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Suggestions on riding right at sunrise/set?(4 posts)

Suggestions on riding right at sunrise/set?vindicator
Sep 24, 2003 7:44 AM
The blinky light discussion below prompted me to post about something that's been on my mind lately. I commute east in the morning and west in the evening. These days, I'm often riding in one direction or the other, or both, right as the sun is in that wonderful point just a few degrees above the horizon where it shines in everyone's eyes.

Needless to say, it bothers me that I can't see as well but I'm most concerned with cars approaching me from behind who can't see as well. It certainly seems that reflective stuff is useless in this situation, and a blinky probably helps but in a limited way. Anyone have any other suggestions?


Sep 24, 2003 8:01 AM
ride west in the morning and east in the evening. Your still exposed, but at least not by the guy who is your biggest risk (directly behind).

this has always bothered me too (more on the motorcicle ahead than the bicicle behind). Genereally, the longer your shadow behind you, the harder it is to be seen by the cars behind. I dont think blinkies or anything else can help this matter.
Avoid it if you canMg1
Sep 24, 2003 8:07 AM
Especially this time of year, when the sun rise/set is almost dead on East/West. The blinky, reflector, flag certainly helps, but I can't get over the fear of drivers squinting through the 1 ft2 of clean windshield with the visor down and their hand up blocking the sun, barely able to see the road let alone me on a bike.

In the early morning, when I run in my subdivision, I also watch out for the driver with the foggy windshield. But at least in my sub people are generally on the lookout for walkers / runners.
It's a problem this time of yearTrux
Sep 24, 2003 9:58 AM
I ride West in the morning and East in the evening. But I worry more about the drivers turning left into me. It's happened to me once and that was enough.