Some of you may be worried about being able to be seen at night on my commutes home. Well, I’ll document it here.
So on the front, I’ve got a nice 500 lumen Exposure Sirius light. It’s very compact, lightweight, and the mount is not a hard plastic mount that will scratch up the handle bar. In fact, it’s got a sturdy rubber stretchable mount, that is easy to take on or off, and will conform to even most irregular shaped handlebars (which seems to be the in thing nowadays).
I also have my Niterider Lumina 250, which is sufficient to direct the beam towards any dark patches of the road. I typically point the beam downward, such that it doesn’t blind other cyclists or drivers coming towards me. That is only courteous anyways.
I then bought some reflective tape, strategically designed to be placed on your spokes, so that if anyone shines a light at you, they’d have to be blind not to see it … especially when the wheel spins. I got these at REI (http://www.rei.com/product/808967/lightweights-for-wheels-power-reflectors)
Under my seat post, I have Serfas Thunderbolt … very powerful rear facing light, about 30 lumens. It’s also a USB rechargable light. This can be seen for miles. Being the lazy ass that I am, I choose the lowest blinking mode, always forgetting to charge them up.
I also have some Blackburn Flea rear facing blinkers. They’re very compact, and has a tight clip, where you could put just about anywhere. I usually clip these on the back of my jacket. Could I use more??? Yes, definitely it’s better to be seen. But with what I have, I feel pretty safe on the night commutes … Now if only others would be more caring about being seen, that would be great … but I’m not holding my breath for it.
It still amazes me how many walkers, joggers, go out on the multi-use trail, with no reflectors, no lights, and it’s pitch black out there. Not every is like me, with a super bright light. That’s bound to create accidents.