Arleigh over at Bike Shop Girl posted recently about using lights during the day, which is good advice but not really relevant for bike commuters in Seattle this time of year. But as our days get longer, I’m sure I’ll be able to put it into practice soon. And I’ve got new lights – I’ve upgraded the fleet to these Superflash variants (that’s the regular on my rain bike to the left, and the clear version on my Cassaroll).
How’d I choose these lights? A couple of months ago I was riding up Pine. A half-block ahead a guy pulled in front of me with the most blinding-ass light I’ve ever seen. It’s not just the intensity of the flash, or the fact that it flashes to the back and partly to the side. The pattern is also a kind of eye-catching staccato. I caught up to him at the light and asked what kind of light he was sporting – “Superflash.” Sold.
No complaints so far. The lights seem to be waterproof, and the switch mechanism, while a little stiff, is easy to use even with gloves on.