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Old 04-10-11, 08:08 AM
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I had a funny one this winter. Nasty, wet, cold, snowy day and I was about 5 miles out on my winter ready MB when I had a young fellow in a truck pull up along side and roll his window down. I was expecting the same silly stuff I usually hear about "getting off the road". Instead he asked if I needed a ride, guess he could not believe I'd be out riding in such weather. I thanked him and told him all was well.

Of course I also have the regulars that wave when they pass me. I do the same basic 20 mile route each evening so run into a lot of the same cars as folks head home.
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Old 04-10-11, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
How do you guys feel about drivers that wave you through stop sign intersections when they clearly have the right of way?
My rule is that I wait my turn. Always. Well, except for when I am with a group. Then if a driver waves to indicate the whole group can go, and the group goes, I'll go, but I am vigilant to any other motor vehicles that may be waiting.

Also I know it's the appropriate legal terminolog, but if you drive do you call your self a "motorist" during casual conversation? The only people that I hear use that word on a regular basis are militant urban type cyclists and it pisses me off.
Depends on the conversation and the crowd. Just people (not cyclists)? I'll usually say driver, sometimes motorist. Among cyclists I use motorist and motor vehicle more frequently, because there are people who "drive" their bikes on the rode and (rightly) regard them as vehicles, something that a lot of motorists don't consider.
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Old 04-10-11, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I had a funny one this winter. Nasty, wet, cold, snowy day and I was about 5 miles out on my winter ready MB when I had a young fellow in a truck pull up along side and roll his window down. I was expecting the same silly stuff I usually hear about "getting off the road". Instead he asked if I needed a ride, guess he could not believe I'd be out riding in such weather. I thanked him and told him all was well.
I've had that once or twice, only here it's usually in the rain or in extreme (100+) heat. People do activities out in the heat all the time, and sometimes in the rain as well, but for some reason they can't believe that cycling on the roads would be one of them.
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Old 04-10-11, 08:15 AM
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I haven't been buzzed on the roads south of my house (knocks on wood). Most of the time the vehicles get over into the other lane. Also, usually they wave me through on 4-way stops. Maybe it's because they are used to cyclists in the area. As soon as I cross the road that puts me back in town all bets are off.

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Old 04-10-11, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
How do you guys feel about drivers that wave you through stop sign intersections when they clearly have the right of way?
I hate it. When it comes to intersections I want to be treated as just another vehicle, not something special.

Unless I'm tired, I'll wave them on. Sometimes I have to stop and put a foot down. A few times I have had to sit there for half a minute with my arms folded while the driver is waving away. Often you can't even see them waving behind the windscreen, you just know they're doing it. I've even had drivers do it at night.

The exception is in a group. There you need to stick with the group unless you want to do intervals to bridge back up all day. And it's more efficient for other traffic for the cyclists to go through the intersection as a group than to take it one by one.

I appreciate it when divers wait until it's safe to pass. I often give a wave of thanks when they go by.
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Old 04-10-11, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
what's a friendly honk?
Short and light beeps (so as not to startle you), usually accompanied by waving.


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There's no such thing to my ears.
The you might have gotten angry at people cheering you on.
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Old 04-10-11, 11:38 AM
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Hey i was riding last weekend and a car full of young woman were catcalling me gave me the funny thing is im 48 yrs old these girls were probally early 20's.......god i love cycling
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Old 04-10-11, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
Alright, so its easy to post a rant thread about a bad experience with a cager, but what about the good experiences?
Those are unremarkable because they are so common they aren't worth mentioning.

In addition to common courtesies, motorists often offer me assistance when I'm fixing my bike or if conditions are really bad, they'll sometimes pull over and offer to drive me back even though I'm still riding.

The only nice thing they do that I find boneheaded is that motorists will often pass me on the left and then want to wait for me to get by because they have a right turn. I always signal to them to go ahead and turn and even pull way left behind them so I can continue through. I'd prefer they just went ahead and followed through on their right hook since it gets everyone where they're going faster.
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Old 04-10-11, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
Alright, so its easy to post a rant thread about a bad experience with a cager, but what about the good experiences? Today I had to stop at a light. I was in the left side of the right turn lane. I noticed a car with its right turn blinker on several feet behind me. I moved up and over to the left a bit, and then signaled the driver that it was ok for him to come up and turn. When he got even with me his window was down and he said 'thanks, didn't want to be rude'. I said 'no worries, but I really appreciate that'.
When I wore out my big ring, got a spontaneous down-shift while standing, and crashed hard a couple gave me and my bike a ride home.
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Old 04-10-11, 02:01 PM
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I started riding in 2007 and have been buzzed a few times and had a cursing match with a redneck once. Other than that, my riding experience has been quite good. Most drivers give me at least half a lane if possible. This area (believe it or not) is really a pretty nice area for cycling.
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Old 04-10-11, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rusted_rider View Post
Hey i was riding last weekend and a car full of young woman were catcalling me gave me the funny thing is im 48 yrs old these girls were probally early 20's.......god i love cycling
Hate to burst your bubble, but some people just like to have fun with us. This kind of thing happens to me on occasion too, pretty much always when I'm hauling ass. Still, I'll take it. A bit of good natured ribbing is always fun.
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Old 04-10-11, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Those are unremarkable because they are so common they aren't worth mentioning.
If so, then can we as a community be accused of taking motorists' acts of kindness for granted? I'm always grateful for the good experiences that I admit occur every time I ride, in contrast to the far fewer number of motorists that show me (us) utter disregard, and whose actions could possibly result in my (our) serious injury causing me (us) to focus on these instances more.

The only nice thing they do that I find boneheaded is that motorists will often pass me on the left and then want to wait for me to get by because they have a right turn. I always signal to them to go ahead and turn and even pull way left behind them so I can continue through. I'd prefer they just went ahead and followed through on their right hook since it gets everyone where they're going faster.
Yeah, I've experienced this as well. However, I can't fault them for being too cautious when I'm near their vehicle. If all motorists were this conscientious it'd be a lot safer for us out on the road.
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If so, then can we as a community be accused of taking motorists' acts of kindness for granted
We can be accused, but I'm not sure if that would be a fair generalization. Many riders take nothing for granted. Others don't seem to believe kindness and consideration even exists -- in these cases, I believe lack of experience or bad attitude is typically the issue.

I think cluelessless among cyclists is a far bigger problem (just as is the case with motorists).
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Old 04-10-11, 05:27 PM
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i've had drivers wave me through intersections lots of times, and if there's no one else waiting, i usually go (mostly it's when i'm stalling and trying to avoid unclipping/stopping). i always make sure to give a thank-you wave. i've also had a few cars cheer me on, and while i'm not always sure if it's serious or messing with me, it's harmless either way.

on the flip side, i almost got hit today. car in front of me slowed down, so i went to pass on the right. as i did so, they started turning right onto a side street. i squeaked by just in time for my back wheel to escape their front fender. they should have signaled (they didn't), but i guess i should also have been more wary of why they might be slowing down.
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Old 04-10-11, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by climber7 View Post
car in front of me slowed down, so i went to pass on the right.
This is a common situation and a suicidal reaction even if that is not the intent.

In these cases, I like to pull behind the car. That way, they can see that I'm watching them and they can turn right without coming down on me. Fight the urge to pass on the left until the car is actually turning. Otherwise, they could surprise and flatten you.

For maximum flexibility, you want unpredictable drivers in front of and not beside you.
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Old 04-10-11, 05:53 PM
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My most recent was today. Me and 3 others were hammering on a straight dirt road on our MTBs. A pickup truck approached from the opposite direction, lifting a big dust cloud. About 200m before crossing us, he slowed down almost to a walking pace and waved when we crossed.
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Old 04-10-11, 06:22 PM
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On yesterday's ride we were approaching a large rider mower cutting the grass on the shoulder and kicking up a ton of debris into the road. As our group got closer he turned off the blades giving us safe passage. Nice to know some do care.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
One time I had a flat tyre near a busy intersection and several motorists stopped to ask if I needed help.

That was nice.
That reminds me. I was changing a flat and a guy in a pickup truck stopped and asked if I had everything I needed. "Of course, you stupid cager" I replied. Jk

Another run-in I had was when I crashed. I flipped up and over my handlebars and landed in the middle of the road. The lady behind me lays on her horn and when I pick myself up I was about to go ask if she had lost her mind. But I guess she was just signaling the drivers behind her that she was stopping for me. I went from rage to cool instantly.

I can't really think of any negative encounters.
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I crashed at the end of February. A great passing motorist, witnessed it, dragged me unconscious from the wet ditch, and phoned 911. I had him phone my wife once I was somewhat back on-line. The dude phoned the next day to see how I was. That was a very good Samaritan!
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
We can be accused, but I'm not sure if that would be a fair generalization. Many riders take nothing for granted. Others don't seem to believe kindness and consideration even exists -- in these cases, I believe lack of experience or bad attitude is typically the issue.

I think cluelessless among cyclists is a far bigger problem (just as is the case with motorists).
Right... it's not like the idiot behind the wheel of a car becomes any less of an idiot when he hops on his bike. Sometimes around here I feel some cyclists actually believe when people are in a car they are no longer the same species in the animal kingdom. There are even disparaging names for drivers that paint them all with the same stroke.

Truth be told, if drivers were as inconsiderate as some people make them out to be, none of us would be alive. It's not like our safety is really in our hands anyway (for the most part).
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Originally Posted by BentLink View Post
I crashed at the end of February. A great passing motorist, witnessed it, dragged me unconscious from the wet ditch, and phoned 911. I had him phone my wife once I was somewhat back on-line. The dude phoned the next day to see how I was. That was a very good Samaritan!
I'm actually really surprised he didn't stab you in your back to make sure you never got on your bike again, then sped off. He must have been a cyclist.



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Most people ( drivers ) are nice as long as they are not threatened or inconvenienced at which point their true character, positive or negative will surface. I've experience far more of the positive than the negative variety.
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Me and my buds were riding last year and the road was flooded with about 4 inches of flowing water. The line of cars going the opposite direction actually stopped to let us pass so they wouldn't "wake" us. We had to half pedal through and thanked them on the way. That was the nicest gesture I've seen since riding. They could have soaked us.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Hate to burst your bubble, but some people just like to have fun with us. This kind of thing happens to me on occasion too, pretty much always when I'm hauling ass. Still, I'll take it. A bit of good natured ribbing is always fun.
No bubble to burst here buddy,u should ride with us ,we meet some very interesting women , many fellow riders on our route, always an adventure.
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I was out saturday for a good ride, i must say every motorist was awesome, gave us mucho respect, tonnes of room,too many haters on here lol
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