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Old 03-31-20, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
In a situation like that, I save energy on the wave by only using one finger.

If someone is slowing or stopping to argue with me, I take that as a threat and will deliberately begin to act insane enough that they won't want to risk getting out of the car. If they're inclined to hit me with their vehicle, that's already so insane that I don't know whether ignoring them or acting like a nut will or won't make it more likely to happen.
r.e. my bolding --- your other fingers and thumb go along for the uprising so technically no energy saved BUTT it might be more aero so speed is not affected.
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Old 03-31-20, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
In a situation like that, I save energy on the wave by only using one finger.

If someone is slowing or stopping to argue with me, I take that as a threat and will deliberately begin to act insane enough that they won't want to risk getting out of the car. If they're inclined to hit me with their vehicle, that's already so insane that I don't know whether ignoring them or acting like a nut will or won't make it more likely to happen.
I generally am large enough, that when I am off the bike, I can be intimidating. And I have an awesome "mad" face. At 57, it's been quite awhile since my last real scrap. But fear not. I well remember how. On the other hand, sometimes it is best to let a road rage Ranger be.
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Old 03-31-20, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
.................. Next up, when the gyms reopen, do I have to wave at everyone on a stationary bike?
Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
...where you can get the bike in the center of the class and wave to all the riders around you. Oh, the bliss.
Spin bikes in a circle and start a continuous wavy - wave like in a stadium. A quick up -down - up - down - up - ..... and thus some upper body work-out even better if both hands used
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Old 03-31-20, 09:14 AM
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What bothers me is that sometimes someone will not only wave, but seem to be acknowledging they know who I am. Then for the next 1/2 mile I'm riding along trying to think if I knew that person or not.
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Old 03-31-20, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Yup, my main frustration right now is that taking the time to have the polite exchange would probably make them nervous about violating social distance rules Normally, I go out of my way to let them know that I think it's my job to accommodate them, not the other way around.

Also, when I approach a kid on the path, I find it much safer to just assume he/she is going to get it wrong, and get pleasantly surprised when they don't. All the way over and really slow gives me plenty of time to adjust either way.

Do you find yourself cringing when you see other cyclists blast past kids? I know I do.
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Old 03-31-20, 09:25 AM
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100% I wave at everyone, and they wave at me...Round Rock TX must be friendly! Heck I even wave to motorcycles!

Also, my wave is a salute...anyone else do that? leftover from my navy days i guess...

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Old 03-31-20, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
Do you find yourself cringing when you see other cyclists blast past kids? I know I do.
It's always the Strava junkies doing that on the Minuteman.

I've chased a couple of people down on the Minuteman just to yell at them for doing that. Mostly I want to humiliate them by showing them a man with white hair can catch them and pass them without riding like a reckless jerk.
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Old 03-31-20, 08:57 PM
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When my wife and I rode through Chicago which was on our bike tour route, we wanted to see how many smiles would be returned by the people we smiled at. It was fun, and it was amazing how many people returned our smiles

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Old 03-31-20, 10:49 PM
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I'm about 40-50%.

Generally do not wave at those with flashing front lights (sometimes they get the one finger salute), nor e-bikes.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Everyone should wave at everyone and everything continually.
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Old 04-02-20, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by peterjm76 View Post
What was your wave rate on your last ride? I try to keep a 90+% and wave at as many cyclists as I see. I notice that it isnít the norm, but I think it ought to be. Loosen up your spandex and give riders you see a friendly wave or a nod!
I usually wave/nod at other roadies, less so at folks on hybrids and cruisers, but even then I'd say I do more than most. Especially when it's nasty outside, because you know the person you're passing is just, if not more passionate than your about cycling if they're out there in those conditions.
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Old 04-03-20, 09:43 AM
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Depends.

I get a lot higher response rate if I wave with only one finger but they tend to be unfriendly. A lot more responses but not many smiles.
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Old 04-03-20, 04:12 PM
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I'm a country boy and grew up in an environment where everyone waved because you always knew who they were. To not acknowledge people seems more than just rude. If someone stops their car for me on the bike or car, I give them a vigorous wave and a toothy smile.
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Old 04-03-20, 04:49 PM
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After I moved up here to Marin, Ca. from the East Bay (El Cerrito) I found that roadies in Marin mostly do not wave. Now, roadies in Marin many times are not from Marin, so I always take that into account.
I'm a goofball, so I wave a lot, sing to myself, talk to the birds and squirrels and whatnot. I also try to flash a peace sign for cars who recognize my presence in traffic.
Why not be friendly, right?
Now when someone pulls some aggro BS, be they cyclist or motorist or even (very rarely) a pedestrian, I have some choice combination curse words at the ready.
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Old 04-03-20, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
Maybe it's the small town boy in me, but I wave or nod at everyone unless there is a steady procession of people. I say hello to strangers when I pass them on the sidewalk when there's not a steady procession of people. I don't know why, but it seems like the most polite thing to do. I have made some general observations about who is most likely to wave back and who is not.

My wife and I have done a few MUP rides lately where I have put my observations to the test, and my predictions rarely fail me. Older (50ish +) white males on high dollar road bikes are the least likely to wave, head nod or smile. Women and African Americans on almost any kind of bike almost always give a friendly greeting. Almost all people on comfort or cruiser kind of bikes will give a greeting. Everything else falls somewhere in between.
One ride I took a few months back had me come across a husband and wife on their separate bicycles. The wife waived and spoke out loud to me, which I replied back in kind. The husband kept his head down, his mouth shut, and looked annoyed that he wasn't pedaling his usual pace.

I knew exactly how he felt.
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Old 04-03-20, 05:06 PM
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Waving at other riders is a habit from my old motorcycle days, I'm usually so glad to be on one of my bikes that I'm actually friendly to other humans for that time.

I ride in regular clothes and notice that if I wave at "full kit roadies", they get annoyed if I catch them seeing my wave towards them. It's one of those "crap, just leave me alone" looks. Which I understand, because I'm like that if I'm not on a bike.

Also, I get passed by roadies that go by without a whisper. I know I'm essentially a traffic cone going only 15 to 16 mph. Lololol.

Now I will say that with so many people not at work, that a whole lot of people out there on foot and on two wheels are waving back at me. I'm not sure how long that will last, though.
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Old 04-03-20, 11:13 PM
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Unless it's crowded, I nearly always try to catch the eye and make some kind of polite acknowledgement to pedestrians or other folks on wheels. So many people dislike cyclists when they get back in their cars, I figure it helps to try shift their experience to something positive.
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Old 04-04-20, 07:51 AM
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I have attached one of these royal figurines to my bars. Never have to think about waving.


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I pretty much wave at all adults walking or riding. I dont bother waving at the head down roadies.
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After a long ride yesterday Iím convinced the wave rate is up.
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Old 04-05-20, 11:37 AM
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I have always been fascinated with human behavior and response. As a young teen I was doing "Jackass" and "Impractical Joker" kind of stuff around the neighborhood.

I wonder how many of the people who refuse to wave would react if the approaching rider insulted rather than wave.
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