Two Birds With One Stone

Completed HelmetPre-installed bicycle helmet visors are somewhat skimpy and seem to be more decorative than functional. I wanted something more substantial to block the sun when high in the sky. After some thought I came up with a way to block the sun and support my Alma Mater sports team.

The basic color scheme of my bicycle helmet is gray/white so I purchased a sports team visor in gray for color coordination: a real fashion maven I am, I am. Not to fear, your color is out there somewhere.

Wind VentMy helmet has a ‘wind vent’ in the back. After carefully removing the original plastic visor I placed the performance visor around the front of the helmet and aligned it along the bottom edge. Then the adjustable band was stretched around the sides, placed between two of the ‘wind vents’, pulled tight to lock it in, and the Velcro was pressed together to hold it in position.

Push PinsKeeping the front of the performance visor in place was somewhat of a challenge. I finally used plastic push pins from a local hardware store. After measuring out 3 locations per side a heated scratch awl was used to create holes in the synthetic visor material and plastic helmet shell. The holes in the helmet were enlarged to accommodate the push pins which went through the visor, plastic shell, and into the foam. The push pins, rather than glue, were used so the visor could be easily removed and replaced.

All in all, this new helmet visor works very well and kills two birds with one stone; it blocks the sun and shows my support for The Arkansas Razorbacks. Woo, Pig, Sooie!

 

Sharing The Road: Safely

bicycle-safetyBicycling weather is just around the corner if you live in the northern part of the United States: believe it or not. That is the good news. The bad news involves automobile and bicycle drivers sharing the road; after a winter off, both drivers may have forgotten how to safely and respectfully co-exist.

In addition to my earlier safety articles, I have compiled several websites and YouTube videos that help define the best ways for automobile and bicycle drivers to share the road.

  1. Bicyclists Behavior & Crash Risks – This is an excellent article with both pictures and videos depicting ‘defensive bicycle driver behavior’.
  2. YouTube Bicycle Safety Videos – A group of videos depicting various various safe and respectful methods for co-existing with automobiles.
  3. Cycling Savvy – The first 1/3 of this article is a sales pitch on the need for bicycle driver education, page down to the start of No Need For Speed. That section, plus Lane Width and Lane Position, Changing Lanes, Merges and Diverges, Bikeways, and Communication have some very good information.
  4. Cycling With Children - Talks about introducing children to safe and respectful bicycling.
  5. The Enforcement Of Imaginary Laws – Depending on the circumstances, a bicyclist may be stopped by a police officer even though the bicyclist is operating in a safe and legal manner. This article discusses several occurrences and various techniques for handling the situation.

Drivers of both types of vehicles, car and bicycle, are responsible for their own safety. Each driver must maintain and operate their vehicle in the manner prescribed by law. Don’t be a dangerous and obnoxious driver, regardless of whether you are operating a car or a bicycle!