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Old May 3rd, 2017, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default skaters salute

you know how motorcyclists extend two fingers on their left hand and hang the hand down as they are passing each other opposite ways. It's really quite wonderful how their salute each other to show they are one community, though each member may not know the other.
That said, can we have this for skaters? And what would it be?
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 07:33 PM   #2
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I dig it. The explanation of the motorcycle wave I've heard is that the two fingers extended downward means keep the wheels down (i.e. keep the rubber on the road, and don't crash). We should obviously be 4 fingers down. Or, uh, 8? Or 6?
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Old May 4th, 2017, 01:14 AM   #3
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hmm, I may have heard that too. That would make it easier to remember, and give a nod in the direction of the good folks on 2 wheels who gave us the idea. I'd vote 4. 8 would require two hands, which does not bode well for the lifetime of the salute. 3 or six are less common (still) numbers for skates, as are 2, 4, 5, 10. We don't always have all 8 on the ground, so I think the half number (4) makes sense as is. but 4 fingers down is easy enough, recognizable enough....hmm, I like...
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Old May 4th, 2017, 07:20 PM   #4
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folks didn't really care very much for my unicycle salute when I rode one in college.
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Old May 7th, 2017, 03:22 PM   #5
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I make it habit to smile, and/or wave a quick acknowledgment, and if going slow enough will often say "HI" to other skaters I encounter everywhere, whether I know them or not. I hope this small gesture helps to encourage others in the sport, to know that we're a friendly breed.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 05:02 AM   #6
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my dad rode unicycle, I never could make it farther than one block.

Yeah, generally being friendly is good, but I want a symbol of solidarity. Cyclists join clubs and tend to nod or even wave or say hi when passing, and we talk about our equipment a lot. but skaters seem to not be a community (or maybe that's just my experience). I got a longboard recently, and I have found that I can go to the waterfront with nobody, and still find other longboarders to ride with. Skaters don't do packs (at least not here).
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Old May 10th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #7
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I like the ancient symbol of camaraderie - a smile and nod.

I'll tell you the motorcycle wave gets tiresome. Riding a bike requires constant attention. You have to watch things like a fighter pilot, head constantly swiveling between obstacles in the road (a simple patch of sand or oil can be deadly in a turn), the cars coming towards you (many don't even see you can can do a deadly left turn in front of you), and the car in front of you. I don't have time to let go of the controls every 2 minutes to give the "yeah, we're all cool" salute. Been riding 40 years, and rode coast to coast. The wave is a relatively new thing, and feels obligatory when a line of 8 bikes comes at you with every one of them holding their left hand out. Kind of like the "high five" of years ago....I wish it would go away.
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