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post #1 of 69 Old 04-22-2008, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Road Ettiquette question

Hey all- looking for some opinions.

As a relative newbie, I encountered a situation the other day on a ride that I was not sure if there was a "biker's etiquette" for.

Riding along a rural two lane state road with moderate traffic- enjoying the weather and the ride when from way back I see a kid on a rocket passing everything in site. He comes up behind me and just hangs- I am doing like 65-70 and I moved to the right of the lane to give him as much room as possible to pass. He just sat there for several minutes...then finally shot by me like an idiot and continued to pass everything in site at a very high rate. Of course he had on a t-shirt and shorts.

My question then is this-

1. What is the right thing to do if another bike wants to pass?
2. How do you deal with the other traffic on the road that is now all pissed off at the "stupid bikers" and you are the only one left on the road with them?

I won't turn this into a rant...just the first time I have been approached and passed by another bike.

Thanks for the input.
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post #2 of 69 Old 04-22-2008, 10:53 AM
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You did the right thing.
I drive fuel trucks. Very large ones, so I tend to be cautious whether on the bike or in the cab.
The best place for a tailgater or a test pilot is ahead of you, and favouring the right portion of the lane gives both of you the cushion YOU need, to escape a bad situation.
I would not be bullied by other bikes, but it was clear the rocket was going to want by soon enough.

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I do pretty much the same. I move to the right a bit and give a thumbs up with my left hand.

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In that situation you move over to the right hand side of the lane and when it is safe to do so, wave the other rider through with your left hand. By doing so you are acknowledging that you are ready to be passed and are comfortable with it.

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Cool- thanks for the quick responses. The finger that I wanted to turn up to the [email protected]# was not my thumb, but great idea for other situations!
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Cool Let 'em go.

I do what The Shepard does. Especially with dimwit squids like that. let 'em on by, they'll take themselves out of the gene pool soon enough. He was probably just hanging on your 6:30 seeing if you wanted to race or trying to figure out just what the heck that ugly geezer bike in front of him was. Like Peter Egan says, "Riding well is the best revenge." Ride your own ride and let the goofballs keep their distance.
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2. How do you deal with the other traffic on the road that is now all pissed off at the "stupid bikers" and you are the only one left on the road with them?
Handle this by NOT being a stupid biker. Then all the stupid bikers are gone, and all that's left is you and the other traffic.

Seriously, when someone does stupid stuff in a car like that, people don't get peeved with all the other cars. Ride responsibly and very few people will have issues with you, even when the "stupid bikers" occasionally share the same stretch of road.

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These are all very good posts. Even though I'm on the younger side, I tend to put-put when on two wheels. Sense of self preservation and all that. Given that fact, I'm often approached and then passed by other, faster bikers. I've learned to get out of their way and try to signal that it's ok for them to pass me. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they don't. In any case, I get to where I'm going, eventually

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In that situation you move over to the right hand side of the lane and when it is safe to do so, wave the other rider through with your left hand. By doing so you are acknowledging that you are ready to be passed and are comfortable with it.
+1. I'm not about to race a suicidal maniac on a sportbike.

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1. What is the right thing to do if another bike wants to pass?
Pull over when safe to do so and I use my indicator to tell them I'm clear.

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2. How do you deal with the other traffic on the road that is now all pissed off at the "stupid bikers" and you are the only one left on the road with them?
They won't associate you with the retard on a death wish, because you didn't copy him.
But you did good, and not make yourself part of someone else's problem

Happens to me sometimes but in fairness I normally make good progress and someone would need to be pretty suicidal to attempt to pass me, cos if I ain't going through then it's doubtful it's gonna be clear enough for anyone else.

Just wish other bikers would check their mirrors a little more often cos I hate upsetting them going at their own pace, in their own little world while I'm trying to get past. The other problem is coming up behind other bikers who seem to need enough room to allow a car to overtake before they go, hovering over the rear corner waiting, but also in the way of more confident or faster moving bikes.

Grrr:-)
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