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'?
Kind of reminds me of the "iNod" a few years back, when the little white ear phones from Apple weren't as abundant as they are now ;)
Yes, I try to give the Nod to everyone I pass, sometimes give a wave if they across a couple of lanes of bitumen if they are looking. I get a response most of the time, but some people are clearly focussed on the road in front of them and don't even notice the nod/wave. Or even the fact another cyclist is in the vicinity!
I always give the nod regardless of where I am or whom I riding with, and regardless of what bike the other rider is riding or what they're wearing etc.
However, it's often hit and miss as to whether I get a nod back, as unfortunately there appears to be a lot of "elitist" snobbery out there!
Yes! As Dr Ianto Ware writes in his book "21 Nights in July"
"you're a cyclists, they are a cyclist, you're on a country road how hard is it just to nod or say hello"
Bio-Mechanics Cycles and Repairs in the city have even taken it a step further with t-shirts and jersey's as a spin off from their last Feb campaign "don't be a dickhead' month.. or DBAD. Read more here..
We could argue about D-BAD being about cyclist solidarity, etc, but really it’s about elementary politeness, and, thus, the foundation of civilised society. So if you’re a roadie who’s been guilty of ignoring other people, start saying ‘hello’ (even if you think their bike/jersey/knees-out pedalling style has seen better days). No, you don’t need to ride with them. No, you don’t need to share your gel or swap interval training tips. Just say ‘hi’! And would a smile kill you? There you go. Don’t you feel better?
I find most people nod and say hello. I do think that when I roll up to the lights on my old tourer with panniers and just t-shirt and shorts on etc I don't get the same response from roadies waiting along side me.
.. also the SASI girls always give me stink-eye when I nod and say hello on Norton Summit etc.
SASI girls are terrible snobs. Is that look they give me "stink-eye"? I thought it was "oh please! are you for real? You hopeless flabby old hag?"
This is a bit OT but a couple of years ago I was waiting to cross the road at Stirling and Team Liquigas went through. So I waved and grinned and cheered. They couldn't care less. They were oggling the teenage girls next to me who couldn't care less because they were flirting with the teenage boys next to them who found the whole thing a bit embarassing. So it was a lose-lose-lose-lose situation.
I was just talking about this the other day with someone. Maybe there should be an edicit when ascending or descending hills. The ascender should nod/finger wave first, because it just seems nasty if the descender goes first. When you are ascending, you already dislike those who are descending, so getting a nod from them just seems like they are laughing at you :)
I always try and give a nod/wave, but after a few glares from ascending cyclists maybe I'll limit it when cruising down hills :)
Definitely make the effort for the nod! Or the lift of the right hand as on coming cyclists appear in my vision.
It ain't that hard to be darn polite!
My observation is that it's pretty common to get a waive or a nod when riding "down south", and not so common when riding in and around the city (down on the flat).