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June 28th, 2007
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Watch out world!

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From:damascene
Date:June 29th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
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Welcome to biker-chickitude!

Safety gear, yah. Never leave home without it.

A couple of recommendations:

1) A standard lightweight mesh reflective vest, the same kind cops and construction crew folk just pull over whatever they're wearing, for dusk and night rides. Yeah, I know it's not sophisticated over all that snazzy black and silver gear, but it'll make you visible to the idiots who don't catch your tailight in their cellphone-distracted glances at the road.

2) If you haven't already (apologies if you have and I missed that part), take the RiderCourse. It's worth every dime and minute.

fair roads, and safe ones,
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From:netmouse
Date:June 29th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
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thanks for the advice! where do you get those vests?

I have taken the rider course, yes. Twice, actually. I passed the skills test the second time with only one point off, and it was on something I passed the first time and know I can do if I need to (emergency stop - I went one foot farther than needed for my speed).

Maybe we'll get to ride together some time. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 29th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)

Reflective Vest

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Google "reflective vest" and you can find a number of places, or try a local hardware store

Or try http://ridesafer.com/store/item/fpef/Reflective_Vests/Deluxe_Retroreflective_Safety_Vest_-_HiVis_Orange.html

http://www.majorsafety.com/motorcycle-vest-reflective.htm
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From:damascene
Date:June 29th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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I buy my vests on eBay. Search "safety vest" and manymany results will appear, some of which are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable (which made me marginally less annoyed at having to replace the one that's always in my glove box, when the bike was stolen last August). I prefer the lime green based on visual perception studies that indicate that color has a higher visual registration factor than standard safety-orange, especially in low light conditions.

(emergency stop - I went one foot farther than needed for my speed)

Uh-huh. And did your instructors feed you the line about how you've just knocked Grandma over and broken her hip, the way the pair running my class did?

Riding together, you're on. Mine's not a highway bike, but we'll figure out something.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 1st, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Uh-huh. And did your instructors feed you the line about how you've just knocked Grandma over and broken her hip, the way the pair running my class did?

um, no. Of course, they'd seen me do many a fine stop in practice, including the time one instructor stepped in front of me as we were circling around doing swerving practice on our own, to stop the exercise. He gave the signal to stop as he stepped right in front of me. I stopped immediately, with perfect form, I might add. "Stopped on a dime," he said, "good."

I liked my instructors. Our whole class had a really good energy to it, a lot of confidence and good feeling. And our whole practice group passed the test. It was awesome. It's rare, they said, but it certainly broke the suspense as he went to hand out the results. "Before I get started," he said, "you all passed." That was great.
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