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[OT] Do you use lights for daytime riding ?

Old 06-13-16, 06:57 AM
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[OT] Do you use lights for daytime riding ?

Recently I bought half a dozen red tail lights to use on most of my bikes during daytime rides. I always use a headlight and tail light at nighttime, but until recently I have ridden w/o lights during the day. The reason is that I'm coming to the belief that cars often don't see cyclists unless there is a flashing light to catch their optical attention.

So, what is your practice ? No daytime lights, tail light only or headlight and tail light ?
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Old 06-13-16, 07:02 AM
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Lights all the time. I have a Niterider Pro 3600 that's on flash during the day and a Planet Bike Superflash (or two) in the rear.
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Old 06-13-16, 07:07 AM
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Daytime Strobes Front and Rear.



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Old 06-13-16, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Daytime Strobes Front and Rear.



+1, even the weather conditions.
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Old 06-13-16, 07:32 AM
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Flashing red Axiom Pulse 60 lumen in the rear during the day. Never go out without it.

Sometimes a flashing white Blackburn 100 lumen in the front during the day. Depends on where I'm riding.

At night I'm lit up like the Las Vegas strip.
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Old 06-13-16, 08:33 AM
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Both lights always. I do have to have them easily removable for leaving the bike locked , though. On the road bike, I've taken to putting a tail light on a belt I wear when riding; the front light is mounted to the removable bag with pump, tubes, etc.
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Old 06-13-16, 08:44 AM
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never in the day...it's so goddamn bright here in north texas most of the time it's just a waste of the battery. when the clouds roll in before a storm or when it's raining i will...but only then.
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Only if it's dark/extremely overcast/raining. But I'm usually not riding then, so pretty much only at night.
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Old 06-13-16, 08:55 AM
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All the lights, all the time!
Too many distracted drivers out there. I'd rather they see me and curse/laugh at me for the lights than not see me at all!
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Night only.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Night only.
Same here. In fact, I often remove or don't install the lights if I will be back home before sunset.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Same here. In fact, I often remove or don't install the lights if I will be back home before sunset.
been caught too many times where it gets darker quicker than i think or the ride feels too good to come back before dark to run like this.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Same here. In fact, I often remove or don't install the lights if I will be back home before sunset.
+1

I take off my lights if I plan on being home before dark. One less thing to worry about being stolen.
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Like the majority. . No, I remove them completely during the day... but if I think there is a chance of riding at night they get tossed in my backpack. Sometimes I'll leave the rear on if I'll be riding on busier streets, I typically stick to backstreets when riding alone though
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Originally Posted by Amitoj View Post
All the lights, all the time!
Too many distracted drivers out there. I'd rather they see me and curse/laugh at me for the lights than not see me at all!
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If I'm out for a long road ride I might keep the tail light on the bike. I can get into some dim places in the canyons.
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Bad weather? Yes. On my dynamo bike? Yes. Normally on my non-dynamo bikes. No. Even though I have them equipped all of the time.
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It depends on where I'm riding. On busy or high speed roads like my work commute, yes, daytime flashers front and rear. Quiet rides in the neighborhood or to the store, not so much.

But I'm also a hi-vis shirt/jacket/vest geek, which I consider more noticeable than lights in bright sunlight.
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Only if it's raining or foggy.
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Flashing rear light & headlamp at night. If I'm caught in the rain during the day, I'll run the rear flasher and headlamp in strobe for safety.

I am honestly thinking of installing my other headlamp as well. I commute at 4am and one steady burn and one flashing would be an advantage!
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Daytime Strobes Front and Rear.



That's not really daytime in Texas. It's one of those oddly long, damp nights with occasional brightening.
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Night or bad weather only over here in the golden state.
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I have dynamos on my two main bikes (one geared, the other fixed) I run the lights on all the time just because its "free". But on the rest of my bikes (that require batteries) i will only run them if it is foggy, raining or overcast.

I do however wear a high viz vest with reflective strips most of the time (day and night). I believe that in the daytime, the vest gives me more visibility than the lights.
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Have lights on all my bikes, mostly dyno. Most are automatic, including the battery operated ones. SoCal is pretty sunny, but the shade of an underpass will turn them on.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH View Post
That's not really daytime in Texas. It's one of those oddly long, damp nights with occasional brightening.
Early morning Fog. 8 AM I live on The Gulf Coast

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