I don't currently commute because I can walk everywhere on campus and home is a 2-hour drive away, but I'm going to start commuting to my good old summer job at Arby's after the end of the semester in May.
Problem is, I work nights, typically 10:00 or 11:00 PM until 5:00 AM. That means I'm going to need some lights for the ride there. What is the cheapest possible setup (be realistic...not a flashlight taped to my helmet) for me to be safe? Some characteristics of the ride:
Half rural with hardly any cars at all (especially at these times of the day)
Half state highway with consistent traffic, but great shoulder
About 12 miles (40 minute ride) one way
I don't need anything fancy. As long as cars can see me and I can see 2 or 3 feet ahead of me I'd feel comfortable. I know the roads pretty well.