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Friday, July 13, 2012
Country has to be one of the best places in the world to ride your bike.
Picture yourself on a silver and black Schwinn Jaguar Cruiser going down one of
the back roads. Your bike is a stock model but you have added some extra bike
reflectors, bike spoke reflectors and of course your large wicker basket in
front to hold your newly tried and bought wines. The sun is starting to set and
you don’t have far to pedal so off you go towards home not a care in the world.
What was wrong with that picture? Absolutely nothing except are you really
positive the other travelers can see you? Not only other bikers, but
automobiles and farm equipment share the back roads with you. You trust
yourself enough to know that you will see them but do you trust them enough to
give you, your bike and your precious wine enough room on the road? Preparation
is the key.
Yes, you put extra bike reflectors and bike spoke reflectors on your Schwinn.
But did you know a car headlights can only reflect off your bicycle reflector if
they are directly behind you? An automobiles head lights are pointed down and
to the right. If you or they are on a curved road the reflection sight goes
down to twenty percent if you are lucky. What about the people coming toward
you? They cannot see any of your reflectors at all. You need to cover all forms
of light challenges that a bicyclist may encounter. Also don’t forget cross
traffic and make sure you place bike spoke lights on the front and rear tires.
There are many light source items on the market and you can really outfit your
bike with them for very reasonable prices at any big store outlet or your
favorite bike shop. Plus you can install them yourself; just remember to follow
the directions exactly. Then you will achieve the most amount of reflection for
you and your bike.
Most bicycle accidents occur head on, so a front light is essential. In fact, ¾
of accidents are head on. Rear lights or a large bicycle reflector are also
available and are very important to have. Keep in mind where a cars head lights
are pointed and keep yourself as visible to everyone as you can. Some of the
actual lights can be powered by you as you pedal. You can also use a bicycle
reflector attached to your bike helmet. This will draw the attention of any
driver, even if his headlights have missed your reflectors and your brake
light. On your pedals themselves, they are usually equipped with reflectors but
you can also add bike spoke lights to the bottom of the pedal giving illumination
to the road underneath your feet. This is not only another advantage for other
drivers to see you, but it also allows you to see where you are stepping when
getting off the bike.