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By R343L (Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 09:10:26 PM EST) bike, lights (all tags)
I would like to introduce you to awesome.


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Bike Lights Update [2009-11-5 15:58:38 by R343L]: Moved to diaries at Breaker's request.

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mOAR by marvin (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 11:35:32 PM EST
PlanetBike SuperFlash blinkie required. And a headlamp on your helmet, so that you can direct dazzling beams of light at any vehicular or pedestrian target you choose.

indeed by R343L (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 01:05:02 AM EST
my body and head are pretty much invisible. Oh, I have a fluorescent with reflective strip vest, but that's not enough! I must shine independently of other light!

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I have seen by Herring (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 01:56:46 AM EST
(Cos I've been researching this subject over the last couple of days) a 900 lumens torch that could be helmet mounted. Quite cheap too - but it's on my links at home. Two of those on the helmet and you'll scare the bejebus out of cars.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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R(a|i)cer by yicky yacky (4.00 / 2) #2 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 12:08:27 AM EST

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Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
Nice by hulver (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 12:23:09 AM EST
I've got some el-wire, but I've not put it on the bike yet.

How many spokeys have you got now?
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Cheese is not a hat. - clock

I have three of them by R343L (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 01:04:29 AM EST
Buy two get one free. But only two on at once.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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holy fucking shit by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 01:38:22 AM EST
sorry, that's the jemesons talkibf.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Ye Gods! by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 06:57:06 AM EST
Is it chopped 'n' dropped, too?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

i don't by R343L (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 07:57:41 AM EST
even know what you mean by that. :)

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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Drag racing cars by Phage (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 08:34:45 AM EST
Chopped = lower the roof.
Dropped = lower the suspension

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pimp my bike by sasquatchan (4.00 / 2) #10 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 08:04:52 AM EST
get some spinning chrome rims and you're all set..

That's just sweet. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 08:40:56 AM EST
Riding at night is fun, especially during a full moon.

Awesome.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
My Name is Earl

Why is this in the hole by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:39:20 AM EST
And not on the front page?


it's just some bragging... by R343L (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:41:08 AM EST
And a photo?

Doesn't seem worth having around for long. :)

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Yeah but by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #15 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:43:08 AM EST
This is HuSi pr0n - bikes and geekery!


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For you, maybe by R343L (4.00 / 1) #20 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:52:29 AM EST
I think I can without getting mods involved ...

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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Thanks for the reminder .... by gpig (4.00 / 2) #16 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:56:52 AM EST
I need to get some kind of flame reflection or lighting going.

I have to admit, I only ever did front and back lights (the legal minimum in the UK). Then one day I was in the passenger seat of a friend's car on a poorly lit country road, and we passed a cyclist, who had front and back lights, and was still more or less invisible.

The next day I bought a reflecty vest (construction worker style*) and some reflective tape for my bike helmet.

Still, I'm considering my options for extra bike lighting. Part of it is moving from Science Village, where pretty much everyone was nice to cyclists, to the DC area, where they are more or less ignored. I mean, that's not the worst that can happen -- I've cycled in places where cyclists are regarded as vermin -- but it does mean I could do with a bit more visibility.

* .... because the local uniform / safety gear supply shop had those for £6 each, whereas the bike shop sold a slightly slicker-looking equivalent for £25. (In Edinburgh we used to wear reflective vests to play Ultimate in the dark too, but that's another story).
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reflective tape by R343L (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:06:54 AM EST
You can't see it in these pictures, but I have reflective tape on my helmet, a few lines on my rear rack, on my cranks and the sides of my fork.

I will probably put more on (I ran out because I got a little ... silly on the helmet).

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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You have a rear rack too? by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #19 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:47:37 AM EST
Now I definitely believe in intelligent design.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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riding at night: by gzt (4.00 / 1) #18 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:14:17 AM EST
more dangerous than riding without a helmet.

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yep by R343L (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:57:47 AM EST
The helmet fetishism amuses me. #1 thing told to new riders or in any rider education seems to be "wear a helmet". And yet, statistically, if you don't ride the wrong way, stay off sidewalks (crosswalks are deadly), yield when you're supposed to, and have lights at night, then the likelihood of even getting into a collision is really, really low.

I'm always amused to see a curious species of SF cyclist: helmet wearing, light-less (or completely inadequate ones), and doesn't even slow down for stop signs. Apparently they like the helmet hair but think pretty blinkies are ugly.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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I'd guess... by gzt (4.00 / 1) #22 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 11:20:37 AM EST
...that even with lights and good reflective gear, riding at night is still a big risk. Too bad that it's dark by like 4:30 for over a third of the year here, making that an impractical objection.

But that reminds of something I once saw that pissed me off. A guy was biking at night, wearing black, talking on a cellphone, and scratching himself. No hands on the handles. No helmet. No lights. And he blew through a stop light.

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well sure by R343L (2.00 / 0) #23 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 12:02:44 PM EST
Night riding is riskier. But when they say night riding is dangerous, they are counting all the accidents involving cyclists without lights, riding on the sidewalk and wrong way, blowing through stop signs, etc. Heck, when they talk about bike safety in general, they are including all the idiots (and, sadly, children who haven't been educated better). It's very hard to find good data breaking out contributing causes to collisions and figuring out what the accident rates are after taking out cyclist stupidity.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I hate how the world makes science hard. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #24 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 12:07:33 PM EST
I deal with this literally all the time. But the worst part about it is that people then take the bad results and run with them. GIGO: garbage in, gospel out, as one of my colleagues said.

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same with motorcycle accidents by garlic (2.00 / 0) #26 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 05:48:07 PM EST
the accidents are deadly, but it's not clear the cause.


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Woo! by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #25 Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 12:10:54 PM EST
VS2FP!


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