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Old 01-22-09, 01:25 AM
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Why do guys wave?

I've got the garb, I go fast, I speed along little traveled roads, but it's like every time I come up on another roadie, I get a wave, or a nod. Is it really too much to avert your gaze from a fellow road biker? You must let off your wicked fast pace for a second to let me know that we're both comrades in the road wars?
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Old 01-22-09, 01:32 AM
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I wave in the hopes that the wavee will return the gesture, lose control, and yard sale it right there in front of me. Success incarnate.
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One day, someone waved to me and I didn't wave back.
I'm certain they put a curse on me, because the next day, it rained.
And my dog died.

I won't make that mistake again. Now I wave back every time.
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Old 01-22-09, 01:50 AM
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I undo my helmet and chuck it at anyone who waves at me.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
I undo my helmet and chuck it at anyone who waves at me.
Do you carry extra helmets w/ you? Or do you just chase the same one down over & over again after chucking it? Either way, sounds like a PIA to me.
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Old 01-22-09, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by x136 View Post
I wave in the hopes that the wavee will return the gesture, lose control, and yard sale it right there in front of me. Success incarnate.
This response makes the most sense, I like it.
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Old 01-22-09, 02:22 AM
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cyclist are just so happy that there is another cyclist out there vs. some jerk in a truck spitting chew at them.
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Old 01-22-09, 02:31 AM
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Not another one of these...so original!!
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We'll is a quick wave less energy consuming than having to say something. Why the hostility.. Just ignore the waver if it's that annoying to be friendly.. Let's say you were stuck with a tacoed wheel, would you then find a friendly gesture welcome.. Sometimes it seems cyclists are so few in numbers and excessively harassed in the hostile world of motorists , we might just have something in common..?
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Old 01-22-09, 03:34 AM
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Originally Posted by celticfrost View Post
Do you carry extra helmets w/ you? Or do you just chase the same one down over & over again after chucking it? Either way, sounds like a PIA to me.
Nah, I have a string attached to the helmet so I can just pull it back, ready for the next wave.
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cycling and boating are the same, must wave and be friendly. it's the same with jugglers, jugglers immediately make connections with common interests, they are waving because you are similar.

. . . if you really want to stop people from waving, then as soon as they do, and it's safe, make a u-turn, tailgate their ass for 3 miles and take the draft. they won't wave again
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Doubtful. .. ^.. Not everyone expects all cyclists to be such pricks.
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The only times I get waved at are in the middle of hairy windey high speed descends. Choosing between a friendly greeting and not crashing is pretty easy.

If you are able to wave, you're going to slowly!
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
Not another one of these...so original!!
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^. Really, what does it matter. I respond mostly because others find this worth posting. Do what ever floats your boat.
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Originally Posted by gonococcus View Post
The only times I get waved at are in the middle of hairy windey high speed descends. Choosing between a friendly greeting and not crashing is pretty easy.
That's where I yell out a ten second long "wassup" like those old Budweiser commercials as I disappear around the corner. That ought to give them a little comic relief as they struggle up the hill.
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It's called being nice. Something that is a rare display here in the forums.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
Nah, I have a string attached to the helmet so I can just pull it back, ready for the next wave.
Maybe you can use a bunch of slinkies instead of string so it will coma back to you.... Or better yet, a Shimano fishing reel on your handlebars to reel it back in.
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So do you also refuse to say "Good morning" to your co-workers and refuse to give your kids a hug when you get home from work?

I know the world would be a much better place if we all decided to ignore our fellow man and become taciturn and uncaring.
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So do you also refuse to say "Good morning" to your co-workers and refuse to give your kids a hug when you get home from work?

I know the world would be a much better place if we all decided to ignore our fellow man and become taciturn and uncaring.

Most of the riders out on the road (and even in here) think they are preparing for one of the grand tours and therefore are too busy or 'focused' to wave back. It's normally the same riders who are out the back before the end of the first lap in a race.
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Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
You must let off your wicked fast pace for a second to let me know that we're both comrades in the road wars?
If it slows you down to wave to someone then you have no business riding in the first place.
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Old 01-22-09, 06:00 AM
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If it slows you down to wave to someone then you have no business riding in the first place.
Classic!!
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A simple effort to be friendly, one that is easy to return and it has surprisingly positive effects....however, if you are hammering and in the zone, it is reasonable to maintain a high focus and not respond...it would be understood as not necessarily being unfriendly...keep hammering....but, if you have the time, it's a good thing to do
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Or better yet, a Shimano fishing reel on your handlebars to reel it back in.
Dura-ace or Ultegra?
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Any sign of recognition is appreciated. A head nod or hand motion while holding the bars is all it takes.

But there are the elitist Lance wannabes out there who make it apparent that their training puts the at a level where they cannot acknowledge someone that is so far below them.
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