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Old 01-09-18, 05:01 PM   #1
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You're too low to be seen.

I've come to the conclusion that recumbent trikes are safer than conventional bikes.

The people texting on their cell phones are the ones I fear most. I'm thinking they keep enough look out to see me enough to wonder what I am. A conventional bicyclist registers as a bicycle so they go back to their keyboard.

If I'm wrong, by the time I find out it will be too late for me. You, however, may benefit from my experience if you notice I have suddenly stopped posting.
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Safer from a 'fall over' perspective, but certainly not from an incident with a car one. I sold mine after repeated issues with drivers in my rolling hilly area. Given thought that your head is right where the bumper is, it makes even a minor collision deadly. No thanks.

I hope to live in an area where I can feel safe riding one again, because I really enjoyed and miss mine for the ride.
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Today was a dreary and slightly foggy day. I generally don't worry about my lowness, but I did opt for an upright with lights and a bright yellow coat instead of my VTX.
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I totally agree. As I have stated many times when riding on streets, I get a much wider berth than when im riding my bike.
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I totally agree. As I have stated many times when riding on streets, I get a much wider berth than when im riding my bike.
I think this is generally true.
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Actually I think the "too low to be seen" is a totally bogus argument. No one, that is no one drives over a dead skunk in the road. Well--------------that is except a teen texting on their smart phone. So--------------my point is even the the lowest super speed laid back trike is taller than a dead skunk.
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Actually I think the "too low to be seen" is a totally bogus argument. No one, that is no one drives over a dead skunk in the road. Well--------------that is except a teen texting on their smart phone. So--------------my point is even the the lowest super speed laid back trike is taller than a dead skunk.
How many cyclists get run over while they are stopped in the middle of a road like dead skunk?

Bikes generally are hit by crossing or turning traffic.



Recumbents are certainly harder to see and have poorer visibility for the rider than an upright bicycle. I don't know if hitting bumper with your head is worse than hitting a windshield. You make your choice and take your chances.
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Actually I think the "too low to be seen" is a totally bogus argument.
Why then all the flags, I wonder?
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I use a flag primarily to keep busy bodies from telling me I need a flag.
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I find that lane positioning is much more important than height. Drivers don't see bikes all the time, no matter how tall they are. They don't see them because bikes and their riders blend into the background and get processed out, like bushes, trees, and sign posts. Ridden at the edge of the road, bikes - any bikes - become invisible. And when out in the lane, regardless of height, they aren't.

My personal statistics are night-and-day: hit many times on my upright including once when I was standing in the crosswalk waiting for a red light. For the bents, only one left hook where the driver was turning blindly in front of a motor home that was in the left lane. That doesn't 'prove' bents are more visible, but it implies they aren't any worse. I now run with a flasher in back, even in the daytime, on the theory that any bike becomes invisible when riding from bright sun into a patch of deep shade. I believe that the biggest impact flags have is to make the owners *think* they're more visible.
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For my two bents that are not high, IMO, flags do have some points of utility, but increased visibility from the rear is not the big one. I think the benefits are:

1. As already stated, having a flag keeps busy-bodies from stopping and telling you to get a flag. This is the primary function for me.
2. If you are near the crest of a hill (either side of it), sometimes your flag is visible before you and your bike/trike are to traffic on that same road.
3. If you are riding along a roadside linear mound or hedge, your flag may be visible to those approaching your road from side streets when you and your bike/trike are not.
4. If you ride in moderate to heavy traffic, queuing at stop signs / stop lights, etc, sometimes your flag is visible when you and your bike/trike are concealed by the car's hood.

3 and 4 rarely apply to my own personal riding conditions, but sometimes 2 does. And 1 defintely does. So I usually use one, but only on my trike, and sometimes on my midracer (sometimes). I don't bother on my high racers. Never even occurred to me to use one on those. I am higher than some cars on the high racers.
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'Get a flag' must be a trike thing. Or, is it a regional thing?
Can't recall being told that while riding 'bent bikes.
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'Get a flag' must be a trike thing. Or, is it a regional thing?
Can't recall being told that while riding 'bent bikes.
Because you are not all that low on one of your bent bikes?

I have only been yelled at when riding my trike or a semi-low bike like my now departed Musashi.
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Because you are not all that low on one of your bent bikes?

I have only been yelled at when riding my trike or a semi-low bike like my now departed Musashi.
Yeah, probably mostly applies to way-down-low trikes or low racer bikes. As opposed to my lower-than-a-DF bikes.
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Why then all the flags, I wonder?
Mainly for legal protection. If involved in an accident the car driver's lawyer will claim you are partly at fault if you didnt have a flag or wear a helmet
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