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    Close Call Caught on Video

    This is why I now video my rides!



    Just amazing how quickly people can dart out in front of you. This guy did it from the parking lot of the Kokomo Police Station!

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    which camera did you use? how do you like it?

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    It would have hurt if you two had collided, thankfully he wasn't packing 3000+ lbs of sheet metal along with him. I have a couple of frightening videos, one where a motorist passes so close that their mirror went over the top of my bar mirror at 35 mph,( with the motorist's car having a severely damaged front right fender and bumper from a previous collision) and another of where a motorist missed me intentionally by a couple of inches at a 40 mph speed "differential".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkime View Post
    which camera did you use? how do you like it?
    Contour ROAM2. I like it, still learning the best mount points. Lighting is an issue. I need to play with settings because it looks very dark in this video because the sun was pointed directly at us. In well lighted areas it looks amazing. I love the size of the unit. They are going out of business so their prices are down to $99 from $199.99.

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    Wow that was a he11 of a close call!!!!
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    I got a Contour Roam when a truck tagged me last month and never even slowed down. But so far this is the only interesting encounter I've had:

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    Heh, she about got hit.

    I had another interesting one yesterday. A truck drove up next to my wife and I, then they proceeded to floor it. I yelled ******* and my lovely wife yelled ******. I just laughed when I played it back.

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    I was on a MUP and a dude came towards me wearing a ball cap low over his brow looking down the entire time, I don't think he was texting, he might of been listening to something, I stopped and HE kept coming forward, I dinged my little bell a few more times and then said "Hey buddy!". He kept coming and eventually ran into ME and straddled the front wheel and had to hop around to get untangled, all the while swearing at ME for getting in HIS way. I was standing there flat footed not going anywhere on the right side of the trail.

    I thought I was going to have a repeat of the same event on some other ride, the guy finally looked up at the last instant and I thought he was going to soil himself he started so much, he jerked, practically screamed and made a face - I wish I could of recorded to send in to AFV. Luckily he kept his tongue and realized HE was in the wrong, muttered "sorry" as he walked around.

    So it's not just cagers we have to watch for, other bikers and even pedestrians can lead to accidents too.

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    We have an MUP here in Okeechobee, the runs around parts of the lake. I was out one day a few years ago, on the south side of the lake, riding my Catrike when I noticed a cyclist riding towards me, right in the middle of the path. The fellow, in full street kit, wearing a helmet and earbuds was riding along at a pretty good clip, on the drops, with his eyes on his front wheel. I honked my little horn a couple of times, and he kept coming, I eased over to the side of the trail, and slowed down. Finally, my left front wheel came into his 'very limited' field of vision, and he was so startled that he nearly jumped off his bike. I just looked up at him and said, "look down the path once in a while, before you kill someone!" and kept on my way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanhulce View Post
    They are going out of business so their prices are down to $99 from $199.99.

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    Oh wow, first I've heard of this. I'm still seeing the Roam2 for $150+ online. Might need to keep an eye on what Best Buy has in stock.

    Where did you find it for $99?
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    Did you call him a "Puto"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
    I got a Contour Roam when a truck tagged me last month and never even slowed down. But so far this is the only interesting encounter I've had:

    It seems you need a headlight with longer and wider beam.

    The most scaring close calls I have had were when a heavy, long truck passed me barely touching me, which happened again 1-2 days ago. It's scaring because when you found it was next to you, 2/3 of the truck body was still yet to come.

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    Here's a close pass. Please turn your volume off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Here's a close pass. Please turn your volume off.
    Man I have people doing that crap on the 2-lane roads on my commute all the time! Even when I'm 4-5 feet out from the edge! Passing me, getting in the other lane, even at blind curves and hills with another car oncoming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post

    Here's a close pass. Please turn your volume off.
    i wonder if in states with front tags if the camera facing backwards is way to go?
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    Best Buy in Kokomo, they had a couple more left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Oh wow, first I've heard of this. I'm still seeing the Roam2 for $150+ online. Might need to keep an eye on what Best Buy has in stock.

    Where did you find it for $99?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    It seems you need a headlight with longer and wider beam.

    The most scaring close calls I have had were when a heavy, long truck passed me barely touching me, which happened again 1-2 days ago. It's scaring because when you found it was next to you, 2/3 of the truck body was still yet to come.
    I actually saw her quite a ways off - I have a Magic Shine light, the Contour camera just isn't very good in low light situations. She was walking directly up the road parallel to my line of travel, then veered towards me, with her nose still buried in her phone. Because I was already aware of her and going slow (about 6 mph - that section of road has a lot of nutrea raiding the community garden at night and I don't want to endo after hitting one) I was able to stop with plenty of room to spare. I probably wouldn't have even remembered it by the time I got into work but the way she got all indignant that I had the audacity to stop for her was hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
    i wonder if in states with front tags if the camera facing backwards is way to go?
    I have both front and rear facing on this bike. I clearly got his tag number and hope to meet him up close and in person some day.

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    Sometimes the stars just align and things work out. There is a video posted up above where this guy buzzed me. I was able to read his license number and committed it to memory. Well today I pull up to a light and notice the make of car (Suburu) and my eye goes to the plate and it's the guy. I had to cut off the end of the "meeting" but you'll get the drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post

    For those of you that have your typical negative, lecturing type of post - save it. I don't care what you think so don't waste your time.
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    the first video was somewhat close but the ones in Cali, that looks like normal riding, i.e. not that close, i always have cars that close to me:



    and we also have the bicycle police to worry about:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
    I actually saw her quite a ways off - I have a Magic Shine light, the Contour camera just isn't very good in low light situations. She was walking directly up the road parallel to my line of travel, then veered towards me, with her nose still buried in her phone. Because I was already aware of her and going slow (about 6 mph - that section of road has a lot of nutrea raiding the community garden at night and I don't want to endo after hitting one) I was able to stop with plenty of room to spare. I probably wouldn't have even remembered it by the time I got into work but the way she got all indignant that I had the audacity to stop for her was hilarious.
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    if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail;
    if all you have is a video camera (and a dramatic flair), every bicycle ride looks like a close call, death defying action movie.

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    I was the bad/stupid guy in a similar move yesterday. It was a moment of inattention, totally my fault. The guy going straight gave me an audible warning, and I slowed for him. My reflexive response was to say YUP, as if I knew exactly what I was doing, but the collision would have been my fault, if it had happened.
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