Night rider: improve your cycling safety in the dark
If your cycle ride is close to sunset or after, you better gear up and choose the right light or two.
Whether you're a commuter cyclist or an avid cyclist for fitness, a compact light is a good option. It's small enough that you don't even notice it during daytime, but bright enough at night to be visible from behind.
A few of the dangers that night riding brings include potholes or other obstacles that might throw you from your bike. Even a small headlight will make a world of difference.
Spending decent money on a light will save you more than ten-fold on a trip to the emergency room.
Here are some tips to stay safe when riding at night:
1. Front Head Light
The bicycle front light is generally mounted on the handlebar to light the road ahead. You can opt for super bright handlebar lights, just like high beams on a car; these are great on technical trails or bumpy roads.
This is not only a general bike light, but also can serve as a powerful headlamp, which is mountable on your helmet.
4 professional flashing modes, i.e. high, middle, low, and strobe, are suitable for all outdoor environments. Rain isn't a problem either with IP65 water resistance.
Tip: Make sure your light does not dazzle oncoming road users, especially cyclists coming from dimly lit paths. Adjust the mounting angle or brightness mode according to the conditions.
2. Rear Tail Light
A bright tail light is also essential for cycling at night on roads.
The crucial thing with tail lights is correct positioning, to attract the attention of drivers behind you.
Tip: Unlike front lights, you can't really see how they are operating while you are riding, so you should attach much more importance to the direction the rear light is pointing. Mounting and testing a rear light on the bike frame is the best way to ensure it's pointing in the optimal direction.
3. Spoke Light
Pretty cool, right? These easy-to-attach spoke lights are the perfect way to increase your visibility, safety, and cool factor when you're cycling in the dark.
Unlike a head light or rear lamp, the spoke light can never dazzle you. It's just like a flowing light show, attractive and unique, and adds a lot to your riding experience.
This features 30 kinds of variable light patterns, which change dynamically with your cycling speed.
There are also some even more unique LED spoke lights, such as FT - 801 DIY bicycle wheel. These lights are programmable with any images, cartoons, videos and flowing characters you select.
Fully customizable, you can make your own mark and show your creativity on the road.
4. Other Cool Ideas for Safe Night Cycling
Having the correct head and tail lights is the single most important part of cycling at night.
However, there are a few other items of gear you should include to enhance your night riding.
The first is reflective bike wheel stickers, including like spoke lights. These add extra safety whenever riding in the fog, rain, or at night.
The second smart thing to have is a good pair of clear visors or sunglasses. Cycling polarized UV400 glasses will keep the wind, road debris, and rain if it's raining, out of your eyes; this allows you to see the road ahead unhindered.
Additionally, wear a reflective jersey, jacket, or a cycling coat with high visibility materials to help others see you even more clearly, particularly if one of your lights becomes non-functional.
In conclusion, cycling at night doesn't have to be dangerous and, with the right high quality gear, can open up a whole new world of riding.
Be prepared and stay smart, and you'll reap the benefits of cycling safely at night.
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