The Joys Of Cycling: The Cab Hail High Five

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 11

This is yet another installment of my continuing series, the joys of cycling. In which I try to chronicle some of the hidden gems of cycling. Today lets discuss the highly awesome, cab hail high five.

Have you ever noticed that when someone is trying to hail a cab they hold their hand out at the perfect height for a high five? I mean all you would have to do is ride over, toss up your hand and BOOM rolling high five. OH YEA!

I mean normally when I see someone hold their hand up for a cab I immediately look over my left shoulder for the cab missile that is homing in on this new target (and potentially will run me over in the process). But if I ascertain that no cab missiles are present I will ride over hold up my hind in the universal “high five” orientation and try to lure the pedestrian into a rolling high five.

Be sure to exclaim “OH YEA!” if the rolling high five is successful, and “OHHHH!” if they fail to engage, or if you miss. If done properly this will make the pedestrian smile, even if they are having a shitty day. If done properly an area of joy should spread forth from that pedestrian encompassing all others within say a ten foot radius.

The other day I got not one, but TWO rolling cab hail high fives in the space of 100 yards, it was a great day for cycling, and a great day for America.


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12 Responses to “The Joys Of Cycling: The Cab Hail High Five”

  1. By 3.14159 on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    Jesus, do you actually do this? Don’t do this. Nobody wants you touching them. Why would you even do this?

  2. By Andres Salomon on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’m imagining the “OHH YEA!” being spoken like the Kool-Aid Man having just burst through a brick wall. I don’t know if that’s the intent, but regardless.. it’s still awesome in my head.

  3. By Boston Biker on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    Andres: You are 100% spot on, that’s how you should say it.

  4. By Aaron on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    I believe there’s at least on excellent video of someone doing this in NYC on Youtube.

  5. By Richard on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    I thought I was the only person who did this. Glad to see that I am not the only one!

  6. By William Furr on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    I had never thought of something like that. Awesome!

    @3.14159: If you don’t want to high-five the cyclist, then just step back from the curb as I pass. I’ll make puppy dog eyes at you, but you can maintain your precious personal space if you like.

  7. By patrick on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    one of life’s purest joys. and i promise you, plenty of pedestrians are totally down (for some reason they are more common on friday nights…).

  8. By CYCLER on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    I met a biker coming the other way on the bike path this week that was hitting high 5’s with all the approaching bikers. It sure made me smile!

  9. By Grimlocke on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    YES! I love doing the Hi5 with SCUL, but those are actual solicited high fives. I’ll have to try this!

    <3 JOY!

  10. By h4ckw0r+h on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Heck yeah, almost everyone loves a high five!

  11. By Lovely Bicycle! on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    I think I would fall off my bicycle if I attempted this : )

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