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Proper Road Bike Etiquette(12 posts)

Proper Road Bike EtiquetteTerry_Swisher_PMF
Aug 6, 2003 6:18 PM
Your riding down the road flowing with traffic, coming up on you is some dude that looks like he probably lost his license DUI riding straight towards you on a rusted out piece of Huffy. He isn't looking to get out of your way either, although he should be on the other side of the road right?
Yes by all means.desmo
Aug 6, 2003 6:24 PM
If not, a collision may ensue.
re: Proper Road Bike EtiquetteAl1943
Aug 6, 2003 6:33 PM
What difference does the type and condition of his bike make to you?
A chair in the road.elcameron
Aug 6, 2003 6:43 PM
No etiquette involved in this case.
Whistle, shout and scream to make sure he knows you are coming, then look back, and slowly, move out into the lane and get beyond this impediment, both mentally and physically.
Best of luck.
You could always clothesline him! haha- nmCritLover
Aug 6, 2003 8:22 PM
Clueless people on bikes....asphalt assault
Aug 7, 2003 5:12 AM
It's amazing how many people riding bikes (and walking...and driving cars) that seem to have no clue with regards to interacting with other human beings.

Best to just get around the fool and try to avoid the urge to shove him into traffic.
Or you're walking on the sidewalkgildomilo
Aug 7, 2003 5:47 AM
and a 60 year old college professor is riding his 1969 Raleigh touring bike on the sidewalk and he rings his bell to try to force you off the sidewalk. I do everything I can to get in his path.....
It is confoundingCrankist
Aug 7, 2003 6:05 AM
as well as amazing. It's one thing when these 'interplanetary visitors' have an excuse such as normal daytime drunkeness, infantile cranium/floor
impact, drug addiction, or even that the psychiatrist is vacationing in Lake Winepesagwa - but I am left just shaking my head at some of the behaviors of apparently normal people. We have our share of poor drivers here. But rarely (at least since I moved from geriatric S. FL.)do I see a stupid move in traffic where the driver is unaware of others around him; it's usually an error based on haste. But put someone on a bike and a bubble just seems to grow. It's enough to make me hop a bus up to the lake.
That's not ettiquette...It's common sense and the law...nmbiknben
Aug 7, 2003 5:20 AM
this just happened to me this morning...what I do is....bicycle268
Aug 7, 2003 6:31 AM
#1 let the other cyclist know EARLY ON exactly where you'll be passing him. Use your hand to point and your voice to direct. Avoiding a collision is of primary importance. My bizarro world cyclist followed my direction today....

#2 politely but firmly inform the bizarro world cyclist that he's on the wrong side of the road. They usually will take heed. the cyclist today thanked me and went on his merry way, this time on the right(right) side of the road.

**I don't think cursing and spitting is necessary. Only if they intentionally try to play chicken with you.
re: where does etiquette enter in this?mobil1
Aug 7, 2003 8:01 AM
I continue to be amazed at how rediculous most of you posters are, regarding your feeling toward other cyclists who don't travel on $3,000 rigs. Most cyclists bike simply for pleasure, exercize or commuting. They have the same rights as you elistists to bike on any road they choose, and on both sides of that road. If you feel threatened by these people who fail to spend $$$$ on team clothing, and outrageously expensive bikes, then maybe you should avoid cycling, or stay home on your trainers. Remember, most people who own bicycles, have less then $300 invested and are entitled to the same rights as you, who are the minority.
:Be the Huffy :
You can't ride on any side of the road you wantandy02
Aug 7, 2003 11:05 AM
Anyone, on any bike does have the same rights to the road as us "elistists" but not on the wrong side. And if someone is in the wrong lane heading right for you then you are threatened.

And as for you and the other people who are so quick to take up for the idiots and non-cyclist out in the world, why are you here? I wouldn't go in to a sports car discussion and talk about a geo and how most people only use a car to get around. You should be here because we are different from everyone else even if our bike is a 100 used job from the 80's. We enjoy finding our on limits and pushing our freinds to theirs. This sometimes means suffering or giving up other things in our lives but it is worth to us. these boreds are nice but the only real way to know another cyclist is to ride with them..after a few miles your engine will tell what kind of cyclist you are not any thing you own.