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Old 02-26-12, 11:41 PM   #1
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Whizzzz side warning device?

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Has anyone bought one of these and what do you think?

Developed by the Red Cross in Finland and apparently works quite well day or night.

My impression is that yes, it looks dorky, but also very effective and unlike the size flag devices which tend to be less visible with speed, this one is quite noticeable at any speed. Would be especially useful to commuters and anyone else looking for more safety on the streets.

I would rather it was printed with "Caution," or something like that instead of Whizzzz though!
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Old 02-27-12, 05:04 AM   #2
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Guess you can always tape some reflective tape over the "whizzz".
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Old 02-27-12, 09:07 AM   #3
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Do they make a good enough motor sound that we no long have to attach cardboard to be hit by our spokes?
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Do they make a good enough motor sound that we no long have to attach cardboard to be hit by our spokes?

Cardboard? It was always clothes pins and playing cards for me.
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Old 02-27-12, 09:19 AM   #5
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Do they make a good enough motor sound that we no long have to attach cardboard to be hit by our spokes?
No, this is the silent model. The Finnish Red Cross decided not to produce the "Whizzzz-Bang" model as they knew that you and some others were still using spoke flapper noise makers.
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Someone who used to belong to our club had one. Seemed to be reasonably well made and could be clipped out of the way when riding in a group.
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Cardboard? It was always clothes pins and playing cards for me.
We actually used baseball cards but only the kind we couldn't trade away, cards of obscure players on unpopular teams that would never have any value.

Playing cards would have been better.
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So, George, sorry to change your subject.. but back to the thread.. do you use any kind of warning.safety devices, like a tail blinking lite, side flags, reflective bands, vests, jacket, etc., and where do you ride?
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Perhaps this would be more effective.
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I'd prefer a grey rigid but flexible stick protruding exactly 3 feet from teh widest point of my bicycle, with a carbide stud on the end. Now you're doing every cyclist a favor, not just yourself!
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interesting idea. Not sure how it improves visibility in the daytime.
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There is another device, made in Korea, called the Magic Windy. It is like a pinwheel, but the blades turn a tiny generator, enough to light a few LED's.

http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/...gic_Windy.html

This has been around for at least five or six years, and would seem a little more technologically advanced.
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There is another device, made in Korea, called the Magic Windy. It is like a pinwheel, but the blades turn a tiny generator, enough to light a few LED's.

http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/...gic_Windy.html

This has been around for at least five or six years, and would seem a little more technologically advanced.
Maybe it could be modified for side use, but would have to be made longer, and designed with some sort of fold back attachment clamp... don't want to get into all that.
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These have been used in Europe for decades. I use one on my commuter bike day and night:

http://www.bikeonlineshop.de/product...oducts_id=2908
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These have been used in Europe for decades. I use one on my commuter bike day and night:

http://www.bikeonlineshop.de/product...oducts_id=2908
Thanks for the reply. Can you translate that page and what do you think of the version you have?
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Will this cause problems for those who use upright tricycles? It's 2 wheels in the back and one in the front.
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Will this cause problems for those who use upright tricycles? It's 2 wheels in the back and one in the front.
Not unless they think they are riding one of those that has two wheels in the front and one in back.
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Thanks for the reply. Can you translate that page and what do you think of the version you have?
"Busch & Mueller clearance enforcer. Euro 3.95 including value added tax. Shipping cost extra. Adjustable for various diameters with an adapter sleevelet."

I've been using these for almost 20 years. They are common in European countries. PayPal is a new payment option for this distributor.
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"Busch & Mueller clearance enforcer. Euro 3.95 including value added tax. Shipping cost extra. Adjustable for various diameters with an adapter sleevelet."

I've been using these for almost 20 years. They are common in European countries. PayPal is a new payment option for this distributor.
Thanks Ray, but I can't tell exactly what it is.. is that a light on the end of the pole or a reflector? Also, if it gets hit will it bend or break so as not to hurt the rider, and can it be tied, or hooked back out of the way easily? And what mounting options are there.. rack, lower frame, etc.?

Lastly, you must feel like it works, so what has your experience been with it.. and, any negative reactions from drivers?

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Why would this item be a problem on a trike?
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It certainly would not be a problem on a delta trike, or a tadpole trike. I already have a reflective triangle on an extendable aluminum pole (as I've mentioned before, ad nauseum)
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I would think it would work fine on a trike.

Got my Whizzzz today and after opening the package I found a nicely constructed item made from some sort of plastic material that is very pliable and bendable, yet springs back in shape. The Whizzzz label, like I guessed, is just an attached piece of transparent tape with the lettering on it and is easily removed.. once removed, it doesn't look at all that dorky. The name itself was a really poor choice IMHO. There are several different mounting parts and when I get a chance I'll look into it more and let you all know what I think.. then will try it out on the road.
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It works, and very well

OK, it was very easy to mount with several different sleeve parts for different size racks or frames. I mounted it on my rack rod so that it sits just below the rack bag and just to the rear of my seat and it is still easy to get on and off the bike with it extended. I can also stop easily and flip it back out of the way, or back into the extended position when I need to.

I went riding for a few hours on the Monterey coast today.. about 1/2 of the ride is on a bike trail that is full of walkers, skateboards, bikes, dog walkers, etc. so I simply folded the Whizzzz thing back so it wouldn't whack some one. The rest of the ride for a few miles is two lane highway with not a whole lot of room between a line of shoulder parked cars that frequently open their doors.. it's the worst part of the ride and the extended device did in fact keep cars well clear of me. The final ride south is also two lane with a clearly marked bike lane and warnings not to park in the lane, though some cars occasionally do or stop to look at the view and block it. Anyway, going South if one stays on the left side of the bike lane there is no danger of car doors opening and it leaves a full lane for traffic to pass, but I also noticed in my mirror that most motorists were still giving me a much wider pass then they have in the past. So, all in all, this thing really does work and I would recommend it to anyone. A slight bit of dork look is well worth the huge improvement in safety IMHO. and removing the bright red "Whizzzz" printed sticker gets rid of a lot of it.

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