Look gawky and survive!

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Look gawky and survive!

Postby russell.bathard » Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:27 pm

A cyclist has no control over traffic passing from behind.Your very life is in the hands of the passing motorist who offers varying degrees of consideration for your safety.The solution is simple.Put a sign on your back or on your bike that directs the motorist to pass well clear.Make it large,bright and brief so it attracts the motorists attention.This idea does work and is an incredible safety initiative.Look at my blog by googling bikesign.blogspot.com to discover various signs etc. and action photos of their effectiveness.
How important is your personal safety to you?
I challenge you to look gawky, wear a bikesign and survive the ride!
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby bychosis » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:27 pm

What about, try these stylish jerseys and jersey accoutrements to enhance your riding style, visibility and safety as a title? No one WANTs to look gawky
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby rkelsen » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:30 pm

bychosis wrote:No one WANTs to look gawky

I'm a dad, so I can't help it. I try to not look gawky, but that just makes it worse... :lol:
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby bychosis » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:39 pm

rkelsen wrote:
bychosis wrote:No one WANTs to look gawky

I'm a dad, so I can't help it. I try to not look gawky, but that just makes it worse... :lol:

Touché. I'm firmly in the same boat with you. My only saving grace is that the kids aren't old enough to tell me yet.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby mattwilkinson » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:40 pm

I think riding with a jersey that says:

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Is like digging your own grave, I think you'd be more likely to have trouble if you wore plain cycling gear.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby Pushy » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:47 pm

I'll wear this
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby Summernight » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:57 pm

Pushy wrote:I'll wear this
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:shock:

Would certainly get people looking... Although you might have a convoy following you at the end of your ride... With bright blue and red blinkies to escort you somewhere unpleasant.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby bychosis » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:40 pm

Pushy wrote:I'll wear this
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Puts a whole different light on blowing up on the hills
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby russell.bathard » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:46 pm

To mattwilkinson.I think you are trying to say motorists will behave aggresssively to a bikesign.You are correct, for a small number do abuse you.At least they have seen you, and hopefully avoided you.I am disappointed with the design of the tops produced by the Amy Gillett foundation and Safe Cycling Australia.They do little to protect the rider on the road, being from such an unusual design perspective,from above!and being overly complicated to interpret, particularly for cars approaching at speed.
A golden opportunity exists here for these organisations to push the 1m. clearance idea if they wish and at the same time protect riders on the road by using the simplified, briefer,clearer,larger 1m. bikesign as shown in my blog at bikesign.blogspot.com
To PUFFY.The Terrorist outfit is great and you have indeed grasped the true purpose of the bikesign concept.Well done and thanks for your contribution.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby russell.bathard » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:17 pm

To anyone reading these posts.Have you experimented with a bikesign yourself? It is easy to do. Just grab an old T shirt,preferably a bright colour, and a large black texta.You can use one of my designs at bikesign.blogspot.com or make up one of your own.Please report back to this site on its effectiveness.Another cyclist was killed today.I don't know the circumstances perhaps a bikesign may have helped.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby VRE » Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:13 pm

russell.bathard wrote:A cyclist has no control over traffic passing from behind.Your very life is in the hands of the passing motorist who offers varying degrees of consideration for your safety.

Not true. I exercise some degree of control over the traffic behind me using 'vehicular cycling'. If you're unaware of what that is, I suggest that you do an internet search for the term.
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Re: Look gawky and survive!

Postby The 2nd Womble » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:26 pm

russell.bathard wrote:To mattwilkinson.I think you are trying to say motorists will behave aggresssively to a bikesign.You are correct, for a small number do abuse you.At least they have seen you, and hopefully avoided you.I am disappointed with the design of the tops produced by the Amy Gillett foundation and Safe Cycling Australia.They do little to protect the rider on the road, being from such an unusual design perspective,from above!and being overly complicated to interpret, particularly for cars approaching at speed.
A golden opportunity exists here for these organisations to push the 1m. clearance idea if they wish and at the same time protect riders on the road by using the simplified, briefer,clearer,larger 1m. bikesign as shown in my blog at bikesign.blogspot.com
To PUFFY.The Terrorist outfit is great and you have indeed grasped the true purpose of the bikesign concept.Well done and thanks for your contribution.

Everyone who has bought one of our SCA jerseys has reported changed (perceived or actual is debatable I admit) driver behaviour when overtaking or driving anywhere near. We're happy with our jersey, however... Who'd buy this thing above? Could be a goer.
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