Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RobM » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:37 pm

Decided to play a game on the way to work this morning - I said 'Good Morning!" to every rider I went past (on coming and overtaking). Total of 23 cyclists.


I only got 3 replies :?


After realising I wasnt getting many responses...I tried it with the Peds on the shared path - 5 out of 9 said Good Morning back!

Pedestrians friendlier than cyclists????

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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby munga » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:22 pm

or 1) they have more time to reply,
or 2) they are moving slow enough to hear you?
or 3) they just don't like you.

you sound shifty.
i say number 3.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RobM » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:36 pm

Maybe its what i was wearing....
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby munga » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:47 pm

a one footed man on a mixte??

and you wonder why people look at you like they smelt a cat poo..
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby jasonc » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:32 am

I say morning or nod to everyone. I find commuters are more likely to reply over team-kitted riders
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby Ozkaban » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:40 am

jasonc wrote:I say morning or nod to everyone. I find commuters are more likely to reply over team-kitted riders

+1

When I'm running, other runners almost always respond. There's more of a feeling of being out there together, I think.

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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby trailgumby » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:59 pm

jasonc wrote:I say morning or nod to everyone. I find commuters are more likely to reply over team-kitted riders

Yep. Mountain bikers almost always reply as well. Again, a sense of being out there and a sense of being obligated to offer help if needed - I reckon in part due to the isolated areas we often find ourselves in.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RonK » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:14 pm

ah, another "commuters and mtber's are friendlier than roadies" thread. bash away...
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RobM » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:25 pm

Well i was actually dressed as a 'roadie' on this particular commute - didnt make much difference. I also have a 'wet weather' commuter.....and a mountain bike. So i have a foot in each camp.






Lets go back to hating on pedestrians :lol:
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby find_bruce » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:28 pm

Inquiring minds want to know why Brisbane cyclists won't let Grumpy stay asleep. No wonder he or she is gumpy
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby find_bruce » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:31 pm

punk_rob wrote:Well i was actually dressed as a 'roadie' on this particular commute - didnt make much difference. I also have a 'wet weather' commuter.....and a mountain bike. So i have a foot in each camp.

I'm confused Rob - you mention 3 camps with a foot in each. Do you hop from one to another like some sort of demented irish dancer or a you built like Jake the peg ?

If it is the latter, how do you cycle with your extra leg ? :)
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby Oxford » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:31 pm

find_bruce wrote:
punk_rob wrote:Well i was actually dressed as a 'roadie' on this particular commute - didnt make much difference. I also have a 'wet weather' commuter.....and a mountain bike. So i have a foot in each camp.

I'm confused Rob - you mention 3 camps with a foot in each. Do you hop from one to another like some sort of demented irish dancer or a you built like Jake the peg ?

If it is the latter, how do you cycle with your extra leg ? :)

he steers with it. :mrgreen:
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Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RonK » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:39 pm

find_bruce wrote:
punk_rob wrote:Well i was actually dressed as a 'roadie' on this particular commute - didnt make much difference. I also have a 'wet weather' commuter.....and a mountain bike. So i have a foot in each camp.

I'm confused Rob - you mention 3 camps with a foot in each. Do you hop from one to another like some sort of demented irish dancer or a you built like Jake the peg ?

If it is the latter, how do you cycle with your extra leg ? :)

Maybe he has a tricycle too.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby munga » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:48 pm

well, looking at his photo above, he's no tripod.. i call bs. i bet you drove to work.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby vbplease » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:40 pm

I pass an attractive girl most mornings on the bikeway who always gives me a smile.. I'm thinking I'll fake an injury/flat tyre to get her to stop 8)
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby munga » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:22 pm

be sure it's a smile and not a grimace. :D
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby RobM » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:37 pm

vbplease wrote:I pass an attractive girl most mornings on the bikeway who always gives me a smile.. I'm thinking I'll fake an injury/flat tyre to get her to stop 8)


Is she a brunette on a flatbar/mountain bike heading south along SE Freeway bikeway around 7am?....Not that i noticed much about her at all, of course
Ill admit it - i nearly rode straight off the bikeway into a fence the first time she rode past me 8) :lol: 8)
I play it cool now with a 'oh-im-just-on-my-way-to-work-fellow-regular-cyclist' nod and smile.



And yes. Three feet, three legs and the middle one comes in handy every now and then :P
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby jimsheedy » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:50 pm

jasonc wrote:I say morning or nod to everyone. I find commuters are more likely to reply over team-kitted riders



I find your average commuter to be pretty unfriendly. Then again I would never say hello to someone wearing a "team kit".
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:17 pm

A lot of cyclists prefer a little nod of the head or a hand movement as greeting and sometimes that can be lost.

I tend to say gidday early in my ride but that's around 5:45 to 6:30 and there are not that many around. By the time I get to Como there are so many cyclists it's a bit like Crocodile Dundee in New York. Nevertheless I try to repond to hellos though it can be lost in a fleeting moment.

But I think you are correct. Peds seem to be quite amiable, though the occasional one may show a little annoyance if you surprise them when coming up from behind. Cyclists are often in their own world.

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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:29 pm

jimsheedy wrote:
jasonc wrote:Then again I would never say hello to someone wearing a "team kit".


Why not? Does that say more about you than about the riders you disdain?

Besides in cashed up WA everyone seems to have a full wardrobe of flash kit. It'd be pretty lonely to ignore them.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby jimsheedy » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:36 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:
jimsheedy wrote:
jasonc wrote:Then again I would never say hello to someone wearing a "team kit".


Why not? Does that say more about you than about the riders you disdain?

Besides in cashed up WA everyone seems to have a full wardrobe of flash kit. It'd be pretty lonely to ignore them.







i feel embarrassed for them
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby vaeske » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:34 am

jimsheedy wrote:
i feel embarrassed for them


they think they're on the pro tour. it is funny

i do find on main roads, no one says hello coz you're flying past and they usually check out what you're riding and wearing, but if you're on the bikeways there'll be more of a response and its usually the couples and families that say hello back.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby Oxford » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:41 am

I would like a double blind study to confirm these results, otherwise I will not believe it personally. Also how about a "Brisbane Cyclists Go Home Grumpy" survey too, double blind of course. :P
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby munga » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:55 am

i've never noticed much distinction regarding riding attire.
on hills everyone smiles and has a chat to me, and i do the 'wake up grumpy' face.
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Re: Brisbane Cyclists Wake Up Grumpy

Postby PawPaw » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:37 am

When I am pulled over to the side with a mech or flat, I find cyclists always tend to ask if I am ok.
Pedestrians don't.

Rob, I think your samples sizes were too small. Most peds wear ipods anyways.

If you tried this in Queen St, how many peds do you think would say hello back?
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