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why no how are you nod

bob22 16 Nov 18:28  

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been cycling about a month now i am 49 ex smoker, ex motorcyclist and you lot are not very friendly.Has i pass other cyclists i give a friendly nod of the head to my fellow bikers with no acknowlegement and im quite miffed about this, has ive been a biker for 40yrs and its just standerd practice to nod the head and say hi to fellow bikers. mind you my biggest ride so far is about twenty miles i think ashton,mossley,greenfeild marsden, mossley, stalybridge ashton home. very---------------tired

sean8997 16 Nov 18:49  

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Not sure if its the area which you're living, whenever I get out on my bike, either a nod or a quick wave always gets a good response from fellow cyclists, I ride around the Wrexham/Chester area or when working around Nuneaton/Coventry areas.

Dont be put off by a few miserable sods and keep to it.

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bob22 16 Nov 19:04  

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thanks for that mate live ashton under lyne

Pesmo 16 Nov 20:15  

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My conventon is to say hi to the first 6 cyclists I come across. After that I let them speak first. On my rides I will typically come across 30-40 riders so it gets a bit tedious after a while despite my goodwill to fellow pedlers

dudley 17 Nov 13:26  

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i acknowledge everyone.

If everyone takes a "wait for them to react first" approach, we'll all be in our own private misery!

I find that on an average commute into and out of Edinburgh, i get about a 50% strike rate, which could be better, but could be a lot worse!

There are always regulars that you pass / are passed by, or are going the other way.
They generally rate higher than 50%

My Latest Route: Nov 2009 Forth Estuary Circular

soren 18 Nov 17:12  

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Never met anyone yet that hasn't replied to a possitive nod or Hello whilst out on my Bike.

krazykayaker 18 Nov 19:53  

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At the risk of starting a roadie/mtb debate i have found that roadies are a lot more miserable than mountain bikers around here

I have found that when i had a road bike other road cyclists tended to NOT nod/wave and just ride past

With mountain biking it seems bit different and a lot friendlier

two things to look at next time your out ......

group of roadies (stern faces and not talking
group of mountain bikers (smiling and talking(even laughing!!))

I done road biking and mountain biking and prefer the latter as its more fun and they go to the pub post ride:)

My Latest Route: Jan 2010 Corley Circular via Fillongley and Ash Green

BusterG 19 Nov 12:44  

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roadies like to show how serious and "in the zone" they are but not noticing the rest of us.
Personally that is all guff.
A mate overtook a mountainbiker without a word oe wave on a hill and broke his chain 100 meters later.
Mountainbiker stopped and fixed it for him.
My mate felt really bad - as well he should.

Commuting in droves is different most of them have ipods on so wont hear you anyway.

Spread the biking love everyone.

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dudley 21 Nov 09:15  

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time to ban ipods / earphones on bikes.

the number of times you overtake some buffoon plugged in and they nearly fall off with shock because they didn't hear you.
next time i might be a bus..

seriously - truly idiotic behaviour, whether it be in traffic or on a quiet country lane.

i'm a friendly roadie. I see just as many sour faced mtb commuters as road bike commuters in the mornings.
fairly evenly spread, i'd say.

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Demon 21 Nov 12:42  

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Pay no heed to the sour faced miserable sods, whether they be MTB or Roadies, just pray they don't meet up and breed or we'll all be Bu**ered!!


My Latest Route: May 2010 Circular round Isle Of Anglesey

Phoenix1 21 Nov 14:17  

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Who do you nod too though. When I am on the race bike I get nods from racers but when I am popping somewhere on the hybrid (race bike is over kill to pop to get the shopping!) I don't tend to get a nod or visa versa.

It seems to be those who look like there on a mission nod to each other and those who look relaxed nod. Sometimes I forget, usual if I have my head down after a sprint or long climb, not being rude, just tired!

It's funny though, sometimes I nod at race bikes when I am walking somewhere!


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