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Old 06-19-14, 07:02 PM   #1
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Best Rear/Tail Lights for the mean London roads

Need one is waterproof(I live in the UK where it rains a lot) that will allow me to be highly visible from a far away distance. I'll be riding at mainly at night. I haven't done any road cycling before, so I just want to make sure I'm safe.

All suggestions are welcome.
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Old 06-19-14, 09:05 PM   #2
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Need one is waterproof(I live in the UK where it rains a lot) that will allow me to be highly visible from a far away distance. I'll be riding at mainly at night. I haven't done any road cycling before, so I just want to make sure I'm safe.

All suggestions are welcome.
And rechargeable.

300R RED Taillight with built in battery ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store

You will be visible from outer space, day and night. Pricey but worth it. Mine is nearly three years old. I use it every day.
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Old 06-19-14, 09:11 PM   #3
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Niterider Solas. I use it here in Denmark where it also rains a lot, and it's visible from afar AND from the sides. Oh, and it's USB rechargable too.
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The dyno lights B&M offers would work for you, i think. Their higher end lights are very bright, like scooter headight bright.

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Old 06-19-14, 09:20 PM   #5
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https://www.serfas.com/products/view...%7Ctail-lights

Great bang for the buck.
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I would suggest that people who are interested in being seen, get a tail light (and headlight, for that matter) that is visible from the sides.
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I would suggest that people who are interested in being seen, get a tail light (and headlight, for that matter) that is visible from the sides.
Clearly but OP's question was :Best Rear/Tail Lights for the mean London roads. Personally I own the Thunderbolt front and rear lights and I believe they can be seen for about 1 mile so you will be seen
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Clearly but OP's question was :Best Rear/Tail Lights for the mean London roads. Personally I own the Thunderbolt front and rear lights and I believe they can be seen for about 1 mile so you will be seen
Yes, maybe you will be seen. If the only risk in city traffic was being rear ended..

The distance from behind doesn't matter much in city traffic, but the Solas and likes is visible that mile you mention, and you are visible from the sides - the latter part is quite important in city traffic, unless you consider being rear ended a higher risk than being side-swiped, which in city traffic is usually not the case. And with lights like the Solas you can both be seen from the side, as well as that mile from behind.
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B&M toplight line, brake Plus gets brighter when the pulses from the hub dynamo reduce in frequency to be in effect a brake light ..

Maybe a bunch of lights.. Back of your head on down.


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I haven't done any road cycling before, so I just want to make sure I'm safe.
so it seems like you are jumping off the 30 meter board into the deep end of the Pool.

maybe the Bus and tube will be safer .. do a lot more rural road riding first, so you have road cycling part down better ,
before going into the maelstrom of the City.

Wear a lot of reflective gear and be super defensive ..

You Join CTC yet? they are the UK Cycling Advocacy Organization on the Cycling safety campaigns. Do That . it's in your intrest.

http://www.ctc.org.uk/cycle-campaigning

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Old 06-20-14, 09:48 AM   #10
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Can you get bad rear LED lights?
Use 2, one on solid, one flasher: Having 2 on flasher mode is confusing.
the best location is under the rear rack.

I like dynamo lamps for f/r with a battery backup.
Keep a spare rear LED (same bracket) at work (along with an extra spare inner, cables, and underpants/socks/shirt).
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And rechargeable.

300R RED Taillight with built in battery ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store

You will be visible from outer space, day and night. Pricey but worth it. Mine is nearly three years old. I use it every day.
+1 (except mine is only pushing 1 year old).
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Light and Motion VIS 180 is very bright from behind and has great visibility. Its not cheap though.

Niterider solas is very bright, and has decent side visability (beter then the hotshot, which as a very focused beam.

Sefras thunderbolt is a good option, though I find battery life to be below average (I just charge it every day I use it now).
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