Future organ donor!!!Yeah man I've been riding in the early morning hours in the dark I had a few near miss collision with motorists.
Due to lack of lighting I think.
Ornamental lighting in PA is illegal, but rarely enforced. Back in the late 80's I knew a guy that the cop forced him to remove lights right there along side the road. They were red lights that were between his tailgate and bumper.It's a fad thing on the Island there are lots of jacked up pick up trucks mostly Toyota Tacomas with LED under cartridge lights blue lights is favorite.
I can see using the pulse or flashing mode during the day, but the flash at night annoys me when I am driving my car into the direction of the flash. So for now, I have 2 headlights on normally, each aimed at the same spot. I have a seat that has flashing red lights, a tail light built into the bike and an additional taillight that flashes. Also, my helmet has a flashing red on the back and I generally wear a neon yellow/green windbreaker on all rides. I rarely ride at night. Cars just dont see us quite often. A couple of days ago i came upon a SUV stopped at a stop sign to my left. I had the right of way with no stop sign. The SUV made a left right in front of me. I braked hard but I anticipated it would happen. One of my best buds in college died in that same scenario in 1980 in Colorado-he wasn't wearing a helmet...In daytime, what about strobe mode? Where legal, I mean. It may look irritating, but the fast pulsing of strobe shouldn't cause oncomers trouble with distance perception. (Trouble with temper, maybe.)
I do that too. My turn signals have a blink mode where they can flash red, or amber as "hazards". In low light I let them flash red, but my built in tail light which is on all the time, I keep it set to steady so it stands out when I hit the brakes. If I select a turn signal, it's an amber light, but the red light still flashes so it's clear what my intentions are.I think Mr Robertson gave an advice that stuck in my thinking when riding at night. He suggested that combining red blinking lights and non blinking is best. Blinking lights alone, motorists has difficulty judging your trajectory because e bikes can go faster than normal bicycles. I went over the top and put steady non blinking blue light and blinking red light for my rear-end front is vastfire Amazon bought head light. I have blue light upfront too but I only turn it on when riding off road.
In daytime, what about strobe mode? Where legal, I mean. It may look irritating, but the fast pulsing of strobe shouldn't cause oncomers trouble with distance perception. (Trouble with temper, maybe.)
The Cygolites on flash mode last a really long time on a charge. I only use one of the front lights in the daytime, on flash. On solid mode, during night rides, which I only do a couple times a month, in summertime, I charge the front lights after every ride. All front lights are on super bright solid mode for the pitch dark bike trails through the woods.The Brightside amber light, on flash mode, also lasts a real long time on a charge. Many bike rides before charging. I use multiple cables to charge 3 or 4 things at the same time. I have a rear camera monitor and a small SanDisk mp3 player to keep charged as well as the bike itself. Camera and bike after every long ride.Six lights.
How do you keep them all charged?
What I've been using for the last five years:What lights besides Cygolites are people using on their bikes for casual night riding on bikepaths, sidewalks and paved roads? Best value? I'm noticing the cheap ones I bought a couple of years ago are runnin out of juice pretty rapidly and when on are not that illuminating. I think they are about 400 Lumens...
If you can see them in dark or black clothing and no lights or reflectors at night you must have the eyesight of an Owl.I see plenty of people that have dark or black clothing and no lights and often no reflectors at nigh. sometimes regular cyclists who should know better.
city lights. but its not easy.If you can see them in dark or black clothing and no lights or reflectors at night you must have the eyesight of an Owl.
It can be a little dangerous but I find a lot less cars on the city streets late at night. We only use bike lanes. Just depends where you live. For night rides my gf and I have lots of lights on. She has spoke lights plus double front and rear lights. I use 3 in front, 2 red on each side of rear frame, 1 red at rear, and 2 amber flashing side lights. We only do long night rides 3 or 4 times a year, but it feels so good to cruise the bike trails through the woods on a warm night.Lights or no lights, riding at night on busy and unfamiliar roads is pretty damned dangerous.