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Old 09-20-07, 12:43 AM
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Secret bike wave?

Do we have a special wave to give other commuters on our route? Most of the time I will just lift a couple of fingers off the handlebars or give a head nod.

Bikers(Harley, Goldwing type) have the 2 fingers down at the 7 o'clock. But when I do that to them they just shake their head and laugh. Although I have had a group go by and a couple actually honked to get my attention and give the two finger salute.

I was snobbed the other day by a commuter and it got me thinking about this.

What do you do?
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Old 09-20-07, 01:15 AM
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I normally just wave, I don't really expect anything back. More often than not the folks I see on the road or spandex wearing hard core roadie types who probably just think I'm some kind of biking poseur. Which ever I still wave =)
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Old 09-20-07, 01:54 AM
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Originally Posted by b_young View Post
Do we have a special wave to give other commuters on our route? Most of the time I will just lift a couple of fingers off the handlebars or give a head nod.

Bikers(Harley, Goldwing type) have the 2 fingers down at the 7 o'clock. But when I do that to them they just shake their head and laugh. Although I have had a group go by and a couple actually honked to get my attention and give the two finger salute.

I was snobbed the other day by a commuter and it got me thinking about this.

What do you do?
I'm jealous, the folks in SS/FG have their own little salute they do....

Don't worry about getting snobby responses from other commuters. And bobc, if you wave, I'll wave back if I can, even if I'm wearing a jersey on my road bike!


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Old 09-20-07, 02:23 AM
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see the thread "ass-slappin' roadies!"
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Old 09-20-07, 03:55 AM
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I usually do the nod and two fingers. Usually don't get it back.
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Old 09-20-07, 03:59 AM
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And here I thought it was all about having both hands in the air, flailing about relentlessly
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Old 09-20-07, 04:08 AM
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Check with Larry Craig.
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Old 09-20-07, 04:12 AM
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Check with Larry Craig.
Whoa. You have a lot of Q-factor there, buddy.
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Old 09-20-07, 04:14 AM
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Nope.

Maybe a head nod or the roadie standard small hand movement from the left shifter.

Now if we were speaking cyclist to motorist, I have a one fingered wave, but that is not so much of a secret or a wave for that matter.
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Old 09-20-07, 04:32 AM
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When I'm not on the bike I drive a compact sedan. Since just about everyone but me drives an SUV, I tried waving to anyone else in a sedan like the bikers do.

No one got it.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:55 AM
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Every motorcycle that rode past me this morning gave me the 7 o'clock biker wave. I returned it each time.
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Old 09-20-07, 06:33 AM
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It's dark out when I ride in, so I just say "g'morning" and usually get some sort of grumble as a response. The other cyclists out that early don't seem to be having any fun. The joggers, OTOH, all give me a very enthusiastic "GOOD morning" right back.

(A side note - this season's new jogging accessory seems to be glow-in-the-dark armbands or an LED blinkie hydration belt! Yay! Fewer ninjas!)
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Old 09-20-07, 08:09 AM
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I try to keep it street with my bike salutes, so I usually go for something like this.
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Old 09-20-07, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by njm View Post
I'm jealous, the folks in SS/FG have their own little salute they do....

Don't worry about getting snobby responses from other commuters. And bobc, if you wave, I'll wave back if I can, even if I'm wearing a jersey on my road bike!


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If I mounted an extra brake lever on the stem at crotch level maybe I could do the skid salute on my Randonee

I usually wave at commuters, say good morning to joggers, and nod or do the left hand barely moving from the bars thing to roadies.
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Old 09-20-07, 10:54 AM
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left hand middle finger raised at every breathing organism I see
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Old 09-20-07, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by dirtylaundry View Post
I usually do the nod and two fingers. Usually don't get it back.
Given the t-shirt you have in your avatar, I don't even want to ask.
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Old 09-20-07, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by dietrologia View Post
I wave like a maniac to the fellow bicyclists I see, but I seldom get a response back of any sort. Are these road types having any fun, because they sure seem grumpy.
I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a world out there beyond my heart rate monitor and cyclocomputer.
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Old 09-20-07, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by b_young View Post
Bikers(Harley, Goldwing type) have the 2 fingers down at the 7 o'clock.
7 o'clock in relation to what? Pictures?..
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7 o'clock in relation to what? Pictures?..
Left hand, hand straight down, now lift it 12in off your hip.
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do the hokey pokey....
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Originally Posted by njm View Post
I'm jealous, the folks in SS/FG have their own little salute they do....


i can honestly say i would probably speed up and swerve to hit that.
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Originally Posted by flipflop View Post
Left hand, hand straight down, now lift it 12in off your hip.
Gotcha, I think. Which two fingers, btw?
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Gotcha, I think. Which two fingers, btw?
Hook em horns! Of course. Any fool knows that and here's the proof.

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Originally Posted by njm View Post
I'm jealous, the folks in SS/FG have their own little salute they do....

Don't worry about getting snobby responses from other commuters. And bobc, if you wave, I'll wave back if I can, even if I'm wearing a jersey on my road bike!


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I may actually have to practice that one. They would either wave or laugh as I do an endo.
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