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What actions annoy you...or please you...when you are riding either as a single or with groups on the road?

Either from other cyclists, motorcyclists, cars, trucks, joggers, etc.?

One annoyance of mine is the cyclist in middle of a pack who suddenly stops pedaling and stands up in the saddle without warning (caused my first trip to the emergency room).  

A plaudit to the cyclists in front who call out road hazards.


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I hate it when a car behind you refuses to pass you even when they have plenty of room.  I know they are generally just being cautious, but it's a bit unnerving to have them constantly on your tail.

However, the most unsettling thing  for me is the snobbish attitude of many "roadies".  If you don't have a $4000.000 bicycle and can't ride a century in less than 5 hours, they haven't got the time of day for you.  I find a totally different attitude, much more easy going and accepting, among mtn bikers, commuters and tourers. Still, I love to ride my road bike.


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I seldom if ever ride with others, though recently I've been riding some with my husband.  What bugs me there is that he goes and leaves me in the dust when climbing hills.  Blast him for being so much stronger than I am, anyway!

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Just had an "almost" this afternoon.

Riding on a hike/bike trail, with signs that say "All Pets on Leash".

Met a couple (walking), who flagged me down;

"Be aware, there's a guy back there with a dog off leash, and it came at us quick and hard".

I hesitated, then continued to ride, preparing to stop/turn-around.

Shortly after, I saw them, I slowed to almost a stop;  man put his dog on leash, it behaved OK when we met, so no issue this time, I smiled "remember, dogs on leash, please, there are deer around here".

But...to summarize my gripe:  Pls obey "Pets on Leash"   (even if no other humans around).


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Cold weather is what annoys me when it comes to cycling. The rest is some motorist that are jerks. I like road biking. I like to tour and I like to go fast when appropriate.
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Cold weather is what annoys me when it comes to cycling. The rest is some motorist that are jerks. I like road biking. I like to tour and I like to go fast when appropriate.

That pretty well sums it up.  It doesn't get that cold here, but once you're down even in the low 50s, my feet get cold enough to limit how long I can ride.

Need to go set straddle my bike and head to he gym for my swim.


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I dislike the drivers who are jerks. I have been along the edge and been passed so close, I swear I could reach out and touch the vehicle. Also dislike the ppl on a mup that walk or ride in a group and don't know enough to move to let others by.
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I seldom if ever ride with others, though recently I've been riding some with my husband.  What bugs me there is that he goes and leaves me in the dust when climbing hills.  Blast him for being so much stronger than I am, anyway!

On hot summer evenings, I sometimes don a helmet light, and ride out about dusk on a nearby hike/bike trail.

Once I overtook a young woman who had a flat, 2-3 miles down the trail.  She said she had been on the trailside for about an hour.

Her husband and his friend had dropped her just before she flatted.

It was getting dark, mosquitoes were beginning to buzz, she was clearly getting scared, and was understandably not 100% confident the old guy fixing her flat (me) was not a serial killer.

Just as I was finishing, her husband and friend rode up.  (it was an out-and-back trail;  they had cycled all the way to the end of the trail without checking on her).

I expected her to rip him a new one, but she was clearly intimidated by him; he was annoyed at her for having a flat.  it was obvious the least of her problems was her tire. I left feeling sorry for her.  

(Not at all the situation you described, I get left in the dust by my friends too, but I could not help but remember that event).

Riding your bike to go to the gym for a swim, you go, Lady!!!!


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. I have been along the edge and been passed so close, I swear I could reach out and touch the vehicle.

Jeeze, that's so common around here that it hardly bears mentioning.

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Jer, we have a 4' law in Pa. I don't know how it would be enforced though. It still angers me, esp. when you can tell it's on purpose.
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I'm sure most people around here have no idea that the 4' law even exists.

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I seldom if ever ride with others, though recently I've been riding some with my husband.  What bugs me there is that he goes and leaves me in the dust when climbing hills.  Blast him for being so much stronger than I am, anyway!

On hot summer evenings, I sometimes don a helmet light, and ride out about dusk on a nearby hike/bike trail.

Once I overtook a young woman who had a flat, 2-3 miles down the trail.  She said she had been on the trailside for about an hour.

Her husband and his friend had dropped her just before she flatted.

It was getting dark, mosquitoes were beginning to buzz, she was clearly getting scared, and was understandably not 100% confident the old guy fixing her flat (me) was not a serial killer.

Just as I was finishing, her husband and friend rode up.  (it was an out-and-back trail;  they had cycled all the way to the end of the trail without checking on her).

I expected her to rip him a new one, but she was clearly intimidated by him; he was annoyed at her for having a flat.  it was obvious the least of her problems was her tire. I left feeling sorry for her.  

(Not at all the situation you described, I get left in the dust by my friends too, but I could not help but remember that event).

Riding your bike to go to the gym for a swim, you go, Lady!!!!

She not only needs a new man, she ends to learn how to do basic maintenance like changing a flat.

I am probably better at mechanics than my husband so at least don't have that worry.  Tonight I urged him to ride ahead and not wait, as we misjudged sunset and he had no lights.


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