Who should say hello?
I don’t really say hello any more, simply because I have a bandana on my face to keep the flies out of my mouth.
However I give a nod to acknowledge another riders existence, although that depends on where I am: If say I’m on a canal tow path where I’m likely to come across many cyclists I simply won’t bother reacting at all. But if I’m somewhere remote and I haven’t seen another human being for 2 hours and out pops a guy/girl on a 5 then I’ll probably give a mildly surprised “Hi there!”.Posted 4 years agosicklilpuppyMember
I always acknowledge other riders, what gets me is when someone overtakes you, on eigher the trail or road but doesn’t say anything. No hi or passing right/left. If I know your there I’ll make more room for ypu, but if you come past and surprise me don’t get upset if I accidently pullout in front of you.Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
Right, the next cyclist who says ‘hello’ to me is going to get his face smashed in the the first bicycle related item I can pull out of my back pack. I just hope is isnt a small Allen key or an energy gel as I’ll have quite a job on my hands…
That’s even more sad than moaning about people not saying hello.
I think you need a hug.Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
Having lived in the Midlands, up north and the south east of England. I have to say that the most unfriendy/least courteous people I’ve encountered are down south, least hellos, nods etc
Although on the whole people can be quite miserable overall here. I lived in NZ for a year and on my return here I had to curb/relearn my friendliness to strangers. Everyone tends to be super friendly in NZ.
Off to Scotland next month… what should I expect?Posted 4 years agoPookSubscriber
This “you don’t say hello to every pedestrian when you’re walking” thing doesn’t hold water. You’re right, you don’t. But when you’re miles out in the countryside, engaged in a pretty niche activity, and you come across someone who is like mindedly enjoying that passtime why wouldn’t you?
Your logic could apply to passing someone as you’re trekking the Sahara alone. Or climbing Everest. Or on the moon.
Doesn’t hurt anyone to be friendly.Posted 4 years agosaxabarMember
What’s the group etiquette though?
The established protocol is a tapered response. Hello > Hi > nod > smile > finger > head down. This is proportional to the alpha status and respect they deserve for leading the group.
Cycling makes me happy and feel more communal. This means I smile and say hello, a lot.Posted 4 years agohallzMember
Pretty much always say hello, nod or acknowledge any other riders. I also save the friendliest “hellos” for grumpy dog walkers – they just hate the friendliness!
There is an exception to this whole hello business that i don’t like though. Cycling up a long, boring climb, focused solely on getting to the top, some twit comes past (as if your cycling through treacle) and his cheery hello wakes you from your daydream and scares the living daylights out of you!
Ok, so that’s just me then! 🙂Posted 4 years agoGavinBSubscriber
I like Pook’s response.
For me, its about the location. If I’m hammering it to the station in the morning, on the way to work, I’m not going to bother waving, blowing kisses or screaming hello to everyone I pass who may also happen to be on a bike (whether they are wearing a helmet, riding a BSO or whatever)
BUT, if I’m rattling along a remote path in the Cairngorms, Lakes or wherever I’m much more likely to wave, or heaven forbid, even stop and have a quick natter, exactly as I would if I was out running or walking in the same area.
It’s polite, civilised and costs nothing.Posted 4 years agotrolleywheelsMember
Goes both ways to be honest. I ride my Roadie and MTB in equal measures. I say hello/acknowledge all riders.. I get MTB riders ignoring me on the Roadie, and Roadies ignoring me on the MTB.
Really doesn’t bother me if they don’t acknowledge… I do think the roadie side is far more cantankerous / snobby though. I got heckled today by some other roadies earlier as I had my deepset carbons on.. Funnily enough I probably overtook them at twice the speed they were riding.. (I got KOM) I don’t understand?!?
Edited to remove horrendous Americanism.Posted 4 years agotinribzMember
+1 for the grumpy dog walkers, and the two walking pole brigade. 🙂
Horse riders though, what about them? Borderline for me first because they are usually youngish girls and I don’t want to appear creepy. Secondly I hate horses, smelly, scarey and make my eyes swell up. I usually wait for them to initiate and begrudgingly respond.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Horse riders though, what about them?
I generally get around your concerns by saying hello to the horse (as someone once told me that was good practise to avoid startling them)
I tend to shout “Hey horse”, which probably just confuses it. Like shouting “Biscuit dog”.Posted 4 years ago456mochaSubscriber
“Hi!”, to bike helmet wearers.Posted 4 years ago
A nod to all other cyclists that acknowledge me, and horse riders.
“Lovely weather” to locals and walkers, or something else appropriate.
“Aw.. nice dog!”, to dog walkers who make the effort to call the dog.
“Hello!” is reserved for Lionel Richie.garage-dwellerSubscriber
A nod,a wave, a smile, a hello costs nothing. The serious looking roadies round here are often the most friendly even when I am wheezing my hairy legs and seat pack and helmet peak along on my cheap and cheerful road bike. Go figure, this is in central southern england.Posted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
Passed a bloke on a Giant Anthem earlier today who barely acknowledged me. A few miles further on a bunch of roadies came past, all smiles and cheerfulness. A couple wanted to know about my bike and where I was riding. Nice bunch.
If you go in with the attitude that everyone you see gets a cheery smile then you can’t really go wrong.Posted 4 years ago
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