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The Rider That Didn't Wave

Old 10-06-07, 06:10 PM
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The Rider That Didn't Wave

I think I'm going to make this into a childrens book. I got the idea while riding, figured it would be stupidly-annoyingly funny. Kind of like Ween.


Once upon a time, in a land full of nice happy cyclists, there was an especially nice, happy cyclist named Lucky. Lucky always wore the best cycling clothes, and rode the nicest, shiniest carbon fiber bikes. Lucky never had a bad day on his bike, after all, he was very lucky to have such nice equipment, and he always rode with a big smile.
Whenever another cyclist, or even a pedestrian, passed Lucky, he smiled even wider and gave a cheerful wave and sometimes a hepful hint or words of encouragement. Every time that Lucky waved, the other cyclist or pedestrian returned with a similar cheery wave. Lucky always helped out others too. He always stopped to help others with flats and gave out helmets to those who rode without.

Then one day, Lucky saw another cyclist on the other side of the road. Lucky had never seen this fellow before; he wore a neon orange construction workers vest, had unshaven legs, a big moustache and a 1980's non-vented helmet and rode on an old, squeaky Schwinn Varsity. Lucky waved to this strange fellow, but only to not get a return wave. Lucky figured that the new rider hadn't seen him wave so he said "HI!" and waved. The rider looked directly at him and kept riding at his slow pace.
Lucky then fell off of his bike and landed on a guard rail, causing him to lose his head, not to mention an arm or two.

Lucky was declared dead at the scene by the saddend paramedics, and was buried four days later. Nobody showed up to his funeral, and since he spent all of his money on bike parts, nobody knows where he's buried.


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So, fellow members of BF.net; please wave, or else this could be you.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:14 PM
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So the morale of the story is to not wave at other cyclists? Or not to spend all your money on bikes?
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Old 10-06-07, 06:15 PM
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Oh no.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:23 PM
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Lucky's a nice guy, was a nice guy. Nice guys always finish last.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:24 PM
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Why do I want to know where Lucky is buried?
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Old 10-06-07, 06:25 PM
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You're more likely to crash out when some asshat fred is climbing a 6% grade on the wrong side of the road.

Besides, unless you're stopped with a mechanical, you shouldn't have time to wave twice to a Fred. Even if they're travelling in the same direction.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:30 PM
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Shouldn't it have been the cyclist that didn't wave that dies? Otherwise, you didn't present your moral very well. Lucky waved and he died. The guy who didn't wave is apparently still alive and well, not waving at anyone.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:31 PM
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo Lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-06-07, 07:03 PM
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I knew Lucky. He was a crackhead. And he owed me money when he died.
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Old 10-06-07, 07:38 PM
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Um, I thought the idea was for freds to get mad when roadies don't wave.

Or is that the irony of the story?

I waved at a cyclist (on the trail) today.
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Since Lucky won't need the bike, can I have it?
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I was riding yesterday and saw another cyclist. Other cyclists are rare in my neck of the woods, and so sometimes I wave at them. But yesterday neither of us waved at each other.

I thought to myself, "Maybe I should make a big deal of it, and create a thread on the Road forum of how insulted I was that the other cyclist didn't wave." Then I thought, "Nah ... it's really no big deal."
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i give a nod, unless im goin slow, then i give a wave.


no aknowledment = dead to me.


he was probably an alchoholic anyway.
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I hate thread like this. Always leaves me guessing if Lucky was on Dura Ace or Record.


Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
I think I'm going to make this into a childrens book. I got the idea while riding, figured it would be stupidly-annoyingly funny. Kind of like Ween.


Once upon a time, in a land full of nice happy cyclists, there was an especially nice, happy cyclist named Lucky. Lucky always wore the best cycling clothes, and rode the nicest, shiniest carbon fiber bikes. Lucky never had a bad day on his bike, after all, he was very lucky to have such nice equipment, and he always rode with a big smile.
Whenever another cyclist, or even a pedestrian, passed Lucky, he smiled even wider and gave a cheerful wave and sometimes a hepful hint or words of encouragement. Every time that Lucky waved, the other cyclist or pedestrian returned with a similar cheery wave. Lucky always helped out others too. He always stopped to help others with flats and gave out helmets to those who rode without.

Then one day, Lucky saw another cyclist on the other side of the road. Lucky had never seen this fellow before; he wore a neon orange construction workers vest, had unshaven legs, a big moustache and a 1980's non-vented helmet and rode on an old, squeaky Schwinn Varsity. Lucky waved to this strange fellow, but only to not get a return wave. Lucky figured that the new rider hadn't seen him wave so he said "HI!" and waved. The rider looked directly at him and kept riding at his slow pace.
Lucky then fell off of his bike and landed on a guard rail, causing him to lose his head, not to mention an arm or two.

Lucky was declared dead at the scene by the saddend paramedics, and was buried four days later. Nobody showed up to his funeral, and since he spent all of his money on bike parts, nobody knows where he's buried.


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So, fellow members of BF.net; please wave, or else this could be you.
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Ha ha lucky, I pee on your grave you carpel tunnel waver. HA I say,.. ha indeed.

pffft
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Originally Posted by samsation7 View Post
I hate thread like this. Always leaves me guessing if Lucky was on Dura Ace or Record.
SRAM Red.
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Let's call Fred and hear his side of the story.
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I'm sure the commuter didn't wave to the roadie, because the communter waved to a roadie once before, only to be snubbed by the roadie with his arrogantly gleaming guads. And that roadie previously had been snubbed by a tourer who was panting four loaded panniers up a hill at 4 mph and couldn't even see the roadie thru his glinting reefer-burnt eye balls. And that tourer had been snubbed back in the third grade by the pigtailed girl down the street, who turned up her nose and punched him in the arm, causing him to fall off his Stingray.

Cycling is pain.
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Originally Posted by samsation7 View Post
I hate thread like this. Always leaves me guessing if Lucky was on Dura Ace or Record.
I meant to incorporate that into the story, but it got cut. (He was riding Dura-Ace with Nokons in this story)

And the moral of the story was that if you don't wave to other cyclists, you'll cause them to die.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:50 AM
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If you have enough energy to wave, you're not riding hard enough.
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I always nod, at least. I try to ignore those who don't nod back, but I do find myself wondering about them. But then, I live in New England, where people are supposed to be stuck up and gruff.

My highly anecdotal, statistically insignificant findings: The more expensive the bike and gear, the less likely that the rider will nod. I hate to sound reverse-snobbish, but there it is.

If they're going 30 mph, I don't bother. But if they're anywhere around 20 or under... come on. It's a beautiful day, and we're all doing something we love. Make a connection. Dare to feel good.
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My favorite part of road acknowledgement is the absolute minimal a lift of the finger from the drops, or perhaps the barely perceptible nob of the head. The big 'ol wave is just goofy.

Lucky needs to flip his stem anyway
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Then one day, Lucky saw another cyclist on the other side of the road. Lucky had never seen this fellow before; he wore a neon orange construction workers vest, had unshaven legs, a big moustache and a 1980's non-vented helmet and rode on an old, squeaky Schwinn Varsity. Lucky waved to this strange fellow, but only to not get a return wave. Lucky figured that the new rider hadn't seen him wave so he said "HI!" and waved. The rider looked directly at him and kept riding at his slow pace.
This is uncanny...i totally passed the exact same rider yesterday, except i was coming up behind him and when i tried to say "Hi" He just looked at me with an odd look....
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Originally Posted by BostonRoadee View Post
But then, I live in New England, where people are supposed to be stuck up and gruff.
Im in the right part of new england then cause everyone on and off the bike is pretty nice
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
I think I'm going to make this into a childrens book. I got the idea while riding, figured it would be stupidly-annoyingly funny. Kind of like Ween.
Dude, you really gotta quit riding stoned, or you'll end up like Lucky.
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