Gatzby wrote:I've heard watching the side views can keep you safe from dooring, but didn't know that about front brakes. Any reason?
Curious, do you ride with headphones in? That's one reason I'm hesitant to switch, since I enjoy music while walking, but am terrified of dying on a bike.
Sorry, a bit confused???
Front brakes are for cycling! Best brake for stopping quickest but must learn how to use with care!!!
Watching the front TIRE/WHEEL of a parked car to see if it is turning and suddenly lurching (might be what you mis-read (not front break on a car).
Just keeping a safe distance is the best way and the rule of road safety concerning dooring (but of course attempting to watch the side of cars/doors - it is difficult!).
On headphones... I use to ride with one plug in, then found a kind of "hard plastic round the ear headphone" so the plug could be very near the ear but not in. Now I have an iPod Touch which has a decent speaker and carry in my shirt pocket... btw, not living in a busy city anymore.
In a previous Woot-Off, maybe two years ago, got a wireless speaker for a bicycle. Pretty good sound.
tbh, if you are riding in a big city you are going to have an accident... best you learn to use your brakes, learn how to fall & roll, use a helmet, wear gloves, etc.
Also, most big cities have Bicycle Coalitions which offer bicycle safety courses, usually free... also free maps, etc.
After getting on a bike I couldnt stand the slow pace of walking or waiting for a bus.