One of the things I haven’t got used to yet with my riding of my recumbent bicycles, my Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT and now my LoGo Lightning P-38 is the way people react. I can cope with the “roadies” ignoring me; no different to any other ride :), but I haven’t got used to the way other people react to the recumbent or more importantly a fat cyclist on a recumbent.
Yesterday’s reaction really did it for me. I was riding along around Herdsman Lake, minding my business, when a rider who was coming towards me with I assume his friend just lifted his arm and pointed at me. What was he thinking? I am an object? Guess what mate I was there right in front of you! If you are interested in the bike, say hi, ask to have a chat, all that is good but don’t be so bloody rude and just point at me like I am something in the zoo.
I have experienced a couple of other incidents of people pulling alongside in their cars to video me; I can sort of cope with this as long as it is done safely and without disruption of others – unfortunately that is not always the case. The video below is one of one of the more entertaining encounters.
If you ride recumbent bicycles or other bikes that grab attention, please do share your experiences. Am I being too sensitive? Maybe over time I will just brush it off but I guess being pointed at like I didn’t exist got up my goat yesterday. I guess it beats a close shave! Please do share your thoughts below.