I think people will know what I mean.
You're cycling along a bike path, and another cyclist is approaching. The get close - just about to go past and you give 'The Nod'.
Sort of wordless, 'Hello', 'Nice day', or whatever.
Most people seem to give 'The Nod' on the veloway (my main bike path) and some even give 'The Nod' accross 4 lanes of road.
In my experience commuters give 'The Nod' more than serious racers. The 'petrol bikes' don't give 'The Nod' at all! When I was on my electric bike I didn't get 'The Nod' as much - possibly because I was going so fast.
Do you give 'The Nod'? Do you get 'The Nod'?
I nod, I give a little wave with my right hand on the handlebars, kind of a lift of the fingers, I even say "hello" if within ear-shot. It always bemuses me those who are focused in front in a bubble of their world not wanting? to see others...
Guess I'm just a social butterfly!
I had the opposite today. I rode home from work this morning through town then down 'The MT' (Mike Turtur path) and there were a lot of commuters and no one really said Hi or waved etc, the only people who said anything were people out for a casual ride and a woman running with her jogging pram everyone else had head down, bum up and seemed on a mission to get to work.
I was amazed how many people used MT to commute to work, it was almost 8am when I was cruising home. I don't often commute or use MT in peak hour so it was fantastic to see soooo many people using the shared path. It WAS peak hour on The MT! :)
I always nod, and if I'm passing someone going in the same direction, I always say hello or good morning - partly because I feel some weird guilt about passing people (it seems like they think that I think I'm better than them) also because I want them to know that I'm not out of breath. Why either of these things matter so much I have no idea.
My exceptions are - people on petrol powered bikes that aren't scooters or motor bikes, mainly because they are too noisy to hear me anyway. I will often chat with a scooter of motor bike rider at the lights too.
Having said this - sometimes, when I'm trying hard I miss people on the other side of the road.
Yep, I always give the nod, and the "secret handshake" of lifting the four fingers of my right hand.
And it was one of the first things I taught my son when he learnt to ride a bike, as part of the initiation ritual to become one of us...
But sorry to say: No nods for electric bikes. So just don't seem to be on an equal rank!
I must be the only cyclist in Adelaide who doesn't actually give a toss if I happen to nod and don't get a nod back - c'mon people, are you really that sensitive? I take the bus to work everyday, and I don't get on thinking that because we're all bus passengers that I must nod, and they must nod back - purely for the sake of acknowleging our 'bus comradery'...
I can't speak for everyone, but I know that given how insanely busy life is, my ride time is my thinking time - and apart from concentrating and navigating and not getting hit by cars, I'm in my own little world, solving my own problems...
Each to their own.
You grew up in the city didn't you Belinda?
I grew up in Whyalla (but I got better). When I first moved to Adelaide I would mentally acknowledge everyone I saw. It was exhausting - especially down Rundle Mall!
Now I'm more like a city person and walk through Rundle Mall and treat the people like trees and ignore them. It's odd how you can be alone in a street full of people!
Out in the Southern Suburbs (and on the Veloway) cyclists are still few enough that most acknowledge each other. I wonder what happens in the Scandinavian countries that have zillions of cyclists?