Yesterday, while heading to REI, I heard my name and friendly shouts coming from a biker in the distance. It was something like”Hey Anne, you’re not normal” (referring to the post I wrote the other day)
Not sure who it was, I did a U-turn and coasted down the hill to have a look. It was Brad on his Big Dummy, with 2 kids and his awesome mom, pedaling up Yale on their way to REI as well. We chatted a bit and continued up the hill together.
It’s always so fun to run into other familes on bikes out and about in the city. I can’t help but stop and chat with them.
Usually it’s me calling out to fellow Xtracyle riders. Much to my daughter’s chagrin, I love to shout out in a much-too-loud and super embarrassing way when I see another family biker on the road. It’s even more embarrassing when Tim does it because his voice is loud and he says it with feeling.
Favorite refrains are: “Hey Xtracycle” or simply “Xxxxxtracycle” or “Looong Bike” or “Family Bikers Rule” They find that one especially mortifying.
When the kids are with me, I can (almost on cue) expect a “Maaaammmm” or some other version of, ” mom, quit embarrassing me. Why do you have to talk to everyone?”
I assume Brad’s kids are too young to be embarrassed of their dad! And they just sat on the back of the bike and smiled.
Does anyone else participate in this behavior? What are your shout outs for other bikers?