bike chick tip #11- LIGHTS!!!
now that it is getting darker much more earlier it is soo important to be visible while riding. here in cali it is the law that you have a front light and a tail light. i have know several people who have gotten tickets for not having lights on and i must say they really do help!
|frog lights by knog|
|gekko lights by knog|
there are TONS of lights out there on the market and they all pretty much do the same thing but here is what we use and really like! the first is frog (one light) or gekko ( 3 lights!!) by knog these run about $15 which i think is a great price! both of these come as either front lights and tail light. these are my favorite because they come in really cute colors and they are SUPER easy to take on and off your bike. They typically have 2 settings, a constant beam of light or a blinking light. when riding i tend to always put both my front & tail lights as blinking because it is easier for a driver to notice more but when i go down our drive way i switch the front light to a constant beam so i can avoid pot holes.
i currently have two tail lights on my bike because now that it is winter my coats tend to be longer and can cover my tail light that is attached to my seat post so i use a clip on that i put on my basket. it is always better to be overly prepared rather then just to wing it. i want to replace my tail light with a gekko because when the batteries die in the one i have currently it is a pain to take off!
the mister has really really great front light. it is by planet bike was about $30 but so worth it. i used it one day and it really likes up the road so you can stay clear of glass or pot holes. I want to invest in one of these babies when i get a chance because the light is so much brighter then the frogs and the beam of light is also longer so that you can see several feet in front of you. only thing is this can be a bit trickier to put on your bike but there are so many creative ways to make it work.
another thing that is always good to have is a reflector and pro campo has the CUTEST bird reflectors! i want them so bad and this is for sure is one of the venders i MUST have in the shop.
happy and safe riding!!!