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preparing for a ride....

Old 09-02-05, 07:23 AM
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preparing for a ride....

ok, i have been thinking about commuting to work for a while since i got my new r700. the areas i have to go through arent the greatest, so i have been putting it off. but now with gas prices, i figure i will give it a shot.
its a 12.5 mile ride each way. i work 11pm-7am, so it will be dark on the way. what do you guys recomend i do to prepare, or items i should carry. should i invest in a light, or are street lights good enough? i'm going to carry the normal pump, patch, tube. going to drive it with the car first, then try on the bike on a day off.
sound good?
thanks in advance
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First recommendation: LIGHTS and more LIGHTS! Cars don't see you in the daytime and will definitely not see you at night unless you help them out. You definitely need a good headlight and a flashing taillight minimum. Check the commuting forum for a lot more info, but spare tube, patch kit, pump, multitool and tire levers are a good start. Nice choice on the R700 by the way.
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pic up some 3M reflective tape, i got a couple different colours and cut out peices to match my bike (blue, white), i also cut out some peices and stuck then to the non-braking surface rims walls on my wheel. A rear blinky is always good, i never got around to getting a front light though i should, try and get one that's LED, they'll last alot longer then a standard bulb.

Route can be pretty important, what you think might be the best way when your driving may not be the best after you ride it a couple times, don't be affraid to try different variations on your route, after a couple years i have mine just the way i like it when i only end up getting stuck at maybe 2 or 3 of the 12 lights along the route.
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If you have streetlights, then you NEED lights to be seen, not to see. Dark commutes need much greater illumination.
You also NEED reflectors. There is usually some legal requirement for a rear reflector but in addition use reflective (scotchlite) tape on your bike/bags/clothing/shoes.
Bright clothing is less useful in the dark than reflective tape. Reflective fabric is not as good as the tape.

Keep another spare tube and some spare cables at work.
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