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Old 05-06-09, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Pharmr View Post
"Preparing to crush your soul"
Either you pass slowly, or they never hear all of it.
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Old 05-06-09, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Either you pass slowly, or they never hear all of it.

unfortunately the former.
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
I just pass silently and try to get away from them as fast as possible. Startling them with a comment and having them swerve into me is not what I want.
This works well for me. I whistle at people who are really in the way. only use the MUP for recovery spins so a slight slow down won't annoy me.. but all the way across the path will get a lance like stare down
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
This works well for me. I whistle at people who are really in the way. only use the MUP for recovery spins so a slight slow down won't annoy me.. but all the way across the path will get a lance like stare down
I know I shouldn't have, but when I did ride on an MUP and came up behind people blocking the entire path ignoring my calls because they had ear phones in, I reached out and touched their shoulder before saying "PAY ATTENTION!" Startled the crap out of them, but I hope they learned.
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Originally Posted by Waves77 View Post
I found 'on your left' confuses non-cyclists.
Yep. Some people take that as a command and move left. "Passing on your left" or even just "Passing" causes fewer problems for me.
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Old 05-06-09, 07:26 PM
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I just hope they'll hear my freewheel, and when they react I say "'morning" or "thanks." If they're wearing earphones I yank the left one out as I'm passing.
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Old 05-06-09, 07:33 PM
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bells!

I missed mine so much after I broke it, my days are happy again with my new one

bells are actually mandatory on _all_ bikes here, and with good reason
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Old 05-06-09, 07:37 PM
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too bad we can't agree to all use the term "stick" from track racing.
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Originally Posted by pdedes View Post
too bad we can't agree to all use the term "stick" from track racing.
Track bike racing i assume.. cuz that's totally different in Track running.. "stick" is when you pass the baton in a relay..

in track workouts we used to yell "TRACK!" which should clear out the inside lane for the fast group.. slow group shouldn't be there in the first place buttt what can you do.

Aidy.. you're lucky enough to live in a country that has a much better bicycle culture.. i'm sure folks learn what to do when they hear a bell over there.. here.. at least where i am in RI folks have no idea what is going on.. they are walking, rollerblading, pushing strollers all over with ipods on. bells won't do anything (if heard) but have people do the squirrel dance in the path and eventually get in your way worse.
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Old 05-06-09, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by MissKristen View Post
The only problem was that I started laughing every time I needed to say it, so it came out as "hahahahahdiiiiinghahahaha" which made me sound like a crazy person.
This still accomplishes the same thing. If they think some crazy person is coming up behind them, they will get out of the way!
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I am really torn on this issue. Each morning I pass a group of four blue-haired beauties who are always walking shoulder to shoulder, blocking the entire path, even though signs all over the place clearly say you are supposed to stay to the right. It is a game each morning for me to pass them, and I never say 'on your left' because they are in the freaking way and 'on your left' isn't supposed to be a warning to get out the the way, just a courtesy to let people know you are passing. I have entertained using, "Get the f**k out of the way," but I haven't devolved to that point yet.

Contrasting this with others, who are on the right like they are supposed to be, I typically warn, but not always. Since I see the same people all the time, I know most of them are jamming to something spewing out of an iPod and don't hear a thing I do or say anyway.
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For some reason proclaiming the number of bikes seems to give them the impression that you are looking out for them instead of telling them to get out of your way. I loudly but nicely say "x number of bikes...far left" when I am about 2 seconds from them. This seems to work pretty well. I often say thanks if someone noticeably moved over for me. Or sometimes I give them a cool guy low hanging wave. Very harleyesque of me, I think.

But, I will admit that there is a certain type of person that I give no warning to. For some reason this type of person just seems more likely to move to the left or stop and turn around and get in my way if I say anything...so I just get by them as quickly as I can. If they are suprised...well, then they should not look so clueless and stupid when they go out walking

The guys I hate when I am a ped are the ones who yell "ON YOUR LEFT" just as they blow by you. What the heck is the point of that other than to scare you. I see it as very similar to a car honking as they pass you at speed.

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Old 05-06-09, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by dlester View Post
I am really torn on this issue. Each morning I pass a group of four blue-haired beauties who are always walking shoulder to shoulder, blocking the entire path, even though signs all over the place clearly say you are supposed to stay to the right. It is a game each morning for me to pass them, and I never say 'on your left' because they are in the freaking way and 'on your left' isn't supposed to be a warning to get out the the way, just a courtesy to let people know you are passing. I have entertained using, "Get the f**k out of the way," but I haven't devolved to that point yet.

Contrasting this with others, who are on the right like they are supposed to be, I typically warn, but not always. Since I see the same people all the time, I know most of them are jamming to something spewing out of an iPod and don't hear a thing I do or say anyway.
Sometimes I warn this kind of group...but I often just blow by them off the trail in the grass or something. My task is to get by them without tangling one of them in my wheels (See below).
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Originally Posted by muprocket View Post
Why do we have to be so polite about it? It's a warning that serious injury may result if motion is directed to the left - not a greeting. I'm loud and firm - at least I'm a ****** that didn't mow you down trying to be polite while lacking volume.
Maybe we should ask permission.
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Old 05-06-09, 08:10 PM
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Found on your left confused people to go to there left.
Started using (ding ding), most people find it amussing
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Originally Posted by aidy View Post
bells!

I missed mine so much after I broke it, my days are happy again with my new one

bells are actually mandatory on _all_ bikes here, and with good reason
Yeah, bells are mandatory here too ... it's a ticketable offense if you do not have one on your bicycle here, and the police do ticket cyclists for that offense.

There was just a TV News story about bicycle safety here yesterday afternoon ... cycling was presented from the cyclist's perspective (we have the right to the road too, and drivers can be ticketed for hassling us), and then a police officer came on and said that cyclists could be, and are being, ticketed for riding on the sidewalks and for not having bells.
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It's a given I'm probably on the left of most other riders.
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Originally Posted by Waves77 View Post
I found 'on your left' confuses non-cyclists.
There aren't usually very many non-cyclists on the road, aside from drivers. Road cyclists usually know "on the left".
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Originally Posted by Pharmr View Post
"Preparing to crush your soul"
yes.

on one of my bikes, i just coast; on the other bike, i ring the bell.

one problem i'm glad i don't have (that some apparently do) is people actually going to the left when you say "on your left" - maybe b/c i'm riding in the road, and cyclists know the routine? at least around here they seem to.
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So that is what it means.................

I hear that constantly right before some bearded recumbo rider dusts my b@lls.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
one problem i'm glad i don't have (that some apparently do) is people actually going to the left when you say "on your left" - maybe b/c i'm riding in the road, and cyclists know the routine? at least around here they seem to.

Yeah, exactly. If a small miracle happens and I pass a cyclist riding down the road, and say, "On your left", they all either hold their line or move a bit over to the right. After all, swerving left would put them closer to the traffic.

To me it seems that "On your left" is the most polite and most obvious option.
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Oh, this post reminds me of a good story.....we were on a lunch mtb ride 2 weeks ago when racer boy passed us. Cool, no problem. Well, up the trail he tried to pass a chick with headphones in and she did not yeild. He passed her aggressively and there was verbal exchange. He proceeded to pull over and SCREAM at her while they were both stopped in the middle of the trail for about 30 seconds until my group finally just started again and forced our way through them.

OK, I get that maybe someday he might go pro (yeah right) but that does not excuse being so stupid that you fail to see the irony of holding up 6 guys on the trail while you scream at someone for holding you up on the trail.

What a MORON!!! That dude clearly does not understand "the boise way".
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