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Hazards for an EUC *Advice to new riders*

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panda,

Interesting list.  Might I suggest one more - especially over here (across the pond).   People Texting or On A Cell Phone (the younger they are the less likely they are to notice you and the more likely it will be your fault for riding into them, whether or not you have the right of way). 

I am not sure if this should be classified behind "people with a hot drink in their hand" or "vehicles turning without signaling" - I'll let you make the call.

Cheers,

Jim  

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Another one missing: little dogs.

Yes......LITTLE dogs. I've ridden by/past numerous Alsatians, Rottweilers (!), Huskies, Labradors etc. They usually react with bored indifference.

But for some reason the little ones (chihuaha, jack Russell, cockapoo etc etc) go crazy and run alongside and in front of. Aka just ASKING to be run over.

Be on the lookout! ?

Edited by paddylaz

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Great points Panda, JFP9, P&J, and Paddy,

Im now getting comfortable riding short 2-3km distances around Melbourne CBD, but am always on the lookout for potentual hazads, people, dogs, kids, holes etc.

Im still pretty new to this, so at this stage Im only riding as fast as I can "runout" if something happens...Have had the odd occasion to be watched by interested police on duty as well, I notice them and just roll along quietly at walking pace to let them see that

1. Im not a danger to others, and

2. Obeying traffic laws, waiting at lights etc

I see the whole Regulation thing with EUC's as a "common sense" approach. They are so new that police and others atm are viewing them in my town at least as a "novelty" thing, but they still want to see that you are in control of it, and also going at safe speeds, keeping accidents and mishaps to a minimum..

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Great list @panda! Compared to other parts of the world, I think drivers in London are particularly aggressive & are of the 'devil may care' sort. One of the worst is the situations is when they turn-left, merging onto a road or coming out of a drive-way. In most cases they don't brake until it would be too late, or even bother to look left for oncoming cycle, pedestrian traffic. 

During the two years of riding around London never had an accident, but the number of times a car would do something silly was too many to contemplate... 

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Also, there are many bad drivers specially on secondary roads and crossings who most of the time will surprise you with their presence at your back since we do not have rear view mirrors .

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Speaking of rear view mirrors...  I sure would like to find something that I would use.  The helmet mounted ones don't seem all that good, and I hate to say this, but they don't look very cool

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30 minutes ago, Colestien said:

Speaking of rear view mirrors...  I sure would like to find something that I would use.  The helmet mounted ones don't seem all that good, and I hate to say this, but they don't look very cool

These glasses should work but only during day time. :)

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Multifunctional-mirror-rearview-sunglasses-glasses/32238647255.html?spm=2114.01020208.8.8.3Z1Uys

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Newest-fashion-Rear-View-Sunglasses-Glasses-Anti-Track-Moniter-Sunglasses-polarized-sunglasses-for-woman/32382168533.html?spm=2114.01020208.8.53.DczERg

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/rear-view-sunglasses-anti-track-monitor-sunglasses-rearview-sunglasses-aviator-glasses/32380679755.html

Edited by SlowMo

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14 hours ago, SlowMo said:

It's a cool idea, but they give you a bit of tunnel vision and they do make you quite dizzy after a while when moving. I bought a pair some years ago and can confirm that they work quite well, but tunnel vision and takes some getting used to! The rayban ones blocks out maybe 10 % of your field of view per side, 20 % reduction in total... Though you can see on the outside of the glasses I at least would consider them a bit dangerous to drive with, however cool they are.. You might be able to get used to it and compensate by changing the way you look around in traffic, but I never took the time due to dizziness and ugliness (they are quite small in size)

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On the subject of Mirrors, I saw a Video the other day and both guys were wearing gloves that had a small (50mm) wide angle type mirror on the back of one glove, so you could just hold out your hand and see if anything was coming up behind them. I don't know how practical they would be but it might be worth a try they would only be a couple of dollars at an auto shop and us velcro to attach them.

 

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3 hours ago, Phil Howell said:

On the subject of Mirrors, I saw a Video the other day and both guys were wearing gloves that had a small (50mm) wide angle type mirror on the back of one glove, so you could just hold out your hand and see if anything was coming up behind them. I don't know how practical they would be but it might be worth a try they would only be a couple of dollars at an auto shop and us velcro to attach them.

 

This seems to be a very good idea specially for people who don't wear glasses.

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Nice list. What about overconfidence? We are our own worst enemy at times. We should know the limit of our skill and the limit of our wheel. Pain is a humbling experience. Learn the basics of riding till it becomes muscle memory. 

I'm just babbling, so take it with a grain of salt. ;) 

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18 hours ago, JFP9 said:

Colestien, Check out bicycle helmet mirrors,  and glasses mirrors.

Something like this-

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1031112_-1___000000

Cheers,

Jim

Thanks Jim that's looking like what I will end up with.... or one for my helmet

Edited by Colestien

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Larger cracks in the pavement that are parallel to the wheel seem to be pretty dangerous. I haven't had one make me fall off yet but I've had some that catch my wheel and make it hard to rebalance, but the same crack going perpendicular to my wheel is no problem.

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