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Unplanned benefit to good lights

Old 10-30-09, 02:47 PM
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Unplanned benefit to good lights

First off, I need to brag a little bit. I finally went from "so they can see me" lights to "so I can see where I'm going" lights. Trading up from a Cateye to a Nite Rider 400 mynewt dual has been great. If you aren't riding with a light producing at least 200 lumens, you should be, and more is better. Can you tell I'm thrilled?

Anyway, I've been enjoying my commute to work this week, but, cagers will be, well, cagers. As I was coming up to an intersection, about 75 feet from the car in front of me, I started to take the lane. Well, a lady in a white honda momvan (I told you the lights were bright) obviously could not bear the thought of having to wait an extra 5 seconds, so she roared around me and then hit the breaks, surely please that she had passed another troublesome cyclists. So, I took the lane behind her. As I did, those new headlights of mine shown (on the low setting) right into her back window, and right into her rear-view mirror. Now she is starting to get all bent out of shape due to being blinded by my lights.

I just kind of grinned to my self, thought about turning the lights up, passed on the idea, and grinned again.
It was a good ride in.

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Old 10-30-09, 03:06 PM
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Well played!

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Too bad you didn't have a seizure-inducing high frequency strobe mode to switch to while you were behind her.
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Old 10-30-09, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ultramagnetic View Post
Too bad you didn't have a seizure-inducing high frequency strobe mode to switch to while you were behind her.
The Niteriders don't strobe? bummer
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