Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Safe cycling

Adrian Loo took this photo during our recent ride to Changi Village for breakfast. Despite a long hiatus from cycling, all this gear is a standard part of my cycling kit so there was no trouble assembling them the night before.

Cycling lights
Photo by Adrian Loo

My rear light, a fairly new Cateye TL-LD610, refused to work when batteries were once again inserted, but happily I had a Sigma Cuberider to take its place - while Singapore streets are quite well-lit, the bright, blinking red lights alert drivers to your presence.

Updated to include a few missing items and a comment about distance to kerb. I should really add side and front-views (have them somewhere) and update this further.


Chelonia Munnster said...

Thanks for putting this up Siva! The blinking lights as well as the moving reflectors break the monotony of the bright Singapore street lights! This ensures that you WILL be seen!

thomask said...

great safety gear!

however, you are about 0.5m - 1m too close to the gutter. OWN your lane, forcing cars to merge into the second or oncoming lane if they want to overtake.

if they still decide to be so kiasu about their lane and pass extremely close to your right hand side, you then have a large safety margin to swerve in and brake if necessary.

Sivasothi said...

Yeah I know, too close to kerb; think I should replace this photo but was only one from last Saturday.

Kerb proximity here is not due to traffic (road is empty) but an occupational hazard - I was examining the vegetation and streams on the inside of the road so veered in as a result.

But yes, we need a decent margin when cycling in busy roads - that buffer can be critical.

Missing from photo:
Glasses - clear ones for dark (enhance light), dark ones for sun.
Back of jersey also has deep heat.
Frame has two water bottles.

Back2Nature said...

How close to the gutter, I think, depends very much on speed. It is also some kind of trade off between the risk of being overtook too closely and being knocked down from the rear by some not-alert driver. If riding at slow speed, wouldn't there be higher chance of the latter happening, which is quite deadly? Even if one took the whole lane, there will still be lazy drivers who merge half into the second lane and still overtake too closely.

More importantly and helpful is to frequently check the rear mirror to know the traffic behind.