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How friendly are your parts?(9 posts)

How friendly are your parts?Mel Erickson
Jul 24, 2002 12:46 PM
The parts you live in that is. Did one of my favorite 45 mile rides on Monday and the following "friends" either waved or said hi when I passed. 70 year old guy mowing his lawn, 50 something woman jogger, 20 something woman dog walker, railroad worker at a crossing, concrete truck driver waiting for his load, sheriff's deputy, numerous motorists and not one surly person on the whole ride. How typical is this where you ride?
I get the full spectrum hereDougSloan
Jul 24, 2002 12:54 PM
I get farmers who stop and offer to help if I flat as well as beer cans thrown at me by idiotic punks. Over all, it's not bad, though. The few idiots are greatly out numbered by the decent people, but they are just more obvious and memorable.

re: How friendly are your parts?JL
Jul 24, 2002 12:58 PM
Most days for me.

My ride today had a close call with a dump truck trying to pass TOO close, but then later a woman and two kids in a stroller were waving and saying 'Hi' which picked up my spirits again.

I've only really had one "major" encounter with a "surly person", but most of my rides are calm and friendly. I've actually received a few thumbs up signs from drivers lately. I don't know why, but I give 'em a wave and smile.

I think we tend to hear more about the "incidents" than not because people are P.O.'d at what happened and need to vent.

Happy riding.

re: How friendly are your parts?Scot_Gore
Jul 24, 2002 1:36 PM
I can't remember the last ride that I didn't get at least one friendly jesture along the way.

I biked along the north shore of Lake Superior over the 4th of July week. A Lake Superior circle tour is popular with the other bike group, you know, the ones on Harleys. They generally circle the lake clockwise. When I was on my return leg (counter clockwise) I was amazed at the number of waves, salutes, and thumbs up I got from leather set to the lycra set. It was like they included me in the same group of enthusiasts.

San Diego is rather friendlyUncleMoe
Jul 24, 2002 1:37 PM
Lots of bikers so either drivers are used to us, or people are pretty friendly to beign with. There are the occasional freaks paying more attention to the cell phone than the road, the dumbass teenager who blows the horn as he goes by, but I think we all have that.
Sometimes I think I'm invisible...DINOSAUR
Jul 24, 2002 4:36 PM
About the only acknowledgements that I receive are from other cyclists. And they are far and few between, as most of my riding is done on weekday and Saturday mornings. Overall the motorists here (above Auburn NorCal foothills) are cool. I don't usually venture out in the late afternoon or early evening as that's when all the crazies are out. I feel like I'm invisible and that's the way I ride. I get more strange looks from deer and squirrels than anybody. My main fear is coming around a curve and having a doe freeze in her tracks to take a gander. Some of those does are pretty darn big...
My parts are private!!! ;-b - nmgrzy
Jul 24, 2002 4:51 PM
Today was exceptionally friendly...Lone Gunman
Jul 24, 2002 6:27 PM
The dogs were not chasing, I got a thumbs up, a "V" sign, lots of nods from drivers...I have to wonder how many people are relating to news coverage of the TDF and that an American is leading and feel good about seeing someone out riding
re: How friendly are your parts?mapei boy
Jul 29, 2002 11:30 AM
I bicycle in Los Angeles: in the San Fernando Valley, Griffith Park, Mulholland Drive, Calabasas and Malibu. Bicyclists are an accepted part of the landscape here. Naturally, no ride is complete without a tense moment or two, but very seldom is there an overtly hostile encounter. Of course, it's important not to be on a major road during heavy traffic periods, and Fridays ought to be avoided altogether, but in the main, things are okay. Thanks to all the lawyers that inhabit this part of the world, there aren't many dogs on the loose anymore, either.