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Hi, hope you lot can help me, I almost always splay my fingers or do a mini wave at other cyclist but the other morning as I was bimbbling along a nice quiet wide road A chap going the opposite way on a "pedalec" motoring along on the pavement waved at me and the "red mist" started to descend and almost spoiled my day. now my question is was I right to be offended?

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DexterPlus Racing [8 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't think you should be offended, but Marko said it best... have a read of this http://www.velominati.com/racing/rule-43-dont-be-a-jackass/

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Yep, you should have dismounted and made rude gestures at him, before throwing as many bidons as you have at him/her.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 4 years ago
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This is tougher than it first looks; a pedalec and on the pavement....obviously a twat. Would probably wave back so as not to look a big head but then hope that he achieves enlightenment before he kills and/or brings real cyclists into (greater) disrepute!

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richdirector [68 posts] 4 years ago
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Be human and wave ... sod the bike or mode ... its about not being a twat

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arthurkelly [2 posts] 4 years ago
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there are so many reasons a cyclist would develop the Red Mist so why rise to another?

Its not like the culture around us is going to change overnight!

So I would summise that, Yes you may get offended but there is no point in doing so...just ride on regardless...they did  4

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SideBurn [890 posts] 4 years ago
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It's the riding on the pavement bit for me...not saying it is always wrong but I learned not to do it when 11 and still have the scars to show for it. Mind you since then I have cycled on just about everything from a lake, to a busy motorway; including an active runway (and without a helmet)! A few people waved; I think they were waving! Anyone beat that?

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The Good Shepherd [47 posts] 4 years ago
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If I was walking down the street and somebody with obviously different interests or background said hello to me, I'd say hello back. Same principles apply to being on the bike. It's just good manners to respond to people if they say hello. No need to get angry...

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wyadvd [128 posts] 4 years ago
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I have the problem that I give the BPNoA to other cyclists , often reciprocated . Trouble is I do it in the car. Cyclists don't reciprocate. Why is that ?

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wyadvd [128 posts] 4 years ago
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Barely perceptible nod of acknowledgement