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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:32 pm 
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evening all,

This morning at 0630 i left work to drive home. As i drove on a straight road i noticed 3 cars approaching me from the opposite direction travelling at a slow speed. Concerned as to why they were going so slow, i slowed down. As i got closer to them i saw a cyclist on the road in front of them.

He was dressed in black - all over and his helmet seemed to be predominantly black with white flashes - even the bike was a dark colour. But you have to give the car drivers credit for being careful about overtaking the cyclist. As i drove past i noticed he had a rear red light but no front light. It was dark (proper dark not dusk etc) and it was wet and drizzly at the time.

I drove on and about 1/2 mile later i got stuck behind two articulated lorries. I was not enjoying the drive! I had an opportunity to safely overtake the first lorry and was about to when i thought - What if there is another cyclist without any front light and dressed in black coming the other way? I did not overtake.

This got me thinking about the madness of the guy on the bike - how did he see where he was going? He gave motorists no chance on A roads and he is lucky (providing me made it to his destination).

Bit of a shocker - imagine safely overtaking a vehicle and having a head-on collision with a cyclist who you did not see and had no chance to see.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:38 pm 
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I often us this phrase, but it never ceases to amaze me what some cyclists do :twisted: :evil:

We are at such risk anyway, I always wear bright clothes, jersey, bright flashing lights even when it just cloudy.

Some of the club riders I used to go out with had a couple of basic 5 led rear lights between them and no front lights :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:47 pm 
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I do not go out in the dark - or often during the day either but i was really surprised at this guy - i should mention that the roads are not good and he would have no chance of seeing any holes nevermind other traffic.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:54 pm 
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Maybe he thought he was Superman :roll:

I ride at night only if I really have to and then I am like a Christmas Tree end EVEN then some people don't appear to see me :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:57 pm 
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He was LUCKYMAN and various other names which i will not be typing.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:00 pm 
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Next time you see him spray him with illuminous paint :)


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:05 pm 
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He is an idiot. Bet there again there are idiots in all walks of life...like people who run cars with bald tyres. Sadly bicycle ownership does not stop people being brainless.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:53 pm 
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Lights now are so bright, inexpensive, light weight and run for hours so there is no excuse for not using one.

Although I must admit to being caught out with no light earlier this week when my ride went longer than expected. I hate it when the days get so short in fall.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:11 pm 
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lewisfoto wrote:
Lights now are so bright, inexpensive, light weight and run for hours so there is no excuse for not using one.

Although I must admit to being caught out with no light earlier this week when my ride went longer than expected. I hate it when the days get so short in fall.


Steven



I keep a couple of those knog type front and rear lights just in case this happens to me 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:43 pm 
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knogs are rubbish.


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