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Old 10-23-12, 10:36 AM
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My Westward Commute Home

As the season has changed along with my new job where I can finally commute by bike, I now ride home heading directly in to the setting sun for a majority of my commute.

This past Sunday my wife dropped me off at work with my bike and she later rode out to get me so we could ride home together. She remarked how she could barely see me ahead of her due to the sun. I was approximately 50 yards ahead of her. If she's on a bike and knows I'm there and can barely see me, what about those cell-phone talkers in cages?

I use a red light set on blinking mode but am considering some other "noticeable" options. So what do you good folks do in situations like this short of wearing a lit-up christmas tree?

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Old 10-23-12, 10:49 AM
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It's a tough one. You could consider changing your route. You obviously can't avoid going west if you want to get home, but is it possible to find streets with more trees or buildings? Or where the sun angle is just not right down the middle of the road? A few degrees can make a big difference.
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It's a tough one. You could consider changing your route. You obviously can't avoid going west if you want to get home, but is it possible to find streets with more trees or buildings? Or where the sun angle is just not right down the middle of the road? A few degrees can make a big difference.
Each of my alterante routes woud have me heading north for a bit but ultimately head in to the sunset. The "last resort" route does offer a few degrees out of direct sunlight but too many blind corners to be safe. Cars aren't even safe on that road and there is zero shoulder.
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I have a similar situation. I've considered using a headlight (white) blinking on the rear. I hesitate because I'm not sure about the legalities and, more importantly, the confusion it may send to drivers. I do think it would be more noticeable than red. Obviously it would be a bad choice at night.

Ive had a taillight in the past (radbot maybe?) that did a red-red-white-red flash pattern. I think that would help.
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Old 10-23-12, 11:15 AM
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I have the same problem, riding west homeward from work.

You are already doing two important things - a flashing red light to help motorists see you better than they otherwise would, and recognizing the situation and keeping it in mind in how you ride.

If you can shift work hours another half hour later, that might get you to sunset. On overcast days, it's not an issue.

It's a tough problem, I know. I hate it.

Ride safe....
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And, keep in mind, it's a temporary problem until the time change.
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And, keep in mind, it's a temporary problem until the time change.
While this is mostly true, my work hours are varied. I'm working with my manager to schedule me outside of the sunset hours though so along with the time change, I'm hoping for a less stressful commute home.
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