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Old 11-22-14, 03:37 PM
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Odd response from pedestrian on trail

Went for a brisk ride on a local rails-to-trails this morning. As is my habit, I slow down and ring my bike bell upon approaching pedestrians from behind. I have one of those classic sounding bells - Brrring-brrring. So I sounded my bell as I approached one gentleman and darn if he didn't pull out his cell phone and say "hello?" He then chuckled and smiled sheepishly as I passed.
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Old 11-22-14, 03:45 PM
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The gent had a quick wit and smart sense of humor. Nothing wrong with that. Most youngsters couldn't correlate the Brrring-brrring bell sound with a phone. Freesound.org - "old telephone bell (british version).wav" by FreqMan
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Of course he might have set Brrrng-Brrrng as his ring tone. Given that nobody does that anymore, he'll always know if it's his or not (or a bicycle).
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My wife has that bell tone for her text message
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I think I would have had a chuckle myself!
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Old 11-22-14, 04:03 PM
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Love it! Stuff like that really spiff up a ride.
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I was on our local Rail-to-Trails path and was coming up behind a woman on her bike. I sounded my bell and I saw her look down but she stayed in the middle of the lane. I was pretty much right behind her now so I rang again. She looked down again and I could tell she was wondering what was going on with her bike. I said Hello and rang again and now she knew where the noise was coming from. We both had a good laugh as I continued on past her.
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Old 11-22-14, 09:02 PM
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Very cool, made me smile. Thanks
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Interesting situation and probably a genuine reaction to a false cue. In another context, many of us have turned our heads when a child's voice shouts Mom/Dad, and quickly realize it wasn't our child.

With respect to cellphones the creepiest false cue is "the phantom vibrate".

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Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
Interesting situation and probably a genuine reaction to a false cue. In another context, many of us have turned our heads when a child's voice shouts Mom/Dad, and quickly realize it wasn't our child.

With respect to cellphones the creepiest false cue is "the phantom vibrate".
Yep - Been there. At my last job we passed an old pager around our team as each went oncall for a week at a time. There were many phantom pages I got when I had been off-call for several weeks. I was also "paged" in the middle of the night by truck Jake-brakes and Harleys on the highway next to our neighborhood - Even our own home air conditioner. Superficially funny, but disturbing at a deeper level.
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At least the other gentleman didn't begin a conversation on the "dead line" phone....

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Old 11-23-14, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
Superficially funny, but disturbing at a deeper level.
I does seem our gadgets can get in our heads and "manipulate" us. We may well be "summoning the demon".
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Funny! I like how you slowed for pedestrians. I do that, too. When I get no response to the bell, I toot the Airzound horn. I don't need the pedestrian to move, I just want to let them know I'm coming.
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Old 11-23-14, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
Yep - Been there. At my last job we passed an old pager around our team as each went oncall for a week at a time. There were many phantom pages I got when I had been off-call for several weeks.
A friend and I were at the beach and both of us had to keep our pagers with us or check them every ten minutes. We went for a walk along the beach with our pagers clipped inside our suits and had stopped to talk to a couple of girls. My pager went off beeeep-beeeep-beep, and without even skipping a beat one of the gals looked down and said 'does it always do that when it gets excited?' Hah.
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Old 11-24-14, 07:42 AM
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This is true from Tokyo

Bikes have the right of way on Tokyo sidewalks. Pedestrians just get out of the way for a bell.


This is too funny:
Trolling people with a bike bell - YouTube

Ride Safe,

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