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.
You can also find them by searching Nashbar for "safety light".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).
Catalog is clearer, as it looks like they are not currently carrying the amber model.
Bottom line,Choose between a clear lens with Yellow LED's [front model] or a red lens with red LED's [rear model]
2x$7 == $14 versus 2x$12 == $24.
How about that,
--2 accidence avoidance, AND
--3 $10 left over for lunch.
Heck at that price, the whole family can get their bikes safety equipped.