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Old 2017-10-02, 10:12 AM   #7846
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I'm sure it's been said in here, but I reckon the best answer to that to somebody who needs taking down a peg or two is "I left it at your mum's"
Possibly offensive in that, judging by his age, this chap's mum may well have been dead a few years. I shouldn't have reacted badly, but 30 years of the same crap sometimes means the second one of the day gets it! I have toyed with this idea:

"Do you know you've lost a wheel?"
"Well, you're the one who's walking."
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Old 2017-10-02, 03:48 PM   #7847
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I'm sure it's been said in here, but I reckon the best answer to that to somebody who needs taking down a peg or two is "I left it at your mum's"
That's one of the best retorts I've seen!

My recent favorite response to "you've lost a wheel" is a fairly deadpan "thank you." They don't really know what to make of it, and will often give an embarassed, half-hearted laugh. Like they realize what a stupid statement it was.
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Old 2017-10-02, 04:20 PM   #7848
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Thanks Aracer, I'm definitely using that.
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Old 2017-10-03, 02:50 PM   #7849
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Like they realize what a stupid statement it was.
I don't consider this as a stupid statement. People are startled to see a unicyclist: what is more appropriate in that case? humour!
then the guy is short on time and the first try at humour is about the lost wheel.
Most of the time it is a positive (though lame) try to contact you.
So unless he/she is apparently agressive one should welcome the comment (even if you've heard it a thousand times!)
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Old 2017-10-03, 04:28 PM   #7850
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My recent favorite response to "you've lost a wheel" is a fairly deadpan "thank you."
I like that one. Quick and easy to remember, which works for me as I'm usually cruising along on the bike path. Actually, most of the time the things people say to me rate a legitimate Thank You, so it fits right in! I don't know if people are just nicer on the American River Bike Trail (it's really an excellent cycle path), or that dressing like a road biker and usually going at a good clip engenders more complimentary comments.

I do also like the one about how the pedestrian is still walking, or has no wheels. But lately, when people comment about my "other wheel", since I'm riding a 36", I'll say "This one ate it."
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Old 2017-10-05, 08:16 PM   #7851
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Slightly new version of an old one

When passing two hikers on the trail today on my noontime ride:

"If I find the other half of your bike, I'll let you know."

Me: "Thanks, I've been looking for it."

Every once in a while someone gets mildly creative.
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Old 2017-10-11, 02:02 AM   #7852
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My standard reply to WYOW is (when I'm not in a rush) to flail my arms and zigzag fake-wildly, as though I had only just realized I'm no longer on a b*ke.

A couple good ones recently:

1) An old lady in a park, who in a very serious educational tone said, "That's called a unicycle," to the dog she was walking.

2) A man on the sidewalk as I rode past to a soccer match: "Can I take a picture of you?"
Me: "Sure, but I'm not slowing down."
Him: "I'll run after you!"
And he did run after me a bit, till he got an acceptable shot on his smart phone. (I did slow down slightly so he didn't have to run as fast.)
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Old 2017-10-23, 04:15 AM   #7853
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From a middle-aged man in road bike gear coming the other way today:

"Sexy!"

I thought it was extra funny because the glimpse he got of me was awkwardly doing my upshift at the top of a hill, and not looking sexy at all.
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Old 2017-10-23, 05:13 AM   #7854
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Were you wearing bike shorts? If so that would probably explain it.
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Old 2017-10-23, 07:59 AM   #7855
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were you wearing bike shorts? If so that would probably explain it.
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Old 2017-10-23, 12:41 PM   #7856
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Yesterday as I passed a group of skaters with my two unicyling daughters I heard the "Wheelie!" comment for the first time.

I also overheard one guy saying something along the lines of "so difficult, I could never do that".
Exactly what I think when I see those guys doing their thing
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Old 2017-10-23, 01:55 PM   #7857
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An old lady in a park, who in a very serious educational tone said, "That's called a unicycle," to the dog she was walking.
Wow! I had that same encounter, and posted it here maybe a year ago, only she wasn't so old, and the explanation she gave to her dog was much more elaborate.

Part of what made it funny was that he had his eye on a nearby squirrel and had no interest in learning about the bicycle with only one wheel.
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Old 2017-10-24, 05:28 PM   #7858
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Were you wearing bike shorts? If so that would probably explain it.
Mountain bike shorts, so no. For that and so many other reasons...
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Old 2017-10-26, 11:53 AM   #7859
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Lady to her dog while walking past me as I waited for them to get out of the way for mounting: „look, that‘s a normal bicycle.“ When I looked at her quizzingly, she explained: „She is always scared of you because you‘re always flailing around with your arms. Maybe she thinks you‘re a ghost or something.“

I couldn‘t reply to that one...
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Old 2017-10-26, 12:58 PM   #7860
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Maybe she should have said "Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa..." That might have reassured her dog. Or maybe not, depending on the dog, I guess.
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