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DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent

Getting chased by a dog when you are cycling on a country road is not really a big deal since you can usually outrun them. Dogs in the city are a different matter since you often have no choice but to stop and deal with them. I have found the DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent to be an excellent product in dealing with dogs.

DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent

DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent

While products like Halt! Dog Repellent are great at teaching a dog a lesson in courtesy, they also have a tendency to create a very angry dog owner. Having a dog owner chase you down in his car can lead to all sorts of problems, including a trip to the hospital. So, how can you stop a dog without either harming the dog or upsetting the dog’s owner? Use the DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent and not only will the dog stop in his tracks, but the owner will never find out.

The DAZER II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent stops dogs by use of high frequency sound bursts. You will never hear the DAZER working, but the dog certainly will (unless he is deaf). I’ve used the DAZER to stop everything from Pit Bulls to ankle biters and it really works. However, I doubt it would have any effect on a police or security dog since they are highly trained and tend to ignore such distractions (they also are pretty good at ignoring pepper spray).

The DAZER has an effective range of about 15 feet and the closer the dog gets to you the better the DAZER works. I’ve owned one for these devices for about six years. I had to buy a second one a few months ago because I loaned my old one to a postman and he doesn’t want to give it back! The DAZER is about the size of an old garage door opener (4.5 x 2 x1.25 inches), weights about 4.3 ounces and runs on a single 9-volt battery.

This product has a retail price of $40, but it is available on Amazon.com for $25.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Bicycle Safety

 

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Trek Circuit Helmet

A few weeks ago I was in the mood to buy a new bike helmet before the start of summer. I had planned on buying the super-lightweight Giro Ionos Road Bike Helmet because its massive air vents were very appealing to me. When I tried the Giro Ionos on in the store it was very comfortable. However, when I got down into the position like I would normally be in when riding in the drops I could easily see the bottom edge of the helmet above my sun glasses. As a result, I started looking for another brand of helmet and settled on the Trek Circuit Helmet.

Trek Circuit Helment

Trek Circuit Helment

The Trek Circuit Helmet is only slightly heavier than the Giro Ionos, but about $130 less (the Giro Ionos retails for $230, while the Trek Circuit retails for $100). While at the bike shop I held the Giro Ionos in one hand and the Trek Circuit in the other and the difference in weight was very insignificant.

The Trek Circuit Helmet has 21 well-placed vents that provide excellent air flow. Trek’s ZipTite 2 fit system is excellent and the helmet is so light and fits so well that it is easy to forget you are even wearing it. I rode over 500 miles with this helmet in the past few weeks and would highly recommend it to any cyclist.

 

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CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

The CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag has something I’ve always though other bags should have, i.e., a highly reflective case. I have several saddle bags with small reflective strips, but this bag is made entirely from reflective material.

CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

I put the CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag on the road bike I use for night rides and riding in the rain. The bag is small (6″ X 3 1/4″ X 2 1/2″) and is just big enough to hold a spare road tube, patch kit, two tire levers, a CO2 inflator nozzle with two cartridges, and a Topeak 9 Mini Pro tool. This bag attaches under the saddle itself with a sturdy strap, but is not attached to the seat post with Velcro straps like most saddle bags.

While this bag is perfect for a road bike it would be too small for a mountain bikes because there would not be enough room for the larger mountain bike tube (I tried). I really wish CycleAware offered a slightly larger bag. My only complaint with this bag is that it does not have a loop so you can clip on a reflector or flasher. However, since this bag fits tightly under the saddle you should have room to attach a flasher on your seat post.

The CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag has a retail price of around $25. If your local bike shop does hot carry it you can always find one at Amazon.com.

 

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CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror

Cycling snobs beware: I ride with a helmet mirror. Yes, I know they look dorky, but I have finally reached that point in life where I value my life more than I fear the disdain of bike snobs. I’ve purchased several different brands of helmet mirrors, but my favorite is the CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror.

CycleAware Reflex Helmet Mirror

CycleAware Reflex Helmet Mirror

This mirror mounts securely to your helmet with double-sided tape (included with the mirror). I own four cycling helmets and I use this mirror on three of them. There is no way to mount a mirror on my winter cycling helmet since my snow goggles have to slide up on top of the helmet when not in use. My oldest helmet is four years old and is about to be replaced, but the CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror has hung on for every mile, both on the road and on the trails.

When riding into a headwind of over 30 MPH you might see the mirror vibrating a bit, but other than that it is very stable. CycleAware claims the mirror is removable, but I have never even tried. It is much easier to just buy a mirror for every helmet you own. The flexible shaft between the mount and the mirror itself is very easy to adjust. The large oval shape of the mirror provides a great field of view with a fantastic depth of field.

I have purchased several of these mirrors from a nearby Performance Bicycle store for around $20.00 each. You can also buy the mirror from CycleAware’s Website or Amazon.com.

 

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Planet Bike Blinky 3H Tail Light

I do not think it is possible to be too well seen at night. In my opinion, being seen falls into two categories: passive (reflective gear) and active (lighting). I am amazed that so many cyclists are willing to put their lives at risk by not making a better effort to be seen by motor vehicles at night.

Planet Bike Blinky 3H Tail Light

Planet Bike Blinky 3H Tail Light

In addition a good tail light on my saddle bag (and a lot of reflective clothing) I also use a Planet Bike Blinky 3H Tail Light mounted on my helmet. The helmet mount is self-leveling which means it will always be visible to traffic directly behind you, regardless of whether you (and your helmet) are looking up or down. This light has three bright LEDs and a built-in parabolic reflector. In flash mode the light should run for about 100 hours on a single AAA battery. You can also run the light in continuous mode, but I think a blinking light draws a lot more attention. The Planet Bike web site claims the Blinky 3H can be seen from up to a mile away.

The Blinky 3H comes with both a helmet mount and a seat post mount. The helmet mount is Velcro and you can attach it to your helmet in under a minute. The list price is $23.00, but I got mine from Amazon.com for $18.00.

 

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Halt! Dog Repellent

You will never know how fast you can really go on your bike until you are chased by an angry Rottweiler who thinks he is defending his territory. From personal experience I can tell that having a dog chase you is the highest form of motivation.

I always carry Halt! Dog Repellent with me on night rides, off-road trails, and when I am checking out a new route for the first time. I started carrying Halt! several years ago after two small dogs refused to allow me to get past them on a bike trail. It finally took a well-placed stone the size of a softball for the mutts to back off and let me pass.

Halt! Dog Repellent

Halt! Dog Repellent

Halt! contains capsaicin (chili-peppers) and shoots out a pressurized spray that has an effective range of about 10 feet. This product has been used by the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years and works well.

A couple of years ago I was on a bike trail when a dog came out of nowhere and was very intent on sinking his teeth into my right ankle. I pulled out the Halt! and just as I was about to spray it the dog apparently recognized the can and ran away. I can only imagine that somewhere along the way that dog had a mailman introduce him to Halt! and he decided not to try it again.

On off-road night rides I run into a lot of varmints (both four-legged and two-legged) and I always feel safer knowing I have a can of Halt! in my jersey. I purchased Halt! off of Amazon.com for under $4.50 a can.

 

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