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Old 02-06-08, 06:30 PM
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Almost ran into a ninja a day ago.

Ok, so it was the night before the snow storm was to roll into town and my small ~1ft wide shovel broke a while ago (loved that shovel ) so I went out to get a small shovel to make digging out the end of the driveway when the street cleaners come by and dump the compacted wet snow I can shovel that off with ease with smaller quick strokes without any back strain like lifting the wide shovel.

So as I'm to the local Canadian Tire store I was driving up a hill and this ninja was on the road. Dark color bike (gray or black I think) with no rear reflectors and no front reflectors from what I could see. I've seen this rider before on a clear cold day during daylight hours. This guy was riding with thin dark clothing, a toque, I think with back riding tights, back bag, and not that it really matters much but the rider was black which made him blend well into the background. Now the rider was in a semi lit area which was dark so it did nto help much but he was about 50 meters before he reached the MUP lanes.

Guys lucky not to get into any accidents. It was well sun down then around 20:00 ET. Seeing as I've seen the rider on the road before I'm assuming he's a road rider. If I ever see that guy again I'm going to have a talk with them about night time safety and reflectors/lights.
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Old 02-06-08, 06:34 PM
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I've seen a few around my apartment (on bikes and walking). Makes me shudder to think of what could happen. I feel like I should just give them a flashlight and a bungee cord just so they're more visible.
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Old 02-06-08, 08:08 PM
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Commuting home last night I had the rare opportunity to chat with another commuter on the WO&D MUP. We both had lights and I was 1/3 into the opposite lane. Another roadie, coming the other way got our attention by screaming. I saw him then (in my headlight), and got over with plenty of time. He had no lights, no reflectors or reflective clothing. Even the migrant workers on walmart bikes have reflectors my lights pick up.
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Caution: the ultimate power of ninjas is to flip out and kill people. If you stop that ninja, they might think it's an attack. If they start to scream or wail on their guitar, you're pretty much dead. You might be able to distract the ninja with some hot babes or pirates [the ninjas natural, but totally inferior, enemy], but you're still pretty much dead.
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donate him a blinky and head light.

Originally Posted by robtown View Post
Even the migrant workers on walmart bikes have reflectors my lights pick up.
he was probably a weight weenie, they can't be concerned with anything that makes the bike heavier, including lights and reflectors.
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Originally Posted by robtown View Post
He had no lights, no reflectors or reflective clothing. Even the migrant workers on walmart bikes have reflectors my lights pick up.
All those things weigh a ton to your typical weight weenie. Safety doesn't mean anything to those folks if it saves them a microgram of non productive weight.
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maybe someone could ask about bike ninjas?
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Used to see a Ninja type rider on my morning commute in Olympia, WA. He would come shooting out of a trailer park on Martin Way & cross in front to lead me on a fast ride into work. Happened often enough that it seemed he had been lying in wait. Usually wore dark clothing & had no lights but he did ride a white Peugeot. Some of the other bike commuters in our office had close encounters with the same guy.
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What a coincidence...I almost ran into two bike ninjas today commuting in the dark & rain in Seattle.

The first was this morning...before dawn. I was on a MUP when all the sudden I heard a Ninja coming from the other direction screaming "F*** your lights!" because my lights were blinding him. Until he yelled, I had not even seen him, because he was so dark and stealthy like.

Sorry Mr. Ninja, had you not been disguised by your dark clothing and total lack of lighting I might have noticed you and covered my lights with my hand (as I do w/other riders on the MUP). I am afraid that next time he might attack me w/his Ninja stick or whatever you call that think that Ninjas are waving around (sorry I do not know Ninja terminology; do bike Ninjas carry them?).
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
Caution: the ultimate power of ninjas is to flip out and kill people. If you stop that ninja, they might think it's an attack. If they start to scream or wail on their guitar, you're pretty much dead. You might be able to distract the ninja with some hot babes or pirates [the ninjas natural, but totally inferior, enemy], but you're still pretty much dead.
Bike Ninja + (Bike Pirate + gun + rum) = Dead Bike Ninja

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True, cutlass FTW...
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I found a new type of ninja this morning.

Riding a mountain bike like I was and dressed in army fatigues with a balaclava.
Dude was riding into the army national guard armory. Good luck messing with him.

Too bad he did not have a rifle of some sort strapped to his back.
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Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana View Post
All those things weigh a ton to your typical weight weenie. Safety doesn't mean anything to those folks if it saves them a microgram of non productive weight.
You could always point out that that artificial hip and all the pins in his collarbone he gets after crashing will weigh a lot more than the light.
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I found a new type of ninja this morning.

Riding a mountain bike like I was and dressed in army fatigues with a balaclava.
Dude was riding into the army national guard armory. Good luck messing with him.

Too bad he did not have a rifle of some sort strapped to his back.
Adds new meaning to the phrase "going commando".
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I was beset by 4 (four!) Bike Ninjas last night.

The first tried to hit me with his weapon while I made a left turn. he had right of way but i had lights. I narrowly avoided his mobile weapon.

The other 3 came at me all at once. One yelled "Hi!" then swerved into my way. Again I avoided the ninja with a deft maneuver. 2&3 behind him yelled like little girls as I busted out the wrath of my Fenix in their faces & blinded them with jealousy.

Bring it, Ninjas. Is this the best you can do?? Fell the power of my Fred!
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Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma View Post
Ok, so it was the night before the snow storm was to roll into town and my small ~1ft wide shovel broke a while ago (loved that shovel ) so I went out to get a small shovel to make digging out the end of the driveway when the street cleaners come by and dump the compacted wet snow I can shovel that off with ease with smaller quick strokes without any back strain like lifting the wide shovel.
It's all about the float shovel. I can move a mountain of snow into my neighbour's yard in about a quarter of the time with that baby.



P.S. I was the ninja.
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But for her tiny white front reflector, I likely would have killed an unhelmeted 60-ish woman on an mtb in what seemd to be black sweats on an unlit street at 8 pm as she crossed from the oncoming lane right in front of my truck to the curb on my side and continued down the street to make a left turn. All I saw while there was still time to brake and swerve left was her reflector, then she was in my headlights.
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