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getting smiled at

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Abitrary, 12 Apr 2008.

  1. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    On my new split cycle path / pavement route I noticed girls smiling at me quite a lot, I mean a lot more than when I'm footbound. I thought this was because I looked ruggedly utilitarian and potentially sexually adventurous on my bike.

    However, and interestingly, I was only seeing what I wanted to see, because I now notice it's not just girls but actual blokes as well. And I don't mean the one in ten, you know, 'naturally smiley blokes', because it's more like 3 or 4 out of ten.

    I've tried to work out the type of smile they all give me, and it's not flirtatious or anything, but more relaxed and wondrous, a bit like the open faced natural smile on people at the end of alien films when they watch a friendly mothership arrive.

    Has anyone else noticed this sort of thing on cycle paths? It probably doesn't happen on roads.
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    They probably KNOW you're Abitrary, Abitrary.
  3. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Don't be such a silly cynic!!! I'm sure you get the odd smile as well. If not then I surely wish I could bottle them for you.
  4. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    :smile:It's the time of year Abitrary, spring has arrived everyone is smiling more:smile:, and it is happening on the roads too.:eek::smile::biggrin:
  5. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Not really, because it's been happening through the winter as well. It's almost like a knee jerk reaction. Even if the pedestrian clocks me out the corner of their eye, and they are frowning at the time, then by the time their head is fully swivelled, and their eyes locked onto mine, they are fully and naturally smiling.
  6. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    I reckon it's because they know that, since your whizzing past on your bike, they have no obligation to stop and talk to you.
  7. Nortones2

    Nortones2 Über Member

    Perhaps they are just pleased its not another beleaguered motorist, otherwise law abiding of course, trying to get to work/beat the traffic by driving along the pavement?
  8. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    You're absolutely right!!! That's what it is. Cyclists give people an excuse to smile. A fleeting stab at bonhomie.
  9. killiekosmos

    killiekosmos Über Member

    are you in lycra as you pass them?
  10. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Nope. Have no fancy cycling clothing - that is all a marketing gimic. I cycle in what I wear when I need to be what I'm in where I'm cycling to.
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    arse of your trousers split?
  12. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Nope!! I'm one of those rare afficionados of 'forwards cycling'.
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    perhaps they remember you from the day before

    I'm thinking laughing at rather than with I'm afraid
  14. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    They're in exultation of you Abs !!! ;)
  15. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    No yenners, not at all!!! I'm not a pretty sight bikebound or not.

    I think Odyssey has hit the nail on the head with the psychology, and it extrapolates as thus:

    -Pedestrian feels secure walking along pavement, yet subconciously aware it is not going as fast as it could
    -Cars go past. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh.
    -A cyclist goes past using the same effort, on an apparatus the same weight as a heavy umbrella
    -The pedestrian smiles at realising all this