Nod,wave or hello?

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Davdandy
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Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Davdandy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:01 pm

Just thought i would ask you chaps and chapesses if you acknowledge other riders on your travels.

If i see a rider i tend to nod,sometimes even a hello and it is nice to get one back.Mountain bikers i leave alone,don't know if that is elitist or not but i just past them,unless of course they nod back but they never do so i ignore them.

Some have waved at me and of course some do nothing.I just wondered what other do when passing another cyclist.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Azhar » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:07 pm

i wave. i like to put some effort in to my hellos to my fellow cyclists. if there are no cars going past...i'll say goodmorning/afternoon/evening. if nobody nods back or says hello i secretly swear at them when im riding away. makes me feel betta.

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby charliew87 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:11 pm

Depends where I am. On quiet roads without many cyclists I'll make a lot more effort than somewhere like Richmond Park where if you say hi to every cyclist you won't have enough air left in your lungs with which to breathe.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Danlikesbikes » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:18 pm

Generally a hi from me, if I'm riding hard then the hands might not come off the bars but a nod too, if I'm free to do so I tend wave my hand. Don't really care what the other person is riding I try to be polite to all users really only exception would be after a handle bar chewing climb in which case a wave of the hand might be all the energy I can spare.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:21 pm

If they're coming the other way then I'll nod, unless it's off the beaten track in which case I might say hi if there's time.

If I overtake them, I'll quite often say 'good morning' or similar.

If they overtake me, especially if up a hill with a big speed margin, I'll usually just slay them on the spot with my built in laser. Assuming I'm not breathing so hard I can't get to the switch in time.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Davdandy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:26 pm

I was having a ride yesterday and on one long road where i was taking it easy and conserving some energy three riders overtook me,nothing wrong there but all three said nothing,funny thing was that after a mile they had only gained a hundred yards in front of me,a part of me wanted to catch them up and return the `gesture` but i took a left turn and ignored them.

Doesn't hurt does it to say `hi`.?
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Navrig » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:34 pm

I will say hello to anyone who I pass and is doing an activity - cyclists of all denominations, horsey folks, runners and even walkers (quite rural around here).

Why wouldn't you?

The problem is, after years of a motorcycle, stopping nodding at every motorbiker!

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby TheFD » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:35 pm

This old chestnut again! Usually it features on the beginners forum - but I'm seeing more and more of these topics appearing on the general forum!

I nod or wave at everyone - even MTB's and granny's with shopping baskets! Many of my mates ride on the road and MTB's we are all the same! What I will say though is that I don't commute on the bike which could be annoying nodding and waving at everyone!
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby noiseboyfeetman » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:37 pm

It varies, if it's to a cyclist on the other side of the road its a nod or occassionally a wave depending on what sort of cyclist they look like, age etc.. or if i'm overtaking someone its usually a "morning" or "afternoon".

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Davdandy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:39 pm

TheFD wrote:This old chestnut again! Usually it features on the beginners forum - but I'm seeing more and more of these topics appearing on the general forum!


Just a bit of Wednesday afternoon chit-chat is all.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby ThatBikeGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:46 pm

Commuting i'm an ignorant sod and don't acknowledge anybody. :lol:
Out on the more casual rides i tend to wave maybe a quick "mornin" thats about all, doesn't matter to me what kind of transport they are on be it two, three wheels or four legs.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Chris_marshall » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:59 pm

A nod from me and if its quiet I will say hi, I do like the community spirit cycling brings

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Peat » Wed Apr 03, 2013 14:05 pm

Cyclists, MTB's, Runners, Walkers, Horse Rider's - They all get a nod/wave(raised fingers from brake lever if on the drops)/'hello' from me.

Funny considering i am a miserable sod in real life.

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby lawrences » Wed Apr 03, 2013 14:11 pm

Anyone on a bike gets atleast a nod or "good morning, etc" if I'm overtaking.
On some of the small cornish lanes I'll greet cars with a wave or a nod just as a thanks for slowing down so I can hold my speed as we go past.

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Davdandy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 14:14 pm

Peat wrote:raised fingers from brake lever if on the drops

Funny considering i am a miserable sod in real life.


Does anyone notice a raised finger?

I`m too busy huffing and puffing.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby chrispsmith83 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 15:07 pm

You should always give your fellow cyclists a wave or something. I hate bike snobbery out on the road. i tend to find if someone has a better bike than me then they don't bother saying anything. I always give someone a wave and feel bad if I don't, Just like you should ask someone who has pulled over with a punture or mechanical if they need a hand.

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby goffski » Wed Apr 03, 2013 15:21 pm

I always nod, wave or say hello to cyclists, joggers or horse riders but it does amaze me how many cyclists there are that just keep looking straight ahead and don't even flinch.

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby JackPozzi » Wed Apr 03, 2013 16:08 pm

Generally just a wave nowadays, use to say good morning but as I've been setting out on rides later I ended up confusing myself as to whether it was morning or afternoon, and by the time I'd checked my garmin to find out, the rider coming the other way would be about half a mile behind me

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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby Raffles » Wed Apr 03, 2013 16:30 pm

I usually give a wave to say hello to other road cyclists, mtb`ers when they see a roadie tend to be ignorant sods so I just ignore em back.
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Re: Nod,wave or hello?

Postby SmoggySteve » Wed Apr 03, 2013 17:14 pm

Depends how close and how fast you are going. If you are in the town and going slowly say hello. If you are cruising by wave or raise a hand. If I am screaming past like I have a rocket up my ars* then I would be lucky to even notice anyone else as I am pretty much gripping onto the bike with all i've got


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