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Do you ride with lights?

Old 05-04-16, 06:48 PM
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Do you ride with lights?

Do you ride with lights (rear or front)? The rear light is easy to mount, however the handlebar is a little wide so harder to put on the front light. Bike has Blendr but not sure that I want the light up like that.
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I do when I plan to ride in the dark. Otherwise no.
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Only the inner light that illumines what is dark within me.

... or something; otherwise what pepem said.
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No, I don't. I never ride in the dark or even close to it.
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Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
Do you ride with lights (rear or front)? The rear light is easy to mount, however the handlebar is a little wide so harder to put on the front light. Bike has Blendr but not sure that I want the light up like that.
I have no idea what you mean by that. I ride at night all the time, no trouble with lights at all. Rear light goes on seatpost mount, or clips to saddle bag, front light has a a little silicon oring looking strap that goes around the handlebar, battery straps under the top tube. Pretty easy.
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Always.

Number of lights, brightness and flashing/steady are adjusted depending on conditions but I always ride with a 60 lumen red LED flasher at the seat post clamp minimum.

Suffice to say that I'm very visible at night. You would have to be asleep not to see me. I feel safer at night with lights than during the day.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Always.

Number of lights, brightness and flashing/steady are adjusted depending on conditions but I always ride with a 60 lumen red LED flasher at the seat post clamp minimum.

Suffice to say that I'm very visible at night. You would have to be asleep not to see me. I feel safer at night with lights than during the day.
Correct! It's much easier to see my bike at night than during the day. I wonder why many don't seem to understand. I don't leave the house with out lights anymore. Most of my rides are 80-100 miles, all ending in the dark
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Always, even in daytime. I have a 700 lumen front light, usually blinking in one fashion or another, and a rear 1/4 w LED blinking light.
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Old 05-04-16, 07:59 PM
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I have several cool lights from when i used to ride at night while mountain biking. I try to make it a point to ride at dusk a few ties on the road. Granted, I don't live in a heavily trafficked area (and have a long MUP close by I use as a connector) or I probably would not dare.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
I have no idea what you mean by that. I ride at night all the time, no trouble with lights at all. Rear light goes on seatpost mount, or clips to saddle bag, front light has a a little silicon oring looking strap that goes around the handlebar, battery straps under the top tube. Pretty easy.
With my Bontrager Ion, the silicone oring is too small to wrap around the handlebar. Again, I could be the blendr light mount but I prefer to mount on the handlebar.
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Originally Posted by Rcrxjlb View Post
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Excellent! I have some rubber bands from a bike computer laying around.
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I use a bright light at night (CygoLite Rover II = 250 lumens max) so that I can be seen and see tealth bicyclists especially the ones on the sidewalk who drop down to the road at the most inconvenient tmes and do so without even glancing to see if something's approaching them. I also like to see potholes, ridges and other debris on the road as well as kitty cat size black critters with white stripes. One of the latter was startled by a friend of mine late one evening as he was riding home with a very low powere be seen light. He had a heck of a time getting tomato juice at that time of the night and a couple of stores even told him to leave. I'm very glad i wasn't with him that time.

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I run Specialized Stix, front and rear, during all but full daylight, and even then sometimes.

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I stick with Niterider. They're local and customer service has been top notch. With that said I always ride with one or two tail lights day or night. I usually only use a headlight at night, which is not often. It'll never hurt to use them during the day and can only add to your visibility.
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I do shift work so it's a must, I use Urban lights because they have a rubber strap that is easy and quick to put on any width bar. I did have an issue with one breaking (the plastic knob that goes into the notches of the rubber belt snapped off). The one I replaced it with hasn't broken and is going on 2 years of all season riding.
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I encounter about 10 cars per ride, so I just wear a bright colored jersey. Rear blinkies seem like a good idea though.
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Only a rear blinking light. I don't ride when it's dark out, but do have a front light mount if I have to.
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Originally Posted by Rcrxjlb View Post
Easy DIY mount

Hey, finally a good use for all those Live Strong wrist bands! Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Rcrxjlb View Post
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LightStrong®, I like it.
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I have a Cycliq Fly 6 that I ride with almost all the time. It is a light with built-in camera.

There is a setting so that light is very minimal, but I keep the video running.
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As a rule... I don't ride at night, so I don't need a headlight to see where I am going. But on occasion I do use a blinky in the rear to make myself (maybe) a little more likely to be noticed.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Always.

Number of lights, brightness and flashing/steady are adjusted depending on conditions but I always ride with a 60 lumen red LED flasher at the seat post clamp minimum.

Suffice to say that I'm very visible at night. You would have to be asleep not to see me. I feel safer at night with lights than during the day.
+1

The way I see it, many new cars have daytime running lights for visibility, motorcycles are required to use lights at all times, many trucking companies require lights on day-or-night ... So as the smallest of these vehicles, why wouldn't you use lights day-and-night?

BTW - I typically turn off the lights when riding a non-motorized route.

Edit (afterthought) - to those that don't think you need daylight lights

(WARNING -NSFW - this video includes loud bad words):



I had a strobing front light, and I don't think she'd have stopped if I didn't have that drawing attention to myself. I was full braking with rear wheel lifting, if she had not stopped, I would have hit that car.

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Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
With my Bontrager Ion, the silicone oring is too small to wrap around the handlebar. Again, I could be the blendr light mount but I prefer to mount on the handlebar.
What does the word "blendr" mean?
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I don't ride at night, but in early morning occasionally so I have a rear blinker on, its not dark outside but I know drivers aren't fully awake since its a work day and many haven't had their coffee yet and its still a bit dusky when I get on. i ride with another guy in the morns so he is usually sporting a pen light up front, I need one though in case I'm going solo
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