al_yrpal wrote:Since the start of the lockdown out on the backroads where I cycle I am seeing more and more roadies encapsulated in lycra head down, peddling away furiously and find my greetings are usually ignored. Whoever I encounter I usually say a cheery good morning or good afternoon, sometimes Hi, but more and more there is no response.
Perhaps its my grizzled appearance and garb consisting of a white helmet, polar top, flourescent yellow tabard, jeans, cycle clips and hush puppies?
Perhaps is my upright stance on an electric clunker ( I usually stay well behind on the flat and whizz past on electric Turbo when encountering any sort of hill)
Perhaps its because of Straver or whatever?
Perhaps many of these folk are new cyclists unaware of good cycling manners?
There are lots of families out and about with youngsters, they always respond?
So is it me?
It’s a Southern thing.
When I lived in the Midlands, and on trips back there cycling, I say hello to fellow cyclists (dressed as roadies in Lycra in the main) and 9 out of 10 (on average) reply with a cheery “Hello”.
When I moved to the South (whether riding in London or the Chilterns with 20 years of observations), 9 out of 10 ignore my greetings. I think the bulk are just pig ignorant and the others maybe wouldn’t deign to see someone on a touring bike, with panniers, in MTB shorts as a “proper cyclist” as juxtaposed with themselves in full lycra on a carbon speed machine.
Shame really, as we all enjoy the same hobby. I’m sure no one on this forum or YACF would ignore a fellow cyclist and when I did the Dunwych Dynamo, there were loads of friendly Londoners but, in general, my observations are stark and disheartening.