scaring the @#$% out of people...

Has anyone else noticed how easy it is to scare people when riding a uni, especially a large one, in the dark? I thought the lady I scared tonight was going to have a heart attack, and all I did was ride by from behind on a dark road. Maybe I should sing while I ride, or maybe I could recite pi at the top of my lungs. :stuck_out_tongue:

go for the pi thing. that won’t scare ANYONE. i’d love it if you did.

Re: scaring the @#$% out of people…

On Tue, 8 Nov 2005 22:54:47 -0600, phlegm wrote:

>Has anyone else noticed how easy it is to scare people when riding a
>uni, especially a large one, in the dark?

Recently I’ve done a couple of night rides on my KH24, with a head
torch on. People don’t seem to be scared, they act just as normal as
duing the daytime :slight_smile:

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My vote is with pi…unless you’d prefer to recite poetry…“The Raven” is a great poem for this. Alternatively, you could get a bell…

just scream bloody murder right as you pass people, that way they will know you are there

We have a lot of bike paths here in Boulder so this issue comes up all the time. Proper etiquette requires the you make a call such as “on your left” on something like that. In practice one can often tell if the pedestrian is aware of your approach or not. One of the most agravating things that people do is to let their dog walk away from them on one of those 20ft leashes, thereby blocking the width of the path with a nylon cord a few feet off the ground.

i find shouting “BOO!” quite loudly helps,
or cheefully “dud, dud, duddling” the Entry of the Gladiators theme helps
people know you’re behind them

The only thing is, most pedestrians seem to be deaf. I once screamed at one lady at the top of my lungs three times before she finally heard me and some don’t ever notice at all. So now I simply avoid them as best I can, usually moving into the street (if I have that option.)

Re: scaring the @#$% out of people…

Good chance to practice your hopping skills! :wink:
Just make sure you don’t land on the dog, or else you’ll need to be
practicing your speed skills next!

jofis

one time I was riding my coker home, at night, in the dark, and I was scared because it was dark, and these people drove past in a car and the driver leaned out the window and SCREAMED at the top of his lungs as loud as he could. it scared me SOO bad, oh man…yeah. I don’t scare people that often though, I don’t think…

Is it really that dark where you ride? I live in suburbia, so it’s never dark enough to need a light for unicycling on the sidewalk or multi-use trails. I’m just extra careful when I’m near automobile traffic.

I too have noticed that pedestrians often seem oblivious to my shouting from behind when on my bike. (I generally don’t bother on my uni–I just slow down to a slow jogging speed.) Sometimes I wonder if I’m just not shouting loudly enough because I’m out of breath.

Maybe I should get one of these. :smiley:

My brother knows somewhere close to 120 or 130 digets of pi. He got board with that and started to memerize phi (yes, that is a real number. It is another one that is never ending, but I can’t remember what it is for.) He also memerized a crapp load of commercial songs. I think the latter would scare me the most.:slight_smile:

Memorizing pi is awesome cause since its irrational, you don’t have to worry about people saying that they have memorized it all and demotivating you at memorizing it. I suppose phi could be cool too, apparently it’s something about the golden ratio which comes from the Fibbonachi sequence and can be found in nature almost anywhere. I have pi memorized to around 101 digits, though I’m gonna try to get up to 200 by the end of the year. The sad thing is that now whenever someone talks about pie, I immediately think of the number, and completely forget about the actual dessert…

no, no , no, no, bo , bo… just sing the circus theme louder and louder as you aprouch them… one the turn around you just say… what are you looking AT!!!

thats what i do to all the little kids that do that…

Re: scaring the @#$% out of people…

On Wed, 9 Nov 2005 16:56:42 -0600, phlegm wrote:

>Is it really that dark where you ride?

This is in a park with no public lights so indeed I usually need the
light. Last time there was about a quarter moon, and I switched off
the light on an easy trail I know well. It worked.

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Re: scaring the @#$% out of people…

On Wed, 9 Nov 2005 17:34:19 -0600, heavy metal unicycling wrote:

>He got
>board with that and started to memerize phi (yes, that is a real
>number.

If he gets “board” with that he could try memorizing i . That is not a
real number, although it really is a number. I’m not joking. Well, I
am really, but all I said is true.

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I was considering buying a giant horn for my Uni, but was restrained by some of my friends. It was LOUD! Would have been great for scaring… uh… warning pedestrians :wink:

The fact that anyone could possibly want to memorise pi to more than a couple of places scares the carp out of me. You bunch of scary kids … :wink:

Having a giant horn would scare me too …

Yep, phi is the golden ratio.

Let (fn) = f1, f2, f3, … represent the Fibonacci sequence.
Then the sequence ( f(n+1) / fn ) coverges to phi.

Yeah, I have that problem too. :smiley: