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2 thoughts on “Simple: Rock the Gear”
Excellent video and message, Leslie – thanks for posting – and props to this chapter. My thoughts are ‘rock the gear’ is a good start, but conspicuity (or ‘be seen’) strategy should also be part of road safety – there is more ground to be gained in hi-viz gear and auxiliary lighting strategies. It is not just my opinion, real world research and studies establish there are fewer accidents if other drivers see you. In addition to high viz gear, reflective tape on our cases – we also utilize the Twisted Throttle Denali LED auxiliary headlights in front, and we have replaced our stock filament tail light bulbs with these brighter LED bulbs – they contain a circuit and flash three times rapidly when brakes are applied: http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-vehicle-replacement-bulbs/1157-led-bulb-dual-intensity-1-x-3-watt-high-power-led-w-brake-flasher/923/2274/?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=base&utm_content=1157-R3W-FL&utm_campaign=GoogleBaseChild&gclid=CN2G86qN4rgCFYaDQgod70wAsw – also, they use less power and being LEDs, they will likely never need replacing. We have also added these Skene P3 lights on the rear: http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/P3_Features.shtml? – as additional ‘be seen’ safety – they are real attention getters, even in direct sun. They sort of ‘vibrate’ or flash in peripheral vision, but seem normal when looking directly at them. When brakes are applied, they flash four times rapidly, then four times slowly, and then stay on bright. We have actually had ‘cagers’ pull up to us a traffic lights and comment how well they saw us down the road and thank us for being visible. Everybody has their own idea of safety, ours is if we are seen by other traffic, there is less chance of conflicts. – Gary
you bring up great points Gary…I see bikes loaded with safety farkles like you mention but still ride naked. Interesting concept eh?