[Yak] Re: Scorchers
andrejs at ozolins.com
Wed Apr 22 17:12:02 CDT 2009
alex wetmore wrote:
> I'm all for being seen, but I don't see how reflective sidewalls help
> in real world situations.
They don't help in standard traffic situations where all the action is
on one axis. But, there are lots of situations where a car driver is
likely to detect my presence at a distance with the reflective tires.
Turning out of a side street a block ahead, skirting a pot-hole in the
next block, stopped at a cross street stop sign, picking my way through
a parking lot. When those reflective tires are visible at all, they are
extremely noticeable. Most of the time, of course, only my rearward
facing reflectors are visible. But, to me, in the real world you can't
determine what angle it's going to come at you from.
And the real reason: I've hunted for my bike in a campground for a long
time when returning from the showers. With the reflective sidewalls even
the smallest flashlight reveals brilliant shining circles at my
campsite. I love it.
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