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View Poll Results: Daytime Running Lights
I always use my lights, day or night. 9 14.29%
I only use my lights in the day during low visibility conditions, such as rain or fog. 34 53.97%
I only use my lights at night. 17 26.98%
I only use my lights in rural areas, not in the well lit city centers. 0 0%
I do not use lights, it's better not to be sen at all. 3 4.76%
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Old 09-18-06, 03:25 PM   #1
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The Living Daylights

I recently beefed up my light rig with two front lights (LED and Halogen), and a super blinky in back.

How many of you advocate daytime running lights?

Running my new setup gets me MUCHO respect from cars and peds at night. A motorcycle even stopped (!) to say hi, thinking I was a fellow biker (maybe he wondered If I had a nuclear engine, to be so bright and yet so quiet.)

Will running lights in the day elicit the same respectful response from drivers, eliminating a large percentage of the harrasment a cyclist recieves?

Anyway, a diversion from the usual safety deathmatch....but a topic I would like some feedback on. Thanks.

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Old 09-18-06, 03:35 PM   #2
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I only use daytime lights when there's fog or it's not too bright out yet. I haven't purchased any lights that are truly bright enough to see in broad daylight. I'd like to, however.
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Thanks for the input, Diane.

I'm looking for truly bright lights (that don't weigh a ton) as well. Let us know if you find a good resource.
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Not enough poll options.

I kinda think its a good idea,
I dont have lights on our bikes because we dont ride at night, but I am kinda considering it for daytime use.
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I haven't in the past, but I am seriously thinking about it. Right now I run the Bell combo pack from walmart--good and bright enough in front and back. I can easily take them off and carry them, as I sometimes have to lock my bike in higher crime areas. If I upgraded, It would have to be something I could easily take with me. But yes, I will probably soon start running lights during daylight.
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Not enough poll options.
I'm sorry, what options did I leave out? Gas lamps circa 1892?
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I don't always ride the Cannondale, of course, but both of the other bikes have a daytime-visible superblinkie and usually one of my daytime-visible lights (HID or halogen).
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I didnt even think about the gass lamps, but now that you mention it I do kinda like the idea.

Really, I didnt know how to vote because I dont have any lights, but your poll made me think about getting some.
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I don't always ride the Cannondale, of course, but both of the other bikes have a daytime-visible superblinkie and usually one of my daytime-visible lights (HID or halogen).

The lighthouse keeper called, he wants the light back !
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The lighthouse keeper called, he wants the light back !
Dang, he's onto me!

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Really, I didnt know how to vote because I dont have any lights, but your poll made me think about getting some.
Here's a nice one that is daytime-visible and about $20. http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...0719&c=3758772 Your local bike shop can get them, might have them already. I bought one and liked it enough to order two more. The one in my photo is a small LED police strobe powered by an RC-car battery, but I'm adding one of those SuperFlash ones I linked to, as a secondary one for failover and added visibility.

DOT Conspicuity Tape like on your trailers is also awesome for fenders if you're out when people have their lights on. Fenders have tons of surface area to make use of.

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Who makes a truly blinding white headlamp with a clamp?

I want a high beam so bad. I moved to the woods, and even twin headlights lack that "throw" I would like.

Preferably I would like a 10 yard concentrated cluster beam.

Suggestions? I want to be seen from space.
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Who makes a truly blinding white headlamp with a clamp?

I want a high beam so bad. I moved to the woods, and even twin headlights lack that "throw" I would like.

Preferably I would like a 10 yard concentrated cluster beam.

Suggestions? I want to be seen from space.
You could home-brew one, see the Total Geekiness thread in Commuting. Or hit BatterySpace.com and go down the left side to Bike Lights, they've got 13-watt HID and some halogen ones there for reasonable prices (relative to major-name brands).

Personally, I'd like a Light & Motion ARC Ultra. No wait, two ...nah, three of them. Three should be enough.
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Preferably I would like a 10 yard concentrated cluster beam.
I should have been more specific.

I want an HID high beam, and a concentrated heat laser cluster beam to blow possums out of my path.

Dang possums, I saw at least three on the road last night. If I hit one, we're both toast. Gotta watch out for deer as well.
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I should have been more specific.

I want an HID high beam, and a concentrated heat laser concentrated cluster beam to blow possums out of my path.

Dang possums, I saw at least three on the road last night. If I hit one, we're both toast. Gotta watch out for deer as well.

All you need is $$. Google.....

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Batteryspace - the new 30w HID (cheap).
I Googled laser blaster with no luck. Suggestions?
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Gotta love a chick who can bike in jean cut-offs...

[nice reflection off the guard-rail, BTW - that's a damn good taillight]
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I Googled laser blaster with no luck. Suggestions?


Search the forums for "death star" and "son of death star" (really)
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ya gatta google posum blaster
http://www.animals-b-gone.com/Opossu...ssum_info.html
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I never understood liquid based repellant for cycles.

If you are going so fast that you need to spray the stuff, won't it blow back into the cockpit, blinding you and sending you to your death as you careen into a tree?
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I never understood liquid based reppelant for cycles.

If you are going so fast that you need to spray the stuff, won't it blow back into the cockpit, blinding you and sending you to your death as you careen into a tree?

Hey
Riding a bike is dangerous.
your gonna have to chose between the posum and the spray.
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Gotta love a chick who can bike in jean cut-offs...
Thanks! But I checked this morning and I'm still a guy, actually

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[nice reflection off the guard-rail, BTW - that's a damn good taillight]
I concur! That's actually sometimes useful for showing up around corners at night, in situations where there's something for it to reflect off of (guardrails, houses, etc).
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Thanks! But I checked this morning and I'm still a guy, actually

I concur! That's actually sometimes useful for showing up around corners at night, in situations where there's something for it to reflect off of (guardrails, houses, etc).

Man you gonna hate me for this, but I had to look twice myself.
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The option you missed was for using lights during low visibility daytime conditions + night time. I use my blinkies at low visibility daytime because I never remove them from my bike = they are not very bright but every little bit helps. I only take my 3 LED headlights when I plan to be out after dark.
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Wow.
I need to get my eyes checked...
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