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Cycling, why don't other riders gesture hello when

Old 11-29-07, 02:05 PM
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Cycling, why don't other riders gesture hello when

you pass them across the street. I was once a motorcyclist and we always gave a head nod or wave to other bikers passing by, but when I see other cyclist passing they almost never nod or wave hello. Is it just the south or is this just typical in cycling?
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I wave to other riders as I pass. Unless I'm in the middle of dropeing the hammer, in which case Im usually preoccupied.
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It must be you. Everybody waves to me.

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Originally Posted by MulliganAl View Post
you pass them across the street. I was once a motorcyclist and we always gave a head nod or wave to other bikers passing by, but when I see other cyclist passing they almost never nod or wave hello. Is it just the south or is this just typical in cycling?
There are many threads on this subject. I can summarize:

1) Stop being a baby
and/or
2) That person is working really hard and couldn't bother
and/or
3) They are a d!ck
and/or
4) We're going to yell at you
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Old 11-29-07, 02:11 PM
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Because not everyone is out looking to make friends when they're out on a ride. However, when I go home to Cincinnati, and I encounter a cyclist, which can be a rather rare sight, I often give a nod and receive one in return. But for the most part, I don't even bother.
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Old 11-29-07, 02:13 PM
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With the popularity of STI/Ergo, I think few people can ride without both hands firmly affixed to their handlebars.
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I usually give a nod and get a nod. Don't expect political debate or world events discussion's.
We are out for a reason, but I know what you mean.
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i always wave, and when i am in lexington i generally get waved back at, or at least a nod. when i am visiting my family in cincinnati, ive never been waved back at, despite probably having passed 20+ different riders.

i like to think people are more friendly in the south
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I wave at everyone on a bike when I'm out on a ride. When people don't wave back, it hurts me. Like really bad.

First, I'll get really pissed off. "How dare they snub me like that!" I will think to myself. Then after stewing for a bit, I'll turn the anger inwards. "Maybe it's me? Maybe my clothes aren't cool enough, or maybe my bike isn't nice enough? I'm such an idiot!!!" I'll bang my head against the wall, just to distract myself from the overwhelming emotional pain. I'll spend an hour or two crying while watching Oprah, then I'll get out a bottle of vodka and drink myself to sleep.

I will wake up early the next morning and do it all over again.

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Old 11-29-07, 02:34 PM
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I find most folks return a wave whether I'm on my bicycle or motorcycle.
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I got a gesture for ya, buddy!
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I gesture at trolls. You wanna guess what the gesture is?
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Originally Posted by MulliganAl View Post
you pass them across the street. I was once a motorcyclist and we always gave a head nod or wave to other bikers passing by, but when I see other cyclist passing they almost never nod or wave hello. Is it just the south or is this just typical in cycling?
There are so many cyclists on the road here on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula that we would all look pretty silly waving back and forth every 5 seconds. That said, when Hermes and I ride the tandem we wave at other tandems (they often don't wave back), our fellow WebCor racing club members acknowledge one another with at least a nod, and I say hello to folks when I happen to pass them. Sometimes people will yell out my name when they are passing in the other direction and I have no idea who they were and they are long gone - I feel bad about that. And as a stoker tandem, I often have my head down cranking away and oblivious to everything but my own thoughts and my Ipod.
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Originally Posted by littledjahn View Post
With the popularity of STI/Ergo, I think few people can ride without both hands firmly affixed to their handlebars.
That's a garbage excuse.

I try to wave to everyone I pass (or say "Good afternoon" or the like) that I pass on my rides.
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I consider the whole waving thing a gratuity: nice when it happens and it has no meaning when it doesn't. Investing any more emotional response into the matter is silly.
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Harden the F up?
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Originally Posted by littledjahn View Post
With the popularity of STI/Ergo, I think few people can ride without both hands firmly affixed to their handlebars.


Spoken like a true retro-grouch.

Maybe it's a regional thing. I wave to pretty much everyone, and get a wave or nod back about half the time. But then, I'm a fred.

We were in Europe earlier this year cycling on bike trails along the Danube and nobody, I mean nobody waved or said hi or guten tag or anything. Friggin' foreigners.*













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Originally Posted by bcart1991 View Post
That's a garbage excuse.

I try to wave to everyone I pass (or say "Good afternoon" or the like) that I pass on my rides.
Perhaps your sarcasm detection meter needs to be set to be a little more sensitive.
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Originally Posted by Namenda View Post
It must be you. Everybody waves to me.
On the MTB roadies ignore me but on the road bike- everyone gives some form of greeting- even if it is just 2 fingers from the mountain bikers.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Perhaps your sarcasm detection meter needs to be set to be a little more sensitive.
Dang, I'm still a little noobalicious here.

Perhaps I would get better respone on the trail if I showed more leg?
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Originally Posted by kukusz View Post
There are many threads on this subject. I can summarize:

4) We're going to yell at you
Have you actually READ that one? It has n-o-t-h-i-n-g- to do with this topic.


As for OP the motorcyclist: "we always gave a head nod or wave to other bikers passing by"

I disagree with this one for this reason: It's been my experience that Harley riders almost NEVER wave at sport bike riders, and vice versa. Gold Wing owners are generally exempt; they're usually grandparents.

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I don't wave, I just have an orgasm every time someone passes me.

Every time.

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I was at the beach in SC last summer, and had mapped out a T-shaped course that was about 15 miles long. I would do it three times, working pretty hard, and considering how flat and windy it was, it was a hard workout for me. One day, as I was riding, a rider was coming toward me in the opposite lane (two lanes, relatively fast traffic both ways). He was an older guy, big beard, wearing some pro team kit, moving pretty slowly. I only saw him at the last minute, but waved and said hi. He yelled something at me, but I missed it and kept going. Later, when riding back the other way, I saw him coming, and I waved again. He stopped and waved at me, like he wanted me to stop and talk, but I nicely waved and kept going. He yelled something again, but I missed it. The next day, I see him at a convenience store where I was starting my ride, and say hi. He gave me a hard time for not stopping the day before to talk, saying he was just trying to be nice and maybe find somebody to ride with. I really was surprised, I had waved and said hi. I said I was sorry, that I was doing intervals and could not stop in the middle. Not sure how that relates to this thread, but I thougt it was funny. Of course, after that I droped the hammer on him, but that's another story.
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I throw used batteries at anyone who waves at me. I don't see where they get off thinking they can get all chummy with me. I spit on them, if they're close enough.

This applies on or off the bike.
 
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
Have you actually READ that one? It has n-o-t-h-i-n-g- to do with this topic.
Of course it has nothing to do with it, and yes I have read every page.
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