I commute to work two or three times a week and like to get out over the weekend for a ride and have noticed something interesting when it comes to greetings between cyclists.
I ride a flat-bar road bike (commuter) and notice that everyone on a similar style bike and also mountain bike riders always say hello and sometimes have a chat (especially whilst struggling up the veloway). I've also noticed that only some people on road bikes say hello, or even nod the head. Quite a lot, even after receiving a greeting don't even seem to want to acknowledge you're there.
Is there a snobbery to bike riders? It feels like there's some sort of hierarchy in place here with the road biker at the top and the rest below. Or am I just feeling paranoid or jealous of the lovely road bikes?
Anyway, the more I get ignored by road bikers refusing to simple say G'Day and the more friendly I find MTB and flat-bar riders to be, it only makes be less likely to enter the road bike 'world'.
That all been said - when I first started riding - I was struggling up a hill - a lady passed me and gave me some encouragement - I always remember that, so I may not always nod or say hello, not for snob reasons, but will always try and give encouragement to a rider struggling up a hill when I overtake them.
Encouragement goes along way especially from a stranger.
LOL......Im always careful about giving encouragement to someone struggling up a hill. The last time I did that the person passed me 5 minutes later with a huge grin on her face (yes it was a she) and was gaaaaaawn.
@ Sharpsa - harden up Princess!!
I commute on a 16" folding Dahon - I get shit from every single numby on a road, mtb, flat-bar, or fixie bike. The only respect I might get is from someone on a recumbent, and I would rather stick a fork in my eye than accept their friendship.
I said to my 6 year old daughter what should I call my bike, and she fired back "CLOWNIE"! If I can't get the love from my daughter, when am I ever going to get it??
What colour is Clownie ? 8~)
is it a Curve? The 16" curve is a killer bike I sold a few of them!
A dinner fork or bicycle fork?
-Unfriendly Recumbent rider-
When people ask what to call my bike, I tell them 'Chick Magnet'.
Clownie is a red Curve D3, because red goes faster! Even on 40PSI 16" tyres!! I rarely get out of 2nd gear, but I have been known to re-Cat6 some tools on carbon fibre bikes who had the audacity to Cat6 me.
I rode up Willunga Hill on it at the TDU, and taught some blow-ins from St Kilda Cycling Club how to shake 'n' bake up Main Rd. The message I left them with was don't mess with foldie riders!!
@ VeloAvenger - being on a foldie, I have to put shit on someone? Like I have lamented to myself countless times, you have to have a good sense of humour to ride a foldie, but a bigger sense of humour (and a death wish) to ride a recumbent.
I regularly rode a 3 speed 16" Raleigh RSW as a kid when i was skinny and amazed how well it climbed.
Could Clownie ride the Heroica? I think absolutely ...
Up shep's hill road t'other day, a gent rode past me and said a greeting of some kind which I don't mind tell you scared the crap out of me. I used to do the finger wave (as we did driving in the country) but as I found fewer and fewer people acknowledged me, I stopped. Especially as I am frequently near the heart attack zone!
Not me I give the nod to all cyclists!