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Old 08-07-07, 04:42 PM
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Quit yelling at me.

Really, I've had enough. I ride on public roads, sometimes in groups. These things are fraught with natural perils. So please restrict you gestures to alert me to these perils to those that are genuinely, well, perilous. Cars approaching from behind don't need to announced with CAAAAAAARR BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!! unless there is an obvious need to alter course because of it. Similarly, please consider that pavement isn't perfect and limit your alerts to nasty roadkill, wheel crunching holes, cement blocks, and other crap nobody would possibly want to hit. Being a selective Fred is far more endearing than hearing your incessant whining. Besides, a simple hand gesture is much more elegant. Note the one I gave you after calling HOLE!!! because the pavement had a minor divot missing.
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Old 08-07-07, 04:45 PM
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So you would rather swing out in front of a buick or taco your brand new front wheel than hear someone anounce road hazards? Have fun with all that...
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Old 08-07-07, 05:09 PM
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We were doing a paceline around the lake the other day, and it's a bit narrow & windy, but 1 guy kept yelling "Car up" for cars coming the other way, which was a bit excessive.
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Old 08-07-07, 05:12 PM
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WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE YELLING AT YOU???
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Old 08-07-07, 05:13 PM
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Ummm, you should ride alone?

If you already do ride alone, my apologies to you both.
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Old 08-07-07, 05:21 PM
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okie dokie
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Old 08-07-07, 05:24 PM
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i can't do organized group rides because of this. it's just too annoying and i'll never enjoy myself. i perfer either riding by myself or with a just a few friends.
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Old 08-07-07, 05:32 PM
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This happened on a group ride once. So myself and a few of the guys started yelling stuff like 'Elephant', 'Helicopter', 'Lasers'. We all had a laugh about it... except the shouter.
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Old 08-07-07, 05:37 PM
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Learn to love group dynamics.

Or just ride solo off the front. That works well too so I've found.
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Old 08-07-07, 05:41 PM
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WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE YELLING AT YOU???
A spastic lack of selectivity on what's genuinely hazardous. Anyone ever hear the the tale of the boy who cried wolf?
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Old 08-07-07, 05:48 PM
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Are you trolling? Surely you are. When we yell: "Car back!", we are being team players, helping possibly save your life. The next time a car flies up your *****, and scares the ***** out of you, think about this little talk we are having.
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Old 08-07-07, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
A spastic lack of selectivity on what's genuinely hazardous. Anyone ever hear the the tale of the boy who cried wolf?
I gotta agree. Way too much noise, though I prefer too much to not enough.

I do wish people would use hand signals. From behind at speed it's damn hard to hear "Stopping!" but I'll pick up the hand gesture right away.
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Fine, next time we ride together, I won't utter a word.
Oh wait, we never ride together... So why are you posting this then?
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Old 08-07-07, 06:32 PM
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Being a selective Fred is far more endearing than hearing your incessant whining.
Oh, like you're so cool.
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Old 08-07-07, 06:52 PM
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It does get annoying. I can hear a car coming up behind me. Last week I got so sick of this one guy, a regular shouter, that I called out "P-3 Orion UP!" and pointed to one flying about. He was ticked, but the rest of the group laughed. This same guy doesn't use hand signals and thinks others can hear him yell out "STOP" or turns when he pulls over traffic and worse, aircraft.
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Originally Posted by mezza View Post
This happened on a group ride once. So myself and a few of the guys started yelling stuff like 'Elephant', 'Helicopter', 'Lasers'. We all had a laugh about it... except the shouter.
lol That is quite funny.
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Old 08-07-07, 07:21 PM
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I called out a cigarette butt the other day...I'm so embarrassed. I didn't want it to puncture anyone's tire though.
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Geez . . . somethings got somebody's shorts in a knot.
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You can get round this by wearing an iPod on group rides.
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The hyper-tendency to scream CAR BAAACCKKK!!! and CAR UPPPPPP!!! is #3 on Pcad's Top Ten Fred Warning Signs. Please make a note of it.
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It can be annoying. Most of what is yelled is kind of pointless. I have to admit though that I have been guilty to adding to it at the beginning of larger groups rides that I am kind of leading (no official leader, but I tend to organize some of them) with people we have never ridden with before.

After you figure out people's styles it is easy to ride, and give appropriate warnings without uttering a word. That is bliss.
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If you ride past the park, and there's a Little League game in session... "BATTER UP!"




sorry, not original humor.

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Old 08-07-07, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DMF View Post
From behind at speed it's damn hard to hear "Stopping!" but I'll pick up the hand gesture right away.
You can't brake hard while making the hand gesture.
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I don't mind getting a quick "car back". If someone's thinking about attacking, this might do them a favor. (And please don't say "he should look before he jumps". You know as well as I do that riders get tunnel vision when on a group ride. Especially when there's a City Limit sign ahead.)

As for debris on the road, I agree that it only takes a quick point. And I agree that - although there's no reason to ride carbon wheels on a training ride - you're doing a brother a favor to point stuff out.

As for "stopping".... no need whatsoever.
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Old 08-07-07, 07:52 PM
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As for "stopping".... no need whatsoever.
+1 - the first time I ever heard that I thought it was a joke. I thought someone was making fun of all of the people that yell lots of cues. I was shocked when I realized that there are people in this world that need someone to tell them when a group of riders is slowing down.
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