In order to meet my self-imposed, annual mileage goal, I'm compelled to ride at night after work when we've lost Daylight Savings Time during uncivilized weather, also known as Winter.
First, a disclaimer. I am not employed by MagicShine or Cygolite. I don't own stock in either company or in the parent company of either company or the parent company of the parent company of either company. I have no relatives or friends who are employed by either company or multitudinous parent companies. I am not know nor have I ever been a member of the Communist Party, Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Tea Party. In fact, it's been a long time since I've even been to a party. That should cover it. Give me a break.
I bought a MagicShine light last year and it was a HUGE improvement over the LED flashlights (yes, plural) I had jury rigged on the bar. As an aside, I have had no problems with the MagicShine or the battery.
Then, Santa Clause gave me a Cygolite Expilion 250 this year, which I promptly mounted on my helmet. This turns out to be another HUGE improvement.
Most of the time I can run each of them on low power and have plenty of light. It's really nice to be able to aim the helmet light into the corner I'm about to navigate and aim it here and there to avoid obstacles.
Last night, I aimed it at a motorist who was doing a rolling stop at a stop sign to my right, and he quickly came to a full stop.
I ran the helmet light on medium power tonight, and initial results seem to indicate that I can trigger traffic lights (so equipped) to turn green if my aim is good. We'll need more research to confirm or deny.
As I was leaving my apartment tonight, a fellow hailed me down to let me know that he's seen me venture out for the last few nights and that I am well lit. I gratefully acknowledged. Interestingly enough, a minute or so later, I rode by another fellow who yelled out, "think you've got enough lights?" I waved, kept riding, and happily pondered these things in my heart.
In addition to the two main lights, I have a little CatEye blinky running up front, though the MS probably washes it out.
On the back of the bike, I run 3 Planet Bike SuperFlash lights in blink mode.
I wear a high-vis wind jacket and reflective strips around the ankles.
So far, so good. Cars approaching from the rear grant me wide berth. With the new light upfront, I can see really well and can be seen really well, and I have reserve power in each of the main lights as needed. I am Fredly and admit it.
If you are contemplating night rides, get plenty of lights and go for it.
If you ride at night, what do you have for lights and visibility?
Happy New Year BF 50+ folks!!!