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20 minutes ago, LanghamP said:

Sigh.

Is it just me, as the first thing I did was zoom in and try to figure out the wheel brand and model, and then look at her figure?

Maybe an intervention is in order.:blink1:

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15 minutes ago, WARPed1701D said:

 They're are a lot of pro/recreational cyclists around here. Lycra clad and on obscenely expensive carbon fibre road bikes. Good for them if they enjoy it. But many are very elitist. As I cycle to work I normally acknowledge cyclists going the other direction but they often refuse to return the gesture. Maybe something about my 16" wheel folding bike offends them. You'd think they'd be pleased to see another person on two wheels.  Based on this I can't even imagine the animosity I will get on one wheel, especially a motorized one.

I wouldn't even know there was such a thing as bicycle snobbery if I hadn't read it here from you guys.  I don't encounter bikes often, and when I remember riding them back in the day, they were for the poor, the rare eccentric, a beach rental, or children.  Expensive bikes had come out, but hardly anybody rode them or cared to.

But I suppose human nature will always show itself.  If something can be snobberized, it will be.

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42 minutes ago, Scatcat said:

But afterwards it struck me that this wasn't the first time I got some form of quip from a certain brand of bicyclist. The sneerers are the guys in their forties, on 18-gear+ bikes with tires the width of my index finger, that tend to go faster than me. I've had a couple of these pass me when I go 20-22mph, me in full gear, they with a small helmet and spandex. Not all of them look askance at me, but quite a few do. Like my existence is a blight on their chosen way of life or something.

Occasionally I will encounter such as you've described.  Heck, even today one going in the opposite direction scoffed dismissively at me and said "What an asshole!"  No snappy comeback for that one.  But the vast majority of cyclists I encounter are perfectly fine; in fact many give positive comments.

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1 minute ago, RichieV said:

Occasionally I will encounter such as you've described.  Heck, even today one going in the opposite direction scoffed dismissively at me and said "What an asshole!"  No snappy comeback for that one.  But the vast majority of cyclists I encounter are perfectly fine; in fact many give positive comments.

I wouldn't even know what to think about a dopey comment like that.  I don't know why someone would even say that.

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I live in the area used for the cycle racing in the London Olympics which has resulted in the roads getting clogged with racing type bikes every warm weekend. So much so that locally they have gained a name: "Wiggo's" after Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Strangely enough, I get no interaction from them at all, they seem to try to pretend I'm not actually there. Contrast that with a guy last week on a very powerful motorbike who made a point of slowing to ride alongside me and give a big thumbs up - that really made my day ?. 

Even more surprising is how often I overtake bikes, and I'm on a 25kph max speed wheel.

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1 minute ago, Keith said:

Even more surprising is how often I overtake bikes, and I'm on a 25kph max speed wheel.

 If I try really hard I can get my average cycling speed just over 15mph. On the right stretch I'll do 20 mph bursts but most the time 12 to 14 mph. I imagine even a NB One S1 wheel is generally the quicker machine over an average cyclist.

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I agree with Hunka, some people are just dumb or assholes. Worst case, just call them salty (=envious) and that should shut them up.

@WARPed1701D Nothing more annyoing than to have to greet everyone you encounter. Be it hiking, biking, whatever. Especially when it's something physically demanding like biking. Could you imagine a runner not wanting to greet everyone and get out of the breath rhythm every time? Same applies to this. So I would not hold it against these people if they don't react, only if they react but badly.

@kasenutty Be careful with that, you might get a "Karma Crash" (TM).

 

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1 hour ago, LanghamP said:

Have you ever seen spandex men in their forties on CF bicycles being called cool? Like ever? Whereas a girl thought my wheel was so cool she sneaked me in to her parents rather large two-story house before going to her prom a few hours later. Mind you I'm 45 with a big ol' gut...

:popcorn:Annnnd what exactly happened during those two hours?

 

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2 hours ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

There's never a shortage of idiots.  :rolleyes:   Same thing goes for car drivers thinking that they own the road, and the ones that drive way over the speed limit endangering other people.   I've encountered stupid people just walking around downtown.  There's no difference if they are on a bike, in a plane, etc. 

Don't let the haters and idiots bother you or affect your view about the world.  They are free to live in idiocy.  That's their right.  There's no reason for you to get pulled into their reality.   :innocent1:  You just can't win against masters of their game.

Ahem, I don't see these Spandex clad bicyclists as idiots but, rather, they are wildly intolerant of people taking of their space.

Don't mess with the older bicyclist; most of them have a rough accident within two years anyway. I used to be in an bicycle club and those riders were extremely bad at following traffic rules. Like stop signs.

 

26 minutes ago, kasenutty said:

Prom? You're 45 and banging high school girls? That's a little young dude. 

I agree. From now on I'm dating the mature single moms who challenge me.

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4 hours ago, RichieV said:

"What an asshole!"  No snappy comeback for that one. 

How about, "if I'm an a**hole, you must think you're 'the sh*t! ' "?

It has the value of being equally vulgar while at the same time paying him a "compliment"!

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Well I'm almost ashamed to say that I have two Mate folding electric bikes on order as my wife doesn't share my enthusiasm for one wheel.

I promise it won't reduce my one wheel riding time but I will end up with one foot in each camp.

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4 hours ago, RichieV said:

Occasionally I will encounter such as you've described.  Heck, even today one going in the opposite direction scoffed dismissively at me and said "What an asshole!"  No snappy comeback for that one.  

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f@#k do you think you're talking to?" 

A Mohawk would help.

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