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Old 07-05-05, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by froze
But if your going to have brake lights then you might as well get turn signals!!
I've got turn signals, and in the newest incarnation of my lighting system, will have integrated turn/marker lights fore and aft. Tail/brake light in back. Go to the Total Geekiness thread to see more.
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Old 07-06-05, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by operator
What the hell are break pads and break lights.
You can tell English is not his first language. The fact that he states this as well is a big clue too. Therefore it's not really appropriate to be critical of his spelling.


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(As a side note, do people here really care about spelling, punctuation, and grammer, or is it all about the content of your posts?)
Yes, especially grammar. Actually, the terms and conditions of using the forums state that you should do your best when it comes to spelling and grammar. So, unless you're dyslexic, or English is not your primary language, or you're only semi-literate, you've got no excuse.
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Old 07-06-05, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
Brake lights only work if people expect them. I seriously doubt if drivers will respond in any rational way to a bicycle brake light.
Actually, my experience is exactly opposite of your theory. I have brake lights on my bike, and as soon as the drivers behind me realize this, they start treating me more like another vehicle and giving me space. Brake lights (and turn signals!) are indeed a GOOD thing on a bicycle!
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Old 07-06-05, 08:36 PM
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There are many kinds of brake lights for bicycles on the market, some with turn signals. Spend time looking on the internet and at a magazine store that sells bike magazines.
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Old 07-07-05, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by bwinton

(As a side note, do people here really care about spelling, punctuation, and grammer, or is it all about the content of your posts?)
Yes we do take our spelling, punctuation, and grammar seriously. Just try using AOL'ese (net short hand etc.) and see how quickly I jump down your throat
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Old 07-07-05, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Tightwad
Not to be a smart pants. The BEST safety item you can add to your commute is......
A lime green safety vest.

All the dinky bike lights in the world will not do as much good for your safety as bright
lime green safety vest like road workers & police wear. These folk's don't have them
on for looks, mate. They WANT to be seen by motorist......and it works.

So save your money for these dinky a$$ed battery sucking toys and buy yourself a real
safety aid. A lime green safety vest.


A safety vest, and all reflectors only help if you are actually IN a vehicle's headlights. That could be too late.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/reflectors.html
http://bikexprt.com/bicycle/reflectors/index.htm
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Old 07-08-05, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Nashbar's got two of them, both under $10. I think they both attach pretty much the same way. The 2nd one has turn signals too.
I bought one of these cheapo Nashbar tail lights, cut the switch off for use with my "Total Geekiness" light rig, and gave actual light away.

The switch itself, I installed on my rear V-brake, and wired it to an input on my flasher circuit that forces the ludicrously-bright tail light to stay on "high" instead of flashing. The side and front marker lights still flash while the brakes are applied.

The only slightly touchy thing was that the switch wouldn't always open up if I released the brake levers slowly, when my brake pads were low and I had the cable pulled in far to account for that. There was only barely enough room on the cable for the switch to open, so I would just let the rear brake lever "snap" open when I released it to ensure a clean disconnect.

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Old 07-09-05, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jab
I bought one of these cheapo Nashbar tail lights, cut the switch off for use with my "Total Geekiness" light rig, and gave actual light away.

The switch itself, I installed on my rear V-brake, and wired it to an input on my flasher circuit that forces the ludicrously-bright tail light to stay on "high" instead of flashing. The side and front marker lights still flash while the brakes are applied.

The only slightly touchy thing was that the switch wouldn't always open up if I released the brake levers slowly, when my brake pads were low and I had the cable pulled in far to account for that. There was only barely enough room on the cable for the switch to open, so I would just let the rear brake lever "snap" open when I released it to ensure a clean disconnect.

-JAB
That's a common problem with these lights. Some people don't snap the brakes open and the light just stays on. That uses the battery a little faster and the effect of the brake light is then gone. Many riders are just as well off with a blinker.
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I found a standard tail and brake light from Wal-Mart mounted to the rack and a 12-volt SLA battery to power it works fine. I also put a flasher can in line with the bright bulb filament corresponding with the brake light function so the brake light flashes like a turn signal when I manually turn it on with a switch on the handlebar. The flasher can also makes a clicking noise reminding you to turn it off after you have stopped. Make sure you purchase a flasher can that ignores the resistance of the bulbs attached to it. The brake light filament draws a lot of current so if no one is behind me I don’t bother turning it on when stopping. The tail light part of the bulb draws much less current and of course I only use it when riding at night. For a headlight I use a modified track lighting fixture made for use with a 10-watt MR-11 12-volt bulb clamped to the handlebar works great. At night you look more like a motorcycle with that standard automotive tail and brake light than a bicycle so motorists seam to have a little more respect for you. After use I simply recharge the SLA battery and I am ready for the next day.
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