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HiYoSilver 08-10-05 01:08 PM

Hard to find lights now at nashbar but you have to be creative.
 
If you are concerned about safety at all, one of the wisest and most inexpensive investments is to install some safety lights on the bike so they're not sitting at home when you're on the roads.

Especially those lights designed to grab a drivers attention just before they right turn or left turn into you. The best front end safety lights are yellow blinkies mounted on the front forks and aligned 45 degrees front front, so they are right smack dab in the eyeballs of that cagemobile inhabitant yacking away on the cell. But where do you find them?

If you try to search the web, you will find it is difficult to locate yellow/amber LED safety lights you can mount on your bike. Previously, the only known source was http://www.coolflashlights.com/biking-flashlights.html for $12 a piece.

Yesterday a Nashbar flier arrived, and their safety lights on not just available but on sale for $7 a piece. You can get them from Nashbar, but you have to be creative to find them:

-- NOT listed under category: safety lights
-- NOT listed under category: lights
-- NOT listed under category: front lights
-- IS listed under category: tail lights, BUT shown with RED lens.
Web description
Quote:

Choose between a clear lens with Yellow LEDís (F model), an amber lens with yellow LEDís (A model) or a Red lens with Red LEDís (R model).
You can also find them by searching Nashbar for "safety light".

Catalog is clearer, as it looks like they are not currently carrying the amber model.
Quote:

Choose between a clear lens with Yellow LED's [front model] or a red lens with red LED's [rear model]
Bottom line,
2x$7 == $14 versus 2x$12 == $24.

How about that,
--1 safety,
--2 accidence avoidance, AND
--3 $10 left over for lunch.

Heck at that price, the whole family can get their bikes safety equipped.

Stubacca 08-10-05 01:30 PM

linkage - clickety click

HiYoSilver 08-10-05 01:36 PM

Thanks stubacca, I had the link also in their, but must have dropped in one of my edits.

Search for NA-BL also finds it.

jhota 08-10-05 07:28 PM

i like the tail light on that coolflashlights site that's waterproof to 1 meter.

if the puddle's that deep, i'm not riding though it. :D

desmobob 08-10-05 08:11 PM

Hmmm... I got both as a set --clear lens w/yellow LEDs and red lens with red LEDs-- for $9.95. They work well.

Good riding,
desmobob

HiYoSilver 08-11-05 01:44 PM

Desmobob,

Where did you mountyour front light?

What reaction to you get from drivers?

colinm 08-11-05 02:06 PM

I use Nash's tiny light set, $7ish for a red/white pair. Tiny and almost invisible, they're hella bright but no real lateral coverage. But the wiggle induced by the fork will shine it all over in front, and I run a pair on blink mode for the back - real attention-getters.

desmobob 08-11-05 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
Desmobob,

Where did you mountyour front light?

What reaction to you get from drivers?

I mounted the front light on the handlebars, just left of center (my computer's in the center). The rear is mounted on my seat post; the light fits between my seat pack and saddle.

I haven't used them much so far, but they do seem to attract attention; when it's still light enough to see the drivers, I can see them looking at me (probably wondering what in the hell those strobing lights are....

Good riding,
desmobob

HiYoSilver 08-11-05 07:29 PM

Interesting.

I mount my low to expand the light sources and so it is not drowned out by the headlight.

Very strange that something so cheap and so very effective in getting drivers attention is not used by almost all bikers who might be caught in dusk or dark conditions.


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