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Old 06-02-20, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
I wave, I like waving. I notice the frequency I get waved at initially is dependent upon my bike and attire. When Im on my ugly old hybrid or touring bike with some Zoic or Club Ride casual cycling clothes and Shimano SPD sandals I hardly get waved at. If Im on my Seven wearing Rapha and all color coordinated I get waved at constantly. I only dont wave if circumstances dictate I need to keep my hands on the bar and my mind focused on safe navigation.
Same experience here (but replace Seven/Rapha with more budget-friendly Cannondale/DHB) - and then I noticed the username (we ride the same roads)
I usually do the head nod, see a lot of cyclists doing the same.
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Old 06-02-20, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by autonomy View Post
Same experience here (but replace Seven/Rapha with more budget-friendly Cannondale/DHB) - and then I noticed the username (we ride the same roads)
I usually do the head nod, see a lot of cyclists doing the same.
yeah, I should have mentioned that in my original post that I also nod in lieu of waving sometimes.
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Old 06-02-20, 01:48 PM
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So on today's ride - brutal headwinds (at one point, I was doing 200W to hold 21kph / 13mph). It was mostly an easy ride so i am tooling along in low Z2 at speeds that were embarrassing, given the headwinds. Look ahead, and there is a roadie who is going even slower (I think he was wearing tennis shoes).

Feeling the judgemental gaze of all of Bikeforums on me emanating from the 5G towers, I was debating on what to do. Given that this would have been an awkwardly long pass - enough for us to actually exchange sentences - I was trying to figure out a way to manage this in a manner that would unite everyone here in the 41 at my poised and adroit handling of the situation.

Suddenly, the effer looked back and saw me. We made eye contact. Reflexively, i lifted a hand up and waved - and also added a "hey". As i passed him, he looked expectantly at me, as if he was going to say something or was waiting for me to say something. Too much, too soon, hombre. I didnt make any further eye contact, repressed a sudden urge to hit him with my frame pump (mainly because I dont have a frame pump) and kept going.

I feel as though i have fallen from my perch atop Olympus.
I don't know if a guy in tennis shoes deserves a wave from a real roadie, but it was very generous of you.
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Old 06-02-20, 04:48 PM
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In addition to other cyclists, I always wave to police and fire fighters. Almost without exception they wave back. I hope it makes them feel as good as it makes me feel.
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Old 06-02-20, 04:59 PM
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Today I passed by a pair of very fit looking young ladies who were doing landscape work near the road. I didn't wave but I smiled, nodded and rang my bell.
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Old 06-03-20, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Today I passed by a pair of very fit looking young ladies who were doing landscape work near the road. I didn't wave but I smiled, nodded and rang my bell.
Sir, the C&V forum is over there.... thank you for stopping by.
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Old 06-05-20, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dougphoto View Post
I've always been a big waver
Oh look. It's spring in the northern hemisphere!

Snow melting.
Robins.
The Waving Thread.
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Old 06-05-20, 03:43 AM
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I continue to waive my right to wave.
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Old 06-08-20, 02:48 AM
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I wave at the salmon ninjas in my neighborhood. They yell "You're on the wrong side of the road!" while they ride without lights facing traffic. I hope they wave at oncoming cars.
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Old 06-08-20, 03:49 PM
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any time I'm in public, I wave at anyone doing the same thing I'm doing. This gets really difficult in grocery stores and on the freeway, but, somehow I get by.
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Old 06-10-20, 03:26 PM
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i wave hard because i mean it. Some people don't appreciate it, but someone has to do it.


I am the slam-dancer of wavers.
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Old 06-10-20, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Oh look. It's spring in the northern hemisphere!

Snow melting.
Robins.
The Waving Thread.
Do they wave down under?
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Slight head nod or possibly an eyebrow raise for me. Actual wave seems like a lot of work as I grind along.
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Old 06-10-20, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Joearch View Post
Slight head nod or possibly an eyebrow raise for me. Actual wave seems like a lot of work as I grind along.
Much to learn you have, paduwan.

If they can see your eyebrows, your sunglass game needs improvement.
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Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
Much to learn you have, paduwan.

If they can see your eyebrows, your sunglass game needs improvement.
Exactly. The whole point of the eyebrow raise is I am the only one to know the acknowledgement unless they can feel my direct brain to brain contact.

Much to learn.... true that
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Old 06-10-20, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Do they wave down under?
First, spring isn't until September.

Second, we tend to nod, smile and/or raise the fingers of our right hands. Outright waving is saved for people we know. Much like how it is in Canada.
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Old 06-11-20, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Joearch View Post
Exactly. The whole point of the eyebrow raise is I am the only one to know the acknowledgement unless they can feel my direct brain to brain contact.
Oooh. I like that. Acknowledge someone without deeming them worthy of recognizing being acknowledged! That's next level shiz.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:09 AM
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And then there are people who go all-out "Morning, how are ya?" from the opposite side of the road as we pass each other at a combined velocity of 30mph
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Old 06-11-20, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't wave at people who take Strava segments without power meters.
Agreed... when I see someone take a KoM without HR, cadence and a PM I assume it's a cell phone and should be DQ'd. Cell phones can be somewhat inaccurate (just look at the analysis where the motion of the rider is a step-function). Could have been done via car or motorcycle for all we know.

But I wave at everyone, clip-on bars or not. Cyclists need to stick together.
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......./or raise the fingers of our right hands.
Oh no.... please don't tell me bicycles also are on the wrong side of the road there!! <grin>
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Old 06-11-20, 08:01 AM
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Oh no.... please don't tell me bicycles also are on the wrong side of the road there!! <grin>
No, as a matter of fact, bicycles are on the correct side of the road here.
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Old 06-11-20, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
Much to learn you have, paduwan.

If they can see your eyebrows, your sunglass game needs improvement.
Wait, I thought that's why we shaved.
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Old 06-13-20, 11:44 AM
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In the fractious, contentious, polarized society we live in, waving and saying hi are friendly gestures that I very much like, I wave and say hi all the time. It can't hurt to be friendly, and it feels good both on the giving and receiving end.
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Old 06-14-20, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jackb View Post
In the fractious, contentious, polarized society we live in, waving and saying hi are friendly gestures that I very much like, I wave and say hi all the time. It can't hurt to be friendly, and it feels good both on the giving and receiving end.
That's what she sa--- erm, nevermind.
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Old 06-14-20, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by dougphoto View Post
I've always been a big waver, I wave to all bikers, doesn't matter if you are pulling a trailer of kids or if you are looking like a hardcore roadie I wave. However, recently I've seen two different bikers riding cities bikes with flat bars, and AERO clip on bars attached, to me that's a step to far. I can't wave at such a person.
As I grow older and have less energy to spare and my balance becomes more and more of a problem I generally just nod these days. Don't be put off.
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