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 used to be predominantly of the fat tyre baggy shorted brigade and always enjoyed the general freindlyness within that group. Since becoming a regular commuter and nacent lycra wearing roadie it has been interesting to compare and contrast the responses. Riding the same route every day for a couple of years results in nods and greetings exchanged with 'faces' that I know. These people have become freinds and if I miss one of my 'regulars' I even wonder what might have happened to them or maybe their dog. The roadies tho are special, they are so highly attuned to the signals given off by approaching riders that they can assess the nod cred factor at 200m and make the decision...to nod or not to nod...that is the question. Me I say hi to everyone and I take great delight in crossing the divide whenever possible with a cheery wave and a smile usually directed at the most miserable looking roadie I can find. What is it about these guys that partaking of their favourite pastime makes them so miserable? Maybe they need to change their saddles?
Maybe they're working hard and suffering a bit. I prefer to do that in the hills, with the reward of a nice fast descent awaiting me, but some people like to train and punish themselves on the flat, or have less time for riding.
Anyway, they could equally ask "what's with someone who cares whether I wave to them or not?" :-)