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    People Who Ride Bikes Other Than Mountain Bikes are Strange

    When doing some road riding on my way to the trails yesterday, I took a bike path that ended up having four different broken down people with bikes. I asked them all if they needed any help, and two out of four them just flat out ignored me. I slowed down, looked right at them, asked them twice, and nothing... Just a blank (seemingly chemically induced stare) and continued walking with their bike with a flat... People in Massachusetts are strange, with the exception of the mountain bikers as the ones I meet on the trails all seem normal...

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    That's odd. I do a bike/camping trip into that states awesome state parks usually once, twice, sometimes thrice a year, and find the people to be super cool and helpful.

    Sorry people, should I just think to myself Oh Boy, yet another attempt, and move along?
    Round and round we go

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    All aboard the fail train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhasdrums View Post
    asked them twice, and nothing... Just a blank (seemingly chemically induced stare) and continued walking with their bike with a flat...
    Need you say any more?
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    [QUOTE=danhasdrums;9351701]two out of four them just flat out ignored me. QUOTE]




    Sound strategy.

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    Case in point, Ma$$hole's.

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    i grew up in MA. if the bikers are anything like the drivers........
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    You sure those weren't "sex hikers"? Plenty of them in my neck of woods.

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    Sex hikers... Humm that's a new one to me... Did you mean scout masters... Lol

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    Me and one of my MTB buds were out on the road bikes one day and there was a roadie all dooded up in a yellow and black team kit changing a flat on the side of the road. We stopped and asked if he needed any help and he said "why aren't you guys riding your mountain bikes today?" I asked how do you know we're mountain bikers and he said cuz you're wearing baggy shorts and helmets with visors. I looked at my bud and said...this fashion critique coming from a guy dressed like a big banana...and we rode off. Geez, you ask the doochbag if he needs help and he gives you crap. Next time I'll just ride by and ignore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricko View Post
    Me and one of my MTB buds were out on the road bikes one day and there was a roadie all dooded up in a yellow and black team kit changing a flat on the side of the road. We stopped and asked if he needed any help and he said "why aren't you guys riding your mountain bikes today?" I asked how do you know we're mountain bikers and he said cuz you're wearing baggy shorts and helmets with visors. I looked at my bud and said...this fashion critique coming from a guy dressed like a big banana...and we rode off. Geez, you ask the ******bag if he needs help and he gives you crap. Next time I'll just ride by and ignore.
    I remember that, very funny. He was probably there for an hour trying to fix that tire.

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    LOL, if that banana had half a brain he'd have known that it had rained the night before and THAT'S why we were on the road bikes...not because we like it or anything

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    sometimes people have headphones in.

    i think people get embarrassed that they had a mechanical in the first place, feel more embarrassed that they don't have the right stuff to fix it, and then feel even more embarrassed when you offer to let them use your stuff, and they have no idea how to use it. so they scurry back to the car, hoping you don't see them, and then drop the bike at the lbs on the way home.

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    Move along....nothing to see here.
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    I'm going with the chemically induced philosophy. It's my hypothesis that with the public healthcare system here that they just try to get everyone here on mind numbing drugs so that people walk around without any personality and oblivious to their own surroundings... It would explain the driving as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post

    Sorry people, should I just think to myself Oh Boy, yet another attempt, and move along?
    I don't follow...

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    I must say that as a mtber who has recently started doing some road riding for training, I often find myself saying hi to others out on the road. I guess it is unbuilt from being out on the trails. As mtbers I think we are a much tighter community and a he'll of a lot friendlier! Needless to say I do get a lot of blank expressions from the roadies...

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    I still wave to everyone who yields to me as a road biker. However observing other people it is as if they feel the entitlement and won't wave. Basically all this to say mtbers are infinitely more friendly, the surfers of the group versus the haughty wine tasters.

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    One time I killed a roadie for not returning a wave. True story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy03 View Post
    One time I killed a roadie for not returning a wave. True story.




    With a frame pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    With a frame pump?
    Nope, a tire lever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy03 View Post
    One time I killed a roadie for not returning a wave. True story.
    LOL
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    Dude.

    I was, like, riding around Mass yesterday, and like, on my cruiser and like, got a flat, and so I am like, "WTH" but like I really said it long version like "what the hell?", and I was sooooo tweaked on bath salts, and like this dude asked me if I needed help, but I was trippin' crazy and was kinda scared.

    So like, I thought about eating his face off because his face looked like a Dorito taco, but I just, like left.

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    To the OP:

    That's because all the strange mountain bikers were enjoying the local trails here yesterday. Appears to have been some kind of oddball-behavior meet. Note to self: go out really early on holidays.

    On further reflection, that was sort of self-indicting. Hm.
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    Daniel:
    Are you someone who warrants avoidance? And I mean that most sincerely. Sometimes us riders can appear downright goofy and odd to others. Just ask Leximog.
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    Crankout - Nope, I'm very approachable and clean cut. I'm guessing people on roads don't offer to help each other often (please note, notice I said this happened on the road on the way to the trails, contrary to what some people's reading comprehension skills made them believe). Whenever I've stopped to help a roadie, they seem kind of shocked. A few weeks ago a guy had a front derailleur that slipped down into his chain ring. He didn't figure out what had happened, but when he explained the noise/trouble he was having, a quick look over revealed the problem. I got my tool out, fixed it up for him and he was on his way. He seemed to be in shock...
    On the trails in MA, it's a different story though. People are generally normal, respond to conversation and smile as if they are having a good time. Mountain bikes just do this to people I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhasdrums View Post
    Crankout - Nope, I'm very approachable and clean cut. I'm guessing people on roads don't offer to help each other often (please note, notice I said this happened on the road on the way to the trails, contrary to what some people's reading comprehension skills made them believe). Whenever I've stopped to help a roadie, they seem kind of shocked. A few weeks ago a guy had a front derailleur that slipped down into his chain ring. He didn't figure out what had happened, but when he explained the noise/trouble he was having, a quick look over revealed the problem. I got my tool out, fixed it up for him and he was on his way. He seemed to be in shock...
    On the trails in MA, it's a different story though. People are generally normal, respond to conversation and smile as if they are having a good time. Mountain bikes just do this to people I guess.
    That may be the case. I've had flats on the road on the mtb, and have been ignored by roadies as I stand there with the wheel off the bike. I did however gain help from a recumbant rider which pleasantly shocked me. Those guys have their own gig going on, but he was one hella dude.
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    these threads are funny....many of us MTB'rs ride mountain, road and in between (CX)...

    1. riding road with a visor in the drops is hard on your neck and limits visibility.
    2. riding road wearing baggies is fine and dandy...but wind drag noticeably decreases speed in descents.

    As far as helping each other on the side of the road/bike path/commute - I have yet to encounter what the OP has...

    Now OTOH I have had roadies not wave....but I am guessing they are currently in the 'pain cave' and have tunnel focus...I know i have been in that position...

    that or they are being a tool - and tools span the MTB/Road spectrum...
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    I got my tool out, fixed it up for him and he was on his way. He seemed to be in shock...
    Which tool are you talking about? Might explain the shock.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post

    As far as helping each other on the side of the road/bike path/commute - I have yet to encounter what the OP has...
    I'm guessing the roadie/ma$$hole combination creates an incredible concoction...

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    I'd say the majority of roadies that ride on bike paths in the greater Boston area are newbs. Anyone who's serious about putting in miles and getting a workout in is going to have their road bike on a road. I find that the experienced roadies I encounter on the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 95 are quite friendly and quick to share a wave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhasdrums View Post
    I'm guessing the roadie/ma$$hole combination creates an incredible concoction...
    All my neighbors are very nice people.

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    Alright then, just a fluke of a day... It was just really strange. It doesn't bother me. I flat out ignore begging homeless people all the time so I'm not going to have a concern over people letting me continue on my ride... I just thought it was really strange. My gf was behind me riding, and heard me asking them if they were okay, and when we passed she's like, "did that person just flat out ignore you?" So it wasn't my imagination and it wasn't like it wasn't obvious if the person behind me could hear and see... Then it happened again. Are people scared of Bern helmets?
    StiHacka - Have you lived in Mass you're whole life? If not, you have to admit there is a high percentage of zombie like people around here. It really seems like many are on a steady diet of pot and xanax...

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