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Safety First!

Ordered two more rear lights and one more POWERFUL front light, plus a RoadID.

I fear irony now.
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Details? I just decided to use my Coleman Max flashlight as a helmet light, ordered some TwoFish lockblocks.

I now ride with a 15W 6v Nightpro on the bars, a 115 lumen helmet light, a Trek 5 light blinkie on my saddle bag and a Cateye TL LD1000 on my seat post.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Originally Posted by substructure View Post
Ordered two more rear lights and one more POWERFUL front light, plus a RoadID.

I fear irony now.
I'm with you. My "safety" setup is woefully inadequate and I'm losing more sunlight everday during the commute.

May I ask you to post links to the lights you are using? I need to ditch my bulky niterider HID up front.

thanks
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Did my first night ride ever last night, and I'm definitely thinking I need at least one more SuperFlash on my rear.

My setup is as follows:
- SuperFlash on left chainstay
- Cateye blinkie on handlebars
- L&M Stella 200L on the helmet
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I also have reflective tape on helmet and shoes and my tights have reflective spots on the legs. Been thinking of adding some Illuminite clothing to my wardrobe.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Our Hincapie jackets have reflective threads woven in, makes me glow like a silver alien when i'm caught in someone's headlights.
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A Supeflash in the middle on my seat tube. Two CatEye TL-LD610s. One on each seat stay.
A 300 lumen headlight and a 900 lumen (prolly more like 700 lumen) headlight.
Reflective jogging vest - visible up to 1/2 mile. Fred-O-Meter 110%

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that's a lot of candlepower up front.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
Details? I just decided to use my Coleman Max flashlight as a helmet light, ordered some TwoFish lockblocks.

I now ride with a 15W 6v Nightpro on the bars, a 115 lumen helmet light, a Trek 5 light blinkie on my saddle bag and a Cateye TL LD1000 on my seat post.
Hmmm, maybe it wan't the mother ship I saw after all..........
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that's a lot of candlepower up front.
Agreed. What lights did you go with Sub? After seeing what 115 lumens looked like out of my $20 Walmart Coleman, I have to wonder what 900 lumens looks like.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Knog lights are really great. They are bright, you can put them pretty much anywhere on your bike, and they come on and off really easy (my Gekko uses a rubber strap that holds real tight and its really bright).

http://www.knog.com.au/

P.S. And they're hip.
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Hmmm, maybe it wan't the mother ship I saw after all..........
I have been called a mother before, but not in that context.

If I wore a Goodyear jersey, you might mistake me for the blimp on a strafing run though.
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I have a big neon light that says "Girls Girls Girls XXX" on it. Problem is it only gets male drivers to slow down, women drivers don't seem to see it, they are always pushing me off the road.
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My commuter has this on the trunk rack.



I also wear a reflective vest with leds on it.

I make Chipcom look PRO.
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I bought a reflective jacket for winter riding. Will buy lights soon.

My rear blinkie decided to commit suicide on a hill ride when I hit a bump...
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Up front:
35w of halogen lights
cateye led blinkie
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a Planet Bike Superflash on each seatstay
a Cateye TLLD 1000 on the seatpost

When it gets dark, I go FRED. Better FRED than dead.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
that's a lot of candlepower up front.
My commute in is 43 miles in the dark. Minus the times downtown under lights. But that's just a few miles.
The ride home, another 43 miles, is half dark now. Later in the season it will be mostly in the dark.
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I bought a reflective jacket for winter riding. Will buy lights soon.

My rear blinkie decided to commit suicide on a hill ride when I hit a bump...
That happened to me before. I had a small lollypop light I wrapped around my seat tube after watching my main light smash into a few thousand pieces.
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Up front, 700 lumens led + 500 lumen led dynamo to be added soon. 200 lumen rear (3 Cree led, 1 Superflash).

Superflash on the left, single Cree led on the right.
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Well, funny you mentioned this today. I just got off the phone from talking to DiNotte lighting to see the cost of upgrading my 2 x 600 Lumen LED front lights to 2 of their new 800 lumen LED ones. My 200 lumen LED rear is more than plenty, but I may just have them turn one of my front 600 lumen ones into a rear light. We'll see. I just for the life of me can't understand why I keep seeing people out with these tiny little lights that can barely illuminate the tire in front or back, much less be of any practical use. Death wish I guess.........
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Jeez, now y'all have me scared that my 200 lumen light is going to get me killed!

I am on a MUP (the W&OD trail) for a good 20 miles of my 28 mile commute, with most of the remainder being ridden through downtown DC which is sufficiently lit.
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I've been commuting one way in the dark for years now. A few bits of advice:

Put a Superflash on the back of your helmet.

Put two more somewhere else not on a a bag.

More reflective crap. Always more.

Make your heels or ankles highly reflective somehow. The pedaling motion really helps folks dope out what you are.

Assume they still can't see you. To whit:

LBS owner was commenting how a buddy was run down one evening. HID front light, several rear lights, and several sets of battery operated Christmas lights (twas the season). Driver was quoted as saying "I never saw him".

On the way home a brand new, state of the art, more lights than a UFO crashing at a nuke plant on July 4th, fire engine pulled into traffic. Cars just ignored it until the air horn and both sirens went full tilt.

Think about that.
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Who makes a bike siren? I'm down for one.
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On the way home a brand new, state of the art, more lights than a UFO crashing at a nuke plant on July 4th, fire engine pulled into traffic. Cars just ignored it until the air horn and both sirens went full tilt.
Stupid question but were all those lights on?
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200 lumen light up front, typical on soild sometimes flashing, has 6 modes and was 26bucks on ebay. on most streets its more than enough light, on really dark streets i wish i had more light upfront.

1 superflash in the back, either on seat bag(not really scure) or backpack flashing, yes i know its dumb when i'm in the drops. i also have a cheapo red led on soild below the seat bag, again not the best place.

i also wear a screaming yellow saftey refeltive vest with a pocket for a cellphone thats always playin music, it also has two vertial refleive strips front and back.(if i'm wearing a backpack i'll wrap it around me and the bag. i'll also wear oj pants and a yellow jacket. i made some ankle bands out of refletive tape for less than 5 dollars and its oj, white and yellow each 1 inch side. this works for a six mile commute to the gym or night classes, but its not super safe even with street lights, but the law says it ok. i hate being so fred.


been trying to figure out a way to attachet a red LED to my helmet, any pictures??? any tips for the wrist/gloves so i can single and people might see me singling??
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