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12/09/2011

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anniebikes

Hmmm, very ingenious. That's what I love about your site. It reminds me that once I fashioned an orange flag (an extra one from my kid's tag-a-long)in the same position, flag on the left. Somehow I eventually lost it, but it did the trick for a while.

John Romeo Alpha

I could extend it by three feet to illustrate to drivers where they are legally required to pass me in Arizona. It would need to be at SUV rearview mirror level to really help them to understand, though, since too many SUV drivers seem to lose track of how close their passenger mirror is to me as they pass.

Ben

Very nice! But slow. I wonder if they make orange noodles with NACA low-drag foil sections... or if a hot wire could be used to advantage...

I've also seen people mount flags sideways, which might or might not be less visible, but which might have lower drag. And be more expensive. I also wonder about slipping between parked cars when trying to reach the curb...

It's worth mentioning that in many places a car must not pass within some distance (3' here in Colorado, see 42-4-1003 at http://colobikelaw.com/law.php) of the bike--defined to be the closest part of the bike+rider to the closest part of the car. So wider bikes are entitled to more room. Presumably a noodle that extends 5' to the side is legal, and means that cars must legally give the noodle 3' of clearance, which gives your torso a whole lot more of a buffer zone. Now I'm wondering about a hack involving a sticker saying "This bike uses video surveillance", a laser rangefinder, a camera, and a new hobby that involves meeting lots of lawyers...

Thanks for the link, by the way :)

Ben

Oops, I forgot I was wondering about something else as well:

The noodle/flag/whatever would want to be flexible enough that if a car actually hit it, you would feel (or hear?) something, but it wouldn't push the bike around. That'd be a fun one to test.

mattyfu

Know what would also get cars to give you more room, mounting a rifle case on the rear rack and as a bonus you'd have storage!

drew

Re: the guy with the ridiculously narrow handlebars. What's the point of having handlebars more narrow than the width of your shoulders? I guess it would help with storage, but any smaller than your shoulders and you start losing functionality and not getting any narrower.

WV Cycling

Not aero enough :(

Leo Horishny

MattyFu, funny! In parts of the country that concept would actually fit the local culture.

For not much money, the Flash Flag does exist and Terry, the owner, is helpful with many other reflective aids to light your bike up. I find it helps a little in traffic.

Colin P. Varga

Hi, I'm the cyclist that started using his "noodle". The noodle works very well and drivers give me more room when passing and no honking. Drivers really do not want contact with cyclists especially drivers with expensive paint jobs.

Has a driver ever made contact with the noodle? I don't know and I don't care. The noodle has lotsa give so I doubt that if another vehicle (car or bicycle) hit it this would cause the bicycle to be effected.

How aerodynamic it is? Oy vey. When you are on your bike use your noodle and not just your legs.

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