I've recently started bike commuting after a long time away from bicycles, and I LOVE it.
I was in a bike shop last night after work checking out rear rack options and noticed a bunch of little white and red lights. These weren't headlights to see the road with but little rubber-mounted bright LEDs that would easily wrap around a handlebar or a seat post. I saw a couple so small that they were probably powered with watch batteries. All I played around with had at least two modes: blinking and solid (always on). Some had fast blinking and slow blinking too, and maybe other options I didn't notice.
A lot of my commute is on trails and through quiet neighborhood streets, but I have been noticing that a car driving under shady trees can be almost invisible while in the shade on a sunny morning, especially at a quick glance. And, lately I've been taking a short cut through two busy intersections instead of taking the long way around them lately.
I'd like to be seen and will probably grab white and a red light the next time I have a couple extra bucks and welcome any recommendations for good ones, but I'm wondering about blinking lights vs. solid lights.
Front and back, white and red, blinking or solid, and why, please?