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Old 08-07-06, 01:21 AM   #1
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I wish cops would pull over cyclist here in LA at night

Just did a parking space swap in the driveway so the wife can take off early. There was some ****** riding down a dark street after midnight with no lighting or reflectors for me to see. Luckily I saw him since even though he saw me tried to race the car backing out. He stares at me like I'm the wrong one with the tail lights and bright vehicle headlights creeping out into a dark street with a bike with no lighting coming at me. Lights cost literally 2 bucks for front and rears. A four pack of batteries is a buck. Not my style, but if you can't afford bright effective lighting, a 3 buck investment will keep you alive.
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Old 08-07-06, 05:41 AM   #2
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4 bucks for lights and batteries? maybe not, but agreed that it's definitely a must for someone cycling around at night.
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Old 08-07-06, 06:42 AM   #3
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I wish cops everywhere would pull over cyclist with no lights.

I was in Plattsburgh,NY last night for some early am riding. I seen at least 4 riders with no lights at all. I just shook my head. To them I must have looked like a UFO, with 40 watts of headlights and 4 Cateye 1000 taillights burning up the night sky.
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Old 08-07-06, 09:27 AM   #4
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To travel seen is to invite detection, extermination follows. For anyone run over, its not because they were unseen, but becase they were seen. You can stop what you can't see, stay in the shadows.
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Old 08-07-06, 09:53 AM   #5
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$3?? last time I bought a set of lights, it cost $30 for the cheap set.....$5 for batteries. I understand you're upset, but please use reason.
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I'm serious, They sell a knockoff Bell looking front light at the 99 cent store. Might not be as bright as the Cateyes I use, but it works. 4 packs of batteries are sold there too.

The rear light is funny, it is the same light Serfas sells for 10-15 bucks minus the mount. Perfect item thought since I had the mount already on one of my bikes. They clip on my messenger bag straps too. If I break one now, I don't have to get mad, I have extras.

http://www.serfas.com/lights/TL-311.shtml

I know these lights work, I bought some when someone told me they were sold there to give to an idiot that always rides around the neighborhood with no lights. He used them a few times, then said they were gay and stopped. No wonder he's been hit 3-4 times by cars and lost every lawsuit.
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I'm serious...someone told me they were sold there to give to an idiot that always rides around the neighborhood with no lights. He used them a few times, then said they were gay and stopped. No wonder he's been hit 3-4 times by cars and lost every lawsuit.
Serious huh? And you believe everything someone told you? - an idiot hit 3 or 4 times since having stopped and actually had lawsuits in play?
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Serious huh? And you believe everything someone told you? - an idiot hit 3 or 4 times since having stopped and actually had lawsuits in play?
What were you trying to say?

I was talking about a seperate idiot who I would always see in Blockbuster getting movies that lives a block away. He had talked a lot to the employees there. He has been hit 3 times that he has discussed around the area. He has tried to sue the drivers multiple times. I always see him riding the opposite side of the street that he should, not crossing Wilshire BLVD where he should, and stupidly wearing all black at night. This is how I know the lights cost 3 bucks, someone told me about them. So I dropped some off to the guy. The Blockbuster guys told me the guy said they were gay and tossed them.

Trying to make sure I didn't hit him. But knowing that he might have a motive is good to know.

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in texas

cops will pull of cyclists in texas for riding without lights. i was shocked one of my buddies who works at a bike shop did not put on lights!! dude, even if its $30 bucks, a bike costs $200 or $100. walmart sells for about $15.
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Doesnt LA have street lights? And I thought my town was behind the times. Seriously, I'm surprised you "cant see" though. Maybe you need glasses..? Do you think pedestrians should wear lights? Not all roads have sidewalks.

I like how most old bicycles came with stock lights.. they werent tacky looking like todays lights. Im not about to attatch a buncha tacky looking blinky lights on my classics.

I have a nice looking vintage light on one of my bicycles actually, but the light connection rattles loose cause the roads are so rough, refuse to fix it over and over.
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Doesnt LA have street lights? And I thought my town was behind the times. Seriously, I'm surprised you "cant see" though. Maybe you need glasses..? Do you think pedestrians should wear lights? Not all roads have sidewalks.

I like how most old bicycles came with stock lights.. they werent tacky looking like todays lights. Im not about to attatch a buncha tacky looking blinky lights on my classics.

I have a nice looking vintage light on one of my bicycles actually, but the light connection rattles loose cause the roads are so rough, refuse to fix it over and over.
I have the luck of 20/20 for the vision dept. Over the last few years, lighting in LA has decreased due to power issues. Lighting seems to be decreased. Sometimes I will be on Wilshire or 3rd (big streets) and its eerily dark. I think the do some streets dark in patterns. Our street has a bunch of trees on both sides. Lighting is on one side of the street. The buildings by here don't care about building lighting. The law doesn't make landlords provide lighting I understand. And ones that do have it, when their timers go out, makes the street darker.
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