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Talking to Other Cyclists

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Flying_Monkey, 1 May 2008.

  1. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    How many of us here regularly of occasionally talk to other cyclists on our commutes?

    I just ask because I got talking to a rather nice woman who I caught up with this evening. Late 30s / early 40s, very fit and showing some very good form (and I mean a smooth style) and it was that that got me talking to her. It was actually quite a pleasant change to my usual solitary routine...
     
  2. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    See a few. Theres one I talk to regularly on the way in. Surprised the other afternoon when he pulled up beside me at the traffic lights, first time our paths have crossed on the return journey.

    Seeing him in the distance is a good spur as I know he's got a generally faster pace.
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    I usually say hello to any cyclist I pass/passes me. Some say hi back, some want to chat (at lights) some don't, some just ignore. Takes all sorts I suppose
     
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Yep. I love to be riding along and talking to someone you have only just met, with the main thing in common is riding a bike. Best one was with an American guy that had just moved over, also called Joe. He was on a fixed and was pretty fast. I tried to beet him and was doing about 23-24mph and he caught up and still managed to sprint ahead when a car wanted to pass. He wanted to know about what racing was about. We rode along talking for about a mile before he had to turn around, which he did by a skid using his legs to stop the back wheel then slid around and powerd off.
     
  5. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    One in particular I will have a good chat to once I have caught him / he has caught me and this can last for several miles.
     
  6. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Sadly apart for the occasional hello, no, but then I don't always travel at regular times...
     
  7. neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    I say hello to all the cyclists I pass/ meet & chat to a lot. Mind you, I'm a loony.
     
  8. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    I have occasionally rode and chatted with others, but my rides are off the beaten tracks so i dont often see others.
    I regretted not chatting to a lady once..she was struggling against the wind, with a low cadence in the middle of nowhere.
    I really wanted to suggest she shifted up a couple of gears, but didnt want to appear OTT or to spook her...so i breezed past and said nowt :sad:

    The truth is, the circumstances are against you...are you on the same route, same'ish speed, does he/she want to chat, does the traffic allow you to ride side by side....

    It's nice when it happens tho...
     
  9. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    I have never had occassion to speak to other cyclists. I never really see any. Having said that I have seen one guy twice (and passed him twice). The first time I passed him I said hello, and he kind of look startled (like "OMG, a girl on a bike is overtaking me!" kind of startled) and didn't say anything. The last time, I overtook him whilst we were both battling a rather horrid head wind. I said something along the lines of "bit windy" and he did a kind of nervous smile.

    Once another work colleague cycled part of the way to work with me and we had a chat. I found that hard going as he was going at a fair pace on the straight so trying to keep up with him and talk at the same time was quite hard going (he's an experienced cyclist who does time trials and stuff - he was on a mountain bike with big nobblies at the time and is about 20 yrs older than me so well put me to shame). When we got to the driveway up to work I had to fall back as I just couldn't maintain the same speed up the hill! I've ridden to work with one of the girls in the office numerous times but that is fine as we have a nice easy going pace so you don't get tired out talking.
     
  10. col

    col Veteran

    Same here HJ,the times i go are not the normal office hour times,so dont normally see anyone else .
     
  11. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I almost always talk to other cyclists I meet.
     
  12. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Since most cyclists in Singapore are going slower than ham sandwiches at a synagogue, it's a bit difficult to have a chat......
     
  13. OP
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    Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Ha ha- yeah, it was like that in Tokyo too. Except for the weekends when you got the most gorgeous svelte young ladies out training on the most beautifully kept Italian bikes on the riverside bike paths...
     
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    There are some proper cyclists out here, but we seem to stick to the main routes and hammer along just to not piss the traffic off.

    We do seem to be a bit of a novelty though


    now, time to go looking for these svelte young laydeez
     
  15. I would talk to other cyclists on my commute if I could identify them in their cars on the M5.;)