Hugely exaggerated Hand Signals.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Banjo, 14 Feb 2019.

  1. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    I followed a guy on my way home .he had several lights front and back extreme high visibility retro reflective stuff bright yellow gloves etc you get the picture .No-one could ever use a "sorry mate didn't see you".

    The notable thing was his hand signals they were very exaggerated and precise .he would raise his arm almost vertical then down again to horizontal with arm straight as a board.It was eye catching but looked very mechanical and weird.

    Anyone else do this and do you think it is effective.
  2. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    It sounds like it works.
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  3. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    In certain circumstances I do that if turning right and there is someone behind who will need to slow down for me. And if I really don't like the look of them or I'm heading into a low sun I will dismount to the left just in case.
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  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    The human eye is attuned to movement so the more movement you can make, the less likely a dozy motorist will miss you. It's why on my motorbike I always used to move out to the crown of the road when approaching emerging cars, so as to create sideways movement. I still do it on the bicycle and yes, I also do exaggerated hand signals before checking behind to see if they've been noticed.
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  5. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    Was it Augustus Windsock? No longer he's stayed alive so long! ^_^

    Interesting that the old Public Information Film implies cyclists should be "tucked-in again close to the kerb..."
  6. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Some of the old school Clase 1 plod drivers were the same with their hand movements, all crisps, over emphasised, almost like a salute.

    Of course, it doesnt matter how conscientiously he was indicating it's all for nowt if he wasnt thoroughly looking about first, and jn my experience observing other cyclists the odds are he wasnt.
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  7. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Veteran

    These days I only make left hand (nearside) signals for following cyclists, in case they try to sneak up inside me.
    A left signal means "it is ok to overtake me" to most drivers, the exact opposite of the behaviour I want from them.

    Exaggerated legalistic cycling doesn't really add to safety and may impair it when safety and the law conflict.
  8. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Indeed. Most road users simply indicate as a substitute for proper observation, or to cover other shortcomings in their technique.
  9. MikeG

    MikeG Guru

    I wonder if this guy has been knocked off his bike previously, because it all sounds somewhat over the top. But so what, we shouldn't be criticising someone for doing the right thing.
  10. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Perhaps he was attempting to take flight, or he works as a Hitler impersonator?
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  11. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    ...New Tealandia
    my dad taught me to ride that way when I was a kid. Cycling proficiency did too.
    I don't ride like that all the time now.
  12. MossCommuter

    MossCommuter Guru

    Yes, me too
  13. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    I saw somebody doing that yesterday. No helmet or hi-vis, even had no lights on at dusk so not an over the top overcompensating to be seen type, just a bloke in normal clothes on an mtb. But his hand signals were a crisp up-down-up-down. I thought it very odd, particularly given the casual way he swung out into the road.
  14. Siclo

    Siclo Über Member

    I do it on one particular roundabout at Irlam locks, my commute time coincides with the start time of the convoy of tipper trucks leaving their depot and in order to turn right I need to break into their little race, I've found it's an effective way of getting the drivers attention when he's got his umpteen tons of death machine so close to my rear wheel I'm probably in the blind spot beneath the cab.
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  15. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    The guy is hip. This is a Steam Punk dance.
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