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    Post Bicycle Indicators

    Hello, I'm New to this forum so hopefully this is the correct place to put it but I'm looking to do some research and would love your help.

    Would you buy bicycle indicators for your bike?

    Please fill out the poll if I got it working right!

    Many Thanks
    Stephen

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    For the US audience, I think he means turn signals.
    There are turn signals available for bicycles. I have not seen any that really tell a driver which way you're turning, or really even IF you're turning given that bicycles usually have flashing lights on them anyway. The lights would have to stick out to the side I'd say at least 20cm in each direction, and one should flash while the other stays constant to make it clear what they mean.
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    I don't have to buy them, I was born with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCbiker View Post
    I don't have to buy them, I was born with them.
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    Thanks for your help guys!

    This is what I mean....

    http://www.gifthouseinternational.co..._1_600x600.jpg

    Keep the votes coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCbiker View Post
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    I really don't see much point. By the time a car gets close enough to see those and tell that they're arrows, they are probably going to overtake you anyway. Hand signals and lane positioning is much more effective, those can be seen from hundreds of feet away and it's easy to see what is intended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCbiker View Post
    I don't have to buy them, I was born with them.
    Precisely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_S_274 View Post
    Thanks for your help guys!

    This is what I mean....

    http://www.gifthouseinternational.co..._1_600x600.jpg
    Oh... definitely not.

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    Thanks for opinion everyone,
    Found the information and your responses very interesting.

    Thanks again
    -Stephen

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    I was actually contemplating this question on the ride to work today. I voted 'yes,' but that answer comes with a large caveat: they would have to be lightweight, easy to use, and effective. There are times that signaling can be somewhat difficult. Unlike driving, where you just flip a conveniently-located switch, signaling on a bike requires taking a hand off the handlebars--which can affect your control of the bike. Today, I was taking a right turn on a road with a decline in an area that is currently covered in very fine gravel and sand. I wanted to signal in order to let the car behind me know that I would be slowing down. (With the decline, I was moving along comfortably at 25 mph.) But in the sand and gravel, I really didn't want to take a hand off the bars for the turn. I signaled, but it was a close call as to which was the safer option--signaling or not. If I'd had turn signals, with levers mounted on the hoods, it would have been ideal. But realistically, I take maybe one turn a month where signals would actually be useful. I've also wondered about just having brake lights. In this situation, it wasn't as important to signal the turn as it was to signal the deceleration.

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    For turn signals to be a valid replacement for hand signals, they'd have to be visible and unmistakable as turn signals, from both front and rear, from a distance that's useful in a 60mph highway situation, in broad sunlight. Take your best shot at that. Anything less is a gimicky toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    For turn signals to be a valid replacement for hand signals, they'd have to be visible and unmistakable as turn signals, from both front and rear, from a distance that's useful in a 60mph highway situation, in broad sunlight. Take your best shot at that. Anything less is a gimicky toy.
    Agree completely! Checked the video of that product and really wasn't sure what I was looking at. In any case - I really wouldn't buy THOSE turn signals.

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    I like 'em!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorba View Post
    I like 'em!
    The rear signals are pretty snazzy, and I'd be tempted by them.

    I think I'd like better, arrows like that mounted on arm covers to work in conjunction with hand signals. Make 'em flash automatically when my arm's out signalling.

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    http://bicygnals.com/indicators.php

    Wireless bike signals that I like(I was only able to do a partial review before I separated the set, but will finish it when I find it)

    http://www.instructables.com/id/turn...biking-jacket/

    self explanatory, but some assembly required

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_S_274 View Post
    Thanks for your help guys!

    This is what I mean....

    http://www.gifthouseinternational.co..._1_600x600.jpg

    Keep the votes coming!
    If they're anything like what's pictured there, no. They'd have to be larger and maybe amber would be a better color than red so that they stand out more.

    What I think might be a better idea would be to incorporate mini-switches into the brakes levers and have them wired to the taillights so that when the brakes are applied they stop flashing and light up steady and brighter to indicate that we are slowing down/stopping.
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    Many people have most likely thought over the idea of turn signals (indicators) for bikes, and what design could be effective and practical. LED's and lithium-ion batteries make such an objective more obtainable than it's been in past.

    I've tried to think of a design that would enhance the effectiveness of conventional hand signals with an illuminated sequential display. A series of maybe 5 LED's lined along the trailing edge of a gauntlet...maybe 10" in length. The display would be activated when the wearer raised their arm to indicate a turn, one light at a time in sequence starting with the LED closest to the wearer's body and proceeding to the next in the direction of the turn until all LED's were lit, at which time the sequence would repeat. The effect would try to resemble a kind of illuminated directional arrow.

    There would be the question of figuring out a location for the battery, and cables that would be the least annoying to the user. It would be a challenge to devise a gauntlet that wouldn't be hot and uncomfortable, and would hold the LED's where they're supposed to be so they could be seen by people on the road. Maybe the best that could be expected would be a cold climate, Fall-Winter, dark months of the year type of affair.

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    Only if they were simple and easy like:
    bar ends
    orange/yellow LEDs
    on/off switch that feeds under the grip so i can hit it with my thumb
    AAA batteries

    Tada.

    Flat bar version first please!
    (no multiple modes, i want blinking and off, and I don't care to signal to the rear so that ugly horrid thing won't be needed, and I have a light there already anyway)
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