"might I suggest a bell gentleman" says the angry rambler…
The rambler “leap of certain death” always raises a smile.
The way the old biddy at the back of a line of Rambling old biddies (it’s always old biddies, have they escaped from somewhere?) will grab her friend (lets call her Biddy#2) yelling “bikes” at the top of her voice, grab hold of biddy#2 and throw her into the brambles, then throw her self to the side in the style of a WW2 Tommy throwing himself on a grenade.
While you totter past at 2, maybe even the dizzy heights of 3 mph….Posted 4 years agodobiejessmoMember
You cant win either way.I have a bell of my work commuter for the cyclepath and have use it in the past to be told i heard you coming you dont need the bloody bell.
What i answer to ramblers in the countryside when they say that to me i thought you didnt want noise in the countryside.You seem to try and ban anything that makes noises.Funny they never reply 😀Posted 4 years agorogerthecatMember
They are worse on really narrow lanes, instead of staying on one side they split onto groups on either side making it almost impossible to pass, if they have dogs they usually leave them in the middle of the road, maybe they don;t like their dogs.
I had a bell and got some real ear bendings for ringing it, I now have a nice loud comedy horn,Posted 4 years ago
“While you totter past at 2, maybe even the dizzy heights of 3 mph….”
This is the most hilarious thing, your stuck behind them at track stand speed, they look round and give you the look of death, like your out of control and about to mow there kid/pet down in a 70mph motorway collision. Some even crying out “slow down!!”Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
I’ve never had anyone be negative when I ring my bell. While I feel it’s friendly to say hi, it appears people prefer the bell. I don’t mind having it on the bike so I use it regularly.
Strictly speaking, you are supposed to give way to walkers and you do get some bloody minded rambler who makes sure that you do. They are usually in a minority of one though.
The random abuse that sometimes gets shouted at can be annoying, such as “it’s a bridleway, it’s for horses”. It’s taken many years to learn to not get angry and ignore it.Posted 4 years agotpbikerMember
I came up behind a couple riding along a canal path today, so slowed right down and said ‘excuse me guys’ or something similar to let them know I was there. The girl turns round and sees me, then instead of moving to the side she slams on the brakes meaning I have to swerve to avoid her. Luckily I was going about 3 mph.
Then the cheeky git says ‘maybe you should get a bell’. I resisted the temptation to tell her she should perhaps get some semblance of control over her bike. Besides, I have as bell, but as above given i’m not using the canal as a race track surely slowing down and a cheery ‘excuse me’ is far more sociable.Posted 4 years agonukeSubscriber
Ive never had anyone be negative when I ring my bell. While I feel it’s friendly to say hi, it appears people prefer the bell. I don’t mind having it on the bike so I use it regularly.
This for me. Most of the walkers around my way are very complimentary about my bell 8)Posted 4 years ago
A few things I noticed today on the particularly busy bridleways linking the trails.
Only the minority of ramblers I must add, but definitely worse when they were in a group….
Ramblers purposely ignoring the Hope Pro 2’s silence shattering buzz, until pretty much running them over. Its like the only frequency they part the trail to, is the open sesame password of a bell ring!
Approaching rambler head-on at narrow canal section, he stands to the side, I thank him to which he scans my handlebars and then comments “might I suggest a bell gentlemen” to which I ignore and thank again as I pass.
What is it with passing ramblers on a wide berthed trail? Instead of continuing their straight path while I pass by out of harms way, they decide to panic then step into the path of the bike 😯
Do you rise to this sort of rambler trolling? Have you added a bell to the bars? Do you react courteously and polite to not rise to it?
Discuss all things rambler…Posted 4 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
I had a bell on the bike once, years ago, & was on a BW near Rosedale coming up behind some walkers, I wasn’t going quick as it was it a bit soggy underneath. Dings my bell & the nearest old biddy (can’t always be biddy’s shirley?) jumped about 3ft off the ground & says ‘ooh, you gave me such a fright’Posted 4 years ago
Took the sodding bell off when I got home & haven’t had one since.SteveBbrainMember
I’m a bell convert after our recent C2C ride, worked a treat and certainly speeded up progress. Yes you still get the odd knob – especially those with stupid long leads!!!! But on the whole give and take is the way to go. I also hate aggro and feel more chilled out with my new bell attachment 😀Posted 4 years agoargeeMember
As others have said, you can’t win, i fitted a bell and had the same response of old ramblers jumping when i rang it to warn them i was approaching, then having them whinge about it, take the bell off and slow down, then politely give a warning of me approaching and it’s the same response.
The sad fact is that it’s more down to a lot of cyclists who fly past people without much warning, as well as most walkers just not wanting cyclists to use ‘their’ routes.Posted 4 years agoLosidanMember
As agreed the ones who you know heard you ding but purposely refuse to move. Just don’t get it.
What’s the deal with these ramblers who walk with ski poles? I never realised the leeds Liverpool canal is partof the ascent of mt everest
I tend to give them three separate dings as I approach. Usually can tell from far off at the first ding what sort they are by what there reaction is.
The ones who really annoy me (as happened today is giving them three separate dings and they ignore it and as you pass grumble about not giving them any notice I was coming. Yeah right. ….Posted 4 years agodevashMember
I get this all the time. One particular chap told me to “Get a f**ing bell” to which I stopped and politely explained to him that I’d lose all street cred from my riding mates if I had one. It turns out that his dog was hit by a cyclist a few months ago and had to be taken to the vet with a broken rib. Nice chap in the end and I hope that my amicability changed his perception of mtbers.Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
One particular chap told me to “Get a f**ing bell” to which I stopped and politely explained to him that I’d lose all street cred from my riding mates if I had one. It turns out that his dog was hit by a cyclist a few months ago and had to be taken to the vet with a broken rib. Nice chap
So because he can’t keep his animal under control in a public place he feels he can be abusive to strangers? Yes, what a nice chap.Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
One of our group rides nearly ended with a hospital visit due to manic dog bounding in front of our bikes on an official bike trail. A bell would not have made a difference. The owner was watching well before we got there and we’d past her before anyway. Stupid woman was just laughing at her manic untrained dog, joking that it would teach the dog if we ran into it!. Later bumped into her again and had a polite word and she suddenly took offence and went off on one ranting about how mountain bikers are destroying the area.
Anyway… on the subject of bells, if I have a bell it’s usually on a tow path or places I’m likely to find a lot of walkers and I’m always prepared to slow down and stop & wait for them. If they’re coming towards me I’ll make room and when following I’m prepared to wait, but ringing a bell and even stopping some will jump out of their skin and stand well back as if I’m about to charge through with a bus, often giving me a dirty look. Others look at me and continue walking ignoring me.
Not all though. The majority tend to be friendly.
Out in the Surrey Hills it’s far friendlier also, and rarely find anyone moaning. Most are happy and have a joke or two with riders especially seeing them exhausted on a climb. Except for crazy woman with manic dog, as found in the Surrey Hills 😉
If it’s a trail ride though, I don’t have a bell. They fall off, get broken off, and are an extra thing to dig into you when you fall off. Generally the trails are separate from walking paths too.Posted 4 years agouser-removedMember
Not getting this really – I have a little ting bell on any bikes which are likely to be on towpaths, bridleways, old railway paths etc. If you start ringing from a good way back, then put in some more as you get closer IME, no bother (aside from the odd wazzock).Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Old people don’t hear so well. Old people cannot leap out of the way quickly. Old people have brittle bones and are afraid of getting injured as they know the recovery time is long. Old people are used to the paths and bridleways being free of mountain bikes.
The rambler was polite enough, you can just say “excellent idea” and ride on.Posted 4 years agogears_suckMember
I had a walker deliberately block the tow path on one ride. I had slowed to walking pace and followed up past a lock because we had about 10-12 riders in the group. I was a little ahead and when the path widened where he could not stop me from passing I pulled up along side and said as politely as I could muster. “There are a lot more riders following behind me.” His response was. “This is a footpath. Note the word footpath!” I replied calmly. “No, it’s a towpath, you retard.” Seemed to do the trick.Posted 4 years ago
Sometimes it’s just easier to get down to their level.
99% of the time there are no problems, but when there are, I’ve found that politeness will have no positive effect on the situation. You might as we’ll be an ass because no matter what you say, they will think you’re one anyway and I always aim to please.
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