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Old 07-31-10, 11:54 AM   #1
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Foul weather lighting?

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.

Any ideas?
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Old 07-31-10, 12:23 PM   #2
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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!

Hope that helps some.

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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 ..
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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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