• Jay Nielsen February 5, 2013   Reply →

    You obviously conjure up the “Mary Poppins Effect” for them. Usually when a school us passes me, they all scream “Lance!!!” at me.

  • DDDinOz February 5, 2013   Reply →

    Hopefully you might even inspire some of those kids to join you on the bike.

  • somervillebikes February 5, 2013   Reply →

    And you should see the looks on schoolbus faces when they see this thing go past them:


    Actually, it brings a smile to most people who see it, and drivers yield to us like we’re royalty.

  • Kristopher Rhodes February 5, 2013   Reply →

    Usually when this happens to me, they wonder why there’s a guy keeping up with the bus while it’s doing 40 mph 😛

  • greg February 5, 2013   Reply →

    I wonder what drum-biking behind a school bus would be like.

    There’s only one way to find out.

    • Ethan Fleming February 5, 2013  

      Would definitely catch some attention.

    • Daniel February 6, 2013  

      I never saw someone drumming while riding but I did see a guy commuting on Hampshire Street in Cambridge with drums in the right position to do so. Could you be that drummer? It looked like fun.

      Too true about kids – hopefully the next generation will be more accepting of bicycles on the road.

  • Ethan Fleming February 5, 2013   Reply →

    There are actually a lot of categories in life in which kids are smarter than adults.

  • Louie February 5, 2013   Reply →

    Love this. =)

  • Richard Masoner February 5, 2013   Reply →

    drafting the school bus, woo hoo!

  • Quincyclist February 6, 2013   Reply →

    My ragedar blips whenever I go by a schoolbus (typically on Dorchester Ave.) – I expect some rambunctious and wise-a$$ middle school kids to imprecate me or dump something out the window on me, so I usually pass the bus and get way ahead. But from the wee ones I have gotten the wave. In either instance I fear that a bike is, to them, some kind of curious anomaly.

    As kids on a long trip we’d sprawl in the way back of my parents station wagon (no seats or belts back there, then) and wave like mad to the cars behind us. The reactions were mostly positive but I’ll never forget one family that regarded us with nearly identical smirks of disdain.

    • Quincyclist February 7, 2013  

      Also, see the short clip of Danny Kaye riding a bike while singing “Everything is tickety-boo” from the film “Merry Andrew” – there’s a scene in it of bicyclist-busriders interaction apropos Bikeyface’s experience. Here’s the youtube link:


  • Amy February 8, 2013   Reply →

    Awww… There’s a daycare that I pass on my way home. When the weather is nice and they let the kids out to play they always come running up to the fence yelling “hi!” and “where are you going?” and “look! She’s riding a bike!” Cracks me up every time. :)

  • Joseph February 9, 2013   Reply →

    I got a great wave from a couple of kids the other day from my usual source of terror–a New York City taxi. Made my day.

  • Shannon February 13, 2013   Reply →

    The kids in my neighborhood have told me they love my bike, partly because I have lights and other doodads on it. I use it as an opportunity to tell them that they need lights to be seen by cars, but it always puts a smile on my face.

  • Aaron February 15, 2013   Reply →

    I have a friend who’s kid is big into cycling (and he is only 13) and if he was on the school bus he would want to get out and cycle with the guy!

    -Aaron, recently watched leadville bike race

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