cycling at night [with planet bike]
As the days have gotten shorter, it’s become increasingly imperative for us to have lights on our bikes. While I initially explored hub generated lights that would keep with the vintage look of the Raleighs (like these Busch & Müller Lumotec Retro ones), I just had to concede to something more affordable for now. And so we settled on Planet Bike LED lights for both of our bikes. Planet Bike came highly recommended by our local bike shop and a little research revealed that this company is worth supporting; 25% of my purchase went to support bike advocacy groups. This is their contribution policy, all the time.
Their site also offers tips on making positive changes in your community – 5 things you can do – as well as information on bicycle advocacy groups throughout the US. And who can resist a packaging that urges you to ‘ride your bike!’.
We installed a headlight and a tail light. The latter we usually keep on flashing mode to make us even more perceivable to cars. Both install easily and remove quickly to take inside when leaving your bike parked. We’ve both been very happy with our new lights and I’ve enjoyed those evening rides knowing that I’m not just a dark blur on the side of the road.
What lighting system do you use on your bike? And do you go beyond installing blinking lights or a headlight to make you visible? I’m less concerned with my ability to see (the roads are usually well enough lit for that) and more concerned with cars and traffic seeing me. How do you negotiate that problem?