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Old 02-07-06, 06:34 PM   #1
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Who needs lights?

Today was the first time since November that I felt like I could ride home without turning on any of my bike lights. It feels good now that the days are getting longer.
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Old 02-07-06, 06:41 PM   #2
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Today was the first time since November that I felt like I could ride home without turning on any of my bike lights. It feels good now that the days are getting longer.
Not quite to that point here yet, but warm, dry, and still a little light out when heading home makes me almost giddy.
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Old 02-07-06, 07:35 PM   #3
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Not quite here yet either but sense it coming....

I leave at 6:15 in complete darkness for my 20 mile commute and arrive just when dawns light appears at 7:15 - 7:30.
On my commute home at 5:00, its in bright light but just as I arrive home at 6:00 - 6:15, its completly dark.

I just ordered a CatEye Double Shot from the advice on this board and hope to get some good use out of it before it becomes too light out.

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Old 02-07-06, 07:54 PM   #4
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If I go in late and leave early, I don't need a light now. Still, having my uber-bright headlight pointed directly at a car didn't seem to make them see me on the way home today. I'll post separately about that...
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Old 02-07-06, 08:06 PM   #5
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I dont need lights. I would only need them if I broke both arms and legs and had to slither home but it is great that the days are getting longer=more riding time!
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Old 02-08-06, 08:09 AM   #6
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I do in the Fall and early winter.

I leave at 630 am and its dark and its dark at 430 pm in december when I leave the office.

This brings me to a question should I remove my lights for spring and summer??

during the daylight months I never do any riding after dark so Im wondering if I should remove all those wires switches ... untill fall?? for rainy /foggy days I have smaller battery blinkies and Led lights that I carry all the time in my saddle bag.

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Old 02-08-06, 08:13 AM   #7
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I always need them in the AM. Leaving at 5 am does that to you.

I have not needed lights in the PM for quite sometime. Especially since I discovered a new bike\bus route that gets me home 4:15-4:30 rather than the old route that was closer to 5 pm.
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Old 02-08-06, 09:40 AM   #8
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I'm just starting to not need 'em. I almost always leave late enough in the morning not to need 'em, but yesterday I didn't need 'em on the way home which was nice.

My 10w halogen light uses a bottle-cage lead-acid battery. You can bet your teeth that sucker's getting left home as soon as I don't need it any more. However I have a little 2-C-cell headlight that I leave on the bike all the time "just in case". It's better than nothing if it turns out I have to work late or something.

My blinkies stay on the bike all the time, they're small enough I just don't worry about it.
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Old 02-08-06, 09:44 AM   #9
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i will always need lights for going to work at 3am, but never need them for going home:11am
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Old 02-08-06, 05:17 PM   #10
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I took my lights off last weekend. If I leave work on time I make it home about 5 minutes after the sun sets, but it is still light out. I do leave the light at work though, just in case. I swear I can tell that the heavy lead acid battery is missing too.
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Old 02-09-06, 08:12 AM   #11
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Lol...+1.
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Old 02-09-06, 08:17 AM   #12
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I never ride in the dark ... I do not trust my affluent neighbours and their busy lifestiles that they reflect in their driving habits.
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Old 02-09-06, 04:26 PM   #13
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funny, I just started thinking about putting mine back on for the early morning rides
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Since I leave for work at 5:30 am I still need it in the morning, but I don't in the afternoon. Unfortunately I still have to lug it home for the next day
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Old 02-09-06, 09:18 PM   #15
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I haven't had my headlight on during my normal ride home for about a fortnight, but I always have my two back blinkies on. It won't be until probably mid-April before I don't need those when going home.

I did have my headlight on last night, though. I had errands to run in another part of town, and so I was coming home well after sunset and had a pretty long ride.
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