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Old 11-19-13, 11:29 PM   #1
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My Night Lights

My cell phone camera has an option to shine the flash/LED. It lights up my bike's reflectors like a car headlight would. Out of curiosity I hit my lights and rode my roadbike past the camera to see how I appear to cars. Thought I'd share my results.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw28Y...r#action=share
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Old 11-20-13, 09:13 AM   #2
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Well done, You will be seen, except by drunk drivers or cellphone users...
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Old 11-20-13, 09:15 AM   #3
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I like it; what is the gear you are running?
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My cell phone camera has an option to shine the flash/LED. It lights up my bike's reflectors like a car headlight would. Out of curiosity I hit my lights and rode my roadbike past the camera to see how I appear to cars. Thought I'd share my results.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw28Y...r#action=share
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Old 11-20-13, 09:45 AM   #5
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Looks good! Of course as dramiscram points out, it doesn't guarantee your safety, but it's as good as you can do.
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Lookin Good...Now put some reflective tape on your rims.

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Old 11-20-13, 10:09 AM   #7
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My main headlight is the Niterider Minewt 500 (on the handlebars). Front and back mounted next to the spokes is a simple Bell flasher set with side cutouts for 180 visibility. On my helmet I have an amber flasher on the rear headband and a 9-LED utility light facing front above the brim. I just put some white reflective tape on the rear and sides of my seatpost, and some red on the rear wheel posts. I have regular old white spoke reflectors. Plus reflective tape on my backpack plus the reflective sash/vest, which shows rearward on the other bike where my backpack is on the rack.

I have wanted to put reflective tape on the rims, but they are not deep and I have rim brakes.

Back in the late 1960s and early 70's I had a Schwinn Stingray with a reflector in back and a bottle generator on the front. Later in the late 1980's and early 90's as I began to ride again, I experimented with bottle generators and halogen lightbulbs. I melted quite a few plastic housings before getting serious and buying real lighting equipment.

With internet sites like Bike Forums, the LED revolution, and other technical advances, I believe we are living in a bicycling renaissance with innovation and enthusiasm not seen since the 1890s. (Yes 18-nineties).
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I believe we are living in a bicycling renaissance with innovation and enthusiasm not seen since the 1890s. (Yes 18-nineties).
Europe would make your head explode then.

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I adore those videos, acidfast7. (How did you choose such a strange name for yourself?) I'm going to see if we can take a vacation in Copenhagen this summer. I'm inspired.

For what it's worth, my new neighborhood is also seeing an increase in cargo bikes, for the same reasons. I haven't seen adult passengers in them yet, so maybe I should try to start that trend. I'd need a cargo bike to do that, though.
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Very nice, look pretty easy to see to me.

You could try some Lightweights for wheels for you wheels since you have no room for reflective tape on your rims.
http://www.rei.com/product/808967/li...ectors,-silver

I haven't tried them (yet) but plan to.
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Old 11-21-13, 11:04 PM   #11
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Very nice, look pretty easy to see to me.

You could try some Lightweights for wheels for you wheels since you have no room for reflective tape on your rims.
http://www.rei.com/product/808967/li...ectors,-silver

I haven't tried them (yet) but plan to.
I like them a lot, have put them on three bikes in the garage thus far. Lightweights has various reflective kits, in addition to the one for wheels. I've used the wheels kit also for wrapping my fender stays, and have applied their tape to other parts of my bike, and have added stripes to my cycling jacket, to my gloves, helmet, booties... It can be kind of addictive when you see how effective this can be for making yourself more visible, via reflectivity. I think it compliments a good set of lights really well.

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Old 11-26-13, 02:59 PM   #12
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nicely done sir. yes, you can use more side reflectivity. tape it up! you can add reflective tape to clothing too!
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