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Old 11-02-07, 11:45 AM   #1
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Attaching front blinky to rear

My cheap $7 front blinky bracket broke. So rather than discard I taped it to my rear blink, so i get two alternating red and white lights. Is this a good idea? Seems like it would gather much more attention and has built in redundancy should one's light battery be low? Any better ways I could attach the two beside simpe tape?
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Old 11-02-07, 11:56 AM   #2
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You might look like a "bike ambulance" from the back . I,ve got a friend who actually has this setup on a recumbent, don't recall how he attached them.
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Old 11-02-07, 12:10 PM   #3
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I find it annoying when riders do that. Are you coming or going?
If memory serves me correctly, the law states that red blinkies are for the rear and clear for the front.
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Old 11-02-07, 02:09 PM   #4
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I find it annoying when riders do that. Are you coming or going?
If memory serves me correctly, the law states that red blinkies are for the rear and clear for the front.
That's the gist of it. Lights are for quicker identification in low-light situations. Having specific colors on the front & back (or, as illustrated by a car's white reverse-gear lights, the direction of travel) helps others to determine a vehicle's orientation more quickly, which reduces the amount of time spent making a decision.

Imagine a sea of red lights going the same direction as yourself, and the only white lights are on the other side of the road going the opposite direction. If a driver suddenly spots a white light in front of them, they're going to freak out -- even if just for a second -- and think that some drunken idiot is going to smash into them head-on. Knowing how idiotic some drivers can be, they might even panic and try to swerve, causing an accident themselves.

It's just like how emergency vehicles get specific additional rules for lighting. For example, if you see flashing blue lights, you know that it's an ambulance or cop car.
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Old 11-02-07, 07:23 PM   #5
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I suppose I can paint the inside with a red marker. So it will look pinkish/red ? Just dont want to waste a perfectly good front blinky.
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I'd get, or make, another cheap $7 front bracket. Like you said, no reason to waste a perfectly good front blinky.
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Don't put a white light on the back of a vehicle.
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