. Prob a mistake.
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If it was just another person on the same road I'd be fine w it. Its that see me go by and decide oh I'm gunna ride directly behind that that guy
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No Im in the road other guys on bike path. I'm not trying to start **** just was venting. Prob a mistake.
That kind of changes things a bit. You're right, that's a bit odd. I'd start to wonder, too.
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Sitting on a wheel without announcing yourself and taking your turn at the front is poor form. But if someone does it to you and it doesn't bother you, then let it be.
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Ugh, why is everyone so easily offended. Honestly. Just ignore it or grow a pair and tell them eff' off.

If he was riding next to me like an awkward conversation in a taxi I'd be weirded out too though.

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Clearly, all these folks have designs on your butt....
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Consider that maybe it was because you were riding like you knew what you were doing? I only announce myself to other cyclists if they are 'wobblers', or there is some reason why they might veer left while I'm passing.
Good call, my approach as well. People act as if they live alone on this planet.

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In my defense I posted this after bike ride and before I ate
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Ha love it thats not my phone number though so wouldn't help much
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A wheel sucker actually slightly improves the lead rider's aero. So in fact, you were being rude for not thanking the guy for the push.

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give him a break he was trying to get a slingshot for KOM attempt
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Originally Posted by bikingtotown View Post
So I've been road riding for a few years now. Always kind of go for distance slow and steady gets er done. Then I see a person pedaling their ass off on the rec path and they look both ways enter the road and come up right behind me... and say nothing at all... it's happened about five times now. I used to be that person maybe they want to join the roadies or something I just wish they would say something before appearing directly behind me.
What?
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I don't think you should be any of those things, but there's certainly nothing wrong with considering whether such feelings are reasonable. The polite response would be to say "hello," but I don't think anyone could blame you if your greeting was less than warm.
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Some people are greyhounds, and will do anything to have a rabbit in front. So, they see you go by and the instincts cut in and they chase until they catch up, then pace.

The fact that it's happened often with no consequences tells you it's pretty benign.

Personally, I don't like being drafted because it imposes an added degree of care should I decide to slow or stop on whim. But I don't mind if they pace off me a few yards back.

So, ignore the greyhounds, unless you prefer to zig across a few feet and lay up, so they come alongside, then strike up a conversation.
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I don't think you should be any of those things, but there's certainly nothing wrong with considering whether such feelings are reasonable. The polite response would be to say "hello," but I don't think anyone could blame you if your greeting was less than warm.
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You can't control what that guy does. Shrug it off and move on.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Why does this always happen on bike paths?

I would think that it's all of the bikes.
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