A few months back I read this article about how this person used a pool noodle for keeping cars a safe distance away while touring. I thought it was a clever idea and vowed to give it a try. I was at my local Walgreens last weekend and picked up one on sale for $2.29 and immediately added it my bike.
Traffic in the summer is frenetic and out of control. People in their convertibles and jeeps all seem to think speed limits don’t apply. The zoom effect is the one that always scares me out of my mind. Vehicles are a close shave away and despite lights, mirrors and signals, no one seems to give notice.
My experiment was a success. The pool noodle is clearly a biker’s best friend. What a great idea and even if it looks a bit silly it keeps me safe. No one yelled, honked, glared, zoomed by or even flipped me off. Frankly it was shocking how calm drivers seemed around me and my noodle.
Pool noodles keep you afloat even on roads.
Pick one up, especially if you’re touring around, but I do feel like they improve visibility better than a neon jacket. Good for any season. A commuter’s best tool outside of a patch kit and hex wrench.
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Get out there and ride!
Cool. I’m not sure how well it will do when on the multi-use trail
Good point. I suppose you could tuck it in a bit more, but I think the overall intent was for being on a should or bike path alongside a road.
I want you to be safe!
I am. I wish I’d thought of this for the cross country trip. I’d use this for bike touring for sure.
This is genius! How do you keep it on? Did you tie it down?
Sorry for the super long delay in answering your question. I wedged mine on the back rack. Couple of small bungies and it’s good to go.