Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bike Happy

I understand that the cyclist riding with headphones does not wish to hear me say hello in the morning. I'm ok with this. They are in the zone and I have no desire to interrupt.

What I do not understand is the snobby cyclist that is intent on dropping everyone around them and can't seem to hear anyone utter a good morning toward them. Seriously - where is the love?! You are riding a bicycle! It's the exact same device that four year old kids ride. For fun. And you are not a pro tour rider.

Thanks to Gemma Luker for this illustration!

I rode on the coast this morning. It was a nice crisp, cold morning, where the surfers were catching clean, long rides, and the wind was holding each wave up a little longer.

Every bike commuter I passed waved or said good morning to me. Large backpacks and all. I'm still pretty sure cycling makes you happier. Ride on, and don't forget to smile occasionally or (gasp!) even say hi to someone you pass!

15 comments:

Steve said...

I say hi to everyone I pass on my way to work at 4:30 am... or would if I saw them. lol

You are right riding a bike makes you happy. For me exercising outside does.

Hope you have a great day. :)

SSB said...

that's an awesome graphic. I try to be nice when I'm riding my bike, but really, it's not my favorite thing to do, so sometimes I grumble :-)

Matt said...

bummer about the not so nice cyclists. Funny is I wave or say hi in some way no matter what I am doing. Mtbers, runners, hikers, all say hi back, roadies generally dont to me at least, maybe its an unwritten rule of the road ;)

Christi said...

I say hi to every rider and runner I pass. Many say Hello back but many look at me like I am insane. And you know waht that is cool with me!

Molly said...

This is such a pet peeve of mine - would a simple good morning kill you or do you just have to feel like a badass coming out of nowhere and passing me without a word? Ugh. I say hi to everyone!

Kiet said...

Were you riding the PCH? Did you see Nick's post about the PCH on FB? Rarely do I see you riled up, like it!

lizzy said...

You know I have dreams of bike commuting again once I move to SD because of you!! At work we have a shower so I can be clean for a day of work after commuting to work and I just.cannot.wait! I will smile and say 'hello' to everyone for you :)

TRI714 said...

THIS IS ANNOYING. AND UNNECCESARY.

RIDING EMMMMMMMMMM, I LOVE IT.

Luke said...

cycling makes me happier, taking a day off work for cycling makes me happiest!

m said...

I don't get people who don't say hi or at least smile and make eye contact to other people who are out running and cycling too.

That is a great bike picture.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I like the "cool" raised one finger while in the aero position when people pass on the trail going the other way. Makes me feel like Lance... just for a second, that is...

GoBigGreen said...

My only sarcastic, but likely true, thought is that if said roadie is starving himself as so many of them do, and yes I do mean the Cat 3's that think they may have been separated at birth from the Schlecks despite weighing 30 lbs more, then maybe he was just downright bonking.
I dont know i just made that up, but i do know what you mean. IT's a shame that their ride has so much stress and general malaise to it, isnt it:)?
Keep on enjoying your ride!

Running Bums said...

Haha so true! Just do what David does and yell, "Go Lance!" They might respond to that :)'

solarpowered said...

I'm amazed when I'm running and pass by someone and I say "Good morning!" and they don't even so much as give a half wave or a nod of the head.

Damie said...

oh- this was so funny to me. I was just thinking on Wed about this very thing. I was out riding, and I passed several guys going one way or another that did not wave back to me. All I could think in my own little evil head was ..."yea, nice. and I am sure I beat you in the races." I know that is so snotty- but really. Can't even lift a your pinkie finger to say hi?