Nah, no change. With the exception of some *ahem* more casual approaches to lights and stop signs on the rare occasions I’m on a go-fast group ride in town (yes, I know, peer pressure is not a good reason), I’m pretty consistent in my riding style, whether I’m solo or with others.
I would like to think that I would not change the way I ride.
Actually I would like to think that something like that would encourage me to ride more. I try to follow the rules, I stop at lights (try to stop at stop signs) Signal and be aware and courteous of those around me. I also ride mostly in the suburbs and not in the city (where most of the horror stories seem to be located)
I almost tossed the bird to the truck full of late teen boys giving me attitude on the 62nd St bridge yesterday. Instead I started waving to them and smiling. I then realized I’d won by not getting mad, so I threw up both arms in a victory celebration. I think this will be my default reaction to stuff like this now, because gosh darn it, regardless what the results from last weekend’s DH race say, I’m a winner.
Change? If the question goes to accountability, i’d say yes, it would make me think twice about doing something that would reflect poorly on cyclists.
By way of example, I have a small business. Every day I wear a shirt with my business name on the front (which is also my last name). It really makes me temper my reactions when I get aggravated with people. There’s no hiding when it’s your name out there.
Perhaps a different question to pose would be “would you ride differently if your own name was on your shirt?”
Yeah…..i find myself riding a bit aggressive alone since i come from a small town where..it’s 9 of us riding.Period.And 7 are on bmx bikes.Haha.I’ve changed my style quite a bit since riding here as far as courtest goes..
Sadly to say, there is always a time for giving the finger..Some people are just a**holes on the road.
Group rides i always try to be polite and respect fellow riders and drivers..In a discussion this past week someone mentioned “us vs. them” attitudes, and it’s true, if you have that mentality..You’re probably going to get hurt or just be bitter more often.Haha.
I would probably ride a bit more courteous wearing a BikePGH jersey though, since i would be representing cycling around here as a whole..