Texting while riding

Miklosh
Miklosh Posts: 54
edited June 2013 in Road general
So, back from my Sunday morning ride and felt the need to post this.

Was on the homeward leg of a usual route, quite a fast stretch of road, but early this morning so not much traffic about. Cruising at 16mph enjoying the sunshine. A fellow roadie joined the same road that I was on, and tagged along behind me for a few hundred metres.
He then passed me, with a cheery Hello, one hand on the bars one hand texting on his mobile phone.
After he was past, he then went no handed and carried ob texting using both thumbs!

So, is this normal? Or was he just showing off or just a prat??!
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  • adr82
    adr82 Posts: 4,002
    Miklosh wrote:
    Or was he just showing off or just a prat??!
    Both.
  • ed_j
    ed_j Posts: 335
    Meh, I've done it. No one else was around though, why stop if you don't have to?
  • xcMuttley
    xcMuttley Posts: 434
    Seems like another good excuse for angry drivers to shout at us for... Dont text and drive, Dont ride and text. I can hear the abuse already...
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  • Miklosh wrote:
    Cruising at 16mph enjoying the sunshine.

    Show off
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • meursault
    meursault Posts: 1,433
    Ed J wrote:
    Meh, I've done it. No one else was around though, why stop if you don't have to?

    Why text if you don't have to? When you ride your bike, you are riding your bike, not doing anything else.
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  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    It iz a bit dangerous n a built ^ area bt f U R cycling n d countryside whr ther R not az mNE hazards thN I rly can't, oops hold on, yS az I wz saying U cn do it on shhh roads. som of d othR guys on d club run do git a bit annoyed w it & teL me it's distracting, especalE Jeff hu iz on my wheel rght nw. I've told him he worry's t%.....
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"

    If you get an android phone and the app tasker you can have it automatically send a text when you get within a certain distance of your house :-) I can text no handed!!
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  • fish156
    fish156 Posts: 496
    Chris Bass wrote:
    I can text no handed!!
    Clever dick! :wink:
  • neilrobins
    neilrobins Posts: 102
    Why use fingers, SIRI does it for me " get bath on, home in 15"
  • Mikey23
    Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    Whilst running red lights and without a helmet too no doubt. Enough to cause apoplexy in the ranks
  • cyclingfury
    cyclingfury Posts: 676
    He was actually texting: "Hi. I'm out enjoying a great ride. I'm just about to pass a right looking prat on his bike, so I'm going to deliberately wind him up by overtaking him whilst I ride no hands and text you at the same time. It wouldn't surprise me if when he gets home he goes straight onto the Bike Radar forum to voice his disapproval. He looks the sort ". :D
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  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    I don't remember sitting on anyone's wheel before I passed them, so you can't mean me. The rest of the description sounds like me today though. Don't want to ruin the average by stopping to text (route updates, they weren't up when I left the house :roll: )
  • FatTed
    FatTed Posts: 1,205
    I was sweating like a rapist struggling to climb the col de Port when I was overtaken by a lad texting on his way up. looking as cool as anything. To make it worse he was using a 39/23 combination.
  • MountainMonster
    MountainMonster Posts: 7,423
    FatTed wrote:
    I was sweating like a rapist struggling to climb the col de Port when I was overtaken by a lad texting on his way up. looking as cool as anything. To make it worse he was using a 39/23 combination.

    Cool story from everyone.
  • t4tomo
    t4tomo Posts: 2,643
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"
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  • meursault
    meursault Posts: 1,433
    t4tomo wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"

    If you have any energy left, you ain't doing it right :wink: (or the cycling)
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  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    t4tomo wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"

    aye Ive just texted the girlfriend tho to say Ill be there in 5, be naked :)
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    t4tomo wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"

    My usual text is:
    "Home in 10mins. Can wait 'til I get your pants off. They are ruining the look of my bib shorts."
  • ddraver
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  • goonz
    goonz Posts: 3,106
    FatTed wrote:
    I was sweating like a rapist struggling to climb the col de Port when I was overtaken by a lad texting on his way up. looking as cool as anything. To make it worse he was using a 39/23 combination.

    And you counted it how?
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  • stueys
    stueys Posts: 1,332
    Dont know where you lot ride. My routes have about 50m where you could ride no handed, the rest of the road appears to have been bombed by someone.
  • IanREmery
    IanREmery Posts: 148
    I can barely walk and text at the same time, let alone ride a sodding bike and text.
  • goonz
    goonz Posts: 3,106
    Think the OP is envious of the other riders multi tasking skills.
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  • t4tomo
    t4tomo Posts: 2,643
    paul_mck wrote:
    t4tomo wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"

    aye Ive just texted the girlfriend tho to say Ill be there in 5, be naked :)

    So its 23 minutes ride from your girlfriends to you home then. :wink:

    That would make a good GCSE math question.
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  • junglist_matty
    junglist_matty Posts: 1,731
    fish156 wrote:
    Chris Bass wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"

    If you get an android phone and the app tasker you can have it automatically send a text when you get within a certain distance of your house :-) I can text no handed!!
    Clever dick! :wink:

    Until he gets a couple of punctures in the last couple of miles from home!
  • crispybug2
    crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
    t4tomo wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    "Get the dinner on, be home in 30mins"
    You dull bugger. I usually text "get your pants off, I'll be home in 10 mins"


    You've got twenty minutes to slip it in!!