Both my lights are essentially dead. My front white “lantern” style light, and my rear red “flashing” light don’t cast enough light to scare off a vampire. I’m at a crossroads, do I replace the batteries, or buy better lights altogether?
When I bought these lights in the first place, I didn’t know much about commuting everyday on a bike. To me, all lights were essentially the same, so I did what I figure most people would do: I bought the cheapest thing I could find. At the time, I didn’t understand the importance of being seen, at a much higher rate than not-seen. I haven’t had any close calls, thank goodness, but I’m not feeling too confident about my current lights.
I’ve see other cyclists with front “beam” style lights that are so big and bright, from a distance, you’d think their ten speed was a chevy cavalier. A month ago or so, I saw one cyclist with a strip of lights, that ran in the spokes of his bike, that flashed 4 or 5 different colors! As much as I’ve praised Mountain Equipment Co-Op in the past, they fall short when it comes to bike lights.
At MEC they’ve got the basics, and a few lights I’d consider a “step up” but nothing really high-end. I figure if I’m gonna splurge on 2 things, it should be lights and a helmet. After all, aren’t they the most important safety features on your bike? My shopping starts tomorrow.
Because I have to be in Oak Bay for a dentists appointment at 4 tomorrow afternoon, I think a stop in at Oak Bay Bikes would be prudent.
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