Greetings whilst riding

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Bmblbzzz wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 8:07pm When you are continually surrounded by people you don't know, why would you say hello to them? Even in an English city, there are enough cyclists that it's no rarity to see another.
I thought that until I moved out of the South East of England and found that as you move further north the more people acknowledge each other when passing. Now living in Scotland I find it surprising when someone doesn't acknowledge you!
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Here in Alsace we can always tell the citified tourists by their blinkered stares. I reckon that eye contact must be dangerous when you live in a warren.
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VinceLedge wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 9:47pm
Bmblbzzz wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 8:07pm When you are continually surrounded by people you don't know, why would you say hello to them? Even in an English city, there are enough cyclists that it's no rarity to see another.
I thought that until I moved out of the South East of England and found that as you move further north the more people acknowledge each other when passing. Now living in Scotland I find it surprising when someone doesn't acknowledge you!
Certainly there are regional variations (not just north-south). But in a city situation, when there are a dozen other cyclists waiting at the lights with you for instance, would you really greet them? Take those dozen out into a rural area and have them pass each other at ten minute intervals, sure (though that's making assumptions that the act of cycling engenders some sort of automatic community feeling).
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I can see the "continually surrounded" thing is valid, but what happens when a normally continually surrounded person is in a non-surrounded place? What happens when they visit the countryside?

They still cut people dead ............ out of habit maybe.

Little story .........

Mrs Mick F used to be Front of House at a local bistro. People from London or the SE would come down to Cornwall for a break - rented cottage perhaps - and use the bistro in the evenings.

She would tell you that couples would sit opposite each other scoff their meals and hardly say a word, then pay up and leave. A few evenings at the bistro later, and they'd sit back between courses, chat freely, stay a while longer, chat to the staff, comment on the meal, and be generally "human".

Hopefully, they left a little wiser than when they arrived.
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Mick F wrote: 15 Sep 2021, 10:39am I can see the "continually surrounded" thing is valid, but what happens when a normally continually surrounded person is in a non-surrounded place? What happens when they visit the countryside?

They still cut people dead ............ out of habit maybe.
Not generally true IME.
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I thought an old guy on an Ebike with his jeans tucked into his socks and a yellow high vis tabbard might get ignored by roadies in lycra. But, I am pleased to say I do mostly get acknowledged. The only exceptions seem to be scruffy blokes on Mtbs whirring along the road on knobbly tyres with saddles at the wrong height and feet splayed out.

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On my first visit to the Lake District I went out for a walk in the hills and acknowledged others doing the same, as was my habit in my home territory. I soon realised this was not the thing do and simply adopted the local custom of avoiding eye contact. :D
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Local custom, or the people you met in the hills?
Lake District is full of tourists from all over the country .............. and the world.

Had a couple of holidays there in the 60s which was brilliant, and visited there in the 80s. Big huge difference, and we would never ever go back again.
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DaveReading wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 7:36pm
busb wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 5:13pmDue to increased age, I occasionally get overtaken by other cyclists :wink: I would say only a tiny percentage of those cyclists acknowledge my presence. If they do, I always reciprocate.
Cyclist who waits for others to greet him first complains about fellow cyclists doing the same. :)
I sense some clarification is needed: approaching cyclists, I nod or say something if the circumstances allow - I don't wait for them to do so first. The number of cyclists passing who acknowledge me has dropped to almost none. This never used to be the case - it's almost as if it's uncool. My point is that when so few bother, I've become far more selective.
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I give a nod to cyclists I pass, or stick a hand out for a little 'wave', regardless of their choice of cycle.
A few give a nod back, especially the 'regulars' I see, but I'd say the majority don't.
From my experience, it seems to be older persons that won't nod back, moreover if they're riding a road bike. Yes, this is a generalisation and doesn't ring true for all that fit this description, but just something I've picked up on.
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