Greet­ing groan

Cycling Weekly - - Letters -

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

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