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Old 11-16-18, 11:18 AM
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Lights, Reflectors...Action!

My bike lighting this fall...
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Old 11-16-18, 12:13 PM
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I've been wanting to see what I look like when I ride at night, I wish I would have done this before it snowed.
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Old 11-16-18, 01:11 PM
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When I looked at the video I noticed I had no reflector on the back wheel. I bought a new wheel two months ago, and forgot about it. As it is a disc brake bike, I will put reflective tape on part of the rim...yellow and black caution tape, like my rear fender. And not all around, just a portion. I think the "leaping gazelle" movement of a single reflector catches the eye better.
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Old 11-16-18, 02:59 PM
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I used to put LIghtweights on every spoke until I bought my last wheel. I went every other pair there to make it more visible. I'm not sure if it worked or not, but it seems like it should.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
My bike lighting this fall...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNfJhkbzW-E
Someone's going to report you as a UFO.

I just bought a Planet Bike Grateful Red tail light for my Street Strider, which I'm still in the process of accessorizing. I got that light because (a) it runs on AAA batteries, (b) it has a mounting bracket that's made to bolt onto a flat surface such as the bar on my luggage rack and (c) because I didn't entirely choke on the price and didn't feel like sorting through the dozens of choices available on Amazon.

I like this tail light quite a bit. Instead of multiple discrete LEDs it has that elongated strip variety that's showing up more and more now. Turns out they can do a lot of cool stuff with that, like having the middle and end sections flash separately. It's VERY bright, and the lens spreads the light in a wide sidewise beam. It also has large sections of the traditional honeycomb reflector above and below the LED. I'm not too fond of the strobe, though; it's just a little too intense and jittery, but would be good if you're riding in heavy fog, rain, or snow, or if you find yourself craving a psychedelic experience.
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Old 11-16-18, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
Someone's going to report you as a UFO.
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I got that light because (a) it runs on AAA batteries
I keep my bikes in an unelectrified shed, so the bike lights get batteries, so that I don't have to carry them in to recharge. The headlight is removable and comes in to recharge.
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Old 11-16-18, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
I just bought a Planet Bike Grateful Red tail light for my Street Strider, which I'm still in the process of accessorizing. I got that light because (a) it runs on AAA batteries, (b) it has a mounting bracket that's made to bolt onto a flat surface such as the bar on my luggage rack and (c) because I didn't entirely choke on the price and didn't feel like sorting through the dozens of choices available on Amazon.

I like this tail light quite a bit. Instead of multiple discrete LEDs it has that elongated strip variety that's showing up more and more now. Turns out they can do a lot of cool stuff with that, like having the middle and end sections flash separately. It's VERY bright, and the lens spreads the light in a wide sidewise beam. It also has large sections of the traditional honeycomb reflector above and below the LED. I'm not too fond of the strobe, though; it's just a little too intense and jittery, but would be good if you're riding in heavy fog, rain, or snow, or if you find yourself craving a psychedelic experience.
That's very interesting. I've been looking for a usb-rechargeable version of the B&M Flatline Plus light, and that looks close. For "steady" mode I really think a "solid line" is better for standing out as a bike vs the "single red led" you usually get. As a driver I notice bikes a lot easier in a sea of tail lights.

I see it comes in both aaa battery and usb-rechargeable versions. I used to use aaa's....but several times I'd get home and find my rear light had died. Sometimes the battery ran out of juice. Sometimes the battery wiggled out of the holder when I hit a bump or something. So I only use usb-rechargeable rear lights now...battery can't jiggle loose, and I store my bike next to my charger and just leave it plugged in when not riding it. The usb version is $27, replacement aaa batteries are about $10, I figured the added reliability is worth the extra cost of just replacing the whole light when the battery wears out. Plus maybe they'll have a better light out by then.

Planet Bike lights "blinking" mode are a bit nutty i.m.o.. I wish they had a steady flash instead.
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Old 11-16-18, 04:05 PM
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That's my winter setup! Not as snazzy as yours, but I get to ride around in snow where no car can go over 20 or so anyhow!

I like your wheel lights, I may have to look into those. People kinda disliek them, but it is the one thing that instantly screams BIKE to any motorist.

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I couldn't find it in a quick search, I vaguely remember seeing some sort of either reflective or led tube kind of light where it outlined a skeleton shape so you looked like a person from behind. I thought that was interesting.

It's pretty interesting to see such a...uh...visible getup. I always wonder if being obnoxiously blinking and bright is better for safety or worse.

I definitely like the lights on the ankles that you can see from behind and provide movement. I wonder if the camera just makes the front wheel light stand out more? It uh...seems a bit loud for my taste. I'd probably be going for more of a ribbon light that makes a circle around the front wheel so it's not as crazy myself. I like wheel lights but it seems uncessarily distracting (though that could be just the video making it look different than it would in person).
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Old 11-16-18, 06:15 PM
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I vote better. A driver has about 1/2 a second to see you.
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Old 11-16-18, 08:23 PM
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Are tge sneakers light up? Similar to kids shows? If yes thats awesome i need a pair.
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Old 11-16-18, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post

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I see it comes in both aaa battery and usb-rechargeable versions. I used to use aaa's....but several times I'd get home and find my rear light had died. Sometimes the battery ran out of juice. Sometimes the battery wiggled out of the holder when I hit a bump or something.
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I anticipate batteries dying, so I use rechargeables and carry a spare set in my tool kit, same as I do for my headlights. If I have to change a set during a ride, I just swap them with a fresh set from the charger when I get home.

I've never had a battery come loose in any light.

Planet Bike lights "blinking" mode are a bit nutty i.m.o.. I wish they had a steady flash instead.
The 'Courtesy' mode is pretty sedate; the end segments light steadily and the middle pulses gently on and off, about two seconds on, two off. I'd like it better if the pulse was twice that fast, but I'm okay with it.
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Old 11-16-18, 10:49 PM
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Haha awesome & really like the text overlay!
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Well, if they look up from their phone - they'll certainly see you!
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Well, if they look up from their phone - they'll certainly see you!
that is a factual statement.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
It's pretty interesting to see such a...uh...visible getup. I always wonder if being obnoxiously blinking and bright is better for safety or worse.
imo where i ride, i find it worse. A target board for everyone else [criminals, thugs, drivers, hobo's]
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Old 11-17-18, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ggoytia1 View Post
Are tge sneakers light up? Similar to kids shows? If yes thats awesome i need a pair.
Yes.
This is them:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LAZL0CA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thank you for the link.
Just noticed my spelling...geez.😬
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Old 11-17-18, 11:33 PM
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Just noticed my spelling...geez.😬
I always assume auto-corrupt of some sort.
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