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Old 03-17-13, 04:37 PM
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Front headlights
Rear blinky
reflective triangle
reflective tape on crank arms
pedal reflectors
reflective tape on rims between spokes
tires with reflective sidewalls

I wear safety glasses almost 100% of the time, I have only one usable eye and want to protect it.
If riding at night I wear a reflective vest
when at night, I usually wear a helmet, with reflective tape stuck around it.

so, lots of stuff for night visibility, but not a lot more than that.
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Old 03-17-13, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
I always wear my helmet.
Pretty Funny!

I have a plastic (like Rubbermaid only generic) tub zip tied onto my rack, it acts as both a storage compartment and a bumper.
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Old 03-17-13, 06:38 PM
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Very bright 600 lumen front headlight, usually on strobe, but sometimes on full high, a PB SuperFlash in the back, a helmet, a ding-ding bell (to satisfy the law, it doesn't do squat.) A helmet, fenders, reflective clothes. It is always light in New York City, so I don't worry too much about being seen.
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Old 03-21-13, 07:02 AM
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My seemingly unique contribution to the above listings of safety gear is that I use both left and right rearview mirrors, in my case Take-a-Look eyeglass mounted ones. I got the idea from a cycling companion who used only a right hand mirror. The right hand mirror affords a pretty good rearward view, but is particularly useful:
  • Riding on the left-hand side of a one-way street
  • Riding in the middle or left lanes of a two-way thoroughfare
  • In a rotary
  • On a curved road to the right
  • When the sun is directly behind, usually one mirror can be positioned away from the glare of the sun.
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Old 03-21-13, 07:36 AM
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-bright 500 lumen front light pointed down but with wide setting so that oncoming drivers can see the LED
-front blinky (white)
-reflective tape all over bike frame (thinking of replacing tape with reflective paint)
-reflective tape on back of both front and back fenders
-reflective vest
-rear red blinky (moderately bright)
-reflectors on backpack or pannier depending on how I'm carrying my lunch/clothes
-reflector on back of seat bag
-reflector on back of shoes
-reflector on back of tights (when I wear them)
-prescription sun glasses (light or dark tint depending on the light conditions)
-helmet with added reflective tape on top (visible from front), side and back
-reflective strips on helmet cover (when I wear it)

-high functioning eyes, ears and brains
-riding and traffic experience and knowledge
-common sense
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Old 03-21-13, 09:15 AM
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When I commute I have:
a Cateye front light and a Cateye rear light
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Old 03-21-13, 09:41 AM
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2x Cateyes on front and back (one blinky one steady)
Helmet & Gloves
Reflective tape on lots of ****
CZ 82
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Old 03-21-13, 09:44 AM
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I got this safety triangle yesterday.


I've also got two taillights, a headlight and some reflectors on my fenders.
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Old 03-21-13, 09:48 AM
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Lights, and a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes. I crashed one time because a curb swung out into the road and I couldn't quite see it.
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Old 03-21-13, 10:45 AM
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My list:
- Helmet
- 500 lumen head light (altho I usually run it at 300 L)
- 200 lumen helmet light (altho I usually run it a 100 L)
- 2 blinkies (Planet Bike Superflash and PD Radbot)
- Dinotte 140 LED taillight
- Reflective ankle straps
- Neon yellow jacket, vest and/or jersey (most of the time)
- Bar-mount mirror
- Bell (on some bikes not all), mainly for use while riding on MUTs
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Old 03-21-13, 10:51 AM
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you guys got me thinking about this airzound thing, screaming WTF and flipping people off doesnt always work on the idiots blasting lil wayne with the windows rolled up

i use:
lazer 02 helmet which has reflective tape in the back
planetbike turboflash in the rear attached to my bag which has reflective straps
amazon magicshine knockoff for the front
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Old 03-21-13, 11:07 AM
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Helmet
250 Lumen NiteRider Head
NiteRider Blinkie tail
Bio-Pulmonary signal device
Inter-cranial situational decision computer.
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Old 03-21-13, 07:46 PM
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500 Lumen NiteRider Headlight.
Rear blinker that I wear on my Camelbak.
Reflector tape on my Camelbak.
Helmet (obviously).
Bright Jersey or Neon Pearl Izumi Jacket (since I typically leave in the morning when it is still dark).
Ortlieb rear panniers with reflective tape.
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Old 03-21-13, 07:52 PM
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i have lights on my helmet, two on front of bike, two on the back and monkey lights on wheel.
lime green jacket, bell,
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Old 03-22-13, 10:38 AM
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Reflective sidewalls

I use tires with reflective sidewalls. They light up when headlights throw a beam my way.

I'd also recommend reflectors. They do add visibility, especially those on moving parts (pedals or crank arms).

Also, reflectors are required by law in my state, and most likely in yours as well. You don't want to give a driver an easy way out — "No reflectors! Couldn't see him!" — should you end up in a conversation with law enforcement.

Reflectors are easy to come by. Just ask a bike shop or a bike co-op, if you have one. The co-op in my town had drawers full of reflectors, as most riders strip them from their bikes first thing.
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Old 03-22-13, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by mattgmann View Post
2x Cateyes on front and back (one blinky one steady)
Helmet & Gloves
Reflective tape on lots of ****
CZ 82
Nice! I sometimes carry my CZ-70 in the summer (Firestar .40 in the winter sometimes). My girlfriend has CZ 82, it's one of my favorites.
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Old 03-22-13, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
you guys got me thinking about this airzound thing, screaming WTF and flipping people off doesnt always work on the idiots blasting lil wayne with the windows rolled up

i use:
lazer 02 helmet which has reflective tape in the back
planetbike turboflash in the rear attached to my bag which has reflective straps
amazon magicshine knockoff for the front
The Airzoundz can be incredibly satisfying. I also feel like it serves to shame people. Honking a horn seems to make people wonder what the vehicle getting honked at did wrong, rather than sometimes people thinking you are crazy or aggressive or something.
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Old 03-22-13, 01:49 PM
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On me:
Nutcase helmet (with glow-in-the-dark brain design)
Safety glasses
when it's cold, my balaclava has a vampire face on it that's also glow in the dark
hi-vis jacket/shirts...I have quite an assortment from Alert Shirt so have one no matter the weather
gloves with reflective detail on them (though I've found the white/black hi-contrast gloves seem better)
my Keens have a protective toebox. For when I run over my own foot.

My bike:
MagicShine headlight
PDW Radbot 1000
SpokeLit wheel lights
Reflective sidewalls
Kool Stop brake pads
Retro reflective star stickers on the back of my fenders
All of my panniers/trunk bags have reflective piping, and they all have little cheap red blinkies attached. (whenever I get a free cheap blinkie from some running/cycling promotion at work or the LBS I just hook it on a bag.)
There are reflectors on my pedals that came stock, but since I can barely see the pedal reflectors of other cyclists, I assume they're pretty useless.

No wheel reflectors, because the ones that came stock were such cheap pieces of excrement they were shattered at the bottom of the box when my bicycle arrived.
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Old 03-22-13, 01:56 PM
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Helmet with reflective stickers, front and rear mounted lights
reflective neon craft cycling jacket
front and rear mounted lights on the bike.
common sense (equipped)
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Old 03-23-13, 01:43 AM
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1) helmet
2) Slipnot snow tire chains
3) Bear Gryllis 6" survival knife
4) Co2 mini tanks for rapid inflation
5) Sun rise thorn proof heavy duty tube
6) Parks Tool multi tool for on spot repair
7) RavX 100 lumen front & rear lights
8) red LED tire valve caps (got a set of 4 for only $5 free ship on ebay)
9) Colman 70 lumen helmet lamp
10) Energizer 70 lumen helmet lamp (yes I wear two)
11) RavX 70 lumen front & rear lamp X2 for each of my side gaurd rails on my trailer
12) reflective strips on Topeak pannier & trailer cover
12) 1st aide kit (more so if I should come upon an injured rider or who ever)

Ummm, I think that's all of it.
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Old 03-23-13, 07:28 AM
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I work third shift, 11PM-7 AM.
On my body I wear:

a vintage Bell Tourlie helmet, with a Coleman 100 lumen (claimed) headband light. Extra reflective bits on the helmet.
A Take A Look mirror, also mounted on the helmet.
Prescription ANSI Z-87 safety glasses. Yellow transition lenses, they turn brownish in UV light.
Dork bands on my ankles.
Padded gloves.
A J&G rain jacket, bright yellow w/(what was once a lighted) reflective vest.

The bike wears:

B&M Lumotec IQ fly+, powered by a sidewall dynamo.
Front/rear reflectors mounted on the vintage Cannondale bags.
Winkku turn signal/running lights/mirrors w/reflective tape on the frontside of them.
Frame mounted reflectors.
The back of my saddle is reflective.
Vintage long wheel reflectors, amber in front, red in rear.
Down Low Glow or "Ghetto" version of same. The "Ghetto" version consists of two Larry lights w/amber taillight tape on the lenses, zip tied to the frame.
Pedal reflectors. I used to have pedal with LEDs on them, but I couldn't use toe clips with them.
Planet Bike super flash mounted on rear fender. Usually in flash mode.
Two generic blinkies set to solid on, mounted on the V-racks of my Freeradical. Extra reflective tape on the V-racks as well.
I used to rock a vintage Canadian mfg. brake light, but the switch died, would like to get it repaired.
I am also planning to add a 4 led tail light. I just need to figure out the mount.
Red reflector on the bottom of my Freeradical.
I also have a safety Gadsden DTOM flag, reflective tape on the shaft. I would like to get a set of the helmet vent lights to mount at the top of the flag shaft.

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Old 03-23-13, 08:24 AM
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Common sense.
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Old 03-23-13, 03:57 PM
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couldn't help but notice...some of you mess with Air Zounds? Between lights, bags, locks, clothing etc. I can't imagine messing with one of those as well just so I could essentially 'yell' at somebody.
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on the bike:
-Reflective tape on my fenders
-800 lumen headlight
-blinky tail light

on me:
-helmet
-novarra fluorescent orange jacket with reflective strips (when it's cold. by the time it warms up, it's much lighter on my morning commute and I don't wear anything special)
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Common sense.
That's an oxymoron. I can't think of a sense we all have in common.
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