Do You Acknowledge Other People On Bikes?
This probably isn’t something you do if you live somewhere where everyone rides a bike.
But for the rest of us - for me anyway - it’s a bit of a novelty seeing someone else riding. Not as rare as seeing two-headed horses, but rare enough that I feel the need to acknowledge them with a nod of the head, a wave, a kiss blown across the road, or a ring of the bell.
Sometimes it’s a little incongruous though.
Like tonight. Riding home from a couple of beers in Tynemouth, I saw another cyclist coming out of the roundabout half way along Long Sands. They were dressed as trendy biker (complete with a ‘cycling cap’), while I was the dapper gent on a bike. I’d been to a meeting (for WORK) at a bar in Tynemouth, and was riding Siegfried, while wearing a long raincoat, scarf, gloves, jeans and sensible shoes.
So when I rang my bell to say hello, the other rider’s immediate reaction was to start to wave, and then I’m sure I caught a glimpse of, “W . . . T . . . . F” on his lips. It was hard to tell, as it was dark, and I had been drinking.
Thank goodness I didn’t blow them a kiss too. Not that I ever have done that.
Maybe it’s time to start?