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Old 04-08-15, 02:43 PM
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Visual Safety Equipment

While touring, who uses some type of visual safety equipment (flag, fluorescent tape, high visibility triangles, or others) in addition to flashing lights? If so, would you care to describe? I've only used a single Planet Bike strobe type light on the rear and Cateye flashing white light on the front for several years. I also have a 6" strip of reflective tape on my rear fender. Thanks very much.

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Bike has a permanent tail light (steady) mounted on the rear rack that is always on. When fully loaded I use a reflective triangle across the end of my rack mounted stuff sack. If in a particularly "concerning" stretch of road I also have a Walls Mesh Reflective Vest that I ll throw on. If light conditions are degraded then Ill use a SuperFlash blinker as well. No front facing lights except headlight when dark.
Come down to how safe I feel the road and traffic conditions are and how visible I "feel".
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I like the Sekuclip spoke reflectors: Bike24 - WOWOW Sekuclip Spoke Reflectors Familypack (72 pcs.)

They reflect well from just about any angle!
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I run a rear flasher on the bike, a flasher on my Yak trailer, and wear a high vis harness.

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I dress in black. Test data shows that cars swerve violently at the last minute and provide an average 6 inches more passing grace, when cyclist wear Dawn of the Dead black. No, seriously.

Remember that if you put a blinkie on the rear of your bike, you owe it to yourself to put 40 on each side of the bike, as that is how much more likely you are to be hit from the side.
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I wear a hi-viz jersey or vest and have a 2w rear flasher. I also use hi-viz UL pannier covers. I might also try what the couple below are using. It's a coat hanger attached to the rear rack, that sticks out to the left and has hi-viz safety tape on the end. If you click through to their journal you can see photos of the "car deterrents" they are referring to...

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=598342&v=A
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I drove a motorcycle for about 40 years. Many of those years were before the law started to require that you drive with headlights on all the time. I observed during those years that the likelihood of another car seeing me was much greater on sunny days than on overcast days. I had many more close calls on overcast days even if I had my headlamp on than I did with my headlamp off on sunny days. A bright sun is the safest thing you can have.

When touring, I have two taillights on my bike. During daytime, usually have one on blink mode. At night I use constant on mode instead of blink, it is very hard to get good depth perception on a blinking light and I want drivers behind me to be able to guesstimate how far away I am. Sometimes I have run one on blink mode (for depth perception) and one on constant on mode (to get attention). During fog or overcast, I might run both taillights.

My panniers have reflective stuff printed on them.

When I did an Adventure Cycling trip, they issued us reflective triangles, apparently that is something they do on all their trips. But, I do not use it otherwise.

I do not use pedal reflectors, but I put reflective tape on my left crank arm so a driver behind me can see the up and down motion of the crankarm.

My headlamp on my bike is not flashing. I really hate seeing those supper bright flashing headlamps that some cyclists use, they blind on-coming traffic so badly that I think they are more likely to cause an accident than prevent one.

I always wear a high visibility jacket or jersey. On a bright sunny day, some days I have worn a white jersey, they are quite visible in sunny weather. Exception (and I admit this is really stupid) my rain jacket is not high visibility. I used a bright high visibility Marmot jacket, but they replaced it under warranty with a dark red one. And I hate to quit using a really nice jacket just because it is not high visibility. I am still a little upset a Marmot for this.



The bike with the massive number of tail lights is not mine, I saw it one day and took a photo of it. I think this is a little bit obsessive.

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I've never used a light on a tour in the daylight. I use lights and high visibility clothing for low light/rain.

I may change that on future tours though. No reason not to have reflective stuff on your bike.
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I do not use any lights during daylight hours unless overcast or foggy, etc. I did have a motorist tell me once that the big reflective patches on my Ortlieb panniers reflected a lot of sunlight and made me very visible. That was good to know.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I've never used a light on a tour in the daylight. I use lights and high visibility clothing for low light/rain.
+1. Plus, my Ortiebs have factory-installed reflective pentagons on whatever they are. A light during the day ain't likely to help with a drunk driver or the one with his face buried in his cell phone.
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Bright Colored Jacket,, and Getting Out Of the USA to where cyclists are respected More as a Road User ..

Did Sew a slow moving vehicle triangle on the rain Covers I had Made for my rear rack & pannier Load ..


More recently I Bought 4 Ortlieb Panniers in Orange mostly used for Grocery Runs these days.

Modern Hub Dynamo Powered LED lights , no reason to turn them off , they really are an inconsequential Drag, riding along the road. .
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Originally Posted by MassiveD
I dress in black. Test data shows that cars swerve violently at the last minute and provide an average 6 inches more passing grace, when cyclist wear Dawn of the Dead black. No, seriously.

Remember that if you put a blinkie on the rear of your bike, you owe it to yourself to put 40 on each side of the bike, as that is how much more likely you are to be hit from the side.
I think this data stems from the number I saw where 96% of cycling accidents happen in intersections.

That tells me two things:

1. Stop running reds, you fools!

2. Look both ways in an intersection, every time. Cars run reds, too.
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Originally Posted by mdilthey
I think this data stems from the number I saw where 96% of cycling accidents happen in intersections.

That tells me two things:

1. Stop running reds, you fools!

2. Look both ways in an intersection, every time. Cars run reds, too.
Regarding intersections - In my 40 plus years of riding motorcyles I found the biggest dangers were oncoming traffic suddenly deciding to make a left turn in front of me. I had a lot of close calls from that. A friend of a friend had this happen to him, he lost both legs. Intersections do not always mean side impacts.

On my list of dangers, second biggest was the people that open their car doors without looking back first. Again, a lot of close calls. A friend of mine had this happen to him two years ago, fortunately he was going so slow that he was not hurt too bad. I often give parked cars a wide amount of clearance if I can't see if there is a person in the car, in that case I assume that there is a person in the car.
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I don't worry about it on clear, sunny days. On dull, overcast, or rainy days, I try to wear a high-vis jersey (green or orange, depending on location and season) or occasionally a reflective belt. If I'm out riding on a tour and it's dark, something went wrong.
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I only use my dynamo powered front and rear lights. I have a few sporadic reflective patches on my panniers and clothing. That photo above with the excessive number of tail lights cracked me up!
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