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If there was a device that blacked out cellphone screens and said cyclist nearby, please watch the road, would increase safety the most :P

I have always wondered if it is possible for someone like Garmin to "link" all their devices. So lets say someone in a car has a garmin GPS(either an onboard or portable one) and then someone riding has a edge/varia/forerunner/fenix etc and the GPS in the car picks this up and warns the driver there is a rider/runner ahead. I mean I log into telegram now and there is a function to see people nearby so it must be possible.

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I have always wondered if it is possible for someone like Garmin to "link" all their devices. So lets say someone in a car has a garmin GPS(either an onboard or portable one) and then someone riding has a edge/varia/forerunner/fenix etc and the GPS in the car picks this up and warns the driver there is a rider/runner ahead. I mean I log into telegram now and there is a function to see people nearby so it must be possible.

I am certain I read something about that being sold already. Might have been a dream though. It wasn't garmin though.

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I have always wondered if it is possible for someone like Garmin to "link" all their devices. So lets say someone in a car has a garmin GPS(either an onboard or portable one) and then someone riding has a edge/varia/forerunner/fenix etc and the GPS in the car picks this up and warns the driver there is a rider/runner ahead. I mean I log into telegram now and there is a function to see people nearby so it must be possible.

certainly possible, they already use that kind of information to show traffic 

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I ride infrequently on the road and my ride last Saturday reminded me why. Of the 4 man crew I was in I was the only one with a front light - a very bright commuting light on an epilepsy inducing strobe setting.

 

I think one of the other three had a tail light. I saw hardly any headlights on the dozens of other bikes out there on a perfect morning. ( I also realized I was about the only rider not riding two or three abreast but had to break my own rule of always stopping at red lights simply to avoid being dropped by my mates who stopped at two on the whole ride)

 

The agro from motorists towards the cyclists swarming all over the roads was obvious from the hooting and gesticulating to the shouted comments like "single file" and such like. My next road ride will be at a different time on a different day. Saturdays  are crazy. 

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I ride infrequently on the road and my ride last Saturday reminded me why. Of the 4 man crew I was in I was the only one with a front light - a very bright commuting light on an epilepsy inducing strobe setting.

 

I think one of the other three had a tail light. I saw hardly any headlights on the dozens of other bikes out there on a perfect morning. ( I also realized I was about the only rider not riding two or three abreast but had to break my own rule of always stopping at red lights simply to avoid being dropped by my mates who stopped at two on the whole ride)

 

The agro from motorists towards the cyclists swarming all over the roads was obvious from the hooting and gesticulating to the shouted comments like "single file" and such like. My next road ride will be at a different time on a different day. Saturdays  are crazy. 

most of the reasons above are why I ride alone

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I ride infrequently on the road and my ride last Saturday reminded me why. Of the 4 man crew I was in I was the only one with a front light - a very bright commuting light on an epilepsy inducing strobe setting.

 

I think one of the other three had a tail light. I saw hardly any headlights on the dozens of other bikes out there on a perfect morning. ( I also realized I was about the only rider not riding two or three abreast but had to break my own rule of always stopping at red lights simply to avoid being dropped by my mates who stopped at two on the whole ride)

 

The agro from motorists towards the cyclists swarming all over the roads was obvious from the hooting and gesticulating to the shouted comments like "single file" and such like. My next road ride will be at a different time on a different day. Saturdays  are crazy. 

I do the same. But I still stop. When they stop on top of a climb to catch their breath, I speed on, I am very very very slow on climbs.

Also, I only read very early mornings, I wanna be done by 8am with 9 being the latest I want to be out on a roadie session. So most times I am alone.

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Okayyyyy ....

 

 

It is official !!

 

Summer is GONE ....

 

 

This morning's commute was in the DARK .... few weeks back the sun was up at this time ....

 

 

PLEASE be visible out there in the poor light ...

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Hey guys, it really is getting light later and later now. Don't forget to "Light Up"!

 

Time again for my yearly mini rant.

 

What is it with "professional" looking cyclists? Almost without fail I see riders in dark kit without a single source of light. And it seems that the more "pro" a rider thinks he is, the less likely he is to have a red flashing light let alone a white front light.

 

IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU LOOK MORE COOL TO RIDE WITH NO LIGHTS!!!  :cursing:

 

In fact, it just makes you look stupid. And don't think it only affects you if you choose to ride without lights. Think about the impact it will have on the motorist who drives over you because you were trying your best to make yourself invisible.

 

OK, I have said my bit. 

Please, please, please remember to light up. 

Be safe out there and set a good example for others.

 

:)

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Hey guys, it really is getting light later and later now. Don't forget to "Light Up"!

 

Time again for my yearly mini rant.

 

What is it with "professional" looking cyclists? Almost without fail I see riders in dark kit without a single source of light. And it seems that the more "pro" a rider thinks he is, the less likely he is to have a red flashing light let alone a white front light.

 

IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU LOOK MORE COOL TO RIDE WITH NO LIGHTS!!!  :cursing:

 

In fact, it just makes you look stupid. And don't think it only affects you if you choose to ride without lights. Think about the impact it will have on the motorist who drives over you because you were trying your best to make yourself invisible.

 

OK, I have said my bit. 

Please, please, please remember to light up. 

Be safe out there and set a good example for others.

 

:)

 

 

@jimmycool, I assume you roll a mountain bike.

 

Style Man is the mytho-poetic figure that prescribes 'fashion over safety.'

Black kit (in this case the stealth jersey) suggests sophistication.

It is also used as a means to cover up any undesirable or unwanted kilograms, thus deceiving rivals and maintaining a level of superiority. 

 

More seriaasly:

Naturally, black kit is durable and easy to clean with the mud and sleet that comes with winter riding. More and more brands are searching for the fabric technology that come with different colour tones and can stay bright and attractive over time. Castelli and Assos have stepped up in this regard.

 

Above all else, autumn is here' winter is coming. Stay bright so we can give ourselves a solid chance against those high tonnage moving cages, julle.

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Hey guys, it really is getting light later and later now. Don't forget to "Light Up"!

 

Time again for my yearly mini rant.

 

What is it with "professional" looking cyclists? Almost without fail I see riders in dark kit without a single source of light. And it seems that the more "pro" a rider thinks he is, the less likely he is to have a red flashing light let alone a white front light.

 

IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU LOOK MORE COOL TO RIDE WITH NO LIGHTS!!! :cursing:

 

In fact, it just makes you look stupid. And don't think it only affects you if you choose to ride without lights. Think about the impact it will have on the motorist who drives over you because you were trying your best to make yourself invisible.

 

OK, I have said my bit.

Please, please, please remember to light up.

Be safe out there and set a good example for others.

 

:)

OK, now M-Y bit...

...in addition - and agreement - to everything you have said; here is MY ‘beef’...

 

Hand signals, or rather the lack thereof!

 

I have to ‘transit’ across Hout Bay daily, and thenLlandudno/Bakoven/Camps Bay//Sea Point/Geen Point/City Center/PaardenEiland...

 

The more ‘Deep Dish/fulll carbon/Specialized WHITE Boa/full Avocado Ciovita ki, then this all REDUCES the need to signal that THREE of you will shortly cross a busy main road to the middle to then turn right, no hand signalling, obviously, and I will read your minds...

 

No hand-signalling, ***@ol, just a glower at a pesky motorist....

 

I own 3 pairs or red gloves,the better to stand out when I rid my bicycle, and signal if I am about to....’fart’...!

(sanctimonious rant off...)

 

Chris

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@jimmycool, I assume you roll a mountain bike.

 

Style Man is the mytho-poetic figure that prescribes 'fashion over safety.'

Black kit (in this case the stealth jersey) suggests sophistication.

It is also used as a means to cover up any undesirable or unwanted kilograms, thus deceiving rivals and maintaining a level of superiority. 

 

More seriaasly:

Naturally, black kit is durable and easy to clean with the mud and sleet that comes with winter riding. More and more brands are searching for the fabric technology that come with different colour tones and can stay bright and attractive over time. Castelli and Assos have stepped up in this regard.

 

Above all else, autumn is here' winter is coming. Stay bright so we can give ourselves a solid chance against those high tonnage moving cages, julle.

 

Hey Dale,

 

Actually, I am 95% of the time on my road bike these days - the roads around Howick are a lekker place to ride.

 

I get what you are saying about the practicalities of dark kit etc and I don't have a problem with those who chose to wear it. My main gripe is the air of self perceived "pro-ism" that one sees which seems to coincide greatly with the lack of lighting and visibility devices.

 

Anyway, it's not everyone and I do also see those riders out there who do make every effort to make themselves visible so kudos to those who do.

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Hey Dale,

 

Actually, I am 95% of the time on my road bike these days - the roads around Howick are a lekker place to ride.

 

I get what you are saying about the practicalities of dark kit etc and I don't have a problem with those who chose to wear it. My main gripe is the air of self perceived "pro-ism" that one sees which seems to coincide greatly with the lack of lighting and visibility devices.

 

Anyway, it's not everyone and I do also see those riders out there who do make every effort to make themselves visible so kudos to those who do.

Fully agree with you @jimmycool

Each to his own

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Question - what front light do you recommend for road rides ?

 

It would need to have a solid beam for commuting during early mornings. Also a strobe function for sunlit rides.

 

A small compact unit, with at least 5 hours capacity.

 

 

USB rechargable.

 

 

 

Very happy with the ultra small Ryder I have, but the battery does not last through longer rides ...

 

 

PS . I did search, the recent threads concentrate on lights for night time MTB riding ...

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Question - what front light do you recommend for road rides ?

 

It would need to have a solid beam for commuting during early mornings. Also a strobe function for sunlit rides.

 

A small compact unit, with at least 5 hours capacity.

 

 

USB rechargable.

 

 

 

Very happy with the ultra small Ryder I have, but the battery does not last through longer rides ...

 

 

PS . I did search, the recent threads concentrate on lights for night time MTB riding ...

I'm still very happy with my Lezynne Smart Drive 1000XL combo

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