Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: 1998 Bianchi Veloce
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I just installed front and rear lights on my road bike today. I ride primarly late at night, and although most of my loop is lit well enough for me to see, my overriding concern was that others could see me.
My headlight is an inexpensive Cateye EL200, $20 from Nashbar. It's fairly useless as a standard headlight, but it's got a great flash that can be seen clearly from quite a distance. The tail light is a 5-LED Cateye TL-LD600, which I'm convinced can be seen clear across town. The flash modes are blink, side-to-side, and random. The taillight was 15 bucks from Nashbar. I think both these lights would work well at dusk.
Tonight was my first ride with the new lights, and it was immediately obvious how much more visible I was to traffic. Oncoming cars were dimming their high-beams, overtaking cars were moving out of my lane much sooner than usual, etc...it was nice.