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Helmet mounted light weakness: riding in a snow shower(4 posts)

Helmet mounted light weakness: riding in a snow showercommuterguy
Feb 7, 2003 5:49 AM
Heading home last night, I only make it halfway before the snow starts flying. The flakes seemed pretty big, so large in fact that my field of view was basically the old Windows "star shower" screen saver. Couldn't really see the path--it was like being in driver's seat of a rocket moving quickly through the Milky Way.

Neat effect, but my nerves were pretty well shot by the time I got home. I guess I have to spring for a bar-mount light too.
been there...mohair_chair
Feb 7, 2003 7:09 AM
Try riding down a steep, slick, and rocky trail on a mountain bike, at night, in fog! It's totally disorienting, visibility is 5 feet at best, and it's freezing cold. Do that for four miles... It was the scariest thing I've ever done on a bike.

Get a bar mount for your light. The lower it is, the better. A helmet light is guaranteed whiteout in those conditions.
We run both head and bar mounted lights for commuting.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 7:40 AM
We don't always have them both on at the same time but it is really comforting to have 2 lighting systems for commuting. We also have as many as 4 rear blinkies depending on what we are riding and wearing.

It is bad conditions that show you the weakness of your setups. Another real advantage of having 2 systems is that you always have a backup if one goes out.
thanks--good tips (nm)commuterguy
Feb 7, 2003 1:23 PM