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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Rookie mistake... lesson learned!

So this morning I'm on my way into work, loving the ride (like every day!). I stop at the light at the end of the neighborhood and wonder which route I should take... there's the fast route (but uses a toll road) and the longer route (which has no toll).

The light was red so I unzipped my jacket and pulled out my iPhone from the one inner pocket on the jacket, just to see the time on it (since I don't wear a watch). Time was good... plenty of time to take the longer route... check. So I start putting the phone back into the pocket and it won't go in. My left hand is holding in the clutch and my right hand is trying to get the phone into the pocket.

So I glance down... and realize that is totally useless as I'm wearing my full-face helmet. DOH! Then I glance up, and the light just turned green. Double-DOH!

I have a moment of panic and three options run through my brain in about 1/2 second: Option 1: let go with my left hand and use both hands to get the phone in. Option 2: just hold the phone in my right hand and try to negotiate the throttle with a hand full of phone. Option 3: drop the phone in the jacket (but not the pocket) and hope/pray it doesn't fall out onto the road.

Then I took a breath, calmed down, and realized that the cars behind me can just wait a few seconds. I thankfully didn't do option 1, as that could have just been bad all over. I skipped the other two as well and went for #4: to take my time and wait until I got the phone back in the pocket and the jacket zipped up. Then two hands on the bike and forward I went. Whew!

As I rode in, I thought about it and realized I had made a couple of really stupid errors... First, thinking that I could just "check something" unrelated to biking at a traffic light... like I used to do in the car. Second, forgetting that my full-face lid means I can't look down at the front of my jacket. At all! And third, not thinking that I could have at least anticipated and put it in neutral before pulling the phone out. That would have at least given me two hands.

My main take-away, though: if I need to check something like that again... even if it's just a quick check, I can always pull over to the side or a side street or something. Then I can focus fully on the phone until it's done, then refocus fully on the ride/road.

Lesson absorbed.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 03:49 AM
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Soooo.....your new handlebar mounted clock has been ordered and is on the way right?

Cell phones are dangerous enough in a car. They have no place in our hands when we are on our bikes. I throw mine in the saddle bag with my other unneeded at the time possessions and that way, I'm not tempted.

Danimal, I'm glad it worked out for the best for you and thanks for posting this. If for no other reason than to remind us not to perform these dangerous acts when enjoying our beloved rides. Be safe out there and keep it about the ride. That's what really matters
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 06:38 AM
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Which Vulcan do you ride?

The 900, or at least my 900 classic, has a clock in the odometer. I just switch it to clock when on my way to work. I guess I assumed all Vulcans had that then.

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Mine is mounted to my Ram-Mount X-grip. It's not that I need the phone but I use it as my GPS while riding in unfamiliar territory and I frequently just shut data off to prevent emails, etc. from even coming in. I agree, never in my hands although I'll admit I have done the same thing and :
1. You did the right thing in not rushing
2. Good thing those behind you were watching you and not the light

I'm sure we have all seen a rear-ender that happened because someone didn't move away from the light fast enough. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched cagers start rolling up behind me before I accelerate away from a light. Makes me super nervous.

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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Tramp96 View Post
Which Vulcan do you ride?

The 900, or at least my 900 classic, has a clock in the odometer. I just switch it to clock when on my way to work. I guess I assumed all Vulcans had that then.
I have a 500 LTD. No clock. But I'm definitely going to be getting one now.

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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 03:56 AM
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Find an old watch and affix it to your handlebars.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 08:37 AM
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Try one of these: Bought one for my wife's bike.

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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 10:39 AM
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I always asumed time stands still on a bike? Done that myself early on and just put it in my side pocket of my jacket, or on seat/under crotch till was safe to pull off and put it away.

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Well Danimal, I can clear this all up.

When on your bike you ALWAYS take the long way.

No need to thank me.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Johnny Reb View Post
Find an old watch and affix it to your handlebars.
Or your wrist.
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