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Bikes as menaces

Old 11-29-06, 12:30 AM
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Bikes as menaces

There is a common perception that cyclists, especially in big cities, and especially messengers and fixed gear riders, are reckless menaces. While I do not agree, I believe there is a nugget of truth to this opinion. While bikers are slower and smaller than motor vehicles, we do move very fast (especially in slow traffic when people don't expect it), and, especially in the case of fixed riders, we do so EXTREMELY QUIETLY. Pedestrians and motorists are constantly caught off guard by us, even when they think they are being alert to their surroundings, because we sneak up on them at high speeds. I don't think that this is our fault, but I also don't like causing alarm and anxiety all around me just getting from one place to another.

Is there such a thing as a whistle or horn that I could mount somewhere on my bike, say on the fork or stem, that would produce noise commesurate to my speed, the way engines and tires do for cars, and thus alert people to my presence as I approach? Would such a device irritate the rest of the world even more than my reckless antics?
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Old 11-29-06, 12:33 AM
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you could yell a lot for free......?
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Old 11-29-06, 12:38 AM
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Old 11-29-06, 12:41 AM
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carry a bag of rocks. and throw them at people. problem = solved?
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Old 11-29-06, 12:46 AM
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you could just get a bell.
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Old 11-29-06, 12:48 AM
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bells work, but rocks are more of a statement
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Old 11-29-06, 01:22 AM
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I often have conversations with harley davidson riders, and some sport bike riders, who claim that their incredibley loud and obnoxious exhast pipes are excellent saftey features as motorists are more aware of them. Alas this is false, or at least there is no statistical evidence to support this theory. But all of the research does show that being seen is an incredibly important factor in accident prevention. I think you should get one of those orange vests that construction crews use. No one looks like a menace wearing one of those.
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Old 11-29-06, 01:23 AM
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zounds air horn. airzound. something like that.

i think it's funny that people think of cyclists as a menace. we have an excellent track record for not hurting others.
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Old 11-29-06, 01:33 AM
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Zound air horn in action

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Old 11-29-06, 01:37 AM
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use your vocal chords
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Bike Pipe...hottest accessory since the bell!

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I like the "Watch out! Watch out for me!"
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Old 11-29-06, 07:11 AM
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just yell "bike up your ass" as you approach
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I think city buses are dangerous and awfully sneaky; what with the exhaust pipe in the back and way up in the air. You can't hear that behemoth until it's right on top of you and if the bus doesn't squash you the massive horde of fat women in muumuus bum rushing the door will.

Check out the threads of idiot pedestrians on the MUP trails; Darwinism is falling down on the job as far as these people are concerned. You see people walking; of course they are in the cycling lane. You say calmly and in a clear voice: "I'm behind you and I'm going to slowly pass you on the left" and what happens? They immediately leap to the left, act like deer in the headlights, then move to the right, then back to the left in a panic.

If you ring a bell people act like they've been shot.

Small children on bikes are bound and determined to head straight at you even as you are off the trail, up in the high weeds dodging trees and bushes.

And let's not forget the fat hippies on recumbents, barreling down the trail at 30mph.



I'll take riding in the street any day over a bike path. Much safer and calmer.
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yeah, i just either yell "on your left" or something of that nature when i'm about five feet behind pedestrians.
black chicks hate that ****, the best thing is when you're riding away and you hear whoever you just rode past be all shocked and ****.
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Old 11-29-06, 07:37 AM
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you know those ultrasonic whistles people out on the front of their cars to scare deer away? maybe therse something that you can mount to your handlebars that makes a noise, and the faster you go, people are more irritated and would move away- of course you'd have to be immune to it..or wear headphones
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Old 11-29-06, 07:55 AM
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Hang some windchimes off your handlebars. Or attach a small radio.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:05 AM
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I think people (pedestrians) prefer the light hearted approach. I attached a fart machine to my bars which has 5 different fart sounds.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:12 AM
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i was coming down the street the other day with the block mostly to myself. a lady's crossing, smack in the middle of the block, looking at me, so i don't think much of it...but we get closer, too close for me, and i yell "hey!" and she jumped up in the air and as i pass her, i hear her yell "ah! you scared me!"

looking right at me the whole time. clear block--not hidden by traffic...just...how dumb can you get?
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Old 11-29-06, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by golden graham
you know those ultrasonic whistles people out on the front of their cars to scare deer away? maybe therse something that you can mount to your handlebars that makes a noise, and the faster you go, people are more irritated and would move away- of course you'd have to be immune to it..or wear headphones
I don't remember the name, but there's something like a police-strength electronic bike bell on the market.
painfully loud.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bbattle
You see people walking; of course they are in the cycling lane. You say calmly and in a clear voice: "I'm behind you and I'm going to slowly pass you on the left" and what happens? They immediately leap to the left, act like deer in the headlights, then move to the right, then back to the left in a panic.
I love having a freshly lubed chain, riding like the Silent Wind of Doom (points for getting the reference) and coming about 3 feet behind those people saying "You know, it's funny, I seem to recall something about a bike lane."

Also, fart machine for the win. That's the awesomest awesome that ever awesomed.
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Old 11-29-06, 08:23 AM
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you could get one of those whistles people in the woods mount on the front of their cars to scare off deer.
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I had to point out this morning to someone that the skinny lane on his right that's only a few feet wide isn't for cars. He revved in front of me and cut me off to yell at me for passing him...in the bike lane.
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