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post #91 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-23-2018, 08:33 PM
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Engine braking and NOT applying a little brake to engage the light. My wife has been behind me before and calls me out for it.
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post #92 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:02 PM
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Engine braking and NOT applying a little brake to engage the light. My wife has been behind me before and calls me out for it.
I came here to say the same thing! I need a rear light that will flash upon engine brake.
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post #93 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:09 PM
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Masturbating at traffic lights, while stuck in gridlock, etc.
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post #94 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 11:11 AM
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Wow! I imagine that could result in some legal troubles.
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post #95 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 07:12 PM
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I’m getting better at this but I really find it difficult not to get angry at people who simply refuse to try to get through a set of traffic lights when they are following you. Or won’t even try to ride at the speed limit, becoming an ever diminishing headlight in your mirrors and/or getting tangled up in the traffic you have deliberately left behind. You slow down so they’ll catch up and they slow down “to keep the gap”. I much prefer riding alone or with a few select souls who actually get it.

I also really must respond to the comments from those who get angry and gesticulate at drivers who come too close behind them. Sure the drivers shouldn’t do it but I bet the more you show your unhappiness the less likely they are to drop back. Why not simply let them past you? They’re probably thinking “why won’t this guy on the bike learn how to share the road.”

The safest place on the road on a bike is as far away from cars as you can get. If that means scooting off a bit faster or letting people past you, so be it.
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post #96 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 07:23 PM
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I’m getting better at this but I really find it difficult not to get angry at people who simply refuse to try to get through a set of traffic lights when they are following you. Or won’t even try to ride at the speed limit, becoming an ever diminishing headlight in your mirrors and/or getting tangled up in the traffic you have deliberately left behind. You slow down so they’ll catch up and they slow down “to keep the gap”. I much prefer riding alone or with a few select souls who actually get it.
Oh, I hate that so much. Wife's best friend insists on riding 5 mph slower than me, regardless of speed or posted limit. Always falling behind. Just feels really passive aggressive, but maybe there's some different reason. But it has made me scream in my helmet at least once, to be honest. Finally figured out to just let her lead, and then she keeps a reasonable speed.

There a few people who are comfortable to ride with. Very lucky to be married to one of them though.
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post #97 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 04:35 PM
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I came here to say the same thing! I need a rear light that will flash upon engine brake.
I have one, it's called the "smart brake module" I have mine set to flash upon engine brake.

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post #98 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-26-2018, 12:53 AM
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I agree with the turn signals... Very few, if any people, don't forget once in a while (usually a lot more often than that). We have all sorts of safety features mandated for bike that people seldom if never use, such as emergency flashers and kill switches. I would think that self-canceling turn signals would be as, if not more important. They would definitely be more used than those others features.
I totally agree! The first little thing I buy for my new bikes is a Baas buzzer, a tiny little thing you connect to the left and right turn signal wires and which gives a loud intermittent sound so as to recall you not to forget to cut off your turn signal. In town, the sound surprises both car drivers and pedestrians, alerting them of your presence. If the bike has warning flash turn signals, the buzzer-sound warns the car drivers when you pass in between them at a traffic light or in a traffic jam. Life saving device for 10€.
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Self cancelling blinkers provide such a significant safety advantage and have been around long enough for them to be made compulsory. Beats me why a company like Triumph would only put them in some bikes and not others.
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Wow! I imagine that could result in some legal troubles.
It used to be public indecency, but now it's just a "handheld device while operating motor vehicle" ticket.
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