I'd be more concerned about someones dog taking you down.
That's the problem I have in my part of the country. The red neck idiots around here think just because the road goes in front of their house that the dog owns it.
I had to sue one good old boy, because his dog ran after me and yanked me off my bike. He wasn't keen about paying for the repairs to my bike, medical bills and for new pants. The judge got him to understand, his dogs right to run free ends on the shoulder of the road. (Camera phone helped out in identifying the dog and calling the cops)
Make yourself visible, purchase and wear a high visibility vest. It looks kinda dorky, but florescent green or orange really stand out. Get the one for twilight conditions, they have a reflector strip in it that makes the vest glow when a headlight hits it.
You can purchase a battery powered strobe light for your bike, they blink with a red light.
Carry pepper spray. When I ride I have a pepper spray canister that attaches to my wrist. It came with an elastic band with Velcro.
Make sure you have a loud whistle for two reasons. The first one obviously is to signal for help if it's available, the second reason is the noise can confuse a dog into backing off.
Have a travel kit with your bike at all times. A small can of fix-a-flat and some very basic tools for road side repairs.
· 1 decade ago