Tips and advice on lights
As the weather slowly but surely cools, and the days get shorter, the need for good lights on your bike quickly becomes apparent to the new commuter.
While USB-rechargeable lights are great value and work very well, we recommend having a low-cost backup set of lights, as rechargeable lights can dim very quickly when the battery runs low.
On bikeways and on roads, the primary purpose of both your front and rear lights is to be seen by other road and path users. On some bikeways, there’s an additional purpose of lighting the path surface so you can see where you’re going. Although helmet-mounted lights are perhaps the best solution for lighting up paths (these lights were developed for mountain bike riders riding single track trails at night), your helmet-mounted light can shine directly in the eyes of oncoming bike riders, reducing safety for them and yourself.
Research conducted by CARRS-Q (QUT) points clearly to the benefits of having a reflectors on your body’s “moving parts” such as ankles and knees. The movement of your ankles produces a stronger visual presence to drivers than a static bike light alone.
So visit your local bike shop or Bicycle Queensland’s online shop and get geared up now for the winter commuting.