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Old 05-18-19, 11:58 PM
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All hail the noodle...

Saw this while opening a new session in Firefox...interesting... using a pool noodle to warn drivers and set distance allotted to bikes....

https://qz.com/1620913/the-best-cycl...=pocket-newtab
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Old 05-19-19, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 72SuperSport View Post
Saw this while opening a new session in Firefox...interesting... using a pool noodle to warn drivers and set distance allotted to bikes....

https://qz.com/1620913/the-best-cycl...=pocket-newtab
I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle. Having said that, I did have this Safety Wing on my folding bike. It was more conservative, and I didn't have a sense that cars gave me a wider berth, as they rarely came close to me. I eventually took it off.
In my darker moments I think about a 3-foot projecting pole with a scratch awl or a can of spray paint on the end to leave evidence of a close call. ;-)
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The principle isn't new, these folding arm things have been around for decades, i just don't think they were ever popular...

[IMG]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1Iiwg2dHXL.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]https://urbanvelo.org/wordpress/wp-c...safetywing.jpg[/IMG]

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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle. Having said that, I did have this Safety Wing on my folding bike. It was more conservative, and I didn't have a sense that cars gave me a wider berth, as they rarely came close to me. I eventually took it off.
In my darker moments I think about a 3-foot projecting pole with a scratch awl or a can of spray paint on the end to leave evidence of a close call. ;-)
Oh i hadn't seen the link you put up, one is the same picture lol
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Oh goodness they are popular with Germans. I work for a German company and some were going to use those here. I told them it would be seen as a challenge by the rednecks.
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I agree with the sentiment that pool noodles will be interpreted as a challenge to that small crowd of mullets who hate cyclists. Lane control still appears to be an effective deterrent against close passes.
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Snakes are supposed to love noodles, they're warm. I get a black widow or other spider trying to ride without paying fare now and then and I kick them off.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle. Having said that, I did have this Safety Wing on my folding bike. It was more conservative, and I didn't have a sense that cars gave me a wider berth, as they rarely came close to me. I eventually took it off.
In my darker moments I think about a 3-foot projecting pole with a scratch awl or a can of spray paint on the end to leave evidence of a close call. ;-)
Well, yeah, you can Walter Mitty that to Tepoketa and Beyond but you won't be down with El Jefe of Mayberry no how.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle. ...
Better they buzz the noodle than they swipe you without one. Yes, a scratching awl or a paint brush in that noodle would be a good idea.

My problem is that my rides are a combination of MUPs, bike lanes and roads. So I'd like to retract the noodle (without having to stop and adjust) when I'm on the MUP or bike lane so I won't bother other cyclists or pedestrians.

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Old 05-22-19, 10:58 AM
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If I had to ride around with a pool noodle attached to my bike, then it is time for me to give up cycling.
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Don't forget to remove it before riding the MUP. Or not.
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The car passenger will just reach out and grab the noodle and there will be yet another injured cyclist.
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Originally Posted by Lucillle View Post
The car passenger will just reach out and grab the noodle and there will be yet another injured cyclist.
Or, maybe they will set it on fire!!!!! Flaming noodle!
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Originally Posted by Lucillle View Post
The car passenger will just reach out and grab the noodle and there will be yet another injured cyclist.
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Or, maybe they will set it on fire!!!!! Flaming noodle!
Knowing the crazies in cars, I doubt they'll want to risk damage to their paint jobs.
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from my reply in a FB post..

Wanted to offer an educational document on wind shear, the bow wake of a Zip code sized Motorhome's effects on a bicycle rider , on the roadside, as They blow buy at 65+ mph, to be on the front of the steering wheel part, of every one on the lot, but the sales guys at Garrity in Junction City , just laughed it off... (commenting on the age of the people who finally could afford one).. A few years ago, one summer, on US101 , such a wind wall knocked an elderly man on a father-son Oregon coast bike tour, off, his bike, he fell to his left and under the following trailer wheels of a truck.. I doubt the Pool Noodle would have helped...
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So, every cyclist who wants to pass you gets pushed out into the driving lane ? ? ?

I can see vehicle passengers playing a new version of Whack-a-Mole with your brightly colored appendage, or worse, being dumb enough to grab it. IMHO it would create more problems than it solves.
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Too many bad things can happen with the 'noodle'. That is many more negatives, than any positives.
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I reckon a near invisible wire with a scratch tip would be more satisfying.
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All hail the [pool] noodle
Originally Posted by 72SuperSport View Post
Saw this while opening a new session in Firefox...interesting... using a pool noodle to warn drivers and set distance allotted to bikes....

https://qz.com/1620913/the-best-cycl...=pocket-newtab
Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle.
Originally Posted by JW Fas View Post
I agree with the sentiment that pool noodles will be interpreted as a challenge to that small crowd of mullets who hate cyclists.

Lane control still appears to be an effective deterrent against close passes.
Originally Posted by Lucillle View Post
The car passenger will just reach out and grab the noodle and there will be yet another injured cyclist.
Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Better they buzz the noodle than they swipe you without one. Yes, a scratching awl or a paint brush in that noodle would be a good idea.

My problem is that my rides are a combination of MUPs, bike lanes and roads.

So I'd like to retract the noodle (without having to stop and adjust) when I'm on the MUP or bike lane so I won't bother other cyclists or pedestrians
I first read about a pool noodle on a thread from 2016, and commented later:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Being seen

...My watchword when cycling is “Make yourself as visible as possible, and assume no one sees you.” The above posts nicely describe the use of Hi-vis clothing and lights.

One other item I read about in only one thread on BF is the somewhat whimsical idea of extending your space with the use of a pool noodle, an idea I myself have yet to try.
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...However to add to your list of visibility aids, see this thread, Safety hack for bikes using a pool noodle.” It has a video and photo of a pool noodle.

I recall thinking it is something I might put on my bike, and a pool store is nearby my workplace, so I’ll have to check it out.
I was surprised by all the worries about antagonizing drivers with a pool noodle, I just never thought of that concern in my travels here in civilized metro Boston.
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I have those exact thoughts whenever I am passed, even when not tooclose by motorist who does not slow down or move over slightly, just as an indication that they notice me.

I always think those self-absorbed cagers are only restrained by the thought of scratching their cars, or the hassle of filing police reports...
There is also a current thread on the Touring Forum about pool noodles, "
Why every cyclist needs a pool noodle on roads"
Originally Posted by MrJames67 View Post
https://qz.com/1620913/the-best-cycl...a-pool-noodle/

What an outstanding idea...

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes, all the cure in the world.

These noodles are one dollar at the Dollar Tree stores now.
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This is the stupidest idea yet- how to induce even more rage. Why don't you just wear a traffic cone on your head? They're free all over town. Dress as Ronald Mcdonald while you're at it.

Drivers either see you or they don't, and seeing this wobbling down the road will only anger the already volatile typical American jackass. We're already the slowest dorkiest thing on the road as it is, with our styrofoam helmets and sissy shorts.

How about you practice riding in a straight line? Ride the stripe, hold a steady pace and move over when you're obviously clogging things up. This is just common sense.

We are the weakest most vulnerable users of the roads. I like touring Europe because the drivers are skilled- they actually get training and it is expensive to get and keep a license. Not so in the US.

Riding skills trump a foam toy every time.
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The picture of the rider using a noodle in the OP's link is ridiculous.

The rider is on a road with a 6-8 ft shoulder that has rumble strips near the fog line. It does not get much better than that.
That rant by @zweitesmal garnered four LIKES.

I guess the reason I never got one is that my safety practices (link) are more effective, and for the dork factor, though I still might try, even just for my commutes.

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If I had to ride around with a pool noodle attached to my bike, then it is time for me to give up cycling.
I couldn’t agree more. Nothing worse than vintage, Italian steel adorned with a neon pink pool noodle; however, they look at home on an SWorks or Cervelo.
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If I had to ride around with a pool noodle attached to my bike, then it is time for me to give up cycling.
Originally Posted by Dr.Lou View Post
I couldn’t agree more. Nothing worse than vintage, Italian steel adorned with a neon pink pool noodle; however, they look at home on an SWorks or Cervelo. [/QUOTE
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I guess the reason I never got one is that my safety practices (link) are more effective, and for the dork factor, though I still might try, even just for my commutes.
Hey @Dr.Lou , Thanks for the clearance...I have an Sworks with an Arkel Bikepack.




What color?

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We've been using a noodle on our tandem for several years now. Attached is a pic in the "stowed" configuration. It does seem to buy a bit of distance from many passing vehicles but I do think it might be seen as a challenge to someone already a threat to cyclists. Inattentive motorists are a bigger threat and the noodle probably won't help. I do agree that the noodle looks stupid but another day alive and stupid looking isn't a horrible thing. We're not going to win any fashion or speed contests anyway.
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The noodle may be the bike flag of the 21st century...
As a kid, I loved my bike flag. Too young to appreciate it for safety reasons, I just thought it was cool. Not feeling the same coolness for the noodle, however.
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I do agree that the noodle looks stupid but another day alive and stupid looking isn't a horrible thing.
How could I disagree about another day alive, but ... could there possibly be a false equivalency here? Like big time? I mean ... are you implying that the 99.8% of cyclists that do NOT ride around with stupid looking pool noodles strapped to their rear racks are dying (literally) for them? Or ... that noodle toters have never met such a fate? Life is too short, and there are more than enough occasions to look stupid that are beyond your control to spend a single minute deliberately looking like a noob. My wife would beat me about the head and neck with brass knuckles if I ever tried to adorn our tandem thusly.
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How could I disagree about another day alive, but ... could there possibly be a false equivalency here? Like big time? I mean ... are you implying that the 99.8% of cyclists that do NOT ride around with stupid looking pool noodles strapped to their rear racks are dying (literally) for them? Or ... that noodle toters have never met such a fate? Life is too short, and there are more than enough occasions to look stupid that are beyond your control to spend a single minute deliberately looking like a noob. My wife would beat me about the head and neck with brass knuckles if I ever tried to adorn our tandem thusly.
To each their own. Some where helmets, some don't. Some tandem teams wear matching jerseys and look ridiculous, others have things like noodles and look ridiculous too. Some cyclists claim they would give up cycling rather than ride a recumbent. There's no one right way to appear on a bicycle. Plus, get your statistics right, it's not 99.8% that ride without a pool noodle, it's more like 99.999% that ride without a noodle. That's a big difference!

Plus, you've got bigger issues than worrying about cars if you think your wife would beat you with brass knuckles ;-)
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