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thelittlebird

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Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:48:19 AM »
I'm moving to where I can actually bike to work instead of just the grocery/church etc. but it's dark at 6:30 in the morning on my way to school. Any recommendations for bike turn signals to make it easier for cars to know where I'm going when they can't see my arm signals? There seem to be quite the variety and not many good reviews.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 08:51:21 AM »
They make lighted arm bands and jackets with lights along the sleeves.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 09:01:48 AM »
Most car drivers don't know the difference between the down turned 'stopping signal' and up turned 'going right' signal.  My suggestion is simply to stick out the arm on the side that you want to turn and point for signalling.  Keep your arm out for a full three count.  Expect cars to see your signal and simply ignore you a lot of the time too.

I have been biking to work in the winter for years in the pitch black.  The main goal is simply to make yourself visible.  I don't think that trying to set up something with lights for signalling is worth the effort.

- Get a bright headlight
- Get two bright lights on the back of your bike.  I've had taillights fail on me, and it's scary when that happens.
- Wear something with lots of reflective patches that's in a bright colour.  The bright colour doesn't seem to matter at all in the pitch dark, but helps when there's a little light coming out.  The reflective patches don't really make any difference when it's a little bright out, but are huge when it's pitch black.
- Put some reflective tape on your helmet, fenders, and seat stays.

If you do the above you should be fine.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 02:39:55 AM »
They make lighted arm bands and jackets with lights along the sleeves.

I made my own version of these like 15 years ago when i was a kid, they worked pretty nicely.

Or you can just strap on reflectors to your arms/hands.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 03:58:26 AM »
I stuck reflective tape onto some gloves.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2017, 05:07:49 AM »
Most car drivers don't know the difference between the down turned 'stopping signal' and up turned 'going right' signal.  My suggestion is simply to stick out the arm on the side that you want to turn and point for signalling.  Keep your arm out for a full three count.  Expect cars to see your signal and simply ignore you a lot of the time too.

I have been biking to work in the winter for years in the pitch black.  The main goal is simply to make yourself visible.  I don't think that trying to set up something with lights for signalling is worth the effort.

- Get a bright headlight
- Get two bright lights on the back of your bike.  I've had taillights fail on me, and it's scary when that happens.
- Wear something with lots of reflective patches that's in a bright colour.  The bright colour doesn't seem to matter at all in the pitch dark, but helps when there's a little light coming out.  The reflective patches don't really make any difference when it's a little bright out, but are huge when it's pitch black.
- Put some reflective tape on your helmet, fenders, and seat stays.

If you do the above you should be fine.

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Re: Recommendations for turn signals on a bike?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2017, 08:38:54 AM »
Most car drivers don't know the difference between the down turned 'stopping signal' and up turned 'going right' signal.  My suggestion is simply to stick out the arm on the side that you want to turn and point for signalling.  Keep your arm out for a full three count.  Expect cars to see your signal and simply ignore you a lot of the time too.

I have been biking to work in the winter for years in the pitch black.  The main goal is simply to make yourself visible.  I don't think that trying to set up something with lights for signalling is worth the effort.

- Get a bright headlight
- Get two bright lights on the back of your bike.  I've had taillights fail on me, and it's scary when that happens.
- Wear something with lots of reflective patches that's in a bright colour.  The bright colour doesn't seem to matter at all in the pitch dark, but helps when there's a little light coming out.  The reflective patches don't really make any difference when it's a little bright out, but are huge when it's pitch black.
- Put some reflective tape on your helmet, fenders, and seat stays.

If you do the above you should be fine.

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Except I also use 2 white headlights because it's also scary when the battery dies mid ride