I've decided that this winter I'm going to start yelling "cheater" at my neighbors. I own a home but haven't been able to stomach buying a snow blower. Whilst I'm out laboring intensely for long periods, risking a heart attack, with my a-shovel, these yahoos that live around me exit their homes, looking calm and relaxed, and have their snow cleared in ten minutes with those noisy and smelly gas blowers. So this winter my new thing will be, as they head back into their homes without having broken a sweat, to yell "hey cheater! bet you can't do that with a shovel!". (However, I must admit, that my neighbor who sometimes clears my sidewalk with his blower, before I've had the chance, will be exempt from the cheater call).
So I remember once, navigating my kayak through a boat channel to head out for open water: there was a shirtless fellow aboard a cabin cruiser who called to me as I paddled by "that would be a lot easier with a motor - you should try it sometime". You just can't please everyone I suppose ...
Just for fun on our last e-bike ride on a popular multi use path I started yelling "CHEATER!" to other e-bikes as I passed them, or they passed me on my e-bike.. The confused looks I got were great with a few just laughing and others saying "on really? you're riding one too" When that happened, I'd look down at my battery, give them a sheepish smile and say "oh yeah, I forgot"... My wife rolled her eyes as usual and still wonders why she accepted my marriage proposal
I was riding the other day up a very slight incline with my CCS trying to catch a guy on a carbon road bike
who just kept getting farther away, Couldn't catch him even in mode #3. THAT"S CHEATING!
(to be fair I had two large loaded panniers & the bike rack at the grocery store had knocked loose
my front quick release, but that doesn't allay my humiliation!!!)
The good news, We have a great new candidate for the Tour de France
I think I posted somewhere in this thread that a man, walking with his son, yelled at me on my way home "cheater, you've got a motor". Well, I got a guy good tonight with a "cheater" yell of my own. I'm doing about 18 mph in a bike lane having just exited the pedestrian-heavy university district when I notice a bike gaining on me in my rearview. He exits the bike lane to pass and maybe he's doing 25 as he zoomed by with his thumb glued to the throttle (I'm assuming). Never pedaled a stroke in the three blocks where I had visibility. The nerve. I got out a good "cheater, you've got a throttle" but I don't think he heard me as he was going so fast. I was on my delimited Haibike (formerly class 1) but that is beside the point.
And all joking aside (yes, I was joking and I did not yell anything and I don't hate throttles ...), he was riding way to fast for the bike lanes in that area. Perhaps my 18ish was a tad too fast. Too many pedestrians, skateboarders, e-scooters. I pass through some other suburban bike lanes where there is rarely traffic of any sort (so maybe 25ish is ok) but that particular urban area is heavily used. He had it right when he exited and passed in the car lane but when he was behind me and when he re-entered ahead of me it was just far too fast for a bike lane just off of a university campus in an urban area. Not to mention he blew through a few stop signs...