Roadies, The plot thickens
OK so we all know Roadies never acknowledge us mountain bikers.
But I’m in training for Ironman and I have taken up the dark art. I was out today in the full garb, nice bike, Lycra and guess what? Roadies ignore each over too!!!
I saw a few at various points in the ride said ‘Morning’ And got no response, I was shocked they didn’t even look at me, are they all really so smacked up on EPO that they can’t even talk?Posted 8 years agodoboMember
hehe, i was out the other night on my mtb but doing a road ride, and coming towards me was 3 bikes? anyway they all had fairly bright lights and so did i, we said alright, evening etc to each as we passed accross the road but i couldnt tell if they were mtbs or road bikes…
not only am i confused as to weather i should have said hello or not but i also feel cheated..;)
some people do some people dont but i think you just have that look, so people dont 😈Posted 8 years agocarlnicholsony2kMember
I will never understand why roadies seem to take the whole concept of cycling so seriously. I mean, I do put the effort in, but a trip to Llandegla often leads to endless conversations with many people I’ve never met, it’s almost a social event.
I’d rather that then try to shave 10 seconds off my next twenty miles.Posted 8 years agoantigeeMember
Ed2001 said it
recently when driving my small people bus i’ve starting raising my finger at passing HGV’s and i don’t get many cheery waves in response – might get a cb radio – anyone know if there is a roadie club for cb enthuiasts? could try a quick one niner as we pass and see if that solves the worlds most pressing problemPosted 8 years agovdubber67Member
I think there’s a fundamental flaw in the whole logic of this. You assume that people on road bikes are exclusively ‘roadies’ They might be fellow MTBers, training on a road bike for example. Would it upset you more or less then? Does it actually matter one jot whether another human being ignores you anyway?Posted 8 years agonjee20Subscriber
Ed2001’s spot on, who cares?! I generally acknoweldge most people, far and away the rudest group are the gnarly ‘freeriders’, who totally ignore you if you’re on a road bike, and generally sneer if you’re on an XC bike. Because 6″ travel, body armour and a full face helmet is really appropriate for the Surrey Hills…
I just chuckle to myself!Posted 8 years agoSpongebobMember
Saw at least 10 roadies out today (when I took my life in my hands and dusted off the roadbike to ride on a public highway).
Out of those ten riders, two appeared to ignore my friendly knod. I think these are the sort of people that take their cycling (and themselves) far too seriously!
Off road wins hands down in my book. Much safer away from the brain dead maniacs who propel their 1 tonne missiles at vulnerable road users!Posted 8 years agosq225917Member
Unlike mtb’ers who need to feel the self assurance generated by someone acknowledging them, roadies are too busy riding hard to give a flying F!
I usually raise the fingers of my right hand from the bar in a tiny little Thalidomide wave, you know the sort of signal you could deny when asked if you waved.
yeh roadies, mardy buggersPosted 8 years agomarkcdoMember
Have to agree with njee, of all the people I regularly meet, be it running, the odd road ride or on some trail somewhere by far the most ignorant twunts are “young” downhill/freeride types. Usually seen on a £4k bike that they clearly didn’t buy (daddy did), making poor excuses for not actually riding anything remotely technical or dangerous, dropping rubbish and abusing anyone with less than 6 inches – of travel, obviously.Posted 8 years ago69erMember
I ride the track, they’re friendly bunch. But weird though. On the track they’re mostly grimacing from the effort…
I train on the roads, I say hello to everyone I see. Hit rate is about 50%
I commute a couple of hours each day, see the same faces, they generally all say hello.
I ride off road loads, I say hello to everyone I see. Hit rate is about 95%
When I ride in France (dans la rue) I always[/u] get a nod. And respect from other road users. What a great country. And they play better rugby than us….
Be friendly – it catching!Posted 8 years agoIcarusGreenMember
I think that the whole smile/nod/wave thing is generally just not as common as it used to be.
I normally give a nod or smile to anyone whose in passing distance (even foot goers) no matter if i’m on my road or mountain bike and the responces vary.
Roadies – serious (nature of the beast)
XC – friendly
DH/Free ride – totally depends on age (the older the friendlier)
Mk1 foot – scorn
Mk1 foot with loose dog – just don’t want you to run over the mutt.
Of course their are lots of exeptions to the rules as gennerally if your on a bike cyclists are freindly (even those with motors)Posted 8 years agoMosesMember
These threads are such sh** are all really so insecure that you are bothered wether someone says hello to you, YOUR RIDING YOUR BIKE NOT SPEED DATING. GET A F***** LIFE.
Nice rant, Ed.
Can we do it in English, please?
These threads are such sh** are you all really so insecure that you are bothered whether someone says hello to you? YOU’Re RIDING YOUR BIKE NOT SPEED DATING. GET A F***** LIFE.
🙂Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
I nod now and again unless I’m knackered and don’t see you as I’m concentrating on the road.
Not all roadies or mtbers nod or say hello.
Walk down the street and some will say hi some will not even look at you.
So what? life is too hectioc to worry about this $hit.
Studied EPO (for sick patients) to death so don’t mention that again either.Posted 8 years ago
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