Cycling into the sun

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Cycling into the sun

Postby mark a. » 7 Feb 2015, 11:46pm

It's low sun straight ahead and wet roads, so there's tons of glare. Do you:

1) Carry on
2) Stop
3) Do something else that helps you not get run over by a car drive who can't see.

If (3), what is that magic trick, please?

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby SteveHunter » 7 Feb 2015, 11:55pm

3, stop at the pub, pie and chips and a pint. Carry on with lights after the sun has gone down.

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Ron » 8 Feb 2015, 12:06am

...... or dismount, get bike and self off the road and walk to the pub :) .

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Vantage » 8 Feb 2015, 12:26am

Carry on.
There's drivers who text, tweet, mess around with satnav and stereo's, smoking, drinking, telling their kids to be quiet, doing other naughty things behind the wheel and I don't stay off the roads for them.
If I stayed off the bike for every possible risk out there, I'd never get any cycling done.
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby reohn2 » 8 Feb 2015, 12:59am

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Valbrona » 8 Feb 2015, 1:59am

One would hope that if you get hit by a vehicle the Police Officer attending the scene would adequately asses how suitably prepared the driver was in driving in such conditions. Like, was he/she equipped with eyeware of a suitable specification and did he/she think to use that eyeware in conditions of glare?
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby eileithyia » 8 Feb 2015, 8:31am

Valbrona wrote:One would hope that if you get hit by a vehicle the Police Officer attending the scene would adequately asses how suitably prepared the driver was in driving in such conditions. Like, was he/she equipped with eyeware of a suitable specification and did he/she think to use that eyeware in conditions of glare?


and be driving at a suitable speed to take in the conditions, have a clean windscreen.
And remember it is not just the sun that you are cycling into that is a problem, the sun behind you with drivers looking toward you at junctions can also be an issue for them.... but again they should be using suitable caution and have a clean windscreen.

Personally i switch my light on when cycling into it.
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Merry_Wanderer » 8 Feb 2015, 11:06am

+1 for switching your lights on

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby danhopgood » 8 Feb 2015, 11:57am

I've changed my approach since following the court case in my home town of a cyclist killed in Southampton and the driver claimed low sun - and was found not guilty of death by careless driving.

Now if I'm turning right and I'm likely to have to wait in the running lane, I will wait at the kerb for a space in the traffic. I also avoid busy routes in those conditions.

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Vantage » 8 Feb 2015, 2:01pm

reohn2 wrote:Buy one of these:- http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/smar ... lsrc=aw.ds

It is BRIGHT


I can believe that. I've had the 1/2 watt version for 2 or so years and it's like looking at the sun.
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby TonyR » 8 Feb 2015, 2:13pm

Valbrona wrote:One would hope that if you get hit by a vehicle the Police Officer attending the scene would adequately asses how suitably prepared the driver was in driving in such conditions. Like, was he/she equipped with eyeware of a suitable specification and did he/she think to use that eyeware in conditions of glare?


One would hope but....... https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=cr&ei= ... killed+sun

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby [XAP]Bob » 8 Feb 2015, 2:47pm

I try to pick up a car behind me, and keep them there....

Then I can stop watching the wing mirrors.
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby Tonyf33 » 8 Feb 2015, 10:53pm

I went out late today, around 2pm, there was a bit of glare off the wet roads but it wasn't as bad as it has being. I've often put my slow rear flasher when the sun is ridiculously blinding but didn't today. 99.9% spot on driving only one idiot going too fast too close.
If you think about it too much you spoil your ride and it changes your behaviour pattern (& not for the better IMO), when it's your time it's your time, often there is bugger all you can do about it.

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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby reohn2 » 8 Feb 2015, 11:07pm

Tony
I didn't realise you were a fatalist :shock: :wink:
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Re: Cycling into the sun

Postby landsurfer » 8 Feb 2015, 11:21pm

Buy some x loop sunglasses from e bay and enjoy the day ...simples
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