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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-08-08, 10:29 PM
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Old 06-08-08, 10:46 PM
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^ ROFL...

Its pretty tough for me to nood. I think what he means by this is, to show someone your noodle. It's the new slang. And i don't have a easy access zipper. I will have to give it a shot though.

I feel the same way about this. I ride past a lot of riders on a really populated highway. Some of you may know it as the Bow Valley Parkway.

One of my buddies i ride with tells me to wave at everyone. Nods and small hand gestures are for jerks. He's a pretty funny guy and was mostly sarcastic. You kind of get sick of waving after the 20th person. And 90% just give you a smile and maybe a gesture. some, don't do anything at all. As long as you give a smile, i think its all good. Also, it really does not matter. cause you are never going to see these people again.
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Old 06-08-08, 11:13 PM
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I make eye contact and wave. Funny the road bikers wave at you while the mountain guys don't do anything. I guess the road community takes itself more seriously.
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Old 06-08-08, 11:19 PM
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watch the movie "2 seconds" and it tells you the correct way to acknowledge a fellow rider. slightly raise your left hand...thats it....dont even take it off the bar. and dont smile. its not cool
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Old 06-08-08, 11:24 PM
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Old 06-09-08, 03:27 AM
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Originally Posted by dervish View Post
watch the movie "2 seconds" and it tells you the correct way to acknowledge a fellow rider. slightly raise your left hand...thats it....dont even take it off the bar. and dont smile. its not cool
LOL, Dually noted.
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Old 06-09-08, 08:26 AM
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Old 06-09-08, 08:39 AM
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In response to the OP: Yes there are rules:

The general rule is that people wave to strangers when they are both doing something novel or special, or where there aren't many encounters, or where they somehow identify with the other person; and they don't wave when they are doing something common, or it's crowded, or the other person seems to be part of a different culture or group.

Car drivers don't wave to each other (common).
Pedestrians in small towns wave to each other (novel/special).
Pedestrians on New York sidewalks don't wave to each other (common).
Roadies in a city with few cyclists wave (novel/special).
Roadies in a city with lots of cyclist don't wave (common)
Roadies don't wave to Freds and vice versa (different culture).
Boaters on small lakes wave to each other (identify with each other)
Boaters on large lakes don't wave (don't identify)
New cyclists wave (novel/special) and seasoned cyclists don't wave back (snobs)

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Old 06-09-08, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by scottmorrison99 View Post
I wave. But if someone noods at me, I turn around, pass them, and drope the hamer using my massive guads.
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Old 06-09-08, 09:37 AM
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In my country, waving means "I am old and worthless, please slaughter me for your next meal".
I bought my Big Dummy for hauling carcasses home. America is wonderful country, land of plenty!
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Old 06-09-08, 09:45 AM
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This one time at band camp......
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Old 06-09-08, 10:17 AM
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I used to nod or wave but after reading this forum for about a month I'm convinced that all roadies are obsessed with whether or not someone waves or does not wave. Roadies are also obsessed with

1. whether other roadies are aholes or not aholes.
2. whether they themselves are regarded by other roadies as an ahole
3. how to spot an ahole (via wave/nod, via socks matching shorts, via rider joining/not joining group ride, etc.

According to others on the forum, certain behavior deserves screaming in the face, to which others say they react by elbowing/shoving.

So now I just tune out other roadies and ride my loop.
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Old 06-09-08, 10:21 AM
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So now I just tune out other roadies
So you don't wave? Snob.
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Old 06-09-08, 10:23 AM
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I like to give them the big "leaving on a cruise boat" wave. I usually get a wave back.
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Old 06-09-08, 10:36 AM
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In my country, waving means "I am old and worthless, please slaughter me for your next meal".
I bought my Big Dummy for hauling carcasses home. America is wonderful country, land of plenty!
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Old 06-09-08, 10:49 AM
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All of these threads on the subject are beginning to make me not nod, wave, smile etc. at anyone.
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Old 06-09-08, 10:54 AM
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I only wave to people who have bikes of equal value as mine. If it looks cheaper, then that's way too Fred and I look past. It it looks more expensive, that also is way too Fred, and I don't give them the dignity of a wave.
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Old 06-09-08, 11:04 AM
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I flip everyone off.
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encouragement if i pass and a fist in the air with an angry grunt if in opposing lanes. Either way I get smiles and thats what its all about. Even if the individual I encourage is a very healthy fast individual on a TT bike and they think im an ahole, i am passing them and the need encouragement...
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When I ride the backroads of East Tennessee, everybody in cars gives me the finger ...

the index finger to say "Howdy."
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Originally Posted by 62vette View Post
Maybe nobody else noods. You could try nodding
OP is from Ontario, Canada.. so it's nood. Like "nod" is nood, as "out" is Oo-ut

I nod or nood in Canada
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