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Today I encountered so many grumpy, miserable or rude cyclists.

Did I miss the memo about it being unfriendly Friday or something!

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KNOWNOTHINGBOZO [13 posts] 4 years ago
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I must have missed it too, easily passed 8+ cyclists this morning, said hello to everyone, got less than half of them replying. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their bib shorts.

My theory of the moment, is to blame it on Cavendish and his cronies in the British cycling team - bare with me - they have made cycling popular and cool. This means that people who would never have touched a bike before are now going out and buying one. That means that cycling is now starting to reflect society - full of grumpy twonks with no manners or social skills. Essentially we are all doomed.

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Super Domestique [1612 posts] 4 years ago
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At least I wasn't alone then. Although I was blanked by more than 8. I started to think I had the power of invisibility!

I do think you are on to something though. I did enjoy watching 2 riders I had caught near traffic lights (who'd looked at me with disdain) wobble and fail to clip in repeatedly as I rode by. They had all the gear compared to my humble allez and dhb shoes too lol.

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veseunr [260 posts] 4 years ago
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Probably me .... I do 10000 miles a year but always struggle to clip/unclip! Think I have them too tight!

I do always say hello (downhill) or wave (flat) or nod (uphill)though!  3

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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I know it sounds awful, but seeing as there are so many cyclists on the roads, my rule is that I normally only yell hello and wave to people on bikes with drop handlebars.

If it sounds like segregation, it is. We have to keep an air of cool somehow, but also be friendly towards our own kind. This website id called ROAD.CC, so I assume most of you have ROAD bikes with drops, so if you come past me, sure, expect a wave.

NB, my other rule is that if there is a group of more than five people, be they walkers, cyclists, horsefolk whatever (Not cars though, duh) then I normally break tuck to offer a greeting.

Sorry if I sound like some kind of bigoted old man, but most of my life is regulated by these little rules.

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Psycling [50 posts] 4 years ago
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I couldn't agree more. I grew up cycling in the countryside around York and other cyclists were always friendly with a nod or a hello. I keep up this tradition and I'm repeatedly disappointed by the number of cyclists who ignore me.

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Strathlubnaig [113 posts] 4 years ago
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True dat. I find that groups of cyclists are the most ignorant. I make a point of a wave/nod/greeting to all I see, but often times a small group will go past without a reply. Probably my SPD shoes make me unworthy of interest.

Tossers.

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WolfieSmith [1344 posts] 4 years ago
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I tend to wave at all cyclists: drops or not. You do get a few rude people - they're probably too introverted to acknowledge you in any situation. Walkers are ok. Dog owners glare at you as if you have no right to restrict their darling slobber chops from running all over the road and horse riders literally and metaphorically look down on you. I think it's a class system thing: foot, hooves landrovers and hounds are natural parts of the countryside whereas those on bikes are vulgar usurpers. And usurpers in Lycra! : )

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Spangly Shiny [130 posts] 4 years ago
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I think it's more basic than all that. Cyclists WILL return a wave, nod etc. Those who don't are merely people riding bikes.

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Tony Farrelly [2880 posts] 4 years ago
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Raleigh wrote:

This website id called ROAD.CC, so I assume most of you have ROAD bikes with drops, so if you come past me, sure, expect a wave.

Ah yes, but in this case of our name we're referring to anyone who rides on the road whatever type of bike they ride - from commuting to competing and all points in between and around indeed. One of the things we're aiming to do this year is get more touring in.

That said, while my default setting is to nod an acknowledgement or smile - I don't always, usually cos I'm lost in thought and sometimes cos I'm getting the thousand yard roadie stare from the rider coming the other way and I don't think there's any point.

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Super Domestique [1612 posts] 4 years ago
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Manglier wrote:

I think it's more basic than all that. Cyclists WILL return a wave, nod etc. Those who don't are merely people riding bikes.

Sadly all the ones I am talking about were lycra clad and all bar one on drop bar machine.

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Bigpikle [94 posts] 4 years ago
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What about when you ride past them, make a big point of turning to say 'hello' or 'morning' and they ignore you and then try to jump on your wheel!

Had this happen yesterday morning when a clubmate and I were on our way to the start of the club ride. What was funny was that we were deliberately going pretty slowly, as we were early and didnt want to be stood around in yesterdays 0 zero weather, and he still couldnt keep on our wheel  19 19

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Davetillyer [22 posts] 4 years ago
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It doesnt hurt to say "Hi" while out cycling but we
Who wright now DO say Hi !! If they don't Reply
There Loss.  1 HI ALL  1 16

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The _Kaner [990 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah I have the same effect... loads of oul grannies/grampas on tall sally bikes...wave nod shout hello, big smile...
club runs/groups coming from the opposite direction, lucky if 10% even acknowledge you're breathing the same air...I even get waves from more 4x4's than I do 'rudies' I mean roadies...
Maybe because I'm 'Lone Wolf McQuaid'... I mean how dare I go road cycling on my todd!!!!?

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andrew streit1 [26 posts] 4 years ago
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It's pretty hard to say hi when you are 10 mins late for work and cycling at 20 odd mph in the deluge that was Wednesday!!

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Harley [3 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm also glad it is not just me experiencing this! I find it happens a lot, and with all types of other riders. I sometimes think it is new cyclists who don't expect friendliness, but othertimes it's definitely good old fashioned snobbery by other roadies who make a quick judgement about you. Definitely get a different reaction from other 'serious' riders if wearing club jersey vs standard (albeit generally budget end) gear.
A shame, but I'm starting to just accept it. It won't stop me saying hi or nodding to all though.

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Simon_MacMichael [2472 posts] 4 years ago
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I always give a (discreet) wave and a nod, a lot of riders coming the other way do seem to be 'too cool for school' though. Tends to be guys with nice bike and kit (though hey, that's me too...)

Remember thinking last week, "yes, your sunglasses are nice, but they're not that bloody cool, mate..." as someone blanked me going past in the other direction  16

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therevokid [986 posts] 4 years ago
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As an ex-mtb rider I wave / say hi to all and sundry ...
really confuses the mtb riders as the current steed
of choice is a 2007 allez sport with guards on  4

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tomascjenkins [53 posts] 4 years ago
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I was passed by a cyclist on a smart bike yesterday and then overtook him on a steep hill. He said 'fairplay' and I responded with 'cheers mate!' Its not all frosty out there!

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Super Domestique [1612 posts] 4 years ago
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Really pleased to hear most here are of the friendly variety.

If any miserable riders read this then they will know who I mean if they spot my username on my top tube.

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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I apologise if I sound rude,

YOU'VE CHANGED ME!

I'm going to wave at every Tom, Dick and Harry (Jane, Beth and Sally) tomorrow, whatever bike they're on.

Well done guys!  4 4

NB, its actually peer pressure, but it appeals to my better nature, obvs.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 4 years ago
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come to devon, 95% wave apart from the singlespeed/fixie crowd. they are the ignorant part of cycling society.

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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Some drivers are pretty ignorant too.

I don't wave to them.  2

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IOM Paddy [38 posts] 4 years ago
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I always try and wave or say hello. I have commented to freinds before that people clad in a certain expensive brand of gear are v grumpy.

I now understand why I am looked down on when I am on a a straight bar bike. I laugh as I have two drop bars.

If for any reason I don't wave or say hello it's due to the pain I am in - sorry.

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zzgavin [193 posts] 4 years ago
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On the Essex roads it's mostly a wave and a nod, sometimes even a hello, sometimes a blank look. I make a point of saying hello to horse riders and going slowly, I always get a polite reply.

On a haywards heath sportive last weekend it was a mixed crowd, I needed to stop very early and sort out a loose bottle cage I'd fiddled with trying to sort out a creak. So I was passed by hundreds, then got back on and passed most of them again, especially on the stiff early hill. Most hellos were responded to, I like to think it is part of what makes cycling fun

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Philx [37 posts] 4 years ago
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I think it's a density issue sometimes. Little towns or places where you don't see many other riders, you get a friendly response nearly all of the time. Places like Regents Park in London you'd get a pretty sore throat if you said hi to everyone you met training there.

Touring cyclists are usually brilliant; In 8 months of riding towards Oz I think we stopped for a full blown chat with every other pannier laden person we met.

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One of the things we're aiming to do this year is get more touring in.

That's good to hear - let me know if you need a guest reviewer  3

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notfastenough [3716 posts] 4 years ago
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@IOM Paddy - don't mean Rapha gear do you?  1 kinda know what you mean, although while out in a Rapha top on Thursday i was overtaken by a fast lad in full Rapha racing kit on a black Condor - we both said hello. I'm inclined to think he was a pro or at least supported by RCS in some way.

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ragtag [218 posts] 4 years ago
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I notice a difference between the weekend and weekdays. Weekday folk tend to be much more friendly, less so at the weekend. Living near Box Hill it does get a bit busier at the weekend for sure but I still manage to nod.

I guess though some people aren't used to it being new or have experienced the blank so often they don't bother.

Still, glad it's not just me  1

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Simon_MacMichael [2472 posts] 4 years ago
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Not sure about the urban vs country thing. I live in a small town in the Cotswolds - three minutes or so in any direction and I'm out in open country - and I reckon one in two riders returns a wave. Vast majority I see out here are on road bikes, BTW.

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colhum1 [86 posts] 4 years ago
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Being friendly and saying hello isn't hard  103
Just blooming difficult when you're out on your 'cycle to work' bike..
unfit and trying to breathe  3

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giff77 [1258 posts] 4 years ago
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The other day I passed a fellah from another club. Smiled, said hi and as I pulled in he was on my wheel. Levelled up after a mile or so and spent a good chunk of the ride chatting before peeling off to finish our own loops. Made a pleasant day much more enjoyable.

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