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View Poll Results: Lights & Reflectors: How much is enough?
Reflectors only (yikes!)
1
0.40%
Rear light only
2
0.80%
Front & rear blinking lights
26
10.36%
Front headlamps and rear blinker
85
33.86%
Multiple headlamps and taillights
56
22.31%
All of the above
25
9.96%
All of the above and more
56
22.31%
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Lights & Reflectors: How much is enough?

Old 12-06-08, 03:44 PM
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Also remember to run your lights during the day.
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Old 12-09-08, 08:31 PM
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Old 12-11-08, 03:04 PM
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my $0.02
run multiple rear flashers...I like PB Superflash. and run one up high like on your helmet. why? when you're being passed by a line of cars on a 2-lane road, only the 1st car can see you...2nd and on back have no idea until you pop into view...high light is seen quicker as it is uncovered first and visible before the lower mounted lights. reflective vest is a big help.

be especially careful in rainy conditions. cars with foggy rainy windshields and drivers looking thru them at reflections in the wet can't distinguish a bike very easily.

i'm going to have to get some of that DOT tape too.
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Old 12-12-08, 09:54 AM
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I've now had the Dinotte 140L taillight for a couple of weeks. It's a winner. I've got that on my bike, and a PBSF on my helmet (plus a reflective vest and a fair chunk of 3M tape on the frame). I'm definitely happy with the Dinotte. Also with the 200L up front; I'm finding that I can actually run on the gravel with potholes in 50% power mode, and once I get onto clear pavement, I can drop it down to 25%.
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Old 12-12-08, 11:14 AM
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+1 for the helmet mount on the SuperFlash- I have one on the seat post, but I use the one on my helmet: much more visible (I zip tied it through the rear vents - I don't even know it's there). I started using the helmet mounted one because I my panniers block the seat post mounted one (not much, but I really don't want to find out what it's like to get hit by an SUV, or a tiny Smart Car for that matter!).

I also use a safety vest (I've started wearing it even in the early evening when it isn't really dark) and I have the reflective tape all over my bike (you can get it in various colors and you don't even notice mine - until a light hits it).
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Old 12-12-08, 12:12 PM
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I use two PBSF's -- back of helmet and seatpost.

I'd like to use some reflecto tape, but I'm not putting it on my recently painted, and entirely handsome, frame.

Where else can I put tape to make a visible difference?
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Old 12-12-08, 01:26 PM
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Just this week I recently upgraded my active lighting by adding a helmet mounted DiNotte 400L to the 600L on the handlebars. That combination is awesome...rocking 1000 lumens up front, with the ability to throw a 400 lumen beam from side to side, is just great. I don't have to worry about my speed, nor do I worry about being seen.

FWIW, my six is covered by a DiNotte 140L, PB Superflash, and plenty of reflective material (including an ANSI Class II vest).
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Old 12-12-08, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
I use two PBSF's -- back of helmet and seatpost.

I'd like to use some reflecto tape, but I'm not putting it on my recently painted, and entirely handsome, frame.

Where else can I put tape to make a visible difference?
On the cranks...that provides front, rear, and side visibilty. And the left-right "flash" instantly identifies you as a bicycle.
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Reflecto cranks -- that's a great idea.
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Old 12-12-08, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by SSP View Post
On the cranks...that provides front, rear, and side visibilty. And the left-right "flash" instantly identifies you as a bicycle.
I like the front forks with lights mounted to the side. The comment tonight as I headed out,
wow, you are really noticable. {and this was while the L&M was only at 1/5th power}

yeap, that's the idea.
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Old 12-13-08, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
I'd like to use some reflecto tape, but I'm not putting it on my recently painted, and entirely handsome, frame.

Where else can I put tape to make a visible difference?
See: Adding reflective tape without ruining the bike https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/486761-adding-reflective-tape-without-ruining-bike.html
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Busch and Muller ixon iq has done me well. I wrote my full review here.
It's nice to be able to easily switch it from one bike to another. I don't have a dynamo but I think I'd still use this atleast as a back up even if I did.
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