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Old 02-13-2009, 12:21 PM   #21
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i use my mirrors ever few seconds... and actually turn my head around to change lanes...
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #22
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i trust my eyes more than a piece of glass so i look over my shoulder VERY frequently. i probably look suspicious that i look so much. i check over my shoulder before every lane change, and every time i am slowing/coming to a stop to see where the car behind me is and if they are slowing down.

i didn't put my mirrors back on after my trackday for a while so i got in the habit of looking over my shoulder a lot
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:26 PM   #23
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Im not really sure where I stand on this. I folded my mirrors in the other day because I became complacent with using only them when switching lanes. Everytime I did that I kicked my self in the for not turning my head back and checking. As soon as i got to a stop light I felt pretty insecure about not being able to see whats coming , so I folded them back out. Both are bad ideas.......maybe I can get one of those nascar mirrors
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:51 PM   #24
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I check mirrors constantly and turn head before turns or if I feel paranoid. Riding bikes is much riskier than cars why take less precaution? People who take off all their turn signals lights etc are just plain dumb. Since when was it more fashionable to look cool than stay alive? That blinking light may be the only thing that gets the soccer moms attention while she is on her cell phone with her 143 barreling down the road in her suburban.
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:25 AM   #25
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it depends on what road and the amount of traffic I'm in but I am constantly aware of what's behind me. Whenever possible I try to pick a lane where no one is close behind me. I check my mirrors every minute or so normally. If you're looking in your mirror every 3-5 seconds that time is better spent looking where you are going. Even if it only takes you 1 second to look behind you that's 12 seconds each minute where you aren't watching where you're going. That's too much time spent looking back! Quick glance once every minute or so to take note where the cars behind me are, and eyes back on the road.
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:51 AM   #26
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All the time. It's systematic. I have a CRG Bar-end convex mirror, so I can see all the way around to my other side.

Getting hit from behind is my biggest concern when I'm on the freeway. I will never ride too close behind a truck or van, or any cage for that matter, because I feel like they just won't see me as if I am blended into that truck ahead (if that makes any sense). I also feel like my tail lights/brake lights will be mistaken for the cager's in front of me, and they'll ram into me like I'm not even there.

I keep my eyes open for cagers coming up fast from far away, especially if they are weaving in and out of traffic. If I see that happening, I speed up to get in front of a small car, so I have a better chance of being seen if they were to decide to weave around that car. My logic being that if I was in front of a large truck, and they decided to weave around that truck, they'll hit me before they see me... or even just see me too late. I can also track them, so that when they do decide which side of the car to weave around, I get ready to switch to the opposite side/lane. If its two+ racers, I stay in my lane, since the other cage may decide to pass on the opposite side himself.

Seriously, I always play out scenarios as I see them, as if I'm on my bike... even when I'm in my cage and see some cager do something stupid or risky. I'd be like "Hmmm... what should I do in a situation like that?" and think multiple scenarios through as its unfolding. Once the threat passes, I go on in my regular way.

And as odd as this may sound, I like riding on the freeway. It's a challenge in itself, I guess. Kinda like playing dodge ball. I ride 1 click quicker than the main flow of traffic.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:03 AM   #27
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I check mirrors constantly and turn head before turns or if I feel paranoid. Riding bikes is much riskier than cars why take less precaution? People who take off all their turn signals lights etc are just plain dumb. Since when was it more fashionable to look cool than stay alive? That blinking light may be the only thing that gets the soccer moms attention while she is on her cell phone with her 143 barreling down the road in her suburban.
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You need your mirrors not so much to see what's behind as an occasional conscious or deliberate effort, but moreso as a tool for contant and peripheral or indirect scanning. You ride and stay alert to what's ahead of and around you, but with a mirror within that view, you have a better chance of seeing "something" from behind that may put you on alert. Without that mirror, it may be too late by the time you "decide" to turn your head and look behind. Everything happens within only a few seconds. Always turn your head when you're switching lanes.

Your tail lights are nothing. Cagers hardly notice them, imo. In fact, they should make turn signals stay constantly on as they do for the front signals, to better your visibility from behind. Taking them off altogether is not very smart at all.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:46 AM   #28
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i have "fish eye" mirrors on both of my reg mirrors so i can see a panoramic view behind me
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:09 AM   #29
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I use the out of my mirrors. I've only had one on the SV since I got it, but my bar end mirrors finally came in and when the bike comes home it's the first thing I'm going to add!
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:22 AM   #30
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I have one eye on the mirror and the other up ahead.
Yeah but when you're a chino, your field of view is inherently cut down to 30%!


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Old 02-16-2009, 07:56 AM   #31
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I do.

And never assume that you have cleared someone beofre changing lanes, even if you are traveling considerably faster.

I have passed a car before, only for them to drop a gear or two, hammer it and want to race. I glance back and there they are, when I was fixing to change lanes.

Also, when approaching a stop light or sign....I flash my brake lights over and over, like a strobe, to help catch the attention of the car approaching. And I watch closely as they approach.

Always look for an escape route while on teh freeways. I could go on and on.

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Old 02-16-2009, 10:20 AM   #32
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i use my mirrors every few seconda and turn my head every once in a while just to make a mental note of who is behind me..and i always check behind with my head when i change lanes
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:07 AM   #34
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Im use to my tour guide roles so I watch my mirrors mid corner for the people behind me to adjust my speed for them.

And I always watch at a stop light.

Being rear ended does that to you.

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Old 02-16-2009, 11:10 AM   #35
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i don't have mirrors, but i'm lookin behind me every few seconds when i ride.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:28 AM   #36
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i don't have mirrors, but i'm lookin behind me every few seconds when i ride.
lol... like a surprize party only it sneaks up on you at 60
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ha see i'm not the only one!
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:48 AM   #38
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:50 AM   #39
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lol... your last statement looks perfect w the avatar... hehehe...
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i have no mirrors on my bike and when im riding if i wanna take a look behind me ill first just kinda speed up a little then kinda straiten bike, bend my left leg and sorta just do a half turn left and turn my head the rest of the way for a quick second.

i do make sure no ones beside or infront of me when i do this
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