Do people just stop and stare?

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  1. R2D2

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    It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.

    Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool" the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).

    My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    R2 :D
     
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  2. Yep! and Joanne and I love the 'wicked', 'kewl', 'alright!' etc that usually follow. Never ceases to
    please us.

    "R2D2" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
    >
    >
    >
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    > >--------------------------<
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  3. M..Leuck

    M..Leuck Guest

    99% of the time they stop and stare, I can think of only 2 times anyone's razzed me and
    they were kids

    "R2D2" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > >--------------------------<
    > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
     
  4. "R2D2" skrev...
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.

    In Poland an older couple drove past us, stopped the car a mile up and stood by the wayside cheering
    as we went past. Odd but fun. :)

    M.
     
  5. David

    David Guest

    R2D2 <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D

    I don't mind the staring, it's when people flag you down (twice now) and ask a bucket load of
    questions. I live in Ireland, in the midlands, bents are like hens teeth here, the people here are
    very good natured and take a genuine interest in all things strange...it really puts an extra half
    inch on that recumbent smile : )
     
  6. R2D2 wrote;

    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.

    You'll get used to it. The first twenty years are the worst...

    Dave Larrington - http://legslarry.crosswinds.net/
    ===========================================================
    Editor - British Human Power Club Newsletter
    http://www.bhpc.org.uk/
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  7. Mikael wrote:

    > In Poland an older couple drove past us, stopped the car a mile up and stood by the wayside
    > cheering as we went past. Odd but fun. :)

    I was once following the London- Brighton Veteran Car Run on a Windcheetah. Cresting a hill a
    Mercedes overtook and screeched to a halt. The driver leapt out and started to run backwards down
    the road with a camera, pointing at me and the elderly Renault coming up behind. Closer examination
    of the said Renault revealed the reason for my sudden elevation to fame - it was being driven by
    then-LSR holder Richard Noble.

    Noble: Is that the fastest that thing will go? (remember the hill)
    Me: See you in Brighton! (changes up, cackles maniacally, vanishes into distance)

    I somehow doubt Mr Mercedes would have been interested had I been on my Claud Butler...

    Dave Larrington - http://legslarry.crosswinds.net/
    ===========================================================
    Editor - British Human Power Club Newsletter
    http://www.bhpc.org.uk/
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  8. Geoff Adams

    Geoff Adams Guest

    My favorite reaction was when I rode by a landscape crew once - at a very high cadence. They saw me
    coming from way off. I heard one guy start to chant a familiar melody. Then they all put down their
    rakes and joined in. It was:

    "da-dunt da-dunt da daaaaa daaaaa, da-dunt da-dunt da daaaaa daaaaa, da-dunt da-dunt da
    daaaaa daaaaa".

    You know, it's the bit of music that accompanies the mean old lady from "Wizard of Oz" when she's
    furiously riding her bike. Pretty quick thinking on the part of these landscapers, I thought. My
    route is a circle, when I came around on subsequent laps - they were ready for me. Quite hilarious.

    Second favorite - an old Harley biker guy, also on a landscape crew. (I ride early, around a
    fancy-pants neighborhood). He says... "hey...., cool bike..... where does your twinkie sit?"

    -Geoff Adams HPVltchnkSpdmchn Providence, RI

    http://www.geoffadams.com

    R2D2 wrote:
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    >>--------------------------<
    >
    > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
     
  9. Carol Cohen

    Carol Cohen Guest

    I just wish they'd stop and stare before they take that unsignaled tight right turn in front of me.

    C.C.

    > From: R2D2 <[email protected]>

    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
     
  10. I rode by a entire high-school's worth of female athletes (that were walking across the Hawthorne
    Bridge) on Tuesday and received a lot of favorable comments about my bike, including one "Take me
    with you".

    However when I ride the RANS downtown to pick up my wife after work, I very seldom get comments.
    Probably too much hardware for one person.

    Tim Storey Vision Saber RANS Screamer

    "R2D2" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    > the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > >--------------------------<
    > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
     
  11. Bentjay

    Bentjay Guest

    People stop and stare, They don't bother me, For there's no place else on earth that I would rather
    be, All at once am I, seven stories high, knowing I'm on my bent, da-da-da!

    BentJay
     
  12. Paul Dalen

    Paul Dalen Guest

    last summer, on one of my first bent rides (on a RANS Rocket) I pulled up next to a school bus on
    softball players. Well aware that I had their attention, I looked up at the open windows, and
    promptly fell over, unable to unclip in time.

    "Timothy B. Storey" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > I rode by a entire high-school's worth of female athletes (that were walking across the Hawthorne
    > Bridge) on Tuesday and received a lot of favorable comments about my bike, including one "Take me
    > with you".
    >
    > However when I ride the RANS downtown to pick up my wife after work, I very seldom get comments.
    > Probably too much hardware for one person.
    >
    > Tim Storey Vision Saber RANS Screamer
    >
    > "R2D2" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    > >
    > > Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how
    > > "Cool" the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    > >
    > > My wife is almost embarrased to ride with me due to all of the attention! Don't ya love it?
    > > R2 :D
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > >--------------------------<
    > > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
     
  13. Hairyone

    Hairyone Guest

    Shy persons should not ride bents. I kind of like the attention. I have had motorists turn around
    and come back to ask me about my VR40. Motorcyclists seem to be especially friendly. The kids
    remarks are kind of neat too. My favorite though was riding through a large park with a 10 mile
    around a lake. There was a large rally going on 2-3 thousand riders. I had just gotten my bike and
    was still learning to get it set for me. A group of DF riders came by and one said "you've got the
    coolest bike out here". R2D2 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    >
    >Young kids are just enthralled. Even Teenagers and college students make comments about how "Cool"
    >the bike is (at that age it is usually not cool to comment about anything).
    >
    >attention! Don't ya love it?
    > R2 :D
    >
    >
    >
    >--
    >>--------------------------<
    >Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com

    Harry VR40/oss
     
  14. Scott

    Scott Guest

    Perhaps our most unusual moment was when we rode past a group of fellows working in a field along
    side one of our favorite routes. First one then another stood up to stare, then clap, then
    another...soon we had over a dozen people cheering and clapping as we tooled by on our Greenspeed
    Tandem. We were doing maybe 18mph, but we felt like Lance winning the tour!

    Scott and Jodi Greenspeed
     
  15. Seth Jayson

    Seth Jayson Guest

    Kind of funny that the only reliable source of negative remarks when you ride your 'bent is a
    certain type of upright rider. (Like the sporty-wanna-be types, but not all of them.)

    The 'bent is second perhaps only to a cute golden retriever as a way to meet people.

    Sj (wonders what social life might have been like had he gotten 'bent before getting married: lots
    of hot dates with nerdy bike girls? Or, the Hellish alternative: too much time spent with the
    beard-and-coroplast crowd?)
     
  16. R2D2 <[email protected]> wrote:
    : It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.

    Maybe you too would just stare when you suddenly realize you must spend 2000,-

    How about people who never give a second glance? Is that normal?

    How about you homebuilders? Did you start because you wanted to answer "Yes" to "Did you build it
    yourself"?

    --
    Risto Varanka | http://www.helsinki.fi/~rvaranka/ varis at no spam please iki fi
     
  17. Mike Causer

    Mike Causer Guest

    On Thu, 13 Mar 2003 09:50:22 +0000, Dave Larrington wrote:

    > I was once following the London- Brighton Veteran Car Run on a Windcheetah.

    I've taken a photo of a Windcheetah from the riding-mechanic's seat of an Alldays & Onions on the
    Brighton Run. Hmmm, I'll have a dig through the piccys.

    Mike
     
  18. >I don't mind the staring, it's when people flag you down (twice now) and ask a bucket load of
    >questions. I live in Ireland, in the midlands, bents are like hens teeth here, the people here are
    >very good natured and take a genuine interest in all things strange.

    Spend 3 'bent holidays in Eire; got overtaken repeatedly by motorists who then jumped out of their
    car to take snapshots. I do believe most of them were tourists though (quite a few French).

    When I arrived at work this morning (the first time on the bike at my new place of work) I received
    what can only be described as a rousing cheer! I quickly explained I actually like riding 50 km
    before breakfast; it's the getting up at 4 bloody 30 I could well do without. (work starts at 7.30;
    and I'm NOT a morning person...)

    Mark van Gorkom.

    P.S.: if you get tired of all the attention just do a tour in Holland; people are getting used to
    them here.
     
  19. A&B

    A&B Guest

    Last year I had my bent on a hitch mount carrier on the rear of my car. I'm on the interstate at 6am
    moseying along with very little traffic. I check my rear view mirror and seemingly from nowhere
    there is a guy in a small truck right on my bumper. I'm thinking "Did I change lanes and cut this
    guy off or do something to piss him off." I watch him for a bit and he pulls around shows his camera
    and indicates to me he's taking pics of the bike, smiles and speeds away. bill g

    Mark van Gorkom wrote:
    >
    > >I don't mind the staring, it's when people flag you down (twice now) and ask a bucket load of
    > >questions. I live in Ireland, in the midlands, bents are like hens teeth here, the people here
    > >are very good natured and take a genuine interest in all things strange.
    >
    > Spend 3 'bent holidays in Eire; got overtaken repeatedly by motorists who then jumped out of their
    > car to take snapshots. I do believe most of them were tourists though (quite a few French).
    >
    > When I arrived at work this morning (the first time on the bike at my new place of work) I
    > received what can only be described as a rousing cheer! I quickly explained I actually like riding
    > 50 km before breakfast; it's the getting up at 4 bloody 30 I could well do without. (work starts
    > at 7.30; and I'm NOT a morning person...)
    >
    > Mark van Gorkom.
    >
    > P.S.: if you get tired of all the attention just do a tour in Holland; people are getting used to
    > them here.
     
  20. R2D2 wrote:
    > It never ceases to amaze me how many people just stop and stare as you ride by.
    ...
    > Don't ya love it?

    Negative - it is the one thing I *hate* about riding a recumbent :-(

    I ride everyday, but I would much rather just slip quietly by !!

    Regards, Simon

    http://home.arcor.de/zoxed
     
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