Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes: '86 Trek 770 Pro Series, 80's Torelli Corsa Strada
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When Caution Tape Attacks
I've learned about caution tape today. There is some construction going on near the side of the main road near where I live, and they've got all these barricades up right next to or partly in the bike lane (joy!).
The traffic on my left is going about 45 mph, and I'd say I was going about 25 when a gust blew some of the yellow caution tape that was suspended between the barricades. I believe it caught my right-hand brake lever which jerked my fork nice and hard to the side of the road causing the wheel to bounce. I suppose I instinctively jerked it to the left causing yet another bounce inside my little two feet of clearance (thanks to the barricades) between 45 mph passing traffic before the tape snapped, and I got my bike straight. I think I'm pretty lucky I didn't a) eat the pavement or b) get sucked under a vehicle.
Plus I outran the rain.
A good commute overall.
I hadn't thought about it at the time. . . half an hour ago, but I wonder if the tape actually pulled my rear brake, contributing to my bike flailing all over.
The bike lane has been usually usable since they started building, but it seems they change the layout of the barricades each time. I want to say the caution tape was a new addition today. I'm not sure why it's there. If the barricades don't signal to drivers that there's no road that way, I'm not sure what 1 1/2 inch caution tape will do.