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Old 07-09-09, 03:33 PM
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approaching another rider

What's the best way to pass another cyclist without startling him? When riding around my neighborhood I often come upon another cyclist. I've went way around them and have also tried to verbally let them know that I am going to pass them. Yesterday I scared a lady so bad that she went off the road and fell off her seat.
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I have this problem too, although it's more the pedestrians than the cyclists. I have tried saying:
- Excuse me
- Excuse me, coming through
- On your left/right
- Coming on your left/right

And one of 3 things happen
- They *barely* move to the side
- They pretend to not hear me and get startled when I pass them
- They move but look at me all offended like I gave them the finger or something...

Any suggestions?
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Some people will be freaked out by anything. My own personal recommendation, what I do, take it or leave it, is just give a lot of room, approach silently, and pass quickly. Sometimes I will say hello when I pass, but not always. If they are blocking the path or taking too much lane and it is not safe to go around I will usually approach slowly, say something like "hi" or "excuse me" and wait for their reaction to decide what to do next.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Some people will be freaked out by anything. My own personal recommendation, what I do, take it or leave it, is just give a lot of room, approach silently, and pass quickly. Sometimes I will say hello when I pass, but not always. If they are blocking the path or taking too much lane and it is not safe to go around I will usually approach slowly, say something like "hi" or "excuse me" and wait for their reaction to decide what to do next.
+1... If it's a sketchy rider that's all over the road, I'll usually say something as I'm coming up to them, especially if there's little room to pass.

of course, you could always just belt out a scream at the top of your lungs like you're on fire as you're approaching... they'll notice you
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Originally Posted by mtnroadie View Post
What's the best way to pass another cyclist without startling him? When riding around my neighborhood I often come upon another cyclist. I've went way around them and have also tried to verbally let them know that I am going to pass them. Yesterday I scared a lady so bad that she went off the road and fell off her seat.
ride around them, and give them a wide berth. duh.
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Old 07-09-09, 03:52 PM
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I ended up picking up a 4 dollar ding-ding kids bell and "fredifying" my bike. I find if I ring it 50-100 feet behind them it alerts them, and it also seems to be heard better over IPOD buds than my voice.

I realize I am adding like 200 grams of weight, so I stopped grabbing a candy bar out of the receptionists basket before leaving on my commute ;-)
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Originally Posted by Stickney View Post
I ended up picking up a 4 dollar ding-ding kids bell and "fredifying" my bike. I find if I ring it 50-100 feet behind them it alerts them, and it also seems to be heard better over IPOD buds than my voice.

I realize I am adding like 200 grams of weight, so I stopped grabbing a candy bar out of the receptionists basket before leaving on my commute ;-)
a 1/2lb. ding bell? It must be huge!
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Some people will be freaked out by anything. My own personal recommendation, what I do, take it or leave it, is just give a lot of room, approach silently, and pass quickly. Sometimes I will say hello when I pass, but not always. If they are blocking the path or taking too much lane and it is not safe to go around I will usually approach slowly, say something like "hi" or "excuse me" and wait for their reaction to decide what to do next.
Yeppers. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
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Old 07-09-09, 04:01 PM
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As silently and stealthily as possible. If they don't know you're there, they can't be frightened. They may freak out after you passed them, but by that point it's not your problem anymore.
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Insane alternative - have a taser mounted to a stick 3 ft in front of you and keep yelling "MOVE OR GET TASERED"
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As silently and stealthily as possible. If they don't know you're there, they can't be frightened. They may freak out after you passed them, but by that point it's not your problem anymore.
And since I usually will take the lane to pass, I am where a car would be. If that freaks them out, they shouldn't be on the road.
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My sculpted herculean legs are what freaks 'em out.
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Old 07-09-09, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
a 1/2lb. ding bell? It must be huge!
Worse, its a Schwinn from Target and it is not made of carbon fiber or Titanium.
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Worse, its a Schwinn from Target and it is not made of carbon fiber or Titanium.
I saw those yesterday, probably should get one too. It's cheap, and it works. Yes, it's not made from carbon fiber/titanium. I wonder what a carbon fiber/titanium bell would sound like though o.O...
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And since I usually will take the lane to pass, I am where a car would be. If that freaks them out, they shouldn't be on the road.
yeah. I guess I was thinking of some sort of skinny scenario, I rarely encounter riders going the same direction on my rides on the road, so I don't really know.
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Move about 10 feet to your left, then pass. Almost no chance of spooking someone if you give them enough room. If you pass closely, there is a good chance of spooking them no matter what you do.

Note that in some states, it is illegal to pass a bicyclist by less than 3 feet. Those laws are mostly aimed at cars passing bicyclists, but another bicycle passing closely can be just as dangerous.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Some people will be freaked out by anything. My own personal recommendation, what I do, take it or leave it, is just give a lot of room, approach silently, and pass quickly. Sometimes I will say hello when I pass, but not always. If they are blocking the path or taking too much lane and it is not safe to go around I will usually approach slowly, say something like "hi" or "excuse me" and wait for their reaction to decide what to do next.
This is pretty much what I do. Most of the riders that I encounter shouldn't be on a bike at all let alone on the road. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to experience this.
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Originally Posted by mtnroadie View Post
This is pretty much what I do. Most of the riders that I encounter shouldn't be on a bike at all let alone on the road. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to experience this.
Did you come out of the womb sporting some lycra? The self righteous types on this forum really kinda make me laugh. Gaining skills take time. I'll bet you that at some point, the thought of riding a big boy bike without training wheels scared the hell out of everone's hero, Lance. Who are you, or anyone else here lurking the internet to say who should or shouldn't be on a bike?
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Originally Posted by jason0617 View Post
Did you come out of the womb sporting some lycra? The self righteous types on this forum really kinda make me laugh. Gaining skills take time. I'll bet you that at some point, the thought of riding a big boy bike without training wheels scared the hell out of everone's hero, Lance. Who are you, or anyone else here lurking the internet to say who should or shouldn't be on a bike?
Take a chill pill dude.
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don't say anything. don't get too close.

all the bs on bf about waving and saying howdy is causing confusion.
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Just had this encounter this AM. Lady pulled out from a side street and proceeded to ride the white line at a slow pace. She did see me coming up but didn't move an inch. I couldn't move to her left because of traffic, so I slowed down, and called out "passing on your right", fully expecting her to swerve into to me. I did get by her but got one long, nasty look. My comment to her was "good morning" as I went by.
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Take a chill pill dude.
I know. I've been an ass the past 12 hours. Just ignore me.
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