This week John confesses that only now is he putting his money where his mouth has long been. He’s spending money on advocacy. Patrick has a question about waving, but not the one listeners might guess.
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When passing: a slightly chipper (chip??), “Hello!” and a smile. Sometimes they respond, sometimes they don’t. In any case, this has never elicited a negative response.
I’m pondering the use of, “Howz ya mutha?”
I have two points regarding acknowledgements/greetings while riding. First, as for greetings or the need to pass someone: I have a Spurcycle bell on both of my bikes. If you aren’t familiar they are of peerless quality, sound like nothing else and while expensive are worth it. https://www.spurcycle.com/collections/all/products/spurcycle-original-bell-blk They are loud, but not obnoxious and resonant without being cloying. During the several years I’ve used them I’ve never had a sour response from anyone and on the contrary they seem to make people happy even you are politely using it to say GTFO of the way. Secondly, when I come up behind anyone I never crowd them or say anything and simply wait until there is a safe place to pass. At which point, I thank them for the draft and ring the aforementioned bell. Lastly to dovetail onto that approach my feeling is my ride is no more important than anyone else’s ride and real pros who desire to get past someone never have to say anything other than maybe a “hi” as they breeze on by. I find this far less annoying than every Stravasshole hollering “On yr left” or “Can I pass?” as way too many do.
Continuing to enjoy the podcast. Thank you very much.
I have a question for you relating to bike-borrowing/lending etiquette.
If one is the bike-nerdiest amongst one’s group of friends, and has a few bikes in the garage, it is likely that at some point (or multiple points) friends will ask to borrow a bicycle. Commonly this occurs with kids’ bicycles (eg. a bike your kid has outgrown but you haven’t yet sold or re-homed) but also occurs with adult bikes if you’re fortunate enough to have several of them.
In those situations, what are the obligations (if any) on the borrower with regard to servicing? Conversely, at what point is it reasonable for the lender to ask the borrower to get the bike serviced before returning it?
To my mind, a short term loan incurs no such obligations on the part of the borrower (unless they crash and damage the bike, in which case common courtesy would be that they should get it repaired). But long term loans are harder – how long / how much use is sufficient for the borrower to be obliged to get the bike serviced before returning it? The problem is most acute with things that a non-bike nerd won’t be aware of (eg. the need to periodically service the suspension on a mountain bike) but also manifests with gear cables, brake pads and chains.
Grateful for your thoughts on this!