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SE 6 Way Flasher with Accessory Red with Bike Attachment
Must-have safety accessory for bikers, walkers & runners who shares the road with motor vehicles because drivers can't avoid you if they can't see you. This compact flasher is super-easy to attach. By using the same type of high-intensity LED now used on tractor-trailers, you'll be visible in total darkness for up to 2,500 feet. Two common AA batteries (not included) last for up to 60 hours on flash mode/20 hours with constant-on. Included no-drill bike mount for attaching to either handlebars or seatpost. Quick-release button removes flasher from mount when ride is over - snaps back in place for next outing. Weighs just 3 oz with batteries installed and has a weather-resistant silicon seal.86% (6)
Lance! (Armstrong, of course!)
On Monday, I noticed a crowd as I was leaving Laurens, Iowa. They were taking pictures (and getting autographs?) of two guys in LIVESTRONG biking outfits. Ah, Lance. I thought I would just go out into the country, take a leak in the corn field and wait for a pack of riders to catch up with me. Lo and behold, as I emerged from the corn field, Lance's pack rode by, but I was on the left side of the road and a slow moving semi had just pulled out onto the road in front of me in the left lane. By the time I got under way, the pack was hundreds of yards down the road ahead of me. They were traveling at maybe 17-19 mph as they passed me, so I knew I would have to make a maximal effort to have any chance of catching them, or I would just lose them. Fortunately, I had just had a 1 hour nap plus lunch and had replenished my blood & muscle glycogen and was warmed up. So I hammered for a mile or so and was able to catch up with them. I know, you're saying, "That could be anybody"...you didn't even photograph his backside. But, why would I tell complete strangers such a fib? I'm telling you because it was one of the true high lites of this RAGBRAI for me; Lance is one of the all time cycling greats... here...on RAGBRAI! To get that close to him and to actually ride in the same pack with him, wow! For more evidence of the veracity of my claim, see the notes and my 2 other pictures of him. You can see that it is his bike with Bontrager wheels like here and here. And verify also that it is him via the yellow neckerchief inside of the black jersey collar, Livestrong wrist band on the right wrist, the Garmin 305 on his handlebar, yellow tires, yellow custom accents on the TREK frame, yellow accents on the helmet, the black & silver shoes with yellow toe patches, black socks, black & yellow gloves, green water bottle, (and his black wrist watch band in the 2 the other pics of him), just as in my close up pic. Not every detail is in all 3 of my pics and the 2 that I linked to, but many are. The reason the pic is so bad is that I'm riding on the left hand edge of the road (there is usually a dangerous drop off at the edge of the concrete). Riding shoulder to shoulder with several other bikers in the left lane, steering with one hand, pulling the camera out of a back pocket, removing the plastic bag protecting it, holding and aiming with one hand - no ability to aim thru the viewer or see the LCD screen in the bright sun light. This all makes the situation quite challenging. A lesson that I learned is to take a whole bunch of pics in situations like this and hope that at least one reasonable one gets taken. I have a 1 Gb SD card, for Pete's sake! IMG_0349bike touring packing list
for future reference. only thing not pictured is a stuff sack with a change of clothes for camp, frame pump, spare spokes, and i usually bring a book and a notepad. left pannier: -main pocket: tent + sleeping bag + camp clothes in a compression sack. -outside pocket: bike tools and tubes -top pocket: cycling clothes, warm hat. right pannier: -main pocket: food, cooking stuff, fuel, tent poles, toiletries, book, thermarest, camp shoes. -outside pocket: snacks -top pocket: main stash of film, warm jacket, head lamp. front bag: cameras, few rolls of film, sunscreen, wallet, phone, maps, snacks. weight: 18.5lbs = gear ~3lbs = camp clothes and book 6lbs = panniers total = 27.5lbs
This is one flasher that's going to get noticed! Unique dual-color polycarbonate lens has special 'focus spots' that magnify the intensity of the super-bright LED. Plus, tiny refractive dots molded inside the lens create extra sparkle to increase your visibility from angle. Attaches in seconds to bike handlebars or seat post - mount included - and when you're done with your ride, push the release lever to remove. Use the built-in belt/pocket clip and you'll have high-visibility walking, running or other activities. Seven light settings include constant on, slow/fast flash, slow/fast side-to-side running. Dimensions: 5"W x 2"H x 1-1/2"D (without bike mount); weight 2 oz/4 oz with/without 2 AA batteries (not included).