Bicycle safety flag?

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Bicycle safety flag?

Postby hartleymartin » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:42 am

Perhaps if you experience problems with people overtaking too close (perhaps one of the most dangerous problems we face today), then a high-vis flag fitted horizontally might be a solution?

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Perhaps easier for those who ride with rear carry racks because one could readily zip-tie a standard flag to it. I don't see many similar products on the market though.
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby il padrone » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:21 am

Abbotsford Cycles sell it. Safety Wing - $8 plus shipping - one that is less like to give a scrape to cars and lay you open to allegations of a road hazard.

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Personally I don't use one. I find that my two rear panniers achieve the same goal of giving me a wider rear profile.
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby hotfoot » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:54 pm

I'd be worried about some goon grabbing the flag and pulling me over...can see some !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! wouod think it good fun
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:51 pm

Why not put a flouro coloured paint pen on the end? Indelible evidence... :twisted:
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:43 pm

hotfoot wrote:I'd be worried about some goon grabbing the flag and pulling me over...can see some dear friend wouod think it good fun


I seriously agree with that. I think it is almost a certainty that some bogun someday somewhere will give it a tug.

Or at the least cruise over close to give it a flick. Which rather defeats the purpose.
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby lethoso » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:58 pm

hotfoot wrote:I'd be worried about some goon grabbing the flag and pulling me over...can see some dear friend wouod think it good fun


tape some razorblades to it? :twisted:
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Re: Bicycle safety flag?

Postby il padrone » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:16 pm

A friend of mine used one for several years. My son used one for a year or two. I never heard either of them report any such incidents. I think you may be jumping at shadows :wink:
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