I find the continuous stream of letters about cyclists not acknowledging each other both boring and tedious and wouldn’t dream of writing one. In days long ago, there were fewer cyclists. Many cyclists knew each other or belonged to long-established clubs and if you crossed on the road you gave a wave. Times have changed and now there are many thousands of cyclists on the road and we mostly only know each other via Strava when we look up flybys after our ride is finished. These huge numbers mean that on a busy day you would spend your whole day with your hand in the air. Waving is just plain daft. If you don’t know them and will never see them again, what’s the point? If you choose to wave and are ignored, it’s their problem, not yours. Maybe the non-waver is a modern cyclist, totally unversed in ancient cycling traditions. They probably don’t even own a proper saddlebag or a Brooks leather saddle. So, say hello, wave, nod or ignore as you please but don’t write any more boring letters about it and please don’t get upset if you get no response. Those ‘old days’ are gone.
Peter Main, email