Since moving to Orange County and becoming a bike commuter I quickly realized that no matter what time of day it is how important it is to have lights on your bike. There are cars EVERYWHERE down here - people texting and talking on their phones, paying way to much attention to their GPS or the XM channel they are on. You would never think that a small blinking light could actually save you...not to mention they are obviously helpful during dusk and early in the morning.
Bike lights are a must - seriously. Now, because they are becoming ever-popular you can find them all over shops and the interweb...therefore you don't have an excuse not to throw down a few buckaroos towards a blinky-lifesaver. Just think, if you are commuting to work you are saving on gas money...with that leftover gas money you can then buy a set of bike lights (quickly followed buy a pound of two of gourmet coffee to keep you fueled during your rides..at least that is what I would do - on of my goals for this year is to drink less coffee).
|KNOG - Beetle Twinpack, $39.95|
|KNOG - Boomer Light, $29.95|
|Portland Design Works - Spaceship 3, $29.00|
PDW also has a 135 lumen output light that looks similar to the one above called the Cosmic Dreadnought for a mere $55.00....remember we are talking safety here..
|Portland Design Works - Danger Zone, $38.00|
Fizik - BLIN:K, $25.00
|Petzel - Tikka 2 Headlamp, $29.95|
|Nathan - Photon LED Vest, $34.99|
|Oakley - Intensity Vest, $180.00|
Also, please keep in mind if you are working out at night that you should try to stay off the roads. There are a lot of distractions for vehicles (especially in Southern California). If you are a person who likes to sport head phones, consider turning down the volume...or exercising with just one headphone in - this way you can hear what is going on around you. If you are a road biker and sporting headphones on a busy street...shame. You should also try to tell someone where you are going, and when you get back. I like using the iPhone Find My Friends app, that way I can be found if people start to wonder where the heck I am.
Sending Love - Be Safe!