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Old 10-12-15, 12:54 AM
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Bicycle Turn Signal Lights?

I was wondering if anyone uses turn signals on their bicycles? If so, what kind do you use?
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Old 10-12-15, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by yayforebikes View Post
I was wondering if anyone uses turn signals on their bicycles? If so, what kind do you use?
I have fireflys on my rain/snow commuter bike

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[QUOTE=ShortLegCyclist;18235291]I have fireflys on my rain/snow commuter bike/QUOTE]

Oh how do those work??
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I can't imagine using turn signals on a bike at night. Half or more of riders at night already have ongoing flashing lights mounted to their bikes. Expecting motorists to view another person's bike's flashing lights as a turn signal, and not just as a visibility aid is probably dangerous. At the very least I would suggest also continuing to use hand signals.
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I don't. When riding at night, I may have a glove with a reflective back. During the day they would be all but invisible. Not that drivers around here use theirs or even pay attention to them when used.

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Originally Posted by yayforebikes View Post
I was wondering if anyone uses turn signals on their bicycles? If so, what kind do you use?
Arm out.

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Old 10-12-15, 06:25 AM
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Bicycle Turn Signal Lights?

Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
I don't. When riding at night, I may have a glove with a reflective back. During the day they would be all but invisible. Not that drivers around here use theirs or even pay attention to them when used.
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So true here in Boston. I signal turns with arm, sometimes wearing a reflective glove, but I think it is most important to watch what the car(s) behind are doing, most effectively IMO with a rearview mirror. Assume that the driver(s) behinds does not see/care what or how you signal.
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I think most turn signal lights mounted on a bike would be too close together for a car at any distance to tell which direction the light is actually signalling.

I use my hand. I think most drivers if they don't understand what direction I'm signalling will at least figure out that I'm planning to do something. Then there are the friendly drivers that think I'm waving and wave back.
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I have ridden behind a guy (I see him every week) that has had at least three different types of turn signals on his bike. He is now running a well made wireless rig. The lights are too close to the center of the bike to be useful. They all are. Also when I ride behind him, my headlight washes out the turn signals and the red flasher. So does a car.
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
I don't. When riding at night, I may have a glove with a reflective back. During the day they would be all but invisible. Not that drivers around here use theirs or even pay attention to them when used.

Aaron
Here is a great example, still evening light, arm clearly extended to show I'm changing lanes prior to the intersection (my lane becomes a right turn only lane), we are approaching a red light, I'm in hi-viz yellow with reflective accents, flashing rear lights (two) and flashing front lights. You can't hear her in the video, but she says "I can't see you". Wait, so you were laying on your horn to warn everybody that you can't see and shouldn't be operating a motor vehicle? No, actually you *saw* me on my bike, you just didn't want me to be there, on "your road". Sorry to ruin your night, must have slow your commute not-one-second. This is not 'all drivers', but enough:


To the OP, I've never used a lite turn signal, I use hand signals. My typical after-dark gear has reflective accents on arm and hand.
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[QUOTE=yayforebikes;18235295]
Originally Posted by ShortLegCyclist View Post
I have fireflys on my rain/snow commuter bike/QUOTE]

Oh how do those work??
Thumb buttons on both grips actuate the lights.

After you finish turning you need to hit the button again to turn them off.

They are invisible in daylight but quite adequate at night.
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Not cheap ($50) but this item looks like it might be a lot more visible than the el cheepo 6" wide turn signals.
New Wireless 2 4GHz Bike Vest w Turn Signals Bicycle Cycling Light Jacket | eBay

Here's the rear light I doubt would be much use because the separation between right and left is inadequate 3 in1 Bike Bicycle 7LED Turn Tail Signal Brake Light Lamp Kit 8 Tune Horn Mount | eBay

The backpack wouldn't work for me as you can't use a backpack on a recumbent.
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