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I learn something new everyday--the tip about letting go of the handle bars is a good one. I'll definitely give that a try. The tips on the lights has been helpful,too. I'm just starting to shop and want to get a powerful light and one that cover 360 degrees.

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I have been looking at all the bike lights you guys have been bragging about and it made me think. . . . . .when i check to specs on these super bright lights then usually have three levels of brightness (my 200 lumens has 2 levels). Some of your lights put out 200 lumens at the lowest level but last for up to 5 hours. My light is good for 2 hours. I am thinking about giving my light to my husband (since he rarely rides at night) and get a 10,000 lumens headlight! Just kidding! But I am going to get a more powerful light so I can push my ride time.

You guys are welcome for the scanning video. I found releasing my hand helped a bunch!

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I LOVED that advice about letting your hand go (on the side you are looking back at). NICE!!!! Thanks again KJEANNE.

This is a super tip. Like Amy, I am going to practice this too. (Is it weird that I am super excited about this?!?!?!?)

And ... KJEANNE - yeah ... the light IS super bright. However, I live outside the city limits...and at times an early morning commute is in total darkness...and just being seen is not enough. I need to actually see the road ahead of me for some distance to assure that potholes and other hazards can be avoided. The Cygolite I have totally lights up the road. I do have to be careful not to look directly at oncoming cars or vehicles at crossroads, as it does act like a car's highlights...and I don't want to be rude about stuffs :)



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That video was very helpful and only 55 seconds long! Perfect! I never would have thought to let go of the handle bar with my left hand. I will have to practice that move in the neighborhood before I take it on the road.

I appreciate all the advice!!

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Sorry everyone! I put up the wrong link for scanning. Here's the correct one:
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P.S. 700 lumens?????? THAT IS INSANE GHK! I know everyone sees you on the road. How long does a charge last?

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Don, you're right: it does depend on the club. We have to be wise when we join a club ride and determine if they are promoting safe riding.

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I like 2 little lights. One on the bars and one on my helmet.

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Ok ok ... since others are bragging about their head lights, I will do so as well haha.

I have a cygolite 700 ... 700 lumens. It is like a freakin car headlight! I have had cars flash their high beams at me haha ...so I try not to look at them.

But ...seriously...for riding in when dark, it not only helps be seen, but it can help to actually SEE the roadway.

Then again ... it was not cheap...at over $110. It fits on both your handlebar (bike dependent) and on your helmet.

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KJEANNE I totally agree with your first two tips, and semi-agree with #3.

It depends on the club as to whether it emboldens unsafe riding: our club is ever-so-aware not only of the safety factors of following the rules of the road, but we also want to promote a positive image of cycling to motorists and pedestrians.

I think there is a boost in confidence one feels when SAFELY riding with a group. When I pull up to a traffic light with a group of cyclists in the left turn lane and hold the road there is a carry over that lends the chutzpah and confidence in being able to do that on our own as well. At least that's how it worked for myself.

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KJEANNE - Is there a certain area in the link (to the one about scanning) that we need to go to? I want to watch it too! When I clicked on it, the only video I saw was a general one about the site.

A how to scan the road thingy sounds great for everyone to watch.

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BTW: I ride with the Axiom Laser USB 200 lumen headlight attached to my helmet (I ride a recumbent trike). It comes with a handlebar and helmet mount. This light is SOOOOOO bright the last time I was riding at night with my husband leading, he was able to turn off his headlight because my light was bright enough to light up the road for both of us!!!

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First: when you make a "left" in the cross walk you ARE NOT A CHICKEN! You are riding within your comfort level.
If you are having problem looking over your left shoulder it's time to practice on a quiet side road. Here's a instructional video on scanning: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-peda
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Second: I give you permission to STOP while you're riding and look at the traffic coming up behind to find an opening so you can move into the left lane.

Third: I don't agree that riding with a club is the best way to learn safe riding. Many of the clubs I have ridden with practice un-safe riding such as blowing through stop signs. The group mentality embolden the group to do foolish stuff they would never do if they were riding alone.



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I think you posted about it when you got home late and needed to mow the lawn, lol!
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I know I've posted elsewhere about my Light & Motion Vis 360, but I just LOVE these lights! They are so GREAT to make me visible in the dark. Cars slow down around me and because the position of the light is on top of my head the extra height throws the light out even further ahead of me. Also because it's mounted on my helmet I can turn my head toward oncoming cars or other cars at intersections to get their attention.

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OW! ... that sounds like it totally hurt! I am glad you are ok now though. Ack ... just the thought of the deep scrapes make me shiver.

And ... yah on looking for a ride group....makes me think I should look for one too!

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I never had a problem crossing roads until I fell in one.
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I wasn't riding at the time, but that's when the problem started...my beau and I were walking across a 5 lane highway and the light changed. He started running and had a hold of my hand, I couldn't keep up and fell, the lead car stopped about 15 feet away from me, but all I saw were headlights as I covered my head. I knew that I was going to get my legs or back run over....needless to say, I didn't.
After my beau helped me up (aka pulled me out of the road), traffic started moving but the lead cars never stopped, the third car in line stopped and the lady asked if I was ok. I was shaking like a leaf and probably on the verge of a heart attack, when I told her I was ok (automatic response) I held both my hands up and my beau exclaimed (loudly) that they were bleeding.

End results were both palms scraped clean down to the meat, about the size of a quarter, banged up ribs, both knees and one shin black and blue as well. I have never had more than a minor scrape and let me tell you....missing all layers of your skin is the most burning, crawling, horrible feeling. I had them bandaged and covered for weeks after. I also spent weeks needing help bathing because getting them wet made them burn like crazy.

I have flashy lights for my bike, front and back, I make the extra effort to wear bright clothing, and my older sister even bought me one of those orange reflective construction jersey vests, and I still cross as few roads as possible.

I hope I can find a riding group by next spring/summer that I can join up with.

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Be Visible. That mean take the lane when appropriate; wear his vis clothing and get light


The best advice I have been given about lights is don't go cheap.

Your life is worth more than a $10 battery powered light that cannot be seen from over 100 feet away.

Spend at least $30 on a high quality led light.

On my trike, I use a led powered tail light and an orange high visibility flag. I should probably be running a high quality headlight as well.

I also always make eye contact with drivers at intersections. If I don't get eye contact, I become the proverbial chicken that waits to cross the road :)

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Wow Amy, glad you are ok! The forest preserve bike paths here cross some major roads and I chicken out every time, I just go to the main park near the house and ride back and forth in between roads.
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Yeah, definitely not the be-all, end-all mirror...but then I don't think they exist.

I think the best is just our own inner heightened sense of security and awareness. Take nothing for granted. Check & double check.

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Glad you did NOT get hit Amy ... and good on the backpack light too.

Oh ... by the way, I forgot to mention Don ... my wife has that exact mirror. (I myself use one of those mirrors that are stuck on the handlebar end ... works meh ... better than nothing.

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Yep, those mirrors take time to adjust to...and accept that they're never going to be like having eyes on the back of your head, just another piece of information to bump up your awareness a bit.

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Update:

I bought a mirror for my helmet. It will take me a minute to get used to using it. Right now, it's like looking behind me through a straw. Sometimes I see the sky and sometimes I see the ground, occasionally I see the road behind me :-)

I also purchased an additional rear light for my backpack, just for precaution.

AND then, I almost got hit, twice in the crosswalk. I was riding a popular bike trail that crosses at the crosswalk at two locations. It was light, about 4:30pm, and I had the right away (according to the crosswalk light). But TWO cars still turned left, from across the street, and one missed me by a foot, the other that was right behind it, had to swerve to miss me. :-( The parked cars that saw it were all shaking their heads. I was shaking like a leaf.

I'm ready to campaign for biker awareness!

Thank you all for your suggestions!

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Safety = Experience

Ride with experienced people and be one of the sheep. In time you become the Shepard.

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More thoughts on cycling safety:

www.roadbikerider.com/top

well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/ho
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I liked this quote:

“Cycling and running are sports at the opposite ends of a continuum. If you run you'll eventually hurt your ankles or knees but you're unlikely to get seriously injured. Cycling is completely safe till it isn't, and then it can be catastrophic. Do you want something that has high probability of minor injury or low probability of major injury? I play the odds and hope for the best.

“Of course, you can sit on the couch, avoid injury, and wait for heart disease to get you.”

How Safe is Cycling? What do you think?

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Thank you so much for the information about the mirror!! I will get one very soon! emoticon

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Thank you all for your cheers and helpful advice. I will definitely keep riding Flash to work and I will get a mirror. As for crossing the road like a chicken (ha ha) I will keep doing so until I am totally confident with traffic. I did find the local bike club's website and I will join them for a beginning group ride. I have only ridden Flash 3 or 4 times so far, so I'm new at this!

Thank you all! I appreciate the advice!!

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Be visible and try to watch everything. Anticipate and react before you have too.

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Here's a link to the cheapo mirror I put on my sunglasses:

www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-Cycling-
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They're not perfect, but I think it's the best compromise I can find in that 1) it's not a mirror attached to my bike which I'm CONFIDENT I would bonk off in no time flat and 2) it gives me at least an idea if I need to be more cautious in a certain situation.

This is a popular mirror among our bike club members.

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Hey Amy!

First off ... way to go on the safety equipment and using hand signals! HIGH-5!

I think that riding in the roadway just takes some practice...so don't feel bad about feeling a bit skittish at first. I think you're doing great.

Someone mentioned on this thread about joining a local ride group ... that sort of helps I think. So you might want to take a look into that.

Also .. do you have a mirror? I find I REAllY love having one. I still do the glance back myself, but the mirror is definitely a help to me as well.

As for the left turn lane ... or any traffic thing for that matter - the chicken route is NEVER something you should feel sorry for. Safety is paramount. So until you feel safe and confident, if you need to use the cross walk and pedestrian light, that is ok.

Just keep at it ... woo hoo for bike riding!

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Hi,
I'm new to this sparkteam, but I had to jump into this forum. I have only owned my hard tail mt bike, which I use as a road bike, for 2 months, but I'm hooked! I ride a 20-25 mile ride on the weekend (very little interaction with cars) and I commute to work on Fridays, 9 miles round trip. I can be a traffic chicken, but I am trying to be more confident. I have all the safety gear and I use hand signals. I am thinking about an air horn, not a dingy-ding bell, for my bike. I am fine with traffic except when I need to make a left turn. If I turn my head to look behind me, I usually veer out of the bike lane. If it's totally clear, I'm afraid I won't get the green left arrow light, or I won't have a big enough gap between the cars to make it across safely.

Anyway, sometimes I can cross over and get in the left turn lane, other times I take the chicken route and use the cross walk. That takes 2x longer, so I would like to use the left turn lane.

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It's okay to be a chicken but with correct knowledge and training you'll build your confidence.

While group ride might be helpful they don't always teach to proper rules of the road and they can teach you how to ride in group but not necessarily by yourself. I suggest you look for a bike safety class in your area. Check out the League of American Bicyclists for excellent training classes. Here's their web site: http://www.bikeleague.org/ridesmart

I am a league certified instructor (LCI) and am proud to teach and empower other cyclists to become better riders.

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Group rides. Find the most experienced smooth rider, ride behind them or next them them. Shoulder to shoulder. No half wheel no gaps, shoulders up!

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I agree with DMARTIN about the group rides. I started doing one on Sunday mornings that the shop where I bought my bike does. At first I was kind of horrified at the route they were taking us on, but I got more comfortable with it. It's a good thing really because I did a triathlon Sunday and the bike route was not closed to traffic. I was really glad that I had a bit of experience riding on busy roads or I would have been terrified.

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Agree w/ the team members here, gradual process. Check out this link.

bikepgh.org/101/

Do you have a local cycling advocacy organization, perhaps some resources like a local cycling oriented map?

We have one that has been a great help, but as others have noted, consider running lights at all times you're on the road, be aware of your route, take the lane and stay out of the door zone when you need to, act like you belong there.

High situational awareness, not using headphones, etc.



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Baby steps...the confidence will build in time.

My mantra is to follow the rules of the road and to be as totally predictable to motorists as possible.

I also do my best to wear clothing that is bright and eye-catching, along with using my lights when it is darker.

Riding with others can be a GREAT confidence booster...especially when you see others being as fearless as YOU will soon be! :-)

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Thank you to everyone for the awesome tips! :)

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One thing that helped me was to find a beginner's group ride. They'll usually take place in safer areas. The first one I rode, everything was really, really nice and quiet, except for the first mile or so on a four lane road in a bedroom community at rush hour! After the first ride in abject terror, I'm now a lot more comfortable knowing that the vast majority of the drivers will give you plenty of leeway. Being in a group with experienced ride leaders made a HUGE difference, as they helped out with lots of tips...when to pass, when not to, how to watch for cars turning, how to figure out when cars are behind, etc.

I'm still very terrified of the few cars that either aren't paying attention or are bike hostile. But the group rides have been instrumental in helping me, as there's safety in numbers.

Many groups are hosted by bike shops. You might call around to ask. Others you'll find online (search your town and "group bicycle ride" or similar). Email the leader to see if they know of anyone that you could carpool with to the ride location. I've found that most group rides are chock full of some of the nicest, most helpful people!



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I echo everyone's great comments and add, dress the part. You must be visible. BTW, in most states, riding on the sidewalk is against the law, so be careful.

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Yep yep! Just to throw in my 2 cents on top of the pile.

Following the laws is step 1. Wear safety gear. Factor in special conditions (fog).

Be really really careful in areas where people are turning (especially right). People look for cars and maybe people crossing, but they don't always look for bikers. I like to make eye contact too. In many places the people are really nice and will wave to make sure you know to go first etc.

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Your speed is not the issue. Bike handling, knowing the laws, and having experience as where to be is the key.

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I agree with the others, that you have a right to be on the road.

However, I would not trust that someone will not just 'mow you down', as you mentioned. While we have just as much right to be on the road as motor vehicles, the reality is, if you get hit ... you get hit ... no matter how 'right' you are.

So for myself, I take precautions. I wear lights (on my bike and my helmet if in the dark). I try to catch the drivers eye (like LosingForBaby mentions) ... and smile if you can ... that seems to make people nicer in general.

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And ... mostly, I just am very aware of my surrounding. Spots to be especially careful are driveways, intersections (esp those with dedicated right turn lanes), and blind curves.

And ... (I have lots of 'ands don't I?) ... and, as the others mentioned, smaller trips into road-land in the beginning will help. But if you EVER feel unsafe, then I say the best course of action is to be safe and not take that particular route with a bike if possible.

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I agree -- start taking short ventures out. Maybe start with roads that don't have quite as much traffic. The law is that cars must share the road with you. Pay attention to your surroundings. Riding in the middle of the lane will help cars see you (you can get over if a car has seen you and wants to go around, etc -- although that is not required).

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You have the right to be on the road. And if your presence slows down a motorist, you've cost them maybe 10 seconds.

Take small "ventures" into car land. Each success will build your confidence.. And at inter sections, look the drivers in the eyes. That makes it very difficult to ignore you.



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How does one work up the courage to ride on the road?
Does it get easier the faster you get?

I don't have a problem riding in the bike lanes here....on the side roads they are nice and wide, actually, they are probably for parking or something but I use them as a bike lane because there is no parking on the streets overnight. In other places there are paved bike paths alongside the roads aside from the sidewalks.
When there are neither bike lanes or paths, I have no problem biking on the sidewalks. I usually get off my bike and walk it around if there is someone walking on the sidewalk.

But I get too nervous to ride on the actual road. I am afraid of getting flattened or making drivers mad at stoplights because I am still very slow to take off so I don't ride in the traffic lanes.

The problem comes in that some of the places that I get job interviews...there are stretches of road that aren't bike friendly and I have been resorting to paying for a cab or not being able to go because I don't have a car right now.

Do I just wear my helmet and flashy lights on my bike and trust that no one will mow me down?

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Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

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