This song popped into my head this morning right after a man on a push bike traveling the other way totally ignored me when I said "G'day" as we passed.

Why is it that so many people have lost the old ways? Am I just nostalgic for a time that is now long gone: replaced by the cold hard reality of Post-Modernity?

Do you say "G'day" as you pass other cyclists? How do you feel if you are ignored in your act of cordiality?

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Comment by Marc Przybylski on July 27, 2010 at 17:38
good point wombat...
what is so hard to say hello, raise the hand or nod the head?
Comment by Vujos Ostojic on July 27, 2010 at 18:08
Wombat, youre so right ive found more and more cyclists finding it hard to say gday back, whats there problem IT BUGS ME. If they dont return hello ill yell at them and tell them where to go. Mayb they belong in the pro peleton with there carbon clinchers
Comment by heather on July 27, 2010 at 18:52
I nod my head. A voice may not be heard as the distance between bicycles increase.
(Laugh at the car hoons who yell abuse, unaware that their words are lost in the distance.)
Comment by Chris Hutchinson on July 27, 2010 at 20:16
Yes try every morning if I am lucky enough to be able to overtake someone. My cheery "Morning" or Gidday doesn't seem to get a response. Yes find it sad that they can't respond.....but will keep trying!

And as for the idiots that overtake me on the inside without any acknowledgement....that is pure stupidity!
Comment by Wombat on July 27, 2010 at 21:08
So, it appears that there is more to this than just that I happened to be riding the Repco Stepthru this morning... and that I ride a single speed usually. It appears it doesn't matter that much what you ride. The response is still the same.

What are we going to do about it? How can we encourage people to say hi? I mean, I have even seen Mark Matthew get ignored... and he says hi to everyone in the cheeriest voice on the planet!

I think we should start a targeted program of G'day's... The G'day Strategy.

Every one of us from this website should say "G'day" to EVERY cyclist we pass in a Mark Matthew Cheery Voice, every ride, all the time. Report back in a month and let me know how you have been going... keep a journal of your encounters if you like and let's get Adelaide's Cycling community saying "G'day"
Comment by Gus on July 27, 2010 at 21:13
It reminds me the response to Bio Mechanics declaring February "don't be a dickhead month"
Comment by Wombat on July 27, 2010 at 21:27
True, Angus. It does... but aimed at Cyclists rather than drivers of motorised vehicles, as I believe that campaign was.
Comment by Luke on July 27, 2010 at 21:49
D-BAD was aimed at cyclists: "So many bike riders whose cheery greetings have been ostentatiously ignored by a fellow cyclist. No more, we say! Don't Be A Dickhead month has now officially evolved into a movement."

Not sure where the movement ended up but it was a great idea.
Comment by Helen on July 27, 2010 at 22:00
hey i might try the Greek version of YIASOU.....
but i normally have people say G'DAY to me and i say howdy back.....
but there are the odd ones that just won't say anything.....
Comment by Helen on July 27, 2010 at 22:05
actually to Patrick's comments...yes your right about the snobbery on what bike you ride...
i found that when i ride my giant commuter....they don't wanna know you....
but as soon as the road bike is out you get the nods....weird but true

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