I passed a local group of cyclists today and as I was passing them I was wondering what is the 'social rules' as far as passing/saying hi and any other etiquette/rules etc are concerned.
I passed a few on a climb said hi to a couple but didn't want to be that dickhead who says "Hi how are you" completely not out of breath whilst your slugging it out and dying a death. (It's happened to all of us admit it) All that you think is "what a knob" .
When we got to the descent I sat on the wheel of a person as I didn't deem it safe to pass, when we got to the bottom of the road straightened out I picked up the pace, as I was alongside said hi how are you and other pleasantries, complemented a couple of them on the bikes (a nice cannondale in team colours and a steel framed model that was very nice) and then got up to my usual speed, leaving them behind.
So...are there any other rules? What do you do when you pass an older gentleman on his sunday social ride who is dying on a hill? Is it 'rude' to put the hammer down?
The local group are more of a beer club that likes cycling than a cycling club that likes the odd beer (nothing wrong with that obviously)