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Old 10-27-10, 09:02 PM   #1
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Day time flasher for the front?

I have a Nite Rider helmet mounted light that is really bright and has a flashing option. However, it has a battery pack and charger and all that which makes for a lot of work.

Can anyone recommend a simpler setup that will make me visible to oncoming drivers in daylight hours? I envision some sort of flashlight style with common AA or AAA rechargeable batteries. No cables and easy to take off and throw in the bag when parked on a public rack.
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Old 10-27-10, 11:40 PM   #2
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You need lots of lumens for daytime visibility. IMO no AA or AAA light is going to be particularly visible.

Years ago I had a motorcycle totaled out from under me on a bright daylight day and it had the headlight on and a headlight modulator installed for daylight visibility. I was running a H4 halogen headlight bulb with 40 watts low beam power draw, far more than any bicycle light made. I swear the gal looked right at me before turning in front of me. She still told the cop that she never saw me. She was not looking for a motorcycle so I never registered on her conscious brain.

Even with a daytime light you need to ride like you are invisible to auto drivers.
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Old 10-30-10, 05:52 PM   #3
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Any thoughts about going with a red taillight flasher for the front in the daylight? I haven't tried it but while reading your post it came to me that it might be more visible than a flashing white light. Also, I ride with hi vis colors to ensure they see me.

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Old 10-30-10, 08:36 PM   #4
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I believe red in front is illegal in virtually all states. White or amber in front and red for the rear are standard vehicle requirements. I know Dinotte sells a amber flasher for front daylight use.
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Old 10-30-10, 08:53 PM   #5
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Dinotte front amber light works for me. Light stylish and runs on 4 AA batteries. Not cheap but worth the money IMO.

http://www.dinottelighting.com/

I have them on each of my bikes and helmet

Red flashing on the back
Amber flashing on the front (red on the front is illegal I believe)
White steady on my helmet

These lights are bright....
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if cars cant see you, just ride the sidewalk...i do
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