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    Fog

    I own a car so I'm not 100% bike commuter. But just this morning I noticed some lingering fog. So my question to the dedicated commuters is how do you deal with fog if you have a job that requires an early start time that can't be altered?

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    Fog is no problem. Just make sure you have a good/bright taillight and headlight so you will be seen. When the temp gets around freezing in the winter you have to be very cautious of black ice.

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    I use lights front and rear. I have a 400 lumens flashlight on the front and the only time I use that during daytime is when it's foggy in conjunction with the blinking light. The rear light will be blinking too.

    I don't know what your riding conditions are like, but my commute is mostly residential and light commercial streets so all the streets are prima facie 25MPH. Motorists don't seem to drive any slower in the fog though, even if visibility is only maybe 150ft.

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    If it's still dark, mount the headlight as low on the bars (or fork) as you can to avoid compromising your own ability to see. And definitely no helmet-mount head-light.

    Same thing in the winter when it's snowing, FWIW.
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    My commute is rural/ 2 lane highway. I have minimum 5 miles on the 2 lane highway. I think I'm gonna invest in a brighter taillight to feel better about it.

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    ^^An excellent idea. Then you can run one steady as a targeting light and one blinking as an attention getter. I'd also add, make sure you are wearing bright clothes. I'm not sure if red or yellow is better in fog but NOT gray or blue.

    Oh, and welcome to the group. I own 2 cars but I'm still 100% bike commuter... in my head. Thanks for the full disclosure anyway.

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    you need an anti-fog device on your bike, when you turn it on it sends out a frequency that eliminates all for for a 50m radius, they are great i picked one up from crc last year.......

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    Appreciate the prettiness?

    About the only problem I have with fog per se is what it does to visibility and that it gets on my glasses. So, lights and I wear a cycling cap. Also, if it makes the road surface damp, it gets all over my butt. Or did. Now I have fenders.

    I've been lucky enough not to experience freezing fog. Ice is pretty scary on a bike.
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    I make sure I have blinking lights front and rear. I'm not a big fan of continuous beam lights on the rear (or front for that matter) as they seem merely to blend into the increasingly dense lighting you find on the road. Without something to differentiate your lights from the myriad for lights on the road I feel they get swollowed up and it can make the cyclist invisible again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchmedic View Post
    My commute is rural/ 2 lane highway. I have minimum 5 miles on the 2 lane highway. I think I'm gonna invest in a brighter taillight to feel better about it.
    A big part of my commute is rural 2 lane... A really bright rear blinky is the best safety measure. As a bonus, when the conditions are right, you can see the red blinky out of your peripheral vision because of the reflection of light on the fog... you can pretend the cops are after you. Makes you feel cool for not pulling over. Police escort, baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Appreciate the prettiness?

    About the only problem I have with fog per se is what it does to visibility and that it gets on my glasses. So, lights and I wear a cycling cap. Also, if it makes the road surface damp, it gets all over my butt. Or did. Now I have fenders.

    I've been lucky enough not to experience freezing fog. Ice is pretty scary on a bike.
    only until you pick up a pair of nokians (or make your own)


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