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Commuter light recommendations?(4 posts)

Commuter light recommendations?Roger H
Nov 9, 2003 4:25 PM
Going to try to ride to work more this winter. Would appreciate recommendations for a decent light thats easy on/off for those few days when I get caught out past dark. Thanks
re: Commuter light recommendations?biknben
Nov 9, 2003 5:01 PM
Mudman "Need front light reccomendations" 11/3/03 7:25pm
Need more details, but here's some thoughtsKerry Irons
Nov 9, 2003 5:24 PM
You don't sound like you've a serious need for lights - must be nice to have daylight both ways year round! I end up using lights for about 4 months (7:00 am departure) living in the western end of the time zone. At any rate, if you're on lighted streets, all you may need is front and rear flashers. Two flashers, which will automatically be out of sync, are a good eye catcher front and rear. If you need light to see the way ahead, I've had good luck with Vista Lite systems, which often go on sale. I prefer a two light system so I can aim one high (in driver's eyes) and one low (to show the leaves and pot holes). There are many systems on the market across a wide price range, and what you need can vary just as widely.
re: Commuter light recommendations?Saddle_Sore
Nov 10, 2003 6:34 AM
Good idea riding to work more often, if more people did this there wouldn't be such an obesity problem!

When it comes to rear lights I personally would advocate using three rear red flashers, one on the seat stem, one on the rear fork, and one attached to you (hook it on the back of your bike top or your rucksack). With three out-of-sync flashers it will be very hard for a dumb motorist to claim he did not see you.

I also like the idea of having two front lights, with one specifically set up to beam into the eyes of oncoming drivers. You could use the Cateye ABS25 for this, it has a 10w wide angle light for shining on the road, and a 15w spot light for dazzling drivers! At the end of the ride just slide 'em off and shove in your bag.

Of course, if money is no object then I'd plump for the 84w Cateye Stadium - guaranteed to get you noticed!