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Car Begone- Life saver- Bike light extender system.

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"  The lives people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive."
 (Factotum- Charles Bukowski)

I've noticed the increase in drivers who make me shriek by driving extremely close by.

It is scary. 

I came up with what I believe to be an entirely original idea but unlike my usual stupid offerings this could save my life or your life.

As a  prototype, I used a big wooden spoon to extend my backlight so that it stuck out as much as my handlebars.

It worked, the drivers gave me more room, but the idea needed refining and I needed my spoon back.

I decided to use an old kick stand because it can be tucked away behind the saddle and simply unfolds down into the ideal position when needed.

Please read on.

 
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Step 2: Affixing the extender

Attach the kickstand to the seat stay with the nut and bolt and various washers.

Then attach the light to the end.

Step 3: Light up, light down.

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This works for me; I even use it in the day.

Safe riding to all velonauts.


FOH
Excellent idea. I ride a bike for commuting to work and anything I can add to be seen is great. I have flashing lights on my backpack now, but something like this will soon be added to the bike.
Great; let me know if you think that it works to keep cars at bay.
Wesley6661 year ago
Good thinking. I don;t see why people that ride bike everyday to work and such don't put on a little set of turn lights and what not. Bikes are dangerous in general, bicycles even more so then motorbikes, less visible, slower, etc. You should make a little set of flashers operated by 2 buttons on the handlebars (left and right) powered by a 555 timer and 9v battery as well. I mean personally, anything that makes you more visible or relays info to other on the road is good in my books and many times I have cyclists cut across my path without warning because they have no signals (Rarely do they use the arm signals they are SUPPOSED to use).
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Wesley6661 year ago
Dear Wesley666,

You are right , you can't have too many lights.
My bike is like a Christmas tree in Winter.
I used to have a brake light as well; that made me feel a lot safer.
Although I am an ardent cyclist I must admit that many cyclists do ride in a dangerous way.

Kind Regards

FOH
This is a brilliant idea! I think it would be well suited for a front flashing light, to avoid getting car-doored. :(

Thanks for the share!!!
Audrey
Dear Audreyobscura,

Thanks for the comment.
A front light version would be useful too . . . I tend to give parked cars about 2 to 3 foot of space as well.

Kind Regards

FOH
Great idea. I too have been shocked at how close car drivers get. I have been thinking of making an extra arm on my riding jacket that flaps up and down to make car drivers think that I am crazy, and give a wide berth. Would the extra drag be worth it?
Dear Charles,

That sounds excellent, especially if you have a glove sewn on the end.
I read somewhere about a guy  riding along on in a clown suit and how the cars gave him a very wide berth.
I think anything out of the ordinary makes car drivers think a bit more.
Why not enter it into the competition ?

Kind Regards

FOH