You OK? - Tappan Zee Bridge 60-mile ride

Someone else with a busted bikeWhy is it a cyclist cycling past another cyclist, who has obviously got bike problems shouts "you ok?" and keeps cycling? Is this the cycling equivalent of rubber necking?

Yesterday on the Tappan Zee bike tour, an organised 60-mile ride, I had two lots of problems with my gears, while trying to sort out front derailleur problems I got fed up with people biking past saying "you ok?"... so I started to say "no, I could use some help..." no one stopped.

Much later on in a sad tale of why I shouldn't fiddle with my front derailleur, I was going up a big hill on Route 6/202 in NY, just after Bear Mountain Bridge, I switched into my lowest gear, at which point my rear derailleur became wrapped up in my spokes... there goes the Spinergy-3 rear wheel...

While walking back down the hill barefoot, carrying the bike Jinx style, dozens of cyclists asked me if I was ok... to which I mostly replied "yeah..." but then I got fed-up and replied no a few times, no one stopped or asked if they could help... so next time someone asked, I said back "that qualifies as a stupid question... why do you think I'm carrying my bike... "

I could still hear them cycling up the hill behind me, calling me an a**hole... sigh. What is it with you guys? Afraid to just look and stare at the poor cyclist who has an accident or got a busted bike?

If you are not prepared to stop and offer to help, just keep quiet and keep cycling, oh and "Have a nice day!"

So, thats two big US Bike tours, two DNF's. Hopefully next months 2nd run at the LAF Century will be a "better day at the office".


to use this, copy/paste into a file with the extension of .kml, then double click and google earth will be invoked and you will fly straight to the location.

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"You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on

Cause you had a bad day..."
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