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Was that you I nearly killed today?(8 posts)

Was that you I nearly killed today?Silverback
Oct 23, 2003 7:31 AM
This time of year, when the sun doesn't come up until honest men are at at work, should we maybe think about laying off the fashionable black clothing?
This morning on the way to work--driving carefully on my two-lane road, alert as I always am for the year-round bike commuters who live up the hill--I came within a couple of feet of knocking one of them down. He was wearing black tights, a black vest over a dark long-sleeved jersey and a black helmet, and even though I was half-expecting him, I couldn't pick him out of the gloom until he was within 10 feet of my bumper. Also, he was riding three feet into the traffic lane, though the shoulder there is 10 feet wide. Honest to God, if I hadn't seen a tiny flash of reflective material on the back of his shoes, I think I would have hit him. Isn't a reflective vest or something less geeky than, say, a full-body cast?
What is it with black clothing?Andy M-S
Oct 23, 2003 7:52 AM
I wear black tights because I need a place to wipe off the grease, but the bike is festooned with reflectors and lights, my jacket is flourescent greenish/yellow, etc.

Yet I've seen lots of cyclists in all black. The other night on a local trail ride, this kid shows up in black tights and jacket, dark helmet, NO LIGHTS. Why do people do this?
I saw an invisible cyclist today too...spluti
Oct 23, 2003 7:53 AM
When I was right next to him I saw a small LED red flasher hanging in front of (hidden by) his seat pack. Other than that he was all black and invisible.
Ya know...it only takes ten minutes to look over your set up and contemplate how you look to approaching traffic. How many LED flashers have you seen pointing down at the ground? Don't clip them on fabric, hard mount them so they are aimed good. Another one of my favorites..A bike that is well lit and ready to roll and a rider that puts on a fanny pack that hangs over a tail light. It isn't that difficult, just take the time to do it. Visibilty at night isn't an after thought, it's a priority.
If you did, you would have done Darwin proudhrv
Oct 23, 2003 8:05 AM
In all black, and not in the shoulder? Was that the same guy who jumped over Niagra Falls?

It blows my mind how some riders don't even get it: cars -- bad! Living -- good!

Maybe we should drive with reflective tape and get out and slap it on their backs? Nah, no hope for the dumb.

hrv
Visability is the key...biknben
Oct 23, 2003 8:34 AM
This morning was my first commute, this season, with the headlight. The mornings have been getting darker and darker. I had been leaving later but decided to put the light on and get out earlier today.

I already had the LEDs on the setpost (not obscured by the saddlebag :-o) and the Tireflys on the wheels. When I add the Blow Torch it's a whole nother world. Cars see that Blow Torch pointed at them and freeze. It is almost commical.
like a christmas treeChazWicked
Oct 23, 2003 8:43 AM
When I'm out riding or urb beyond dusk, I'm running lots of lights. In addition to the night rider headlight, there's the blinky on the backpack. If I have the trailer, it has a light aiming at the orange flag plus two valve stem blinkies.

And THEN...

I have two blinkies zip tied to the helmet. This is a commute specific helmet. I reach for it when cruising around town so it stays relatively clean and doesn't get the kind of sweat that's generated on a real ride. I HIGHLY recommend building a commuter helmet.

Buy two "planet bike" blinkies, one white, one red. With a skinny drill bit, create slots that run along the clip attachment sliders. Then run zip ties through the slots and through the helmet vents. Not stylish but it's a good idea.

Chaz
Reminder: Tireflies $7 on sale at TargetStraightblock
Oct 23, 2003 9:35 AM
Someone else posted it earlier this week. I picked a set up last night and tried them on my 5am ride today. A nice addition to the 5w/10w headlights, rear blinkie, 2 rear reflectors, and reflector tape on the seatstays, fork, crank arms, and rims. I decided long ago that a white or yellow helmet and bright jerseys were best for visibility, day or night.
Any commuter who know's what's going on...MrCelloBoy
Oct 23, 2003 1:55 PM
will run with visible clothing, reflectors galore or multiple lights at a minimum.
I personally feature two headlights, one flashing and two rear LED's one blinking. Not to see but purely to be seen, so I don't become part of the "scene".