Yes, we all hate Mondays but “The Man” wanted me to try to posting on Mondays instead of the weekend. Something to do with SEO, PPC, blah, blah, blah, best day to post, blah, blah.
So now that I have my train schedule, my route figured out, got my commuter bike, it is almost time to “Ride the talk”. One thing that always concerns me about riding my bike to work is careless drivers. The “ride as if you are invisible” is always on my mind when I ride on the streets, so to make myself more visible and ride defensively and I carry a few safety accessories:
1. Bright ass blinkies and a horn.
My new personal favorite rear blinkie is the NiteRider Sentinel that we reviewed a little while ago and I’ve been using the Orp light/horn (the jury is still out on this one, more on that later)
The Chuck Harris helmet mirror that I used to ride with back in 2008 was awesome, unfortunately I lost it and Chuck Harris passed away in 2012. However, I found a company that not only do they make Chuck Harris style mirrors, they are able to make them with your logo! Check out my brand spanking new BikeCommuters.com helmet mirror:
I also ride with a handlebar mirror, but those can be tricky to adjust.
3. Hi-Viz clothing.
As I walk into the office, I’m always told that I can be seen a mile away. Good I say, now you have no excuse to run my ass over!
I do not understand why people refuse to ride with no helmet, I rather be uncool than a freaking vegetable in case of a crash.
5. “Personal Protection”
Yes, I do carry pepper spray with me, thankfully I’ve never had to use it. I carry it because people suck.
I love this bracelet, all your information that you choose is there in case you are incapacitated and someone needs to call your emergency contacts.
7.Inexpensive Action Sports Camera
This maybe a little over the top, but when motorists do not care about you and see you as a nuisance, better to have it on video. Oh, and because people suck.
You maybe thinking, WTF, why does he carry all this crap with him? Again, I want to get home safe to my family and unfortunately I live in a region where the car is king and pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders are just a “bump in the road”.
Next Week: Time to “ride the talk”!