Mrs Toast - Member
I tend to find that most people are courteous and polite, regardless of whether they're on foot, wheels or a horse. When I think about it though, the majority of the time I've witnessed negative comments or behaviour either directed at me or at other people, it's been from other bikers.
I think it's particularly bad at Cannock at the moment because of the end of Follow the Dog being closed for repairs - a lot of guys come screaming down the fireroad diversion without any consideration for walkers or other riders walking up. Actually had one guy shout at me, "This isn't the best place to be walking your dog" as he wobbled past, even though I was right on the edge of path, with Benny on a very, very short lead off the side of the path. :/
Still, it's thankfully very rare.
You're the famous Mrs Toast though, Queen of Cannock MTB.
You ought to start shouting back at them 'Do you know who I am?'
Seriously though, surprised but not surprised, some of the attitudes of fellow bikers can be embarrassing.
I know a guy who walks his small dog over Sherbrook Valley, he never goes near the MTB trail centre, and his dog is so friendly that she actually heads you off at the pass, in an effort to get your attention in the hope you will make a fuss, the first time she did it to me I couldn't help but laugh. The owner explains she doesn't like to let bikes pass without a quick fuss.
Of course, the serious faced bikers have no time for anything like this, so the owner has experienced many incidents where they riders shout at him, tell him they'll run the dog over next time, he informs me it's usually groups or riders that get agitated the most.
There goes the harmony.