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Commuter Profile: Quinn “Q” McLaughlin

Meet Q…that’s right. We’ve renamed Quinn as “Q.” Sounds cool eh? We asked Q if he’d be interested in being part of the Commuter Profile, sho-nuff he obliged kindly. Read below!

How long have you been a bike commuter?
Commuter- just over a year. Cyclist – 11 yrs

What do you do and what city do you bike commute?

I am a Direct Support social worker.I live and commute in Reno, NV

Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

Gas and insurance costing Too much it is just as easy to get around town. I need to stay fit due to having Spina bifida.I have an 16 mile RT.

What kind of bikes do you have?

’08 Kona Jake, ’07 Raleigh XXIX,’02 Diamondback Sorrento


Any experience that you can share with us about ‘learning the hard way?

Get appropriate clothing before you end up taking a month off work, with a 10 day hospital stay due to pneumonia.


What do people say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

Aren’t you hot/cold? It must suck to have a disability and have to ride.

Anything that you want to share with us?

All my cycling buddies I’m known as Crash. Oh and the bike names- Frank- Franken-bike

Thanks Q for sending us your profile. If you’re interested in being featured in our Commuter Profile, simply send us an email HERE.

Helmet conditioned me…

This morning I had to drop of Priscilla’s car at the dealership to get some warranty work. They have a shuttle service but I brought my Redline 925 so I can ride it back home. As I unloaded my bike I realized that I didn’t bring my helmet.

The dealership was a good 9 miles from my home and I had to ride on some busy streets. As I rode my bike home I did feel very insecure not having my helmet on. I felt naked without it. Kinda like how it feels when you forget your watch or wedding ring.

Anyhow, I realized that my insecurity was caused by my years of wearing a helmet. Let me explain, when I’m on my bike I always wear a helmet. Now that I didn’t have one on my head, all I could think about was my head getting bashed in. But when I am wearing a helmet, I don’t even think about it. So perhaps when I don’t wear my helmet, I’m more distracted because I’m preoccupied with nasty thoughts of my noggin getting mushed on the ground.

What’s the moral of the story…don’t forget your helmet. Cuz if you do, all you’ll think about is your helmet. Which makes you distracted and paying less attention to the road ahead.

D-Tour Safety Flag Update

Last month, we posted a first impression of the D-Tour Bicycle Safety Flag. For those of you who missed the article, the flag itself is made of highly reflective nylon — fluorescent yellow-green for the body and silver for the stripes and trim. This fabric flag and “sock? fit over a springy metal arm. The flag “arm? appears to be made of stainless steel, and the attachment bracket is machined aluminum with plastic frame clamps. The flag comes with two pairs of two different sizes of Cateye plastic frame clamps and very clear and concise instructions for mounting the assembly. Once assembled and deployed, the flag device sticks out about 24″ to the side of the bike. It then folds straight back when not in use.

It’s really a clever and simple device. Better yet, it seems to work! We’ve ridden with these flags on the streets of California and Florida, and can honestly say that it seems motorists WILL give you a bit of extra room when you have this flag deployed. Another phenomenon I noticed while riding around the mean streets of Tampa is that motorists seemed to be less likely to turn left in front of me when the flag is extended. Apparently, the bright yellow flag captures more motorists’ attentions than a cyclist rolling full-tilt towards them! It was certainly a nice phenomenon to experience…I don’t know if it was the “placebo effect? or something, but I did notice it.

I must admit — intially, this is not something I would have bought for my bike. To be honest, I prefer less hardware and gadgets on my “fast commuter? bike…a couple of lights and a rear reflector are the only safety equipment it has on it. But, now that I have experienced the benefits of this flag, I am forced to reconsider. The flag retails at $20.00 + shipping — is that worth a couple extra feet of passing room from motorists? I think so!

Overall, this seems to be a great product — solidly constructed, reasonably priced, and surprisingly effective at its job. For more information or to purchase a D-Tour Safety Flag for yourself, please email developer Glenn Hanson at dtourltd(at)aol(dot)com.