Paceline Podcast 124

Paceline Podcast 124

Selene has a dilemma: Some people don’t much like cyclists. What to do? You’re riding on a bike path where pedestrians and cyclists need to coexist, hopefully peacefully, but you need to pass. Do you ring a bell? Do you call, “On your left”? Do you fly by them at Mach 16? Or do you ride off the path and 40 feet into the weeds? Every answer seems to have its drawbacks.

Last weekend Patrick rode the Copper Triangle up in the Rocky Mountains. The event starts high (9750 feet) and stays high (high point of more than 11,000 feet and a low point of the decidedly oxygen-less 7800 feet). Normally, he of the sea-level life would avoid something like this, but because he was invited by a friend to join him for the ride, friendship trumped altitude sickness. He had such a good time that now he wonders if he shouldn’t be more open to other sorts of events he might skip. What’s a rider to do?



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  1. Tominalbany

    Regarding the earbuds thing, I know there’s personal preference piece that is never going to stop being part of the conversation. I came of age on the bike when music would be a walkman (or diskman) in the rear jersey pocket and them babies was heavy so, few did it. Also, the earphones were useless with any wind noise.

    I really like knowing when traffic is approaching from behind and also enjoy the sound of my thoughts. There’s something to be said for being alone with your own thoughts. I will always ride unplugged.

    As for bike path etiquette, I consider them human activity paths (HAPs) and so should the rest of us. Like it or not, we’ve got to share and understand that not everyone will be welcoming to our presence, whether we’re cyclists, rollerbladers, dog walkers, walking-groupers, parent with children on bikes, etc. I look at bike paths as a city street rather than a place to go fast. I use the freehub to make an alert and I also call out with the douche-y “On your left!” or some other line that seems relevant. I do, however, stay on the path. But, I get off the path as soon as I’m able.

  2. Brian Ledford

    When on a bike path I tend to slow down to walking pace, say excuse me, pass, then say thank you and accelerate. I’ve always tried to avoid multi use paths at high traffic times. roads as well. the irony of this is that the people who don’t want the bikes on the paths when they’re walking (should be on the road!) probably grumble about bikes on the road (should be on a bike path!). On the road, I try to acknowledge being acknowledged by cars – wave or say thank you to the folks yielding the right of way or retreating off of the shoulder when making turns onto the road. Im lucky to be able to ride on less congested roads at less congested times, though.

  3. Gummee

    Out of curiosity, why is the guy in the pic attached to this article riding the DY?

    Doesn’t appear to be anything obstructing the right half of the lane…

    1. Author

      It’s my experience that people ride all over the road at organized events; I can’t speak for them. At least in this instance, this stretch of road was closed.

  4. Dan Murphy

    I rarely rideMUPs, but when I do, I try hard to be a nice guy out there. I’m in no rush, and if I have to hit the brakes and wait behind walkers until it’s clear, fine with me. I’m not sure what my attitude would be if I were on more of a mission on a bike path. For example, if I were commuting, maybe I wouldn’t be as patient. The same goes if I were using the path to get to some real riding. But, I draw the line people that actually want to do some kind of training on a path. Sorry, but no KOM’s, power meters, etc. That’s just being an a-hole.

    I can understand somewhat Selene’s in-law’s negative attitude towards bikes if they get buzzed all the time. However, it works both ways, and I think Selene said he had an extended leash for the dog. Sorry, but no. I’ve even seen signs lately declaring a 6-foot leash length. I’ve heard a few stories about people not even seeing a dog or leash before it’s too late.

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