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Old 05-25-20, 12:15 PM
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Waving

I've always been a big waver, I wave to all bikers, doesn't matter if you are pulling a trailer of kids or if you are looking like a hardcore roadie I wave. However, recently I've seen two different bikers riding cities bikes with flat bars, and AERO clip on bars attached, to me that's a step to far. I can't wave at such a person.
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Then don't.
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People here don't get it.
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Good for you on waving, I too am a waver!
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Originally Posted by dougphoto View Post
I've always been a big waver, I wave to all bikers, doesn't matter if you are pulling a trailer of kids or if you are looking like a hardcore roadie I wave. However, recently I've seen two different bikers riding cities bikes with flat bars, and AERO clip on bars attached, to me that's a step to far. I can't wave at such a person.
On being human 101....wave.

unless your indrops or tt bars in race situation and or going for PR or not safe.
just wave.😄
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Old 05-25-20, 02:17 PM
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Trying to picture in my head....a step-through townie with aero bars. Tough to imagine.

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Old 05-25-20, 03:11 PM
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I don't wave at people who take Strava segments without power meters.
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Old 05-25-20, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't wave at people who take Strava segments without power meters.
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Thank you for the report. Not sure why you care so much what bar arrangement works for other people though.
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Old 05-25-20, 04:24 PM
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I do the Subie wave, I assume they are enlightened and drive an STI or WRX
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Old 05-25-20, 04:38 PM
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I wave, I like waving. I notice the frequency I get waved at initially is dependent upon my bike and attire. When I’m on my ugly old hybrid or touring bike with some Zoic or Club Ride casual cycling clothes and Shimano SPD sandals I hardly get waved at. If I’m on my Seven wearing Rapha and all color coordinated I get waved at constantly. I only don’t wave if circumstances dictate I need to keep my hands on the bar and my mind focused on safe navigation.
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We need a wind tunnel study on waving. Is it worse than Gatorskins?
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Epic post, dude.

I walked passed hundreds of pedestrians today. Not one of them waved. But I did stop and talk with Marlene. She was watering plants outside the hardware store where she works. We practiced proper social distancing. I proudly support my LHS.

Now show us on the doll where the flat bars with clip on aero bars hurt you.

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Old 05-25-20, 05:22 PM
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I saw only a one cyclist in the mountains yesterday, in 60 miles, to whom I gladly waved, or rather yelled something to, since I was descending behind a line of cars riding the brakes pretty hard.

What annoyed me slightly was that almost ever single person in a car who had their window down waved, and that got kinda old after a while. So I just stared at the road in front of me, and probably rubbed a few motorists the wrong way, but so be it. Only saw maybe 100-150 cars the entire day, so NBD.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't wave at people who take Strava segments without power meters.
There's a young pro cyclist in my area, and he waves to me every time we pass by each other..

Brandon McNulty is a good kid.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
There's a young pro cyclist in my area, and he waves to me every time we pass by each other..

Brandon McNulty is a good kid.
@LAJ. He started stealing my KOMs when he was 15, and It pissed me off. Now I proud to say that he's the one that took them.
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The most you'll ever get from me is a nod.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
@LAJ. He started stealing my KOMs when he was 15, and It pissed me off. Now I proud to say that he's the one that took them.
That's awesome. Having a few of those names around here, it's always cool to see how they do, in relation.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
There's a young pro cyclist in my area, and he waves to me every time we pass by each other..

Brandon McNulty is a good kid.
What area might this be? I feel I've seen that name on Strava before.
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Originally Posted by Princess_Allez View Post
What area might this be? I feel I've seen that name on Strava before.
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I waiver about this topic.
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Originally Posted by dougphoto View Post
I've always been a big waver, I wave to all bikers, doesn't matter if you are pulling a trailer of kids or if you are looking like a hardcore roadie I wave. However, recently I've seen two different bikers riding cities bikes with flat bars, and AERO clip on bars attached, to me that's a step to far. I can't wave at such a person.
You probably don't waive at cyclist using flat pedals either, right? If you have time to see that, are you even pedaling hard enough?

I waive from time to time, but just by lifting my left index & middle fingers (making a hand peace sign) without getting my hands off the bars.

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Old 05-26-20, 07:16 AM
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Same silly topic over and over on motorcycle forums. Do Harleys wave at sport bikes? Do pirates wave at power rangers? Do trikes or scooters deserve a wave? Never understood that after 40 years of riding. As a newbie road cyclist it’s hilarious to see the same topic🤣
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I yell
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
I think BF should require a grace period between waving threads. This last one isn't even dead yet. Some cyclists and arrogance Maybe they can be merged?
Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
I wave, I like waving. I notice the frequency I get waved at initially is dependent upon my bike and attire....

I only don’t wave if circumstances dictate I need to keep my hands on the bar and my mind focused on safe navigation.
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I yell.
So to this recurrent popcorn subject, I have previously posted my unwavering opinion:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
"Wave rate"

. ..Personally, I do wave, except where there are loads of cyclists, such as my early morning commute in downtown Boston. I’m not put off by a lack of response either.
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If you're nodding at 90% of riders in Boston, you must look like a bobblehead doll when you ride.
I do have a seemingly unique greeting besides, or in addition to a wave. I yell a hearty “YO.”It’s an easy syllable to shout, and IMO expresses a crusty comeraderie, yet does not expect a reply. Maybe you could try that.

A couple years ago on the Wall Street Journal morning news program on the radio was a feature segment about runners and cyclists greeting each other. The most significant reason to do so, as I recall was that both participants in such an encounter face the same dangers on the roads and MUPs.

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