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    Whats with the attitude riding bicycles?

    Something I've noticed while riding both on street and dirt is that the riders are not very friendly. Maybe its just a thing here in Southern California with MTBing but it also tranfers to riding streets cause my cousin only rides street and he said its the same thing. Is it an attitude that I have a better bike than you so there for Im better than you?? I ride motorcycles and we always, always aknowledge other riders. Im still the type of individual that will greet others but arent we out there to have fun in the first place?

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    I find the opposite here on the east coast... I encounter other riders mostly on the road, but even the Colnago riders around here will throw a wave to me and my Windsor.


    Keep doing what you do... if other riders want to be snobs, maybe one day you'll pass them on a trail with a flat and have just the tool they need.

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    Us Eastern riders are friendly.

    If I rode a sturdy turdy I am sure I would still get some waves and greetings.
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    For the short amount of time ive been riding, here in NC...around the Asheville/ Hendo area, all the riders here are very nice. Its kinda like, Hey you got a bike, ive got a bike, so were brothers or friends ya know!?!? Ive even said hi to someone on the trail and had a conversation start from there, everyone is super cool here and super nice. There are always going to be cacks out there that dont give a care unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_91762
    Something I've noticed while riding both on street and dirt is that the riders are not very friendly. Maybe its just a thing here in Southern California with MTBing but it also tranfers to riding streets cause my cousin only rides street and he said its the same thing. Is it an attitude that I have a better bike than you so there for Im better than you?? I ride motorcycles and we always, always aknowledge other riders. Im still the type of individual that will greet others but arent we out there to have fun in the first place?

    That's Southern California for you! I recommend moving to New England... it's much friendlier, and people are very welcoming!

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    In central CT, I find most MTBers to be friendly.
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    While I am still new to this myself... I say hi to everyone (if my lungs allow me) bikers, hikers, anyone that's out where I am out.

    If people don't respond back, no sweat, I just keep on with my smile and enjoy the rest of my ride!

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    Everybody I meet on the trail seems to be very friendly other than those who ride walmart bikes. Everybody always says hello and if I am ever stopped for a reason, everybody always stops and asks if Im ok. In in NY

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    Just about every single person I've met has been nice, said hi, asked if I need help if I'm stopped, offered to let me tag along to learn new trails, etc. Louisville, KY.

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    in WA everyone is too nice. Everybody stops on the trail to let you by so nobody ever moves. Then to pass the time they ask how your day is going and if you need a clif bar or sip of espresso from their heated camelbak

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    People I have encountered in New England have all been very nice.

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    Smile Hey Jbl

    I'm in Socal as well. Welcome to the community. There are a lot of nice rider and some stuffed up ones as well , Regardless, I say hi or acknowledge them all. Most rodies and mtb are friendly some street riders like singlespeed and fixies are most of the time to cool to say hi.

    Don't let that discourage you though, keep doing what you do when you stop you'll become one of them a$$ sending out negative vibe to the sports.

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    WV is a friendly mountain biking state in my experience so far. My area there are not many roadies but the group I ride with from MD is very nice. Even though they mostly have $2000+ bikes with doubles and compacts I was always treated as an equal and a friend. I was only berated once for having an $800 road bike with a triple and it was this short balding fat guy that nobody in the club likes that has to be a douche to make himself feel better about being such a looser. Pricks are everywhere. You can have 100 people around you and 99 of them will be as nice as could be but there is always that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
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    not here in AZ. all bikers who passes me always says hi or hello and even hikers too. it might be just in cali.
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    Cycling, both dirt and road, is far too popular for "riders" as a group to be stereotyped. The attitudes of riders simply reflect the attitude of the population. Every time this discussion (or similar) comes up I think of Idiocracy. "Dude... you like money AND chicks? We should totally hang out!"
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    I don't ride to socialize. I will never understand why anyone would care if I say hi, wave or anything, The only thing that matters to me when I encounter another rider is that the proper yielding takes place.

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    When I am on the trail, if I see someone, they are usually nice. You have the random 5'5'' guy with a $4000.00 bike and a belt muffin who thinks he is better then you you because he has a expensive bike that he doesn't know how to ride. Then again, its hard to ride when you gut hits the handle bars. Anyway, most the people in Ohio are nice on the trail. But i have noticed that on the street (and pretty much just in general), the people in Ohio are rude. You say hi and they just ignore you or role their eyes at you. Its pretty frustrating sometimes.

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    I always heard the harley guys in leather started that acknowldgement wave, sort of an underground sign saying "I'm gay, too".

    Seriously, when you drive a car do you wave at each other? When you're walking along a street you wave and say hi to everyone? When you go into a restaurant do you expect everyone to greet you? Maybe I'm more of a city person, but that's expecting a lot....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    I don't ride to socialize. I will never understand why anyone would care if I say hi, wave or anything, The only thing that matters to me when I encounter another rider is that the proper yielding takes place.
    You must be one of those southern california riders he's talking about

    I keed, I keed - but most other comments here are pretty accurate - the reactions you get on the trail are going to be representative of the population. Folks here (Reno) generally wave and say hi when you ride by. Most people don't care what you ride, just *that* you ride.

    Don't let it get you down and keep being friendly, maybe you can change the trend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    I always heard the harley guys in leather started that acknowldgement wave, sort of an underground sign saying "I'm gay, too".

    Seriously, when you drive a car do you wave at each other? When you're walking along a street you wave and say hi to everyone? When you go into a restaurant do you expect everyone to greet you? Maybe I'm more of a city person, but that's expecting a lot....
    I don't know about you but I don't pass hundreds of other bikers on the trail either like I do other cars on the road when driving my car to school/work. When I am on the trail I am lucky to see one or two other people so it isn't out of line to expect a little courtesy. Just a two finger (not a one finger salute) acknowledgment or a nod of the head is even fine but no reason to be stuck up.

    It's funny though that you bring up the car thing because about 10 years ago I bought a Jeep Wrangler and until that point I never had people wave at me on the road but as soon as I started driving that Jeep I got waved at by more people (all driving Jeeps) that I ever had my entire life. I found the same to be true when I bought my first VW GTi too. A lot of other vdub drivers waved at me. I always thought it was kinda cool. My g/f would ask who was that and I would say I had no idea, it was just a Jeep/VW thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    I don't ride to socialize. I will never understand why anyone would care if I say hi, wave or anything, The only thing that matters to me when I encounter another rider is that the proper yielding takes place.
    It's your right to be stuck up but I don't see the point of being anti-social. I mean if it were a really busy trail and you passed a lot of other bikers then yeah, I might not go out of my way to say hi in passing either verbally or with a gesture but to show a little niceties while out on the trail won't kill you.

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    Pardon me...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    It's your right to be stuck up but I don't see the point of being anti-social. I mean if it were a really busy trail and you passed a lot of other bikers then yeah, I might not go out of my way to say hi in passing either verbally or with a gesture but to show a little niceties while out on the trail won't kill you.

    I agree, I dont expect to have a 5 minute conversation with everyone I see,( maybe one or two people each ride.) I dont think its to much to ask that if I say hi to some one or if i give a nod or whatever, to get some sort of respose other then a dirty look or a roll of the eyes.

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    What is up with these uppity fuks on their POS $500 bikes always wavin and sayin 'Hi' to me. They act like they're 9-year-old schoolgirls at a slumber party or something. The more they wave and get up in my face, the more I have to scowl - can't those fags get the hint??
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    What is up with these uppity fuks on their POS $500 bikes always wavin and sayin 'Hi' to me. They act like they're 9-year-old schoolgirls at a slumber party or something. The more they wave and get up in my face, the more I have to scowl - can't those fags get the hint??
    I ride $5000 bikes and I always say hi to other riders and most hikers too, whether I am on the road or the dirt.

    One thing though, if you don't say hi back, I usually say something about how unfriendly you are, with a variation in my language depending on how douchey you were...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    I ride $5000 bikes and I always say hi to other riders and most hikers too, whether I am on the road or the dirt.

    One thing though, if you don't say hi back, I usually say something about how unfriendly you are, with a variation in my language depending on how douchey you were...

    LMAO, same here .."Hows it goin.." 2 seconds later with no response..."What a f'ing douchebag" then on to the next douche..

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    I try to be as friendly as possible (if somebody's stopped I check to make sure they're alright). I'm from CT, and pretty much every rider that passes me on the trail will give a quick 'Hello' or a wave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmill79
    LMAO, same here .."Hows it goin.." 2 seconds later with no response..."What a f'ing douchebag" then on to the next douche..

    I do the same thing, except I say " well "&%! you then" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    What is up with these uppity fuks on their POS $500 bikes always wavin and sayin 'Hi' to me. They act like they're 9-year-old schoolgirls at a slumber party or something. The more they wave and get up in my face, the more I have to scowl - can't those fags get the hint??
    Sounds like you need a good tickling or pillow fight to cheer you up.

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    Everyone I have met have been nice except for ROADIES !!!!!
    1.. 2.. 3... 4...........FIFFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!

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    Some roadies I came across were really nice people, unless it was up in the steep section they all say hi or wave.

    What I can't stand is the group people who ride on the street some time several hundred and holding traffic like they don't care and no one can stop them. It just make you want to chuck some thing at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885
    Some roadies I came across were really nice people, unless it was up in the steep section they all say hi or wave.

    What I can't stand is the group people who ride on the street some time several hundred and holding traffic like they don't care and no one can stop them. It just make you want to chuck some thing at them.

    I don't mind if a roadie is on the side of the road near the line and i have to wait to get around them, I just hate when they are in the middle of the road and give you a dirty look for going around them.

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    I dont know about you guys but I know Im on a way better bike than you and I can out ride most people too on or off the street..........I still wave at a fellow biker no matter what your rolling (or pushing for that matter)
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    Don't sweat it dude, I ride motorcycles too and find friendly and not so friendly riders. I keep a smile and let it be...Life is too short to worry..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_91762
    Maybe its just a thing here in Southern California
    Attitude and image self-consciousness in tinsel town? Go figure.

    It really depends on where you are and who the rider is. In my experience, attitude is all about status self doubt.

    Your noob has no status, but knows they have no status, so they are always friendly in an embarrassed sort of way.

    Your intermediate has more status than a noob, but not as much as status as they wish they had, and often their self images are inflated, so they can be *****.

    Your experts have status and know they do, but since they let their legs and skills do the talking, they don't have to be ***** and are friendly in a helpful way.

    Me, I somewhere in the middle, but I don't like *****, so this is what my road bike looks like:

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    Call it reverse bike snobbery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    I dont know about you guys but I know Im on a way better bike than you and I can out ride most people too on or off the street..........I still wave at a fellow biker no matter what your rolling (or pushing for that matter)
    I Like to interact with all the riders I pass, I run into their rear tires and yell " get the hell out of my way! The trail for people on walgoose bikes is the paved path at the metro parks!"

    Followed by "loser"

    Wait, thats what they say to me.

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    I live in Missouri and the mtbr's here are very friendly - in fact, I was riding today and came across another rider who I never met in my life and we had a 20 min conversation. Just depends on where you are from I guess. Some places have friendly folks and others just seem not to.

    I don't think it really is a reflection on riders per say than it is on the region.
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    Everyone here in the great state of "TEXAS" is super friendly we all wave or greet in some way if somebody is stopped we always ask if they need help. "even the ones on wall-mart bikes at least they are off the couch and riding and promoting the sport". If you snob somebody you need to adjust your attitude nobody was born the best on the trail with the baddest bike off the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOSSMAN
    ...nobody was born the best on the trail with the baddest bike off the rack.
    uh-huh!!
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    I dunno, I've waved at every roadie I've come across on my hybrid or mtb they kinda ignore me maybe they just hate straight bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_91762
    Something I've noticed while riding both on street and dirt is that the riders are not very friendly. Maybe its just a thing here in Southern California with MTBing but it also tranfers to riding streets cause my cousin only rides street and he said its the same thing. Is it an attitude that I have a better bike than you so there for Im better than you?? I ride motorcycles and we always, always aknowledge other riders. Im still the type of individual that will greet others but arent we out there to have fun in the first place?
    We're pretty damn nice up here in SW Utah.. hell we put up with you So Cal folks coming up here...

    Seriously, I have found 95%+ of the folks I meet on the trails to be very nice. We get riders from all over and all seem to be pretty cool. FWIW, i have never been looked up at or down on for the bike I am riding...

    BTW.. You ride a Jap bike? I ride Ducati's and Aprilia's and we don't waive at jap bikes.










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    Can't really speak to the issue, but the guys on socaltrailriders.org seem cool as fck.

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    dwt hit it on the head, I think.

    Also, where I am, in Seattle, I think you need to look like the same kind of rider as the other person. If I'm on my road bike, in full spandex, I tend to get acknowledgement from the roadies, but if I'm on my commuter in a pair of jeans, I may as well not exist. While it lasted, when I was on my 70's 10-speed converted with disc fork, hipsters liked me, and now I'm back to not existing in their world.

    Out on the trail, I think that a "hello" is more typical, whether I'm dressed up as a racer or wearing my baggies.

    When I first started racing, I expected people to be kind of douchey. But my experience is that racers are happy to have anyone come and race who shows up with a bike of some description and their game face. I think that the cycling community that has been most welcoming to me so far has been the one whose members want to beat the tar out of me on the trail.
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    You have to wear the right bike costume to get a wave.I always wear things so people think I'm safe to wave to.

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    Well me, I have a MTB that is worth more than my car!! But that is because when I am 3 miles deep in the woods by myself--I Cant call AAA to get me home... PLUS I have had my car for 10 years and it ALWAYS get's me home... BUT most people I see on the trails/street I just give a 'nod' to, since we are both taking chances riding and getting hit/hurt. I rarely even take the time to check out someone's bike.... But on the East Coast most folks are pretty cool---

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrazor666
    Everyone I have met have been nice except for ROADIES !!!!!

    +1 Here in WI the roadies think they own the road. They don't move over or out of your way. I live in the country and there was some tour or something going through. They were 3 wide and blew through all the stop signs liked they own the place.

    I say hi to hikers, people walking dogs, other bikers but if it's a "group" of roadies I would rather flip them off (I don't of course) but they do get ignored. Harley riders are the same so in some areas some stereo types are out there.

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    Folks in CA are pissy because they know they are almost out of water to drink (so now they have to drink recycled toilet water), and soon their state will fall into the ocean....

    Move a few states inland, or fully across, we like friendly people here (except in NYC of course)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wi_bigfoot
    +1 Here in WI the roadies think they own the road. They don't move over or out of your way. I live in the country and there was some tour or something going through. They were 3 wide and blew through all the stop signs liked they own the place.

    I say hi to hikers, people walking dogs, other bikers but if it's a "group" of roadies I would rather flip them off (I don't of course) but they do get ignored. Harley riders are the same so in some areas some stereo types are out there.

    Move out of your way? Better check up on your state laws and realize that road bike are perfectly legal on the road and deserve to be there just as much as your ignorant ass. Never thought I'd see such attitudes on a biking forum, but then again, this is the noob section.

    Did I really read someone say they would THROW SOMETHING at a fellow cyclist???? Are you Fing kidding me??

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