Commuting - Foul weather lighting?
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I've got a cheap flashlight that is sufficient for now, but think that I need to step up to something more for fog or rainy conditions. Only thing is, I'm not quite sure of what to look at.
There is some really good info in Electronics, Lighting, and Gagets forum on lighting. Not surre where you are riding/commuting but you definely want to be seen. Something that has flash mode in front would help drivers see you even in dense fog. Of course, a rear blinky is a must to keep from getting hit from behind.
I bought one of the safety triangles for my last tour. It's highly reflective and I use it on my road bike when I commute to work.
I'm not sure if there is anything specific for fog/rain as far as lights go. If you like making your own lights, check out http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/.
I'm also a big fan of reflective tape. I've been commuting for a long time and have only been hit by a car twice. Both times in the rain. Both times injury free! :D
Hope that helps some.
07-31-10, 01:26 PM
An In the front hub Dynamo. and a switched headlight. as the hub and headlight are wired together,
so the switch will turn the light on and off.
several brands to choose from , the German Schmidt is the best, .. But Shimano had a range as well ..
As it stands right now, the commute (bike part) is just roughly 9 miles, one way, with 95% on MUP. Very little elevation change on the MUP itself, but there are some rather sharp drop-offs on either side in places- it's a rail-trail that has been paved over.
In the near future, I shall attempt to ride the 8 or so miles from my town to the next where I currently do a park and ride on the bus (I'm multi-modal). That would be along a 4 lane divided highway with wide shoulders (full of crap and road gators) that has a lot of elevation change. Probably do this on a weekend as a test run for timing purposes, but will need to upgrade my lighting before doing so.
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