Hey fella, I wanna check out your bike! Hey stop! :-XXX
Years ago, there was this cyclist named Frank Fiddle, that use to ride with our group. One early morning, he was on his way to meet up with us and encountered a guy, that wanted to check out his bike. The guy seemed friendly enough, so Frank stopped. Soon after a few more guys casually joined in and one blurted out, what if we wanted to take your bike man? They then proceeded to casually assume a possible surround, smack down, grab the bike and run mode. At that moment, a police car cruised by and Frank blurted out, Good Morning officer, could I see you a moment? The RAT pack, quietly and quickly exited and Frank went on his way; lucky to still have his bike. After he told us that story, I have since then, gone into the “Don’t Fiddle around mode” whenever I ride late or early in the morning. That very thing happened to me this past weekend, via the above post title and I sped up, didn’t look at or even acknowledge the person. Call me rude, paranoid or whatever you want; BUT… I won’t ever stop, pause or even slow down, when approached by someone, I don’t know, while cycling or in everyday life. I see news stories everyday; how (Trusting) someone gets pounced on, for no reason and they are now a victim. Sadly, this is the kind of world we live in today. Be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings and people around you at all times. If you don’t KNOW them; keep your distance and don’t fall for that “Could I ask you some things about your bike or whatever?” Scotty, WARP speed NOW!