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Old 08-22-11, 03:07 PM
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"Big Yellow Triangle" - good idea or not?

I see that many people believe cyclists should behave like motor vehicles (and I acknowledge opposite views), and that in the opinion of some folks, we are slow moving vehicles according to the law, so motorists should treat us as such.

Comment, please, on the idea of fastening a big yellow "slow moving vehicle" triangle to the back of my seat. And, does anyone know where to find a cycling shirt or jersey with a yellow triangle emblem on it?

Here in Suffolk County, NY, we have twice the number of cyclists dying on the road compared to all other counties in NY State, according to a recent story in Newsday. I ride with lights flashing during the day to increase my visibility; I'm looking for other ways to preserve my life and health while still enjoying time in the saddle.
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Old 08-22-11, 03:11 PM
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I use one. Granted it looks ridiculous, but that's also the point because I want cars to take notice of me. I bought one from REI for a few bucks. You can also find them on Amazon.
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Old 08-22-11, 03:13 PM
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I still have an old, reflective slow moving vehicle triangle from the BikeCentennial organization from back in the'70s. It had two strings and was designed to be worn so it hung off one's backside over the rear of the saddle. There's lots of better devices to be seen available now, and the issue is being seen. If one sees a cyclist, it's a pretty good bet that he/she isn't traveling at 55 mph on a flat rural highway, so a redundant slow moving vehicle triangle isn't going to add any meaningful information for an overtaking motorist.
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Old 08-22-11, 07:39 PM
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It may bring unwanted attention from those who think you should pull over for passing cars or stay on the shoulder.

I wonder if there is a "reasonable speed vehicle" warning sign?
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Old 08-22-11, 09:17 PM
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May I suggest a neon-lime ANSI Class II highway-worker vest. You can get them as low as $5 at Harbor Freight. You only need one, it doesn't have to be washed daily, and it can go over whatever clothes the weather calls for that day. https://www.harborfreight.com/reflect...rge-94701.html
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Old 08-22-11, 10:52 PM
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Unless some permanent reflective material is affixed to all the edges AND, it is not blocking the rear reflector/light, they will be useless.
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Old 08-22-11, 11:46 PM
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NITERIDER by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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Old 08-23-11, 12:30 AM
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NITERIDER by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
Niterider? That's not a niterider...



THAT's a NITERIDER
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Old 08-23-11, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
Niterider? That's not a niterider...



THAT's a NITERIDER
Ok, you got me there
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Old 08-23-11, 12:41 AM
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Try a "Baby on Board" sticker!

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Old 08-23-11, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
May I suggest a neon-lime ANSI Class II highway-worker vest. You can get them as low as $5 at Harbor Freight. You only need one, it doesn't have to be washed daily, and it can go over whatever clothes the weather calls for that day. https://www.harborfreight.com/reflect...rge-94701.html
Well that may not be good enough I was hit while wearing one and it was a nice sunny day. Also in a construction zone. The driver showed no regard for life
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Old 08-23-11, 04:05 AM
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There's a school zone up the road that's peppered with safety green signs. Makes me think that a safety green clad cyclist would blend in with the scenery.
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Old 08-23-11, 08:15 AM
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Ok, a vest AND some good daytime-visible lights then


Plus a flare launcher. That oughta do it.
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Old 08-23-11, 08:21 AM
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I'm a big fan of the safety triangle, especially commuting in the dark and dreary months, and for touring. Easy to attach to a pannier,

but here's one fastened to a spoke zip tied off a rack which i think is a great way to attach one... I put down a LOT of dreary, wet training miles on this rig




and TWO on this touring bike, one on the skis higher up, one on the pannier.

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Old 08-23-11, 08:59 AM
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Worth a try, but I don't think it would work around here. The ginormous SUVs that I encounter on my commute don't seem to care about anything else on the road.
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Old 08-23-11, 10:04 AM
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I've used one for years.
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Old 08-23-11, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by kevin_stevens View Post
Try a "Baby on Board" sticker!
I just use an actual baby.
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Old 08-23-11, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post
I just use an actual baby.
How do you get it to stick?

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Old 08-23-11, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post
I just use an actual baby.
Originally Posted by kevin_stevens View Post
How do you get it to stick?

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Where do you buy them?... I see folks with them in shopping carts all the time, but I can never find the aisle where they are stocked.
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Old 08-23-11, 01:09 PM
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Where do you buy them?... I see folks with them in shopping carts all the time, but I can never find the aisle where they are stocked.
It's not too hard to make your own at home. There are lots of how-to sites on the internet, or you can go on just about any message board and ask "How is babby formed?" They'll be happy to help.

You have to get a special mount to attach it to the bike.

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Old 08-23-11, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post
It's not too hard to make your own at home. There are lots of how-to sites on the internet, or you can go on just about any message board and ask "How is babby formed?" They'll be happy to help.

You have to get a special mount to attach it to the bike.
I've heard they become hard to maintain after a while. What about a kitten instead?



don't let this happen to you!

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Old 08-23-11, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post
It's not too hard to make your own at home. There are lots of how-to sites on the internet, or you can go on just about any message board and ask "How is babby formed?" They'll be happy to help.

You have to get a special mount to attach it to the bike.
Well I made one, one time, but he grew up and wanted his own bike... so now I need a new "visibility thing" for approaching motorists.

And oh yeah I had to feed him and now he demands I send him to college... maybe the triangle is a better idea... I bet they never go to college.
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Old 08-23-11, 04:44 PM
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I imagine it would be very useful for informing all those drivers who have never seen a cyclist before that the strange vehicle they are overtaking is slower than they are.

Of course, you would have to take it off when you are overtaking rush hour traffic. In that case, perhaps drivers should be required to switch on a big triangle on say, their rear window while you are doing so.
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Old 08-23-11, 07:54 PM
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Riv has 'em. https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...riangle/31-460
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post

NITERIDER by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
I have one of these, along with THREE separate flashies and a strobe. One friend says it looks a carnival is coming to town when I'm on the road.
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