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i've been commuting for the past three years, and riding bikes on the road for a really long time... and this morning - for the first time ever - someone yelled something out the window at me that wasn't rude, evil, or just wrong.

holy sh--!!!

i seriously didn't know what to say to the guy, i was too busy trying to register what was going on.

so, yeah, anyway, old guy in the saturn - thanks for the words and the thumbs up. right back atcha

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I've only had it happen to me once, too, but it really made my day when I heard it.
What did the guy say to you?

he told me how fast i was going (he said 25 but it was more like 23) and said something about keep it up, good for you, something generic like that.

old dude, vet plates. still psyched.

I get lots of good stuff yelled at me when I am riding with my dog in my back pack

Isn't that the best feeling ever? A few years back I had something similar happen. While riding through a rough area I could feel the presence of being followed/paced and was bracing for what was about to happen next. Imagine my surprise when the window rolled down and a guy hooked to an oxygen tank held up two fingers followed by three. I yelled WHAT? He responded with "twenty three miles and hour"!

 

Wouldn't want it everyday but more than once every 5 years would be nice...

Want to replicate this feeling? Get a cargo bike. Decorate it tackily.

 

If you bedazzle it, they will come compliment.

werd... thumbs up is like a daily event for me. get it all the time. especially whenever someone's in the cab of my trike but even when the passenger seat is empty.

Ash L. said:
Want to replicate this feeling? Get a cargo bike. Decorate it tackily.

 

If you bedazzle it, they will come compliment.

Nice. The best I've gotten so far was the woman in a mini cooper trying to drive in the bike lane stopping with her dumb look and letting me go by.

Nice.

 

I've got pretty messed up hearing from years of racing motorcycles (wind noise) being in the military (M-60 gunner) and working in construction all my life.  So when someone yells something out a car at me it's going to sound pretty much like RAWWWWWWWWARRARRRARRRARRRRK! to me regardless of what they are saying.  I wouldn't have a clue if they were saying something nice or mean.  I usually assume it is simple jackassery.

 

Protect your ears folks because there is no going back from hearing damage as it never gets better and every little hit is cumulative.

 

A thumbs up conveys a lot more positive emotion than hollering something incomprehensible out a car's window like some uncouth barbarian. 

 

 

I've occasionally gotten a thumbs up from CTA bus drivers.  I remember one of them saying "I wish was I riding."

Yes--and helmet decorations. 97% of my interactions with other folks in the public way are positive. Maybe I have mellowed a bit too. I do a lot of smiling and waving and howdy-doing.

 

Ash L. said:

Want to replicate this feeling? Get a cargo bike. Decorate it tackily.

 

If you bedazzle it, they will come compliment.

Had a guy who was in the standing zone outside of Starbucks this AM (N. Shore and Sheridan) step into the street, see me coming, and instead of throwing his door open in front of me to get in (like I expected), he put his back to his car to make the gap between himself and the southbound cars on Sheridan as small as possible.  He got a big fat "Thanks buddy".  A great commute in all-around today.

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