Little flag or not?

XmisterIS

Purveyor of fine nonsense
I was driving along the other day and I came across a group of three windswept-looking and sinewy old roadies in single file going at a fair lick in the cycle lane. The lead rider had a little fluorescent flag on the end of a pole a couple or three feet long sticking out into the traffic lane as an indicator of the "three feet to pass" rule.

I always hang back and give cyclists a wide berth anyway when I'm in my car (I'll overtake on the other side of the road if I can).

But do you think a flag's a good idea? I'm thinking the flag could work both ways - (a) those people who simply don't realise how close they overtake would consciously drive round the flag, but (:smile: those drivers who are aggressive and have the "get cyclists off the road" attitude might see the flag as a target ...
 

levad

Senior Member
I have often thought about a sprung flag sticking out with a carbide point on the end of the stick. Any vehicle that thinks that less room is required would end up with a nice scratch :smile:
 

summerdays

Cycling in the sun
Location
Bristol
I've thought they could be useful but then again there are times when I want to get through a little gap - and they would potentially stick out and potentially snag.
 
He won't be doing much filtering then,I tuck my bar-end mirror in when I filter even though it's probably OK not to.
 

Armegatron

Active Member
Funnily enough I was discussing this with my parents the other day and was thinking of putting something together to try it out with a rear camera observing reactions.
 

jimboalee

New Member
Location
Solihull
Little whip flags mounted on the horizontal were quite popular back in the eighties.

I saw one on the very first Audax I rode.

It was mounted on the seatstay as high as possible without interfering with the leg movement.

It was a three inch red trianglular sheet of flimsy plastic which whipped up and down with the vibration of the bike.

Not seen one for twenty years.
 

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
Forget flags, for the best clear space when overtaking, strap a garden fork across your rack*...

Helps if you have an allotment to go to, of course.


*or get a recumbent. A trike is best, because you have a nice metal hub as your widest point, and a special grinding device up front for suddenly opeing doors.;)
 

jimboalee

New Member
Location
Solihull
Arch said:
Forget flags, for the best clear space when overtaking, strap a garden fork across your rack*...

Helps if you have an allotment to go to, of course.


*or get a recumbent. A trike is best, because you have a nice metal hub as your widest point, and a special grinding device up front for suddenly opeing doors.:becool:
Make one out of styrofoam and cleverly paint it. No need to go carrying 5kg of metalwork around.
 
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