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Do you run your bicycle's blinkies/safety lights during the day?

Old 06-23-09, 11:01 AM
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Do you run your bicycle's blinkies/safety lights during the day?

Do you run (operate) your bicycle's blinkies and/or safety lights during the day? If so, when, in what conditions, how long, and why? Please discuss.

I'm basically a person who rides during the daytime. I run the safety lights that I equipped my bicycle with every time I ride. Doing this has increased visibility of me to others whether they be motorists or pedestrians. This is so whether I'm riding in the heat, rain, fog, and sometimes hail. The only weather conditions this doesn't apply is during the wintertime cold and snow.


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I mean, sure it may help. I only use mine whenever there is decreased visibility. Rain, Fog, Snow, Nighttime. Alot of these light are not going to make a difference in the daytime.
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Yes if it's foggy or overcast. Yes if it's sunny and my riding will take me in and out of deep shade, underpasses or tunnels. Yes if I'm up at 5am and it's a bit dark, or I'm late getting back and it's tending towards dusk.

In otherwords, almost always. The times when they're really unnecessary - clear day, open road for entire ride - are not that frequent.
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I commute, and use my PB Superflash all the time.
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Yes PBSF on my commute, or if overcast/rainy.
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Old 06-23-09, 11:29 AM
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Depends on the ride.

If I go for a road ride during heavy traffic, absolutely. If I am out at a metropark or something with very little traffic, I tend not to care as much. I'll probably get in the habit of doing it to be honest.

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i don't use a daytime running light on the road bike. i use a very strong dinotte blinky on the attached trail bike when my son and i commute to school/office through manhattan.

dinotte makes an amber daytime running light.

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Yes, nearly always. I have one PBSF on the seat post and another on a seat stay, set to slightly different angles.
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I run a good bright blinky light all the time. If two AAA batteries keep me from getting hit just once it will be worth the expense.
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I usually turn on a headlight instead of a taillight during the day. Going in and out of shade on streets with lots of background clutter (parked cars, storefronts, etc) makes anything -- bikes, cars, anything smaller than a truck -- easy to miss when given just a cursory glance.

I keep my car's headlights on for the same reasons.
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On my Surly LHT commuter/errand bike, I run the DiNotte 400L tail light in "fast strobe" mode always. When I'm in heavier traffic, I also run the 600L handlebar headlight in "slow strobe" mode.

With the number of distractions that people routinely attempt to deal with when driving (cell phones, GPS, kids, radio, MP3, texting, DVD's, etc.), I don't think you can be too "lit up" on the bike...day or night.
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Originally Posted by bikesnbeer
...not going to make a difference in the daytime.
When there is bright sunlight and then shadows from trees, etc., I think they do make a difference. If a driver goes into an area covered by trees and overtakes a cyclist, he may not see the cyclist because his eyes have not yet adjusted to the dark. A bright blinkie will make the cyclist visible.
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Originally Posted by malpag3
Depends on the ride.

If I go for a road ride during heavy traffic, absolutely. If I am out at a metropark or something with very little traffic, I tend not to care as much. I'll probably get in the habit of doing it to be honest.

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Originally Posted by Hunt-man
I run a good bright blinky light all the time. If two AAA batteries keep me from getting hit just once it will be worth the expense.
When the light starts to dim, I change the batteries and then exhaust the old ones in my Walkman radio to extract all the battery life.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
I commute, and use my PB Superflash all the time.
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I always run at least my tail light. Tree canopied roads are common and things disappear due to inconsistent lighting.
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In town, I use a front LED flasher all the time, as I'm not a fan of bombing down a hill at 40+ and having cars pull out in front of me. Out in the sticks, I'll turn it off unless some huge descent is coming up, and I don't even want the slightest chance of a problem (e.g. 50 mph t-bone.)

I use the PBSF almost all the time unless I'm in a very low traffic area with wide shoulders.
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I didn't used to but here in NJ I have started to turn it on. it may not make a difference but you never know. and the weather has not exactly been sunny so what can it hurt.
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I ride day & night with the PBSF on. If I'm carrying a mess bag, I run another blinkie on that as well. Regardless of time of day/night, the noticeable (generally speaking) wider berth that drivers grant is welcome and enough of a reinforcement to keep my blinkies flashing.
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If im on the bike, the lights are on!
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During the day, I would only use them in shady areas (such as long rides with lots of trees). No use wasting the battery.
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Originally Posted by powerhouse
Do you run (operate) your bicycle's blinkies and/or safety lights during the day? If so, when, in what conditions, how long, and why? Please discuss.

I'm basically a person who rides during the daytime. I run the safety lights that I equipped my bicycle with every time I ride. Doing this has increased visibility of me to others whether they be motorists or pedestrians. This is so whether I'm riding in the heat, rain, fog, and sometimes hail. The only weather conditions this doesn't apply is during the wintertime cold and snow.


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I can also imagine the spectacle of your group rides, lots of blinky lights and tall orange flags waving in the wind.
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