I flatted this morning on Central Expressway. I carry everything I need to fix a flat and didn’t need the help, but the two cyclists who passed me didn’t even look my way or offer assistance. I was on my road bike; both of the guys who passed me were on hybrid bikes. What’s wrong with these people?
If I see a cyclist on the side of the road with apparent mechanical problems, I always slow to offer help, no matter what bike I’m riding or they’re riding. Twice in June I turned around to help a couple of guys who were on the other side of the road; in both instances it turned out they needed tools I carried (15mm wrench for a pedal with damaged threads that fell out, and chaintool for the guy whose chain broke).
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems almost unspeakably rude not to at least offer a hand up to a cyclist in distress.
What to you think? Are my expectations unreasonable? Is this a sport cyclist ethic only?
If you see a cyclist with a mechanical issue or flat tire, do you offer to help?