This humorous video on the importance of bike lights from the Bicycle Transportation Aliance may remind some long time fans of that time in January 2007 when I biked home from work without my pants.
I agree with BTA’s message: lights are a must-have when cycling in the dark. But really, I think all of us have forgotten lights at one time or another, or maybe had some kind of malfunction or battery problem. How do you get home?
That was my dilemma the evening of January 17. I was Just Riding Along on my fixed gear bike down Willow Road in Menlo Park when my pant leg got caught in the chain. Any fixed rider knows that a mere obstruction isn’t going to stop you pedaling and sure enough *RIPPP* — my pant leg ripped up the seam all the way to my waist band, completely exposing my tighty whiteys. Yep, no bike shorts underneath that evening; I looked just like the guy in the video.
The fabric was wound so tight into the crank I was strapped into place and couldn’t get off of my bike; I was actually wedged onto my bike saddle! I had to carefully scoot myself backwards until the fabric was loose enough to set me free.
Those who don’t know the area: Willow Road is the major thoroughfare connecting high paying jobs in Mountain View and Palo Alto with less expensive housing across the Dumbarton Bridge in the East Bay. I had an audience literally of thousands.
And I still had to get home that night.
You do what you gotta do, whether you’re pant-less or lamp-less. I certainly didn’t camp out in the office overnight, which I guess is what BTA suggests in their humorous video when stuff happens.
Anyway, always ride with lights. But if you’re out and about without lights, I’m probably not going to give you the third degree about it because I’ve worn them moccasins.
Via Elly Blue.