No, this post isn't all about hi-vis, although it may sound that way from the title. It is mostly about a little extra help with people seeing your stopped bike when coming at you fast from behind.
I am sure we've all been there. We stop leaving enough room for an escape route. Not only do we watch the traffic in front and beside us, but we keep a keen eye on our six as well.
Before you know it a car is fast approaching and you do the fancy dance on your rear brake and/or repeatedly squeeze the front brake to flash your brake lights hoping they'll slow down and stop, as you quickly rethink said escape route.
Enter flashing LED brake lights by Hyper-Lites.
I am really lucky in that Troubadour not only ordered a set for both Max and Lucy, but when I got home from work at noon last Friday they were already installed on Max, he just needed to connect the wires. See, I told you I was lucky.
I can say this - they are bright. When either pressing the rear brake or squeezing the front brake they will flash for 5 seconds then stay on while either brake is applied. So, if you are stopped longer than 5 seconds when that car approaches from the rear, you simply need to squeeze the brake once to alert them of your presence rather than repeatedly.
Of course this may also alert your fellow riders when you are getting into a corner a little hot and scrubbing off some speed.
Here are a few of the photos Troubadour took of the process.
|(Installed by license plate frame on reflector bracket)|
|(top view - they don't stick out too far)|
|(A view of both installed)|
He also took a picture of the wiring, but I couldn't tell you what it all means. It isn't that I am ignorant in the ways of electronics, but I wasn't present for the install, yeah that's it. Red wire connected to the blue wire? No, that's not it......
|(one wire, two wire; red wire, blue wire)|
|(Post flashing........ now on until brake lever is released)|
I am also planning on purchasing the Rev'it Hi-Vis Indigo jacket, but I am patiently waiting until the end of May as they can usually be found on sale for Memorial Day. I currently have the Rev'it Siren in black (the Indigo predecessor) and have had it for over 3 years. I like it, but it is quite worn. And with a black helmet I think a hi-vis jacket would be a good idea. It will be quite the contrast to Max's blue and white.
|(Stock photo from extremesupply.com)|
So.....have you done anything to your bike or your gear to make yourself a little more visible?
- Au Revoir
" Advice to children crossing the street; damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." - Moms Mabley.