View Poll Results: Do you wave to other cyclists?

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    Question Do you wave to other cyclists?

    Just wondering if you wave to other cyclists.

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    Absolutely.

    Takes no time and little effort to be polite and friendly.

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    Yes and I notice that most of the people I encounter in my area initiate the wave if I dont.

    I also live in the South where you have to say "How you doin?" to everyone you cross on the street or in a hallway otherwise they'll think you're rude....

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    I do not wave at anyone.

    however, I will occasionally arch my left eyebrow to acknowledge those I deem worthy.
    eff all y'all...

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    Yes and usually also mutter a good morning as well.
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    I don't usually wave, but I'll always give the "nod of acknowledgement".

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    Quote Originally Posted by FindTheRiver View Post
    I don't usually wave, but I'll always give the "nod of acknowledgement".
    ^^^I give and get the nod far more than I do a wave. It makes sense, no point in taking your hands off the bars.

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    When riding in Pasadena California I never wave because people there will just stare back at you. No return wave, no response to a good morning. Nothing.

    Here in far west Texas, just about everyone is friendly and waves.
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    It's difficult not giving a wise arse answer to this one (op, this topic has been beat to death and it generally gets really silly) but seeing as though it's the beginner branch I'll try and play is straight.

    Anyway, where I do a large amount of my riding there are lots of other cyclist. I generally don't wave to anyone, nor get waved at, there.

    When I get out in the sticks and am lucky to see one other cyclist per two hours, I do.

    It's kind of like comparing saying hello to everyone you pass on a city sidewalk compared to a remote hiking trail. Sometimes saying hello is just being weird and sometimes it's being friendly.

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    No. I may lift a finger off the bars. May.

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    heya,

    I usually do.

    I find that over here (Sydney), cyclists tend to be quite friendly - often more than other sports, in facts (e.g. runners).

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    I ride a trail here in michigan called the paint creek trail. it has a TON of people on it sadly, i nod to almost everyone i pass and rarely get anything back or a hello.. most people look like they are being tortured doing 10mph. Every now and then i get a nice hello though so its ok.

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    I generally do not wave. However, if they look at me, I will flare my nostrils to let them know that I am not a man to be trifled with.

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    Ha, i love it. I look like a pigs ear in ill matching and ill fitting cheap gear, but so long as youre in the mountains on a bike people suddenly respect that accomplishment (even if youre clearly out of your depth). I was kinda perplexed when i got my first little "hello"s, but its nice feeling part of a cute little community that looks out for each other even if i spend my entire time riding solo. What amazes me more is that people on motorbikes also say hi.

    I have a feeling that car drivers probably would too but their windows kinda prevent the connection.

    Basically on a nice late summer day, if youre on a bit of a hilly road thats not too busy with people just enjoying the scenery, people are pretty damn friendly. And i honestly appreciate that.

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    I'm generally pretty happy when I'm riding my bike. And when I'm happy, I'm friendly.

    I give a nod/ smile and raise a couple of fingers off the bar. If I'm acknowledged, that's nice. But if not, I carry on with my day.

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    on a MUT... no... too many people to be waving to.

    on the rural roads where I normally ride.... yes.

    when I'm hitting up singletrack, doubletrack & technical trails, usually a more vocal thing, so people hear me coming
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    When I'm out on an easy ride I do, but when I'm completely burying myself I don't even want to look at people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FindTheRiver View Post
    I don't usually wave, but I'll always give the "nod of acknowledgement".
    Same here.


    That, or, "HEADS UP, MAGGOTS!!1!" as I pass them going the same direction .
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    I give 'em a salute.
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    No, but after I pass someone I'll give them "the Look."

    (Just kidding )

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    vocal... i am stumped on using vocal commands here.. If i say "on your left" i get to watch a 40 year old person swerve left then right then look at me trying to figure out which side to be on.. When i say "Behind you" i get ignored or an ass speeding up and still slowing me down.. can't win here

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    Nope. I've got better things to do while I'm out. Usually that involves some kind of interval or climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icetech View Post
    ...i get to watch a 40 year old person swerve left then right ...
    40..? we're gonna assume you mean that the person is therefore old and senile and should probably be in a seniors home.

    got it.

    we 'old' people have a term for people like you.
    eff all y'all...

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    Problem with me waving is that it always gets worse.

    They usually turn around, chase me down and ask for an autograph, then another for their kids, then a picture, if I let it go on they follow me and eventually start crying uncontrollably while pawing at me - tearing my clothing.
    I ride mostly in the honorable pursuit of being kissed on both cheeks at the same time by one blond and one brunette. But not redheads, they scare me.

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    Why would you remove your hand from the handlebars of a skinny tired road bike, when your weight distribution and balance are largely controlled by your hands - in a situation where even a 6" deviation from your line could cause you to get closer to traffic or closer to the gravel shoulder. Compounded by road imperfections, winds, crap on the road etc. Nod and smile if it means so much to you. But actually lift your hand up and wave from a road bike position? Because it's "nice"? I'm a very nice person and really like other cyclists, but really, I have to do this to be nice?

    This waving stuff is just bizarre. Do you wave at every one you pass when you're walking or running? Geeze.

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