Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 36
  1. #1
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    LBS-built bike
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    I'm going to give a reflective vest...

    ... to a guy who commutes regularly at night. We cross paths frequently (I take the car in the evenings to pick up my mom from a nursing home), and this winter it freaked me out to see him on the road only until I was about 10 meters behind him. Old, beat-up bike, no reflectors, regular/dark-ish clothing.

    I know a reflective vest is probably not enough (but it has LEDs!), but I hope this keeps the guy from getting killed.

  2. #2
    PatronSaintOfDiscBrakes dynaryder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    dropped and lost in Washington DC
    Posts
    5,636
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good on yer.

    I used to try and hand out cheap blinkys to folks I saw rolling ninja. But most of them didn't want them. One woman even said,"well,you saw me didn't you?". I still try to carry an extra with me,just in case.

    C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes/Novato,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport/Qualifier,Brompton S6L,Dahon Speed Pro TT

  3. #3
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    18,353
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Reflective vests are good! I don't use one consistently, but I use headlight and tail light consistently.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

    Tom Reingold
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Employer: Larry's Freewheeling, 301 W 110 St, New York, NY 10026
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

  4. #4
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    25,073
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
    ... to a guy who commutes regularly at night. We cross paths frequently (I take the car in the evenings to pick up my mom from a nursing home), and this winter it freaked me out to see him on the road only until I was about 10 meters behind him. Old, beat-up bike, no reflectors, regular/dark-ish clothing.

    I know a reflective vest is probably not enough (but it has LEDs!), but I hope this keeps the guy from getting killed.
    Good idea...

    IMG_5374.jpg
    Last edited by 10 Wheels; 02-05-14 at 05:32 PM.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  5. #5
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,652
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can offer it to him, but there is no guarantee that he would take it. Not everyone likes to draw attention to themselves with their clothing. He might be more receptive to reflectors or reflective tape on the bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  6. #6
    Senior Member rumrunn6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    25 miles northwest of Boston
    My Bikes
    Bottecchia Sprint
    Posts
    11,962
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    good luck with your plan

    hey 10-wheels - how you doin?
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    lebanon oregon
    My Bikes
    trex 7500, old diamondback, older diamondback old frankenbike
    Posts
    196
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    very nice. hope he uses it , I would if I did not already have one

  8. #8
    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Norwalk, CT
    My Bikes
    2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
    Posts
    2,772
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
    ... to a guy who commutes regularly at night. We cross paths frequently (I take the car in the evenings to pick up my mom from a nursing home), and this winter it freaked me out to see him on the road only until I was about 10 meters behind him. Old, beat-up bike, no reflectors, regular/dark-ish clothing.

    I know a reflective vest is probably not enough (but it has LEDs!), but I hope this keeps the guy from getting killed.
    I've been tempted to do the same thing. Let us know how it goes.
    http://Charles.Plager.net
    http://RecumbentQuant.blogspot.com

  9. #9
    Senior Member Big Lebowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    My Bikes
    Not a Kilo TT
    Posts
    304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    I've been tempted to do the same thing. Let us know how it goes.
    +1. I've befriended a guy on the bus that like me, puts his bike on the bus and I have been trying to think of the best way to approach him, because he has no reflective clothing or lights. I don't think he even has gloves in this freezing weather and he rides his bike to the bus regardless of the conditions.

  10. #10
    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Norwalk, CT
    My Bikes
    2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
    Posts
    2,772
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Lebowski View Post
    +1. I've befriended a guy on the bus that like me, puts his bike on the bus and I have been trying to think of the best way to approach him, because he has no reflective clothing or lights. I don't think he even has gloves in this freezing weather and he rides his bike to the bus regardless of the conditions.
    If you already wear a vest, you could upgrade yours and ask if wants the old one. Or you could say you got a buy one get one free. Or you could just tell him the truth (I couldn't see you at all this morning).

    I recommend that people in cold weather carry plastic bags as an emergency way to block freezing rain. Looks quite silly, but that ain't the point...
    http://Charles.Plager.net
    http://RecumbentQuant.blogspot.com

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Carlstadt, NJ
    Posts
    107
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    If you already wear a vest, you could upgrade yours and ask if wants the old one. Or you could say you got a buy one get one free. Or you could just tell him the truth (I couldn't see you at all this morning).
    Good ideas. The wrong approach might put him off.

    I recommend that people in cold weather carry plastic bags as an emergency way to block freezing rain. Looks quite silly, but that ain't the point...
    I'm thinking: What the heck are you going to do with those little plastic bags you get grocery shopping? Until I realized you meant garbage bags
    A ride on a bike is not a walk in the park

  12. #12
    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Norwalk, CT
    My Bikes
    2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
    Posts
    2,772
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Coal Buster View Post
    I'm thinking: What the heck are you going to do with those little plastic bags you get grocery shopping? Until I realized you meant garbage bags
    The shopping bags work well for hands or feet in emergencies... Hefty bags make great rain jackets in a pinch.
    http://Charles.Plager.net
    http://RecumbentQuant.blogspot.com

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wish more joggers and walkers would use reflectives . . .

  14. #14
    Junior Member RKThunder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    Multiple and assorted rescued "mutts."
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bicycle Commuter Vest.jpg Here's mine! I found this hunting vest for about 4 dollars on clearance at a local sporting goods store. I made some improvements sewing in clips inside the pockets to hold keys and stuff and ironed on patches on front and reflective patches on the back.

  15. #15
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    LBS-built bike
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been meaning to catch the guy I have in mind, as I frequently run into him at night, but last week that didn't happen.

    But on Friday, while driving back home on the highway, a ninja was biking on the shoulder, evidently back from work at one of the highway-side suburbs - it was dark, foggy, and he had no reflectants or lights at all. I pulled over, gave him the vest, and he seemed thankful. He put it on immediately.

    These vests are cheap, so I think I'll carry one or two and give them away as appropriate. Haven't really researched cheap lights to give away.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    548
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That is a great story, glad that they guy you have the vest to put it on and I hope it keeps him safer.

    I have often thought about buying a bunch of cheap little LED lights and give them away to the ninja's I encounter. I have seen some for under $2 on Amazon. Not sure how good they are, but better then nothing for some people. I have often wondered how many people would want take them and how many people want to be a ninja.

  17. #17
    rugged individualist wphamilton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Alpharetta, GA
    My Bikes
    Nashbar Road
    Posts
    5,488
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Coal Buster View Post
    Good ideas. The wrong approach might put him off.



    I'm thinking: What the heck are you going to do with those little plastic bags you get grocery shopping? Until I realized you meant garbage bags
    Put them around your hands and feet.

  18. #18
    Senior Member PatrickGSR94's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Memphis TN area
    Posts
    3,715
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
    I've been meaning to catch the guy I have in mind, as I frequently run into him at night, but last week that didn't happen.

    But on Friday, while driving back home on the highway, a ninja was biking on the shoulder, evidently back from work at one of the highway-side suburbs - it was dark, foggy, and he had no reflectants or lights at all. I pulled over, gave him the vest, and he seemed thankful. He put it on immediately.

    These vests are cheap, so I think I'll carry one or two and give them away as appropriate. Haven't really researched cheap lights to give away.
    Did he seem freaked out as you stopped? I'm not sure how I would react if I saw someone trying to pull over and/or stop near where I was riding.
    2011 Felt Z85 105 | Ultegra | KMC | Selle Italia | Vuelta | Topeak
    90's-ish KHS Alite 1000 MTB, *hybridized*

  19. #19
    Senior Member Big Lebowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    My Bikes
    Not a Kilo TT
    Posts
    304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I ordered a Knog Beetle 2-LED Bicycle Light on Amazon tonight for $7. It should arrive on Wednesday, so hopefully I can give it to "CJ" on Thursday or Friday. I did introduce myself a couple of weeks ago and I asked him his name. I see him on a regular basis on the bus (it's been too cold for me to do my full commute), so I am not a complete stranger. I'll try to post an update before the weekend.

  20. #20
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    LBS-built bike
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Did he seem freaked out as you stopped?
    I passed the guy, and made my turn about 800 meters after I passed him, from the highway onto a side road that leads to the place I was going. I parked the car and waited for the cyclist. The highway is uphill in that direction, so he was going slowly, and I just said hi and explained how hard it was to see him.

    But you raise a good point! Just stopping the car and getting out to talk to a cyclist could be freaky. I'll keep that in mind

  21. #21
    Resident smartass. Fargo Wolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Kamloops, BC, Canada
    Posts
    275
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I actually have two vests. One is a blaze red hunters vest which I use if visibility is reduced, or if I have to ride in heavy (but slow moving) traffic, which I haven't had to do since I lived in N. Van. I also have a fluorescent yellow vest with reflective strips for night riding.

  22. #22
    Big Boned Biker IAMAMRA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Platteville, WI
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Detour 4.5, Trek Crossrip Elite '14
    Posts
    408
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I never understand the idea of riding ninja...and yup I even leave the reflectors on my wheels(as well as having reflective tires).
    www.BigBonedBiker.Wordpress.com

  23. #23
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    LBS-built bike
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by IAMAMRA View Post
    I never understand the idea of riding ninja...and yup I even leave the reflectors on my wheels(as well as having reflective tires).
    There is a substantial number of working-class people here (I hate the term, but you know what I mean) that use bikes to get to work. Gardeners, builders, that sort of job. Most grab the handiest bike they can; they are often old beaters, with no reflectors or lights or anything. These people can't afford bicycles with all the fittings.

  24. #24
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    18,353
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Federico, you could be describing a great many areas in the US.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

    Tom Reingold
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Employer: Larry's Freewheeling, 301 W 110 St, New York, NY 10026
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

  25. #25
    Senior Member Big Lebowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    My Bikes
    Not a Kilo TT
    Posts
    304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Lebowski View Post
    I ordered a Knog Beetle 2-LED Bicycle Light on Amazon tonight for $7. It should arrive on Wednesday, so hopefully I can give it to "CJ" on Thursday or Friday. I did introduce myself a couple of weeks ago and I asked him his name. I see him on a regular basis on the bus (it's been too cold for me to do my full commute), so I am not a complete stranger. I'll try to post an update before the weekend.
    Gave this to CJ this morning. Hopefully he will use it.

    Light.jpg

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •