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View Poll Results: Do you use daytime blinkies?
Never
38.03%
Tried it but it didn't make a difference in terms of close passing or harassment.
5.63%
Sometimes.
32.39%
Usually/Always. Noticed it makes some difference (more noticed).
13.38%
Always. Makes a huge difference in terms of being noticed/not harassed.
7.75%
Other
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Do you use daytime blinkies?

Old 09-09-07, 04:55 PM
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Do you use daytime blinkies?

Do you use blinkies (red flashing taillight[s]) during daylight?

If so, or if you've tried it, what difference, if any, does it make in terms of being noticed, being close-passed, or being harassed?
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Old 09-09-07, 05:01 PM
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The blinkies are hard enough to see at night, let alone in the daytime. So no, I never use them during the day.
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Old 09-09-07, 05:18 PM
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I use them during the day when it is really cloudy or rainy, or early in the morning when the sun is in people's eyes. I have noticed a difference in people's behavior when they are on, for the better.
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Old 09-09-07, 05:21 PM
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I voted "Sometimes" because when it is very overcast and/or rainy, foggy, etc I will turn my rear flashers on. But never on a sunny day. If my fat ass wearing high-vis clothing is not visable enough then I doubt a light house torch/lense mounted to my helmet would help.
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Old 09-09-07, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by pj7 View Post
I voted "Sometimes" because when it is very overcast and/or rainy, foggy, etc I will turn my rear flashers on. But never on a sunny day.

Same here, and my popular choice for blinkies, for now, is the Serfas TL-2000.

http://www.serfas.com/lights/TL-2000.shtml
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Old 09-09-07, 05:46 PM
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Since the poll seems to refer to rear lights only, I voted "sometimes".

I turn on the rear blinkie in heavy overcast, rain, snow and fog. But also, there's a dugway-style railroad underpass between one of my jobs and home. It's below grade and long enough (over 100 yards) that I call it "the tunnel" When going to/from this job, I turn the blinkie on even in bright sun. Especially in bright sun. It's dark in that tunnel. I know I can't see cyclists in there on a bright day, so I know cars can't see me.

If the question is about the front, then no question, I run one of my DiNottes on Uzi-burst mode blink at all times. It stops cars dead. Nothing turns in front of me when that thing is flashing.

The point was driven home in sunny July when I sent both my DiNotte headlights in for upgrade at the same time. Thank goodness Rob & Co. were set up for fast turnaround. It was a week of pure hell. I had near collisions daily with turning cars on the very same routes I ride with the light. When the lights came back, all that nonsense stopped.
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Old 09-09-07, 05:52 PM
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Depends on the weather and time of day. If it's bright sun, I don't. If the sun is low enough to cast shadows across the road, if it's foggy, rainy or overcast, I do. On canopy roads I make the call...sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

I don't think it helps at all if riding into a low sun.
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Old 09-09-07, 06:05 PM
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If it's early or late in the day or fogy, overcast, or raining I'll turn on the blinkies. I just got a Dinotte so I may try it more often during low light conditions.
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Old 09-09-07, 06:08 PM
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If I'm commuting down Park Ave, I turn the rear on just before I hit the tunnels under the Helmsley Building. I have no clue if it actually makes a lick of difference...
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Rain, Fog, etc. Never when bright and sunny.
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Sunlight is much brighter than blinkies so why bother. The only time I use blinkies during the daytime is when it's raining and usually kinda dark.
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Old 09-09-07, 06:28 PM
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Always - but I have no measure of its effectiveness.

I don't use a light to not be harassed. I use it to not get run over. I haven't gotten run over, so should I conclude that it's working?

Those of you who think they're not visible need to get a better light. The good ones are definitely visible. I don't see many cyclists around here, but I definitely notice them much sooner when they have a light on.
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Old 09-09-07, 06:48 PM
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I always use mine. It's mounted on my messenger bag. I find even in bright light, i tend to blend in with the scenery to passing motorists. It may be because i just wear street clothes. the bright strobing light in this light catches their attention and reminds them i'm there. If i only used it once in a while, i'd forget to turn it on all together.
this is the one i use, apparently the brightest AA battery powered light on the market. highly reccomend it.
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1189385464290
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Old 09-09-07, 06:53 PM
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Huge difference from the day I mounted it 5 months ago. But my blinkie is an amber xenon strobe, not a red blinkie.
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I installed Reelights, front and rear blinkies that work all the time by magneticically generated energy. They are on all the time but very dull in the day time and they take time to warm up.
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'nother sometimes daytime user here. I will run my lights under adverse conditions...just like I would in a car. FWIW most of my bikes have generators and I typically run a PB Superflash on the rear.

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Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
If the sun is low enough to cast shadows across the road,...
On most of the streets on my route, they're always in shadow because of buildings & trees. It's not that often that I get direct sunlight.

So, yeah, I use lights almost all the time. If it works for cars, it works for me.
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Suffice to say I think bright ones (LEDs of 0.5-1 watt) are needed for this to be worthwhile.

I use them in any conditions other than bright sunshine.
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I run a set of Reelights, which blink all of the time. I like not having to remember to turn them on, or off.
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only use them when it's overcast, raining or when I'm about to go under a bridge and it's kinda dark.
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"I doubt a light house torch/lense mounted to my helmet would help."

If you mounted a torch to your helmet it'd catch you on fire.
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I use them, and find they make the most difference, in foggy, severely overcast, or rainy weather.

I get more room while being passed and I assume that I'm noticed more. I don't really have any problem with being 'harassed'. (In fact I'm not quite clear on what you even mean by 'harassed'.)
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The Cateye TL-LD1000 is bright enough to be useful in daylight. So are some other lights.
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Old 09-10-07, 02:41 AM
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Generally no, as they make no difference at all. This changes in usually dark/overcast conditions, so that's when I consider using them.
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