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Richard Erlacher
03/20/12 09:49
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Denver, Co

#186797 - about that strong headlamp
Responding to: Per Westermark's previous message
I find that a strong headlight is VERY useful, as it helps you to see the holes and other hazards in the road. Those holes and cracks are no big deal for automobiles, but, for a bike with thin wheels, they can be a real show-stopper.

Here in the U.S. people are much less accustomed to bicyclists on the roads, particularly at night, and having lighting that makes it obvious that a cyclist is present is vital. Riding at night is a high-risk behavior, due to both unaware drivers and poor road conditions. Erik's right, in that having lighting that produces a "What the h*** is that?" reaction doesn't help.

However, no matter what safety gear cyclists have, the use of common sense seems to be in short supply. Cyclists speeding through intersections with stop-signs and even traffic lights, irrespective of the flow of traffic, cyclists zooming down the sidewalks creating hazards for pedestrians, and cyclists riding between the lanes when there's a traffic backup, don't help the public's attitude toward cyclists. The latter case often makes me want to open my car door to catch the fool. I often feel there should be a bounty on cyclists who blatantly ignore traffic laws. Of course, I don't feel that way when I'm a cyclist myself, but then I'm not one who routinely ignores traffic laws when I'm on the bike.

Do cyclists in Europe and the U.K. behave better? How about automobile drivers?


List of 28 messages in thread
mini quiz      Erik Malund      03/15/12 09:25      
   Inner light in car?      Per Westermark      03/15/12 10:39      
      could be      Erik Malund      03/15/12 10:42      
         Button is power - not input signal      Per Westermark      03/15/12 10:58      
   not an interior light controller      Erik Malund      03/15/12 11:25      
   Coffee Pot safety      Justin Fontes      03/15/12 13:03      
      yup, that's it; however, just for fun ...      Erik Malund      03/15/12 13:07      
         4bit applications      KONSTANTINOS L. ANGELIS      03/15/12 16:01      
            Yes but      Per Westermark      03/16/12 02:17      
         One push button input, 5 outputs      Oliver Sedlacek      03/19/12 04:58      
            Sounds like ...      Rob Klein      03/19/12 06:14      
               That's it      Oliver Sedlacek      03/19/12 09:44      
                  At a cost      Rob Klein      03/19/12 10:18      
                     They're safer if used correctly      Justin Fontes      03/19/12 10:32      
                     isn't that the purpose?      Erik Malund      03/19/12 10:34      
                        Purpose      Rob Klein      03/19/12 10:56      
                     Illegal in Sweden too      Per Westermark      03/19/12 11:02      
                     I was thinking of the rear light!      Oliver Sedlacek      03/20/12 04:26      
                        A strong headlight that can be dimmed makes car drivers care      Per Westermark      03/20/12 05:39      
                           about that strong headlamp      Richard Erlacher      03/20/12 09:49      
                              Basically same same everywhere in "civilized" world      Per Westermark      03/20/12 14:51      
                              Really strong headlights      Oliver Sedlacek      03/21/12 05:11      
                                 I've not seen any truly powerful bike headlamps      Richard Erlacher      03/21/12 08:56      
                                    Strong headlight      Per Westermark      03/21/12 11:32      
                                       high-beam      Richard Erlacher      03/21/12 23:25      
                                          Almost perfectly solved with suitable bike front light      Per Westermark      03/22/12 01:26      
                                    2000 lumens enough?      Oliver Sedlacek      03/22/12 07:55      
                                       No need      Per Westermark      03/22/12 15:31      

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