#1 Most Important Safety Device For Bicyclists

A helmet is what people always put at the top of the list, it helps with a 20mph car collision but doesnt help much if the car is going 50mph.  My #1 device is one that keeps your pretty helmet from getting scratched :)

Less than 60 minutes ago my happy mood turned gray as I saw the aftermath of yet another cyclist getting hit by a car. When I rode by there were three police cars, a fire truck, and the ambulance had already left. The twisted commuter bike (I could tell by the panniers) did not bode well for the cyclist, if they survived I will be very surprised :( Such a tragedy, and one that repeats many times a day across the USA and the sad thing is that most of these crashes are preventable :(

I have been cycling 35 years and for two decades of that I did bike commuting 30 miles a day. I had to become an expert of sorts on urban survival to have a zero bike-accident record over my many miles of urban biking. I’m not going to talk about how things should be, I’m going to talk about the reality of how things are and how to avoid being a statistic like the poor person who was hit just an hour ago. As a cyclist, you and only you can keep yourself alive. I dont care WHO had the right of way, dead cyclists cant argue. Drivers are distracted: kids, eating, texting, talking on the phone – all these things mean that to keep yourself alive means assuming that cars are trying to kill you. Its like the video game frogger and you are the frog. Simply obeying the rules of the road wont keep you alive, its a good start, but its hardly sufficient.

There is one very important skill that I learned in driver training when I was 15. If you have this skill you can go your entire life without ever getting in an accident, many call you lucky – but you are not. Without this skill you just keep getting unlucky. Its never your fault but you always seem to get into fender benders. Whats this #1 most important skill? Situational Awareness. What does this mean? It means that at all times you know whats going on way in front of you, behind you, and on both sides. You know without looking if you can safely swerve into the lanes on either side of you. You know if you can slam on the brakes without getting rear ended. You see who is out there and are always guessing what stupid things they might do, then you are never surprised. These people with situational awareness are the ones who never get into accidents because they are able to avoid situations that put them at risk. So, all well and good but how does this apply to bikes? It is a bit different. Automobile drivers have pillow soft fluffy air bags to protect them from other cars – that and about 4000 pounds of steel! Bikes have none of that, our only hope for survival is to completely avoid those 4000 pounds bike-squishers. As cyclists what we have in our favor is amazing maneuverability and the ability to stop on a dime.  What’s different from cars is where the fatal collisions come from.  So lets talk about the three ways to get killed on a bike:

  1. A head on collision with a car.  OK, sorry but you are an idiot if you let this happen.  Remember dead cyclists can’t argue about who had the right of way.  Take the right of way if its yours but keep those hands on the brakes and be prepared to stop immediately if it becomes clear they want to wrap you around their hood ornament.  My guess is that this kind of accident is rare, perhaps less than 5% of bike accidents.
  2. The car hits you from the side.  Sorry, to say this again but if this happens you are an idiot.  Your head swivels, look to the sides.  Be situationally aware!  I dont care who had the right of way because you have eyes and you could have seen and avoided the car.    Again, dead cyclists cant argue about right of way!  Heres a good time to mention that listing to loud music or talking on the phone greatly diminishes your situational awareness making you easy pickins for the texting drivers.  My guess is that collisions from the side are about 30% of bike accidents.
  3. The car hits you from behind. I would venture to say that more than half of car-bike wrecks are of this kind and that these probably have the highest fatality rate.  Why?  Because in America bike lanes are just the shoulder of the road and its very common to have cars going over 50mph just 6′ away from bikes going 10mph.  When this kind of accident happens its never good, its what I witnessed today.  So, how do we prevent this common and almost certainly fatal type of accident?  Situational awareness!  No, dont keep looking over your shoulder because then you will weave into the lane of traffic and get killed trying to be safe.  Get yourself a rearview mirror!  Not one that mounts on your handlebars, those dont do any good.  You need either one that clips onto your glasses or one that sticks onto your helmet.  At about $10 they are the cheapest and best life insurance policy you will ever get.  Many people think that a flashing tail light will save their bacon, it wont.  A driver whose head is down looking at their iPhone will NOT see your tail light, even when its a retina-searing 2W flashing LED one like I have.

 The car that is most likely to kill you is behind you!  Unless you have a rearview mirror, you dont have a chance!

I dont know who that poor soul was that probably lost their life tonight but hopefully their death was not in vain.  It inspired me to write this blog post and if I can save just one life by getting someone to buy a rear view mirror and be situationally aware then at least some amount of good came of this tragedy.

Please, if you ride a bike PLEASE get a rearview mirror!  I took the below photo of me and my mirror about a half mile from the accident location, you can tell I was in a somber mood as its one of the few pictures of me not smiling.

#1 best bike safety device, the rear view mirror

I have a glasses mount rear view mirror but have also used helmet mount ones.  Below is a picture of what you see thru the glasses: front and back all at once.  You can see the car about to pass me.  OK, so hypothetical situation.  I see the car moving into the bike lane behind me and moving fast, its clear they are going to turn me into a very flat-scooby.  What would I do?  I would get my butt over that curb and into the median even if it meant flipping over my handlebars and sliding down a hill.  Any contact with the car and its likely you will die.  A simple flip over the handlebars into a tree will just break a few bones.

Glasses mount rear view mirror

69 thoughts on “#1 Most Important Safety Device For Bicyclists”

  1. Thanks for this post. Finally! Someone who knows that the right of way isn’t of paramount importance. I’m terrified of riding on the busiest street near our house with my kids because of so many problems with cars. But alone I’m fine because I know my life is not in the hands of the car drivers, it’s in my own hands. Unless someone is deliberately targeting you, it’s likely you can avoid or minimize damage from an accident. And living, not being right, should be the ultimate goal.

    That being said, not only should drivers be more educated on the laws of sharing the road with bikers, but, I’m afraid to say, many bikers need more awareness of those laws themselves. Bikers are not pedestrians, they cannot ride through red lights, and they can’t expect cross-traffic to stop for them (unless they’re walking the bike). They should ride in a straight line instead of weaving in and out of parked cars, they should ride in the same direction as traffic, and they must get their kids off the streets unless they know the rules as well.

    Here in Oregon, we have a very biker-friendly city with wider than average bike lanes, bike boxes, and an entire cross-town trail for bikers who don’t want to ride in traffic. But I can’t tell you how many bikers ride around with no helmets, cross 4 lanes of traffic without any warning, ride in the dark with no lights at all, and, yes, talk on their cell phones while riding. Forget situational awareness for these people, try common sense. It makes me wish they required a biker’s license despite the fact that I’d be paying for five of them.

  2. why cant bikes stay on the sidewalk. (if there is one)

    biker hitting pedestrian = embarrasingly funny.

    no one ever died because a bicycle ran into them.

    your less likely to run into a fast walker who’ll cut you down from behind, I assume.

    that video of the dude getting hit by the car, he was on a busy highway and there was a walking path right beside him that was barracaded off from the cars. being on a rural road with no shoulder or sidewalk is one thing, far less cars around. if your in a dense urban area stick to the sides.

    1. Sorry to burst your bubble, but not only are pedestrian vs. bike accidents relatively common, they are also far more dangerous than you think. In 2011 a woman was hit and killed by a bicyclist on the Embarcadero. and just last month another bike vs. ped led to serious injury for the pedestrian. So if you’re not so concerned with human life besides your own, I’d say go for it and ride on the sidewalk. That is, unless you want to stay out of jail.

  3. I got hit by a car once. In that situation “I was right” since the car was going through a red light.

    Scoobys words are really true – “dead cyclists can’t argue about who had the right of way”. It’s exactly what im preaching to everyone, not just about cycling but about life and dangerous situations in general

  4. One thing that annoys me quite a lot, probably because it happens quite a lot, is cars that don’t stay behind the cyclist. In the UK, where I leave, I am turning right, for instance, and the car behind pulls up along my left side. When the lights go green, he pulls out in front of me and crosses my path as he turns right. If I had of taken of like the clappers, he would have knocked me off. They should wait behind the car as if the cyclist is another car.

  5. justin van Oeveren

    Thanks for your post Scooby. I have been a commuter for the last three years and I really enjoy it, but some drivers are very ignorant to cyclists. I find this very frustrating. I suppose it is simply because they have not been taught in drivers education to pay attention to cyclists or to understand their habits, whether wrong or right.
    Thanks for the advice. I am going to purchase a rear view mirror before my next ride. I think it is sound advice. 

  6. Where I live there aren’t many Bike lanes, the few cyclists that live around here are forced to take to busy roads throughout the Majority of their outtings.

    What makes things worse is that nearly everyone I know gets extremelly pissed when they get behind a Cyclist, a few months back I was riding with my cousin when we got stuck behind a Cyclist. To my surpise he started cussing away and kept gassing up close to the cyclist who had nowhere else to go trying to bully him off of his Bike into a ditch. We had nowhere we needed to be either, it was just a lazy weekend of goofing off and hanging out. The worst part is I think the majority of drivers around here are just like that

    It’s messed up, Bike lanes should be everywhere. Once more they should be safer. Cars should be an option not a daily necessity

  7. Hey Scooby, great advice! This is how I stay alive on a motorcycle. I just can’t get my boys comfortable on one of those skinny cycle seats, so I spend a little more time doing cardio elsewhere and enjoy the cycling thing on a wider, much more comfortable seat:)

  8. Great article, I’ve been riding to and from work every day for years now in the Seattle area and I learned really really really fast that I have to ride as if I were magically invisible.  Awareness is still number one but I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone reading that if your riding in winter, when it’s going to be dark when you get off work, make sure you have a bright light on the front, back, and ON THE SIDES of the bike, in the spokes.  Occasionally I will come across drivers who forget to turn their headlights on, and when that happens you need to make sure they can notice you.  So get some really annoying blinky lights on that bike.

  9. I lived in Davis, CA for many years. That place was great for biking, there is a green belt going all over the city, that happens to have a bike path in it. (No wonder it has the US Biking Hall of Fame ;) ) I moved down to Socal recently and am really lucky to live near a biking inland trail… it goes along a rail road, and crosses about 3-4 streets over a 5 mile stretch. Every city needs more of this kind of stuff.

  10. The situational awareness is exactly what I didn’ t have this morning, while driving to a business lunch (with all the best hopes possible), in a rainy day! A more scare than life risking accident happened! Luckily, with some $ less, I can still visit your web and get some good overall advice! :)

    Thank you @Scooby_Werkstatt:disqus  for making me go into fitness more than 2 years ago!
    Cheers!

  11. Comment removed by author who was very angry when he wrote the comment. I don’t suppose you meant to hurt by your comment, so I also apologize for being so rude to you.

    1. Sorry to hear that :(  That is horrible.  Obvious exceptions to every rule.  I was a bit flippant in this post because I had just witness a death and was angry.  BTW, I am the only admin and your post was not removed. Sometimes posts with links are deleted as spam though. 

  12. Can someone help me. Im kinda new to US & biking here. I am riding in the sidewalk as much as possible. I’m not comfortable riding in the road because many of them dont have enough shoulder space so the other vehicles have to change the lane and stuff. Should I continue to ride in the sidewalk or should I just ride in the road even if there is no shoulder space. Pls. advice.

    1. IMO sidewalks are a very dangerous place to ride becuase cars dont expect you there  nor do pedestrians.  A weaving unsuspecting pedestrian is an accident waiting to happen.  On rare occasions I will ride on sidewalks, like over bridges where there is ZERO shoulder.  If there is a shoulder of more than 2′, the road is almost always safer.  The rear view mirror will give you more confidence on the road. 

  13.  Thanks scooby, this was really informative. Really nice tip on the rearview mirror on the glasses, never heard about them before and I can really agree on the part of looking over your shoulder is dangerous as many times I’ve done that and felt my bike going out into the road.

  14. Lol, in the netherlands nobody has a helmet on their head, it would be great protection, why not get a full body protection like a motorcycle jacket , boots, handgloves and pands, bud in the netherlands getting a driver license is so expensive, and the training course is so good, you feel much saver.

  15. Rode my bicycle a lot when I was a kid, never had an accident – and we don’t have “bicycle lanes” in India (not those days anyway). Just like Scooby says, it’s got a lot to do with situational awareness. Rather bicyclists cause a lot of accidents here because they are quite reckless taking turns. 
    Here’s a safety tip: Avoid the Macdonald route – big macs have something to do with vision impairment in drivers:D 

  16. I totally agree with you there Scooby. I learned this at 15 when I bought my first motorbike, and the lessons I learn applied to when I got a car, and use my bicycle. I’ve never been in an accident since I’ve been driving for the past 23 years, and since I’m always aware of my surrounding I doubt I ever will be in one.

    1. For motorcycle riders, its even MORE important.  I would love to see a similar post by someone like yourself who has ridden motorcycles safely for years as I’m sure there are additional tips that might be applicable to bicyclists. 

      1. I’ve only ridden a motorcycle for the past three months, but my father has been riding for more than 30 years. Two of the best tips he gave me are to let tailgaters surpass you and to never assume anything. This reinforces your point of always being responsible for your own actions rather than shift the blame to other drivers because even if the cyclist/motorcyclist had the right, he can’t argue if he’s dead or left with severe physical impairments.

        I have ridden the bicycle since I was five years old (I’m 19 now) and when driving in busy roads or roads were cars go by fast, I always longed for a rear-view mirror. When I’m driving a motorcycle, I’m CONSTANTLY looking behind me and whenever I am at a junction and have to turn, I ALWAYS take a life-saving glance over my shoulder. You’d be surprised what some morons do to us and other car drivers at junctions. Keeping a two second car gap between yourself and the car in front of you gives you a great cushion for manoeuvring around if need be and reduces the chances of being hit from behind because the added distance gives you more time to slow down rather than brake abruptly and get hit.

        The people that get on my nerves most are tailgaters, people driving under influence of drugs and alcohol (their aggressiveness and lack of regard for other people can be extremely dangerous) and people who think they own the whole road system and thus, they are above the law.

  17. Scooby, I recently found your website and have become a big fan!  I bike over 20 miles per day, but use the trail system where I live.  It amazes me to this day how many people choose to ride on the narrow traffic congested streets instead of the wide open trail system my city and the surrounding communities provide…..  I am with you on how dangerous the roadways are,  thats why I moved to the trial systems, takes me a little longer to get where I want to go but at least I get there!!!!

    So I guess what I am saying is, people may want to look into that in their cities as a safe alternative.

    Thank you I am just starting back to working out and work harder on my nutrition and you have been a great resource.

    1. Very good point!  I didnt have time to do a full fledged bike commuting post but the most important thing in bike commuting is route selection.  Most newbies at this bike the route they would drive which is about the WORST route 99% of the time.  With bikes, the “best” route is not measured in miles but in scenic beauty and lack of 60mph traffic!  :)  My direct bike commuting distance was about 13 miles but I took the 16/17mile route because it wound thru beautiful residential neighborhoods without any traffic. 

      1. That’s very true. New cyclists need to spend some time plannig a route rather then just cycling on the route which they would drive on. Usually this will be a longer distance but I find that the more scenic route and slower speed limits for traffic is worth getting up that little bit earlier in a morning. My direct distance to work is currently 3.5 miles. This morning I cycled 9.5 miles to get here. I’m currently plotting another route that will extend my ride to 12 miles. People think I’m mad for cyling almost 4 times the distance that I need to but it’s alot safer and enjoyable and I count this as my cardio for the day plus the 3.5 miles just wouldn’t cut it.

  18. Scooby, Thanks for the lifesaving info.
    I’m sure glad I found your site, where else can someone go to the best on fitness and all kids of important issues…

    For my own info, I wonder  if the unfortunate cyclist was using a review mirror.

    Thanks for being my coach.

  19. I cycle often on the narrow, 2 lane, hilly roads of Kentucky. Scooby is right. Drivers are distracted, not some of the time, ALL of the time. Radio, phones, tv’s, food or children. Something is always distracting a driver. SO take some personal responsibility, be proactive and get a helmet mounted rearview mirror. (I like the fact that he said “helmet mounted” this means you must actually be wearing a helmet). 
    The other great point that Scooby makes is that it doesn’t matter who has the right of way. A cyclist will not win in a crash.

  20. whats kind of ridiculous is that here in FL they will build an entire lane off the road for the old people in their golf-carts in the retirement cities i.e. Sun City, FL,  but wont make a path for cyclists…most the people driving in cars don’t pay attention to other CARS much less cyclists…i have always wanted to ride my bike to work (about 26 miles round trip) but there is no safe path to get there…no lighting, bike lanes or even side walks on most the road.

    1. Aaargh!  Its the old school folks in the city planning departments that view bicycles as recreational toys rather than a form of transportation.

  21. I’ll have to agree with scooby. Awareness is everything if you want to keep yourself alive. I live in Sao Paulo – Brazil. There is 1 fatal accident involving cyclists here per week. I’ve been going to work by bike everyday for the last 6 years and what kept me with 0 accident was the awareness and one more thing, being a very experienced car driver. It’s just like scooby said. It’s does NOT matter if you have the right of way or not. If you are a car driver you know that. People are late to go to work “always”, some are really new to driving and some are unfortunately just freaking bad drivers. And here if people are not late for work they are in a rush just because they are so used to being late that this is pretty much how they drive all the time. There are soooooo many things against YOUR odd that you should ALWAYS take responsibility for your safety. Always assume the worst. And think as a driver (a really bad one hehehe). You know that you have already seen everything happen in the traffic so you know you could expect really unpredictable things from the drivers. And remember you are a cyclist, even an old lady opening the parked car’s door without looking can get you pretty bad injured. assume the worst and be aware of what people are doing, going to do and could do. Be smart. Stay alive.

  22. Craig Eisenberger

    As a driver, I would just like to reiterate the importance of following the rules of the road. I had a cyclist come off the sidewalk (illegal where I live) down the wrong way of a one-way street (illegal) against a red light (illegal). She wound up becoming a hood ornament and the windshield broke her fall, which set me back $250 as a deductible. Thankfully she got up and was able to walk around with just a small cut on her leg and admitted her responsibility for the accident. But it could have been worse.

    Cyclists are vehicles on the road and should act like it. Signal. Stop at stop signs. Follow bike-lane detours. Follow the rules of the road and like Scooby says, get a mirror. 

    I don’t mind sharing the road as long as we share the same rules. 

    1. Really excellent point!!  Bikes MUST obey the traffic rules for their own safety.  The reason is that drivers habits are formed expecting everyone to follow these rules and when they dont then accidents happen.  Your example is perfect.  Drivers dont expect to see cars nor bicycles on the sidewalk.  If you bike there you are gonna get hit.  Biking the wrong way is asking for a visit to the ER!  When a driver is stopped waiting to turn right onto a street, they are only looking LEFT.  Why?  Because thats the way traffic is coming from.  If a bike is going the opposite way either on the sidewalk or in the street then that car will flatten them!  Cars dont look right before turning right onto a street, they look LEFT.  Follow the rules of the road!!!

      1. Ya man this happened to me. I was on the side walk b/c it was part of the paved bike trail. I lived but i haven’t been back on a bike since.Thanks for the advice. Going to ride again in the future only after i get a rear view mirror and air horn. I will make sure i expect to be hit by drivers and change the way i ride.

    2. Dear Craig. You seem like a reasonable person, but I don’t think you’ve biked a day in your life as a commuter. Sidewalks and roads in north america each present their own dangers to cyclists. I would like to see the status of the bicycle changed in road rules to promote this environmentally friendly, healthy transportation choice, and help it become a viable mode of transportation. Honestly, try biking for a day, just one day, and you will realize that the point of 4 way stops is to make drivers slow down their giant death machines in pedestrian dense areas, and that stopping and starting on your bike doubles your commute time. Also realize that stoplight timing is done for car speed. Also realize that if a cyclist hits a pedestrian, other cyclist, or car, little to no damage is done. Road rules in north america are BS because they were made by ignorant people. I don’t that with any disrespect, but unless you have tried bicycling, you are ignorant to the plights we face.

      1. it doesn’t change the fact that cyclists need to obey the same rules. you’re not blameless just because you’re on a less dangerous vehicle. if you break a rule and you get hurt or hurt someone else, the blame is still on you. you may not like the rules but they are what they are, so follow them & ride safely.

  23. This is exactly what I need. I’ve only recently bought a road bike and have only been cycling for 2 months. Thanks, i’ll buy a helmet mirror today before my next ride. You may have just saved my life. 

    Thanks for the bike post – I mentioned yesterday that I would like to see more posts about running, biking, swimming. As an endurance athlete I appreciate these key pieces of advice. Keep up the great blogs!

  24. Hi Scooby,
     
    First off, very good post. I totally agree with you that most accidents involving cyclists could have been avoided. I’ve been cycling to work now for the past 10 years or so and I’ve never been involved in a accident with a vehicle. I cycle all year round as I’m one of the few people nowadays that hasn’t been interested in even learning how to drive.
     
    You are right when you say that you have to assume that every car on the road has the potential to hit you and you have to read situations and anticipate the stupidity of some drivers. On the other hand there are alot of cyclist out there that give the like likes of you and I a bad name. The number of cylists here that I see using headphones, cycling through red lights, hoping on and off the pavements (or sidewalks as you call them). I saw a guy this morning on my way in cyclint with no hands and texting on his phone!!! It’s only a matter of time before these people end up as a stastistic.
     
    Ride safe :o)

    1. I cringe when I see these folks, it makes drivers hate all cyclists.  The worst is the large groups of riders in a pack who think that they can blow thru lights and stop signs and take the whole road going 30mph when the speed limit is 60mph.  This kind of stuff pisses drivers off, and turns them against ALL cyclists.

  25. There are just some morons on the street. Nothing helps if you are super lucky like me – last time I got hit by I truck I was standing still and eating pop corns.

    Scooby was right, eating junk food will you  :D

  26. I am a total dipshit when I ride a bike. Driving a car three years now accident free (bar one parking mishap) but give me a bike and I’m a total idiot. I think it’s the nerves. I just don’t feel safe riding a bike at all in the city. Great timing on the article since it’s national bike to work week here in Ireland!!! http://www.bikeweek.ie/

  27. thank you scooby for the tip with the miror!!!
    in my country a month ago, there was a boy killed when running on his bike from 2 dogs, he got in the  wrong side of the road and got smahed by a car…he died and the problem is that nowone know his name…for a month they put anonces on papers and local news on tv …the police didnt find nothing yet it is past o month and he will be baried by the city hall…

  28. Excelent tip Scoob. I drive my bike almost daily, and on roads where cars may only drive 50km/h they drive 80 or 100 km/h. They want to be home fast, and break all rules.
    Someone else is always victim of this behaviour..

  29. Awkward reality check. 

    I come from the country with the most bicycles per head of population and we learn to ride a bike before we learn to walk (The Netherlands), but you hardly ever see a cyclist with a helmet on. Let alone a rearview mirror… 
    Then again, we’ve got a whole lot of bike lanes. In the citys as well as outside. Your post really made me rethink what i thought knowing about biking. As I do a daily 20km commute to and from work on my bike, this is one of the few items I’m going to purchase to achieve my fitness goals. First off, department store…

    By the way Scooby: I am a big fan of yours. Following your advise has made me over the years a whopping 115kg at 207cm and 9% bodyfat. Tnx! Keep up the good work!

    1. You have a culture where cyclists are respected by drivers because virtually every driver is a cyclist too.  Many sedentary drivers here in the USA think the roads are THEIRS and that bicycles are IN THE WAY and aim to teach them a lesson.

    2. Lol man I visited Europe for my first time and went to Amsterdam with some fellas, I almost got killed by 5 damn bikers haha then I got used to walk around the streets some time after I arrived there. It seems you guys really love biking, greetings from Mexico.

  30. O my God.. I always ride by bike looking over my shoulder.. and in our coundtry there are not any bike lanes at all!!!! Only 2 lanes in the city.. and they are in the park.. that is all :X :X I will try to find a mirror like yours.. hopefully I will… Take care, Scooby ! 

  31. Yes, Scooby. I’d say the most important safety device is Common Sense and not taking things for granted. Helmets, reflective vests, mirrors, all these are worthless without it. You can have all these things but if you stop asking yourself the question: “Is there something that could go wrong now?” then you’re just about to become a statistic. 

    And YES, YES, YES, not listening to loud music plus a good mirror will save your life. Thanks for the helmet mirror tip. I’ve been using the handlebar mount one but just as you said, it’s worthless.

  32. it’ s good to see it written by you, that the actual priority on the road doesn’t count. Dead bikers don’t argue. It’s only yourself who protects you and not a law or  the car driver by his permanent concentration and paying attention. A car is a moving living-room and people behave like 
    being at home!

  33. I’ve had to dive off my bike into the bushes twice this year already biking home from work ~12:30 at night. Drunk drivers and semi trucks, so many close calls. It’s downright terrifying some nights if it’s in a downpour.

    ‘Bike lanes’ here are the same thing, they just spray paint a bike picture on the shoulder and call it a lane, even though it’s overgrown with thorns forcing you onto the road anyway. Yeesh.

    Great article Scoob, I’ve just been using sound and headlight directions to tell what’s creeping up behind me, and those handlebar mirrors are useless, but I like this little mirror you got rocking, I am gonna have to rig something like this up!

  34. Thanks Scooby!  I have been riding for 2 years but only when it’s nice weather.  Sadly, when I first started riding I didn’t wear a helmet.  Not until I flew off my bike and broke my radial head.  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  There have been at least two major news stories about people being killed in bike accidents here.  One when a 16 year old ran down a cyclist with an SUV while on a cell phone (from behind) and one when a cyclist went through an crosswalk at about 50 mph and killed a person.

    I need one of those mirrors.  I didn’t realize they were that cheap.  Thanks!

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