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... here's the thing...

... I'm too awesomely cool to actually wave at anyone, anytime, anywhere... however, I will note that I met three of my best cycling buds out on local trails. I'd always see them but we never spoke and perhaps gave a head nod at best. Then, over the course of time, I eventually found myself riding in the same direction and started a conversation... Had I waved, they'd a never spoken to me!!! <j/k>

Nod is cool... wave, not as much.
 

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Aren't you one of the “Lance Armstrongs of the world” that he prefers to avoid?
 

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I wave to all other bike riders especially tri-geeks in their silly "praying mantis" pose. I use either the Judith Arndt "I'm #1" wave or the Cavendish "Reverse Winston Churchill" version, depending on my mood.
 

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What should I wave? I live in rural NE Texas, everyone waves, drivers, farmers out on their tractors, people in their yards, cops, etc. When I'm out riding in the countryside, I always wave at people. You never know when you'll have a flat or mechanical out in the middle of nowhere. Might as well be known as friendly. I ride with a local minister, he had a mechanical on our tuesday night ride that couldn't be fixed roadside. Four cars stopped to see if they could help.
 

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Depends...

When riding locally, I wave. Comparatively, we don't have a large number of cyclists out on the usual routes.

When I visit places like Boulder, CO, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, etc. I don't wave. There are just too many cyclists out when I ride in these places. I would never have my hand on the bars.
 

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Might as well be known as friendly. I ride with a local minister, he had a mechanical on our tuesday night ride that couldn't be fixed roadside. Four cars stopped to see if they could help.
Exactly. The people I make a point of acknowledging are drivers who wait patiently for a good time to pass then give us plenty of room when they do go around. There are a lot of jerks on some routes, so I want the ones who aren't to know I appreciate their patience with bikes on "their" roads. We also have quite a few hilly, curvy roads that sometimes make it very difficult for cars to safely pass. When that's the case, I'll sometimes pull off into a driveway so more timid drivers can get around us, safely, and then I'll wave as they pass.
 

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I wave, nod or give them a low deuce. Depends on what I am doing at the moment. Motorists who extend courtesies to me get a wave or a mouthed "Thank You" gesture.
 

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Depends. I'll usually look in their direction. If they make eye contact, I'll smile or nod, and most of the time they do the same. If they ignore me, I ignore them.

When I pass someone, I'll usually say some pleasantries. Nice day, man this wind sucks, something like that.

One other thing I've noticed, too. Runners will almost always wave, or smile/nod or acknowledge me in some way, even before I do anything their way. Rollerbladers tend to ignore me even if I make eye contact.

And I'll always acknowledge a courteous motorist on one way or another. :thumbsup:
 

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Depends. I'll usually look in their direction. If they make eye contact, I'll smile or nod, and most of the time they do the same. If they ignore me, I ignore them.
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One other thing I've noticed, too. Runner will almost always wave, or smile/nod or acknowledge me in some way, even before I do anything their way. Rollerbladers tend to ignore me even if I make eye contact.

And I'll always acknowledge a courteous motorist on one way or another. :thumbsup:
Agreed.

I have more pleasant responses from joggers than other cyclist.

If I make eye contact with motorist at an intersection, waiting for me to pass, I always give them a nod or thank-you wave.
 

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I keep my hands on my bars but occasionally I'll yell out a loud "hey". Cyclists tend to respond to the "hey" but I often get a glare or no response if I wave so never do it. And female joggers are a mixed bag, in groups they tend to be friendly or smile but alone they seem to just want to shut out the world and are not at all friendly.
 

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I generally wave to anyone with whom I make eye contact. That includes cyclists...

I tend not to make eye contact so much in large city centers. That's only because I'm usually too busy observing the road and other vehicles, while negotiating my own moves.
 
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