Their window is already down when I pull up next to them, and I look over ready to defend myself, bracing for the worst.
"I love your style!" A burly, bearded man shouts enthusiastically, "GO GIANTS!!"
I smile and give him a thumbs up, yelling "Thanks!" as he waves and drives away.
While I'm happy that there was no altercation - no anger or road rage, I'm mostly perplexed by this interesting social phenomenon that I've been noticing more and more lately. I'm no Giants fan, by any means - I really have no loyalty to sports in any way, save for cycling (which I'm still pretty bad at "supporting"), but the camaraderie among sports fans around here is especially interesting when I'm on my commuter:
|It certainly stands out.|
|I have no shame.|
Here's where it starts to get interesting - now that my bike and my apparel make me look like a Giants fan, I'm noticing that my rides are a bit nicer, and incidents like the one I mentioned are a bit more common. Though I have had a few people that honked before shouting their fandom out the window at me, which is always a bit startling. I feel like a bit of an imposter, but at the same time I enjoy that people are being nicer because I'm suddenly someone that they can relate to. Personally I'm rocking my jersey because it's really, really visible, but I'll take what I can get.
Scientifically, if I really wanted to test this I could get a bike with Oakland As colors and gear that matches, then record my results. Then I'd have to go to the East Bay and test both groups of team colors...and with peoples' loyalty to teams around here, I'd probably end up dead in a ditch somewhere.
But since I don't have a bike with As colors, or Sharks colors, or 49ers colors...for now I'll just continue to observe my experiences as a pseudo Giants fan and hopefully keep having pleasant experiences on the road.