|My portable, flexible, flashy collection of give-away lights|
We've all seen them: cyclists blundering down a pitch black street with no lights or reflectors on their bikes (note to self: throw a couple of reflectors into the giveaway bag, you've got too many of those laying around, too). So in this season of giving, I've put together a bag of lights to giveaway to them, in an effort to make their passage, and mine, and yours, safer. These are all new, never used, and should work as decent Be-Seen flashers. I'm enthusiastic about passing them along. There's just one question: how would I go about this exactly?
A lot of times, the Cyclists of Darkness (COD) will whoosh by in a crunchy grinding of poorly lubricated chain and maladjusted derailleurs heading the other direction (should I throw in chain lube? A link to 8th edition of Barnett's Manual, although I notice they no longer let you download the derailleur chapter 32 for free?) Relevant to this post (I do digress sometimes, don't I?), should I spin around, and chase them down? "Excuse me! Excuse me! Would you like some lights? Free? It will only take a second..."
What if the COD is at the bike rack? A much easier approach, I think. "Oh, riding off with no lights I see! Would you like a couple? I have extras. Here, have some! This Niterider is particularly awesome, let's put it one your seatpost here..." That one will work, I think.
What if the COD is reluctant, though? "No thanks, I enjoy being a COD, I like cruising down a dark street on ninja bike invisible to cars and everyone else." Perhaps I could sneak a Knog onto their seatpost when they're not looking. Watch where they park, slink out there, and BAM! They have a flashy light out back.
The COD are everywhere, I've noticed. I'll report back on my COD flashing expeditions in this space, as I continue my quest to light up the night.