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    We ride amongst the barbarians as well. Several years ago we were moving some garden implements across town. It was amazing how much more space motorists gave my wife and I when we had shovels, hoes and rakes in our left hands.

    I actually think what was happening is that there is so much to pay attention to while driving that most people just focus on those things that pose a threat to them like other motor vehicles. The rakes and such just elevated us to the level of threat and the motorists behaved accordingly.

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    There use to be a guy riding around town who had a small red flag on a pole sticking out like that.


    The rake guy says it works, but it must be awkward to ride around with that sticking out, and it's unsightly.
    Someone should invent a laser that would shoot out and burn the car if it got too close, or a hologram kind of thing that would light up and flash a message, like "3 feet is the law you inconsiderate twit"
    "I bet German has a word for it. German has a word for everything."

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    Chicago commuters keep a U-lock handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    I like the spring loaded flag idea but I would be tempted to weld a carbide saw tooth to the end of it.
    I don't generally have much problem with getting buzzed, but if I did, I'd sure be thinking in those terms!

    I like the idea of a carbide tip. A 1/8" carbon fiber kite spar would have less air resistance, be fairly stiff but would give when hit. Be sure to put a small red flag on it; then when the car hits it there's no "I didn't see it" excuse.

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    I wonder what would happen if that rake hooked onto a body seam of a passing (obviously too close) car or truck? Maybe hook onto a fender wheelwell? Think there's a possibility it might drag the cyclist down under the moving car? I think this guy gets one chance to find out. Two if he is damn lucky. YMMV.

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