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So Im half way into a 40 mile road ride on my gummy mtb. ( I wont ever ride skinny tires!!) And I passed nearly 15 roadies. a few wave but nearly 75% of them ignore me... WTF.. Do I even bother being tthe nice guy or do I just keep my head down.. Its aggrivating.. Im a paid professional rider passing weekend warriors and trying to be cordial.:madman: Whats the deal with fat tire vs. skinny tire. Ive wondered this for nearly 20 yrs now. anyone shed light on this.
 

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I guess. Ive just spent nearly 20 years riding alone, puking bile,dieting,training,eating supplements, dodging cars, kicking cars, getting hit by cars, and yes waving to fellow cyclists I envy because they get to just spin. Cant a guy just get a wave. Ive spent so many years in tunnel vision, or you guys call it humble.lol Or maybe i just take cycling way too serious. I dont know just thought this would make a fun topic. dont take me too serious... im just tired
 

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joey zaza said:
So Im half way into a 40 mile road ride on my gummy mtb. ( I wont ever ride skinny tires!!) And I passed nearly 15 roadies. a few wave but nearly 75% of them ignore me... WTF.. Do I even bother being tthe nice guy or do I just keep my head down.. Its aggrivating.. Im a paid professional rider passing weekend warriors and trying to be cordial. Whats the deal with fat tire vs. skinny tire. Ive wondered this for nearly 20 yrs now. anyone shed light on this.
Most of the mtbers I see do not wave either.

Maybe the roadies sense your hate of skinny tires? It goes both ways.
 

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One of my high school riders asked this very question....

Well Brett, I said, it's like this....

Mountain biking requires far more handling skills due to the variety of different surfaces we ride than road riding. In addition due to the more rapidly changing and steeper grades and the dynamic range of effort needed to accommodate them mtb exceeds road riding as well. So you have to remember that when a roadie is out for HIS RIDE he is using all his facilities to remain upright and moving forward. As such he doesn't have the energy to notice anyone else.

It is even worse when they get on dirt so give them a lot of room.

He didn't know whether to take me seriously or not.
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whiney "panties in a bunch" threads are only on friday.

didn't you get the memo?
 

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Every time I ride my cross bike on the local trails none of the MTB riders wave at me.

When I ride my Honda on the highway, the Harley riders won't wave at me.

The single hull sailors won't wave at me in my trimaran.

Young girls won't wave at me 'cause I'm an old man.

Nobody likes me.
 

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People only wave at me when I'm doing something stupid like wearing a chicken suit or listening to Abba at full volume (11 for those who wonder) so maybe its a good thing...
...or the grip glue has stuck their hands to the handlebars :)
 

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Joey, a lot of them are saying hello, you are just missing the subtle little nod of the head.

I believe the biggest problem is that us dirt lovers often confuse this little nod of the head as just the end result of the roadies entire body jolting from that little pebble than ran over about 3 m earlier, and not as the way they see it

"G'day, top day. What's with the funny loose clothing, and you know it'd be easier for you if you had skinnier tyres? You'd better hose down before you go in the house or the missus is gonna kill you. At least it looks like you've had fun, I'm just dirty from all the car exhaust"

See now if they weren't so afraid of letting go of their skinny little handlebars for fear of being thrown by that crack in the road then you'd probably get a wave as well. You can pick a more seasoned roadie because he might acknowledge you with a small hand gesture, similar to someone stretching their fingers or Cancellara turning on his motor, as well as the head nod.

It's either the above, or they are just ignoring you, as most do around our little speck on the globe, thereby earning the handle with which we refer to them, "scummers".

Trail Ninja, I think you need to go and eat worms ;)
 

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According to Wikipedia, silver medal in the '94 World Cup was Ned Overend. How ya doing, Ned? Oh, you must ride downhill, so you're Jurgen Beneke?
 

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wow feeding frenzy,just like every other group. In 1994 I was junior expert. And I never stated bragging. more proud of those years of my life. It was great. I never said I was pro I just said paid sponsored. I race cat 1 with all my expenses paid by my sponsors. Thank you to the ones who had fun with this posting. And "man" to those those who take this place to be the holy grail. Im sorry I came here. thought it would be fun but guess its just like any other forum. Figured at least a bunch of guys who shave thier legs would be a little less edgy and have a sense of humor. I forgot your number of posts illustrates your coolness. Guess ill start riding with the roadies at least they only ignore me. mtbkrs apparantly hate each other. lol and congrats to matlock who sat there and actually wasted 5 minutes of his precious life to back research tthe 1994 world cup at mt. snow now thats funny haha
Good thing i never wrote any sponsors here this place makes anyone look bad. good luck to all. i gotta go ride. ill just keep my head down. This is why I ride alone, everyone takes themselves too seriously this is like myspace.
 

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One of my high school riders asked this very question....

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Well Brett, I said, it's like this....

Mountain biking requires far more handling skills due to the variety of different surfaces we ride than road riding. In addition due to the more rapidly changing and steeper grades and the dynamic range of effort needed to accommodate them mtb exceeds road riding as well. So you have to remember that when a roadie is out for HIS RIDE he is using all his facilities to remain upright and moving forward. As such he doesn't have the energy to notice anyone else.

It is even worse when they get on dirt so give them a lot of room.

He didn't know whether to take me seriously or not.
That's funny. I'll use it if you don't mind. And I give 'em a lot of room on dirt; some are very average bike handlers off-road.

joey zaza. I've found that few roadies and most mtn bikers wave when we pass.
When I did my first road TT the other week the roadies were as helpful and as friendly as mtn bikers. T'was a surprise. And a pleasant one.

When I turned up for my first few chino rides there were a few noses being looked down.
They're used to me being there now.:thumbsup:
 

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emu26 said:
Joey, a lot of them are saying hello, you are just missing the subtle little nod of the head.
I've begun riding a drop-bar bike quite a bit this summer. It's harder when you're in the drops to take one hand from the bar and wave. A fair bit of my weight is pressing into the drops, and taking one hand away throws off my steering balance, forcing me to sit more upright until I put my hand back, increasing wind resistance.

That, and I'm usually huffing and puffing just trying to suck enough wind to keep going.
 
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