Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Coming at the issue from another direction, at the Tuesday night off-season group ride I join up with, early in the (off-)season about a third of the group sports helmet-mounted lights. The other two-thirds of us find them damned annoying in a group because every time a rider so equipped turns to talk with you, or looks over their shoulder (two things that are essential in a group ride) , BAM you get it right in the eyes.
It's sort of entertaining when two helmet light guys try to talk to one another. In fact, that's usually all it takes for them both to figure out that helmet lights may be just fine when riding solo, they're discourteous to others when riding in a group. It only takes a couple of weeks before all the helmet lights disappear from that group, even though it's all the same riders and bikes.
Could be your buddy can't quite bring himself to put it to you this way?