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getting smiled at too much whilst cycling

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Abitrary, 15 May 2008.

  1. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I was suffering smiles whilst cycling recently from both sexes, and I was a bit worried about the blokes, but they've stopped that now. I think it was a means of keeping their face warm during the winter.

    And now it's just females from age 4 - infinity. Serious, when I go past a local graveyard I see the tombstones wobbling.

    Does noone else really not get cute natural smiles from about 70% of girls whilst cycling, but never when stationary?
     
  2. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    No, but then I am of the feminine persuation and I find the blokes are all too busy checking out my legs instead :biggrin:

    Seriously though, I have noticed now that I've got the t-shirt and shorts out that there has been an increase in the number of cars that tend to stay behind me, rather than try and squeeze me when there are oncoming vehicles and then check their rear view mirror as they pull back in.
     
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    If a man was a woman for one day - the world would be another place entirely !
     
  4. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    C'mon yenners, you must know what I'm talking about?

    Do you not get smiled at wrong whilst on the bike? And then get off and and it's all gone?
     
  5. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    Hmmm...I have to say I never get that.
    Then again there are loads of cyclists about at this time of year in London. The hours that I commute are also probably inhibitive to smiling! :biggrin:

    Occasionally when I go out riding in the country I get some smart comment about Lycra. :biggrin:
    Last year when I was in France and struggling up a fairly flat hill (albeit with knee problems at the time) I was all set to get some jeers when I passed by about 3 families having a joint BBQ.
    To my surprise they all stood up, started cheering and shouted "Allez...!" :biggrin:

    Oh...and Plax...where do you ride again? :biggrin:
     
  6. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    You must get the odd female smile?

    I get about 30 a day from schoolkids to grannies, yet when in pedestrian mode I get about only 4.

    I don't look particulary cool or sexy when on my bike, but I can look a bit awkward. Maybe it's the combination of all of above.
     
  7. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    Hi Arbitrary,

    I think part of my point was that during the hours I "normally ride" (commute) the grannies and kids are still mostly in bed. Anyone who might normally smile has a grimace at that time of morning!

    Also, generally I suppose I'm on the lookout for traffic and haven't really had a chance to see people's expressions. Maybe I should have a look. Maybe I should! :biggrin:
     
  8. janm399

    janm399 Über Member

    Location:
    Oxford
    I usually get lots of smiles and waves from my neighbours, then the newspaper man. The butcher seems to like my Assos Mumu jersey -- a bit scary, I must admit.

    The best one was last year, when a driver in front of me started flashing lights and moving to the side. I thought the worst and pulled over. She gave me a piece of paper with her number on! I felt really smug after that :biggrin:

    Jan
     
  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I agree ... I'm sure more motorists are willing to let you in/not pass etc... doesn't work on the female car drivers though. (I don't think i've noticed anyone checking in their view view mirror though)

    Plus I think I grin more in summer ... on the bike ... in the sun when they are stuck in a car who wouldn't smile.
     
  10. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    I get more looks ad smiles off the ladies ;) :evil: :evil:
     
  11. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Good ride in this morning.

    I tried my zen thing and didn't mutter to anyone (even under my breath); didn't gesticulate or nothing. Red light changes were spot on and I took 55 mins to get in.

    So far, so mundane.

    HOWEVER - I wore a new piece of clothing this morning. I dug out, last night, a French Breton Cap from the bottom of my wardrobe, washed and dried it. Wore it this morning under my nerdie helmet. The peak stuck out at a long, jaunty and, err, French angle.

    Little, middle-aged lady smiled and said hello to me as I passed her, crossing a little bridge over the Hogsmill in Berrylands about 7am.

    At the lights on Bushey Road at Raynes Park, a South African (male), on a sleek-looking, shiny, expensive racer, in all the gear looked at me. Smiled and said "Morning. Going far?" Small chat ensued.

    Point of the tale?

    French caps with peaks, french shorts, french t-shirts are all going to be a-go-go for me this Summer!
     
  12. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    such a civilised country in that respect - I love cycling in France.
     
  13. Monkey Boy

    Monkey Boy New Member

    I was verbally abused by a bunch of teenage girls as they passed in their car last week....."Phhhwwwwarrrrr...check the ar$e on that" was the comment. It was ace! I was not sure if they were saying I was an ar$e on a bike....or my byootocks were outstanding. I hope it was the latter!!

    I have also caught ladies in cars being extra cautious behind me and checking out my butt, nae, perving as they pass by.....oh, to be alive.

    The best one was being chatted up by a 5 year old when I popped into a shop, in full lycra, to get some cakes. She was telling me all bout her pink bike that had stabilisers...it was sooooo cute.
     
  14. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Cant say ive noticed anything different, but i do remember one sunny Sunday going through a quiet village. There was a 30ish female out by her car...she looked up and saw me coming....and her eye's were rivetted to my crotch :smile::blush::biggrin::biggrin::evil:;)

    Perhaps she was fustrated..perhaps i looked cool and sexy....perhaps my kn0b was dangling out my shorts :sad::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  15. Jockey

    Jockey New Member

    Location:
    Reading
    Have any of you seen the fluffy (dog) ears that motorbikers wear on their crash helmets? Well i invested in a couple of those for a laugh a while back (nice Dalmation coloured one, zip tied on to my helmet) and I get loads of points and smiles... The sunny weather definitly helps with the entire look - especially when my tongue hangs out panting up a big hill!!

    Mind you I can't wait until some granny writes into the local paper and swears she saw a dalmation dog flying through roads of Reading and Bracknell...!!

    My advice, if you're looking for some smiles - give people something to smile about...;)