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Old 10-05-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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what I have been doing to be more visable approching intersections

I know motion tends to catch the eye and I have found it to work even better than a hi-viz vest.

coming up to an intersection, I commonly see a car or truck I think may pull out in front of me to turn left of right

so I just wobble the bike side to side a little to cause my headlight to move horizontally left right left right

just a little bit of horizontal movement really seems to keep the cages on the breaks

I have decided this is better than flashing the the high beam because many interpretate the flash to be indicative of the driver/rider giving right of way, plus the bright lights at night can cause vision issues

thoughts? Anyone see anything wrong with this?
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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I agree with the flashing of the lights.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #5
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Went on a ride with Versatile last week. One of the riders at the back lost a bolt for the shifter and slowed down. This was right after we passed a cop so I thought he was just slowing down. I kept going till I saw V swerving his bike to let me know and that REALLY caught my attention and I stopped.

I've started doing it too coming up to intersections or getting near a big group of cars.

Excellent idea IMO.
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why even bother stopping at the intersection?

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:48 AM   #8
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:55 AM   #9
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i do this all the time. seems to work.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:19 AM   #10
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I just honk at everyone and their mother. If you even think they might move. Honk. Safer than swerving and gets their attention.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:34 AM   #11
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I just honk at everyone and their mother. If you even think they might move. Honk. Safer than swerving and gets their attention.
That's is what I do, but if the driver is a big enough (or a woman, or asian), no amount of honking, flashing, or swerving is going to do . So nothing is going to replace being vigilant, and riding defensively.
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That's is what I do, but if the driver is a big enough (or a woman, or asian), no amount of honking, flashing, or swerving is going to do . So nothing is going to replace being vigilant, and riding defensively.
I agree 100% with that

wrt to honking, I save that for the "oh wake up " moments because I am concerned that honking is going to enrage a driver (road rage)
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great idea.
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I think in general, the wobble gets cager's attention. I don't think I'd do it in front of someone that was about to turn left in front of me from the opposite direction because I'd want to be perfectly upright for braking or ready to turn in the opposite direction. But for someone who is in the lane next to me, traveling the same direction, it's perfect because the light from your bike shines in their car, off their mirrors and even a little off the road. I also do it sometimes when there is a long line of cars in the mainlanes and I am about to move to the turning lane to go around all of them because I don't want any surprises. Oh yea, one more thing...THEY ARE ALL OUT TO KILL YOU. Be safe
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It's been around for a while...

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Old 10-07-2010, 10:27 PM   #16
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dont let moses (tyco) see this thread.....
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i like to do the wobble just in general , especially if ur kinda stuck with a pack of cars. make sure those foolz see u.

plus it's twice as fun and just going in a straight line!
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