Monday, January 18, 2016

Bike lights

After sundown, I almost never ride my bike. However, a couple of weeks ago I wanted one of Yum Yum Donuts' pastrami sandwiches. There was still some sunlight out, and Yum Yum is pretty close to Guava Gardens. So I took off on Mariner [ProdecoTech calls my bike Mariner, so I am calling her Mariner too].

During this trip, sunlight was fading fast. I saw one driver at an intersection begin to go, then step on his brakes. Apparently I was not completely visible to this driver. That's why he began to move.

At that moment it was clear that I needed lights when I rode my bike. Even during daytime bike riding, lights should make me more visible. A definite safety plus!

Shopping bike lights
It is incredible, the amount of bike lighting products that are out there to buy. And shopping for what I wanted is no short process because of the 1000s of reviews. I do nearly all of my shopping nowadays on the internet. Mostly buying from Amazon.

What I bought is really cool! A front light named "NightShocker" which you may read about [here]. And a rear light which you may read about [here].

I've mounted both lights on my bike helmet. When I am out riding, I like to put both of them into "flashing" mode.

I'm really visible now!


1pm - Sushi on the way to the 'Y'
As I was peddling Mariner [my bike's name is now Mariner] to the YMCA, a bit of hunger stirred in my tummy. Somebody new bought the Japanese place in the shopping center, close to the Y. It's a small restaurant. Several tables were occupied. A very good sign!

I ordered hot tea, ice water and a 2-piece Nigiri Tuna Sushi. Wow! The new owner is a fabulous sushi chef!

Oh! I forgot to tell that I got a bowl of miso soup too.
Man-O-man! Good lookin' sushi!
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25 comments:

  1. Good idea :-) I go everywhere in a power wheelchair. People like me are at even greater risk of being hit than bicyclists. I have green blinkers on the sides of my chair, red and white blinkers on the back, a flashing lamp on my head, a little strobe light I bought at Halloween that I hold in my hand and an orange flag with reflective stripes. People STILL almost run me over regularly!

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    1. Wow, Wendy! It's a good thing that you have all those lights.

      George


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  2. What ever happened to Weng?

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  3. I've asked the same thing Jerry and Judy

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  4. I am a fanatic about bike lights: When I bought ours, I studied all the comparisons and reviews until I found the brightest and best we could afford. I like having them both on my helmet and fixed on the bike, front and back (because if they are just on your helmet, if you turn your head or drop your gaze, some around you can't see them). Reflective tape is neat, too - and there's a new product from Volvo that I just found out about that is totally cool!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfWzeGlaFvI

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    1. Hi Pete,

      I followed your link! Wow! LifePaint!! That is sooooo cool.

      George



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  5. I found the new LED lights to be exceptionally bright.

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  6. Mariner! I like it. Now for a name for your car, camera and how about your apartment? Ms Tioga was your old abode, your new one needs a personality too.

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  7. I am really glad you were able to obtain a bike helmet with lights! Blessings, Lynn

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