June 5, 2010

cycling hand gestures

Searching for a diagram of some cycling hand gestures I came across this question in a bike forum:

Are there official hand gestures? I’ve ridden in a group of 6-8 where people are scratching their asses, patting their asses, pointing to things on the ground and going that direction, pointing to the ground and going the other direction, tapping their knee, cocking their heads to the side, and I’m left wondering what on earth they’re trying to say.

Which had several serious (almost correct) answers:

If the point is directly down-
“Look out! pothole..crack…glass…etc!”

If the point is kind of to the side-
“Look out! I’m moving over”

And my new favorite cycling hand gestures:

Scratching the butt: “My butt itches.”
Patting the butt: “My butt looks fine.


  1. Sheila Ryan on June 5th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    “I’m a little teapot . . . “

  2. Kelsey Parker on June 6th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Do you use the signals? Especially that last one?

  3. Michael Smith on June 6th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Yes. In my cubicle too.