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The Nod

Postby nezumi » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:34 am

Coming from a motorcycling background, when I am out on the bike I I tend to nod at riders coming the other direction.

I get about a 30-50% response rate.

Do you nod to other riders?

If you do, do you keep it restricted to your "tribe" (fixie, road bike, MTB etc)?
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Re: The Nod

Postby silentbutdeadly » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:43 am

The only time I don't give a little wave or nod or 'Morning!' is when they pass me when we're supposed to be racing...then I either shout at them or breathe hoarsely in their general direction. I care not what they ride...though I do try not to giggle at BSO's
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Re: The Nod

Postby clackers » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:24 am

I give the full on Che Guevara fist to anything with less than four wheels, Nezumi! :D
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Re: The Nod

Postby g-boaf » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:57 am

I give a small wave. Most people acknowledge back. Including the triathlon-guy on the triathlon bike going at high speed in the other direction.

Occasionally if I'm going the same direction I'll have a quick chat if they are interested (or if they start the conversation) - but to be honest I prefer to avoid side-by-side riding.

I've had a few motorbike riders say hello at traffic lights. If they want to chat, I'm okay with that.
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Re: The Nod

Postby macca33 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:07 am

Nod and/or wave - dependent upon how knackered I am at the time. :oops:

Also a quick 'G'day how you going' when pulling up to others at lights, etc.

Some nods/waves are returned around the Melbourne Bayside area and all are returned when riding around home.

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Re: The Nod

Postby Dave_C » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:15 am

I general give a wave or nod - depends on how hard we are pushing.
Generally get a return acknowledgement from most
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Re: The Nod

Postby burger » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:29 am

Nod/Smile/wave to all comers, except maybe going across the Harbour Bridge when its peak hour.
All two wheelers get the same treatment, regardless of 'tribe'.

Also give "G'dayhow'sitgoin" at traffic lights . . though, as per macca33, this depends on my ability to breathe at that particular moment :oops:

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Re: The Nod

Postby BastardSheep » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:40 am

It really does depend on how many others are out on the road at the time and how hard I'm working. I used to try to acknowledge most, now I barely acknowledge any - there's just too many.
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Re: The Nod

Postby Lukeyboy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:41 am

I nod at other cyclists while cycling however I tend not too in built up areas as i'll be nodding more than a heavy metal fan at a Metallica concert.
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Re: The Nod

Postby casual_cyclist » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:02 pm

nezumi wrote:Do you nod to other riders?

yes
If you do, do you keep it restricted to your "tribe" (fixie, road bike, MTB etc)?[/quote]
no

:D

and if I don't get a nod back, I don't take it personally :wink:
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Re: The Nod

Postby nezumi » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:40 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:I nod at other cyclists while cycling however I tend not too in built up areas as i'll be nodding more than a heavy metal fan at a Metallica concert.


After posing the question, I had the humerous mental image of two bunches going in opposite directions, with the rider's heads bouncing up and down like bobble heads. :D
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Re: The Nod

Postby Lukeyboy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:51 pm

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Re: The Nod

Postby RonK » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:45 pm

nezumi wrote:Coming from a motorcycling background, when I am out on the bike I I tend to nod at riders coming the other direction.

I get about a 30-50% response rate.

Do you nod to other riders?

If you do, do you keep it restricted to your "tribe" (fixie, road bike, MTB etc)?


This subject really has been done to death... :roll: :lol:

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Re: The Nod

Postby H0LD THE LINE » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:22 pm

On my commute to work I nod/say hi to a couple guys I see most mornings and everyone else gets nothing.

On non-commute rides I general give people a small finger wave or nod and at traffic lights I'll have a quick conversion with them and then attempt to burn them.
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Re: The Nod

Postby nezumi » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:22 pm

RonK wrote:This subject really has been done to death... :roll: :lol:

Snobbery in cycling, why is it so pretentious ?
Etiquette for greeting cyclists


Given the refresh rate on the population of forums - always going to see re-hashing of standard topics. :)
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Re: The Nod

Postby clackers » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:21 pm

Yep, and BTW, can anyone tell me what I should buy as my first road bike? I want the fastest one, and my budget is $150. :-D
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Re: The Nod

Postby captain peacock » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:02 pm

first it was waving, now its nodding! what's next..... raising a eyebrow, or flaring a nostril :D

seriously, there are so many riders out there, esp on my commute which is against the traffic (riding out of the city in the morning and vice versa). actually, i don't pay much attention to passing riders, prob wouldn't even notice if they were chucking a brown-eye!
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Re: The Nod

Postby AKO » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:33 am

Lukeyboy wrote:Image

Hehe. Hehehehe. Hehehe.

And yes, I at least nod but may give a raise of the right index finger if I feel it warranted. I nod or finger raise to all, even peds. Had an interesting chat with a runner going up a hill the other day.

Runner: hi, how are you?
Me: huhg hasnl wheeze.

I don't think she was doing it a tough as I was lol.
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Re: The Nod

Postby BianchiCam » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:13 pm

Oh goodie, a nodding thread.
Which glove first?

Sorry......


I nod to other riders and make an effort for those that are obviously giving riding 'a go' good on em! Or older riders.

Now what chain lube?
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Re: The Nod

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:26 pm

BianchiCam wrote:Now what chain lube?

Smooth peanut butter in summer and Marmite in winter.
(It has to be Marmite because Vegemite is too valuable.)
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The Nod

Postby RonK » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:05 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
BianchiCam wrote:Now what chain lube?

Smooth peanut butter in summer and Marmite in winter.
(It has to be Marmite because Vegemite is too valuable.)
Discuss...

Hmmmm - to be honest, it hadn't occurred to me to put peanut butter on my chain. And why marmite in winter? Would peanut butter freeze? :lol:

And shut up you lot in the peanut gallery. :)
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Re: The Nod

Postby il padrone » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:37 pm

I'd always thought the dietary recommendation for chains was olive oil :?
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Re: The Nod

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:41 pm

Peanut butter is stickier and attracts more road grime.
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The Nod

Postby warthog1 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:26 pm

Mulger bill wrote:(It has to be Marmite because Vegemite is too valuable.)
Discuss...


Bought some of the aldi brand breaky spread the other day. I like it better than vegemite. Very similar flavour but the vegemite is noticeably saltier.
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Re: The Nod

Postby stevebaby » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:08 pm

I've found that my chain receives perfectly adequate lubrication by the incidental spillage from a longneck of Cooper's Stout. Given my level of skill, pre-crash anaesthesia is an important part of my ride preparation.
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