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Old 09-13-05, 01:57 PM
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Yes, I have considered doing a self defense course, and determined it is a very good idea, on top of lots of other things I would like to do with my time. I went a new way last night, the non freeway way, and it was actually far more pleasent despite the smaller shoulder, and far more excitement than I got the other way, in the sense I got shouted out by a motorist (a way to go girl! which is still not cool when by two driving men to a single cyclist on a deserted road, at the risk of starting another long contentious thread, although it did make me think maybe I was more visible than I had thought, a vague blinkyness on the side of the road rarely has gender), honked at by another, and passed a couple of unlit people walking their bikes, as well as more cows and birds. The only thing on the freeway had was cars. Last night was also a couple hours earlier than I had been riding before.

This thread has made me realize how arbitrary our sense of safety is. One person said he loved riding at night but would not want to on rural roads, other people said they feel safer at night than during the day, I would probably have even more significant concerns if I was riding at night in a large city. I am still changing my schedule, although I will still have one late night. I don't know what i want to do about it, I may ride, I may drive, I may give up the shift and have weekends again.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
The actual ride at night..With enough lights and reflective gear. I am ok with But, I don't like riding in the fog in the day , let alone night.. W/o fog, I am ok..
Suggested gear..A bright light so that you can see grates/etc. an extra light just in case...and finally...Once I got a flat at night It was pitch dark..The extra light I had was not satisfactory for changing a flat..I tried holding the light in my mouth towards the tire. that is a pain.
My suggestion..Have a "Princeton Tec. LED light with a strap to wrap around your head..With that needed light for changing a flat is not a problem.
My one night flat was so difficult , I gave up and hitched. Never again, I hope.
.One downside of night riding..No matter what lighting system you have. Can you see the broken glass. Brightness makes me more comfortable with that problem.
I have used a Princeton Tec Pulser for the last year, still on its first battery, it's on a cord and I wear it around my neck. Yes, I would buy another if this one got lost.
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www.fossilfool.com - Down Low Glow to be seen, a minimal headlight to comply with state law.
On my belt I wear a 4" fixed blade hunting knife and I diagonally wrapped the sheath in bright orange tape so everyone knows I'm armed. Then again, I have 8 years of fencing practace to back it up - you may want to go with mace, pepper spray, etc.
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