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So, You want to be SEEN at night?

Old 03-04-09, 08:28 PM
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So, You want to be SEEN at night?

Try this...


https://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/led-safety-jacket-vest/
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Old 03-04-09, 11:03 PM
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From even 20 feet away they seem pretty dim. A car approaching at 30 mph faster than a bicycle would be on top of the bike before they had time to react. I'll be keeping my Dinotte rear light.
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Old 03-05-09, 12:03 AM
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Highly insufficient.

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Old 03-05-09, 12:59 AM
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It seems like the white LEDs would be highly annoying for the rider.
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Old 03-05-09, 08:24 AM
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I've got one sort of like that:



Runs on two AAA batteries. They are actually pretty effective at night since they help illuminate the human form, and make it a little easier for drivers to recognize cyclists.

I also run a Dinotte 140L tail light and a Superflash for good measure ;-)
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Old 03-05-09, 08:30 AM
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One problem with any clothing that has lights on it, is that the temperature has to be comfortable to wear that clothing item. The flashing belts and mesh vests work in any weather, They are not bright anyway. Nothing really special about them. Regular bike tailights put those to shame.
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Old 03-05-09, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AH1Wsnake View Post
It seems like the white LEDs would be highly annoying for the rider.
My thoughts exactly.

I wear a reflective vest now. Having some active illumination on my body in the back doesn't seem like such a bad idea, but in the front I think it would tend to dazzle me, and make it hard to see.

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Old 03-05-09, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
One problem with any clothing that has lights on it, is that the temperature has to be comfortable to wear that clothing item. The flashing belts and mesh vests work in any weather, They are not bright anyway. Nothing really special about them. Regular bike tailights put those to shame.
Excellent points, IMO.
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Old 03-05-09, 12:07 PM
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LEDs are more directional than other bulbs. It might not be distracting, but I don't have experience wearing one, so I don't know.
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Old 03-05-09, 10:26 PM
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Silly. I can't see how this would do anything but confuse drivers. White lights go in front and only in front.

Besides, we're clearly missing an important sense. If you really want drivers to see you you should get a loudspeaker and broadcast "you're approaching a bicycle!" You won't find silent ambulances for a reason .

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Old 03-05-09, 11:52 PM
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As a driver, I say a reflective vest is enough for any driver not heavily under the influence of ***********.

And for those that are, nothing short of a spotlight will get their attention.
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Old 03-06-09, 02:57 AM
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Would not work for anyone riding a recumbent.
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Old 03-06-09, 09:19 AM
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Someone please pull up one of those absolutely blinding home-made light w/reflectors-on-the-rim setups from the commuting forum. Now those WORK.

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Last time I was out at night, a passenger yelled at me that my headlamp was too bright. That's right, a passenger. Why did I move to Alabama?
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Old 03-07-09, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
Last time I was out at night, a passenger yelled at me that my headlamp was too bright. That's right, a passenger. Why did I move to Alabama?
When they start yelling things to the effect that betray the fact that they do see you, then you have sufficient lighting on your bike.

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Old 03-08-09, 09:52 PM
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I like that vest regardles but why are the red lights in the back very dim? I would like to have the white lights on both front and back. I have a whilte light and red on the back of my bike and it help alot! While there are rules that say you can't have a white light on your rear, there's no rule saying you can't were white lights on your back.
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Old 03-08-09, 10:39 PM
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Actually I suspect the laws could be interpreted that way. If I was an officer I would pull you over and ask you to remove the headlamps from the back of your bicycle.

Why would you want to confuse motorists? That is not going to help your safety. Imagine if you saw a car with both headlights and tailights on both ends!
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Originally Posted by crhilton View Post
Silly. I can't see how this would do anything but confuse drivers. White lights go in front and only in front.

</sarcasm>
A month or so ago, while riding to work in the early morning(5:15) darkness, I saw the red flashing
tail-light of another bicyclist just a block or two from my house and thought I'd try to catch up
to say hello and see if one of my neighbors was biking to work also. Imagine my surprise (and his)
when I end up almost running down a jogger coming towards me with a red blinkie on his chest!
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You can get a good construction worker's ANSI Class II vest for $10 to $15 at Home Depot. They're comfortable, blazing bright, cheap, and they don't depend on batteries.
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Anything that makes you more visible is a good thing. If will not help you with car with their headlights on coming up behind you, as they will see the reflective material before the leds, but if you ride at dusk/dawn when motorists may not have their lights on, it might help.

Of course, a good blinkie is better.
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Old 03-13-09, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Daily Commute View Post
You can get a good construction worker's ANSI Class II vest for $10 to $15 at Home Depot. They're comfortable, blazing bright, cheap, and they don't depend on batteries.
And, can be worn over any amount of layers for any temperature. Even over raingear. And does not get damaged by water. Better for weight weenies too.
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