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You don't want glow-in-the-dark tape -- it's only useful if you store your bike in a dark shed and need to find it. The amount of "glow" is such that it's only visible in pitch darkness -- and that's for only a few hours after it has been exposed to bright light. What you want is called "retroreflective tape" -- it reflects light back in the same direction ...


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My commute brings me through a park with a lot of rabbits (or similar animals, not a zoologist here) and it has been rather close a few times ... I use a head lamp when driving there at night for two reasons: It allows me to see through turns much better The eyes of animals reflect directly back at you, which helps to see them a little earlier All that ...


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Summary: very few. Somewhere between 20% and 90% of crashes involve a motor vehicle approaching a cyclist side-on (guess ~50%), and somewhere between 30% and 90% occur during darkness (guess ~50%). Unfortunately 40% or more are the result of drug-impaired driving or riding. So perhaps 60% of that 50% of 50% = 15% could be avoided if the cyclist had bright ...


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Sure, there have been cases of hitting an animal in the day or night. Here is an article of a cyclist being attacked by a moose, for example. In addition, you need to worry about road hazards since you won't see them as early. Obviously, the amount of hazard depends on the particular location, but you should have good lighting and reflective gear at night ...


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I've been hit by a kangaroo, luckily a small one, while touring. Roos are not well adapted to wheels, their movement pattern is to hop in a straight line for a while then swerve, and they flee the same way. One bounded along next to me for a few seconds, realised it couldn't get past me, then swerved across behind me, hitting my pannier with its head. ...


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I have actually dramatically improved the cutoff on my 1200 lumen dual LED (just for reference) with a sort of brim made out of aluminium plate. On road I run it on minimum brightness (guessing about 1/4 -- 1/3 power). On pitch dark bike paths I do change the angle a little as well as turning up the brightness. Super-speedy sketch (go inkscape!): The ...


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The best light I've seen on AA batteries is the Busch & Muller IXON IQ. It is a solid commuter light and can run on AA batteries and can run for 5 hours on high. However, my opinion is that there are so many usb rechargable lights that are much brighter and that you would be better served with something like a cygolite metro or nightrider lumina and ...


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I have run over chipmunks 4 or 5 times, and hit deer twice in my rides on country bike trails. The deer caused the crashes both times, but neither I, the deer, or my bike was hurt. In both deer crashes I had some time (but not enough) to brake. Both deer crashes happened during the day. I'm very wary of deer now- they are incredibly stupid and simply don't ...


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Not really a full answer but I can't post pictures in a comment. Imagine stomping along a darkened rural road at your top speed, and running into this unyeilding mass of sheep flesh. Its totally possible for any domesticated animal to get out of their paddock and stand in the road - they're a bit stupid mostly.


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Potentially more dangerous than hitting an animal is swerving to avoid hitting the animal and going off-road and crashing. This often causes significant damage to the bike and rider -- sometimes even more damage than if you had hit the animal in the first place. However, it does help with your overall karma to not unnecessarily kill animals. Fine print ...


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Just 2 weeks ago I hit a deer on a night ride. I was headed down hill at a little over 25 miles an hour when it ran out from behind some bushes. I didn't even have time to hit the brakes before impact. I flew over the handlebars, rolled twice, then slid another 15 feet on asphalt. Luckily my heavy winter gear protected most of my skin. I walked away with ...


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OK, so: I called Queensland Transport, who put me through to main roads I then called main roads back (since the first call got disconnected). They told me to call my local main roads office, as their central number doesn't answer questions about compliance. I called the local main roads office. The inspector there told me this was an issue of legislation ...


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If you do not want to kludge your existing headlight, Busch und Mueller Headlights always have a low beam feature, which they especially advertise. Here is their current catalogue. http://www.bumm.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Katalog/B_M__Catalogue_2014_15__English.pdf


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Gotta say I agree with Chris Pink (who'd a thunk it, if it's the same Chris Pink from a certain boaty forum) I've never hit an animal on the towpath. Sounds to me like you are not riding to the conditions. I know when I ride at night, where there is no lighting you need to slow down a lot, even if you have decent lights. Yelling out before going around a ...


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Would making more noise (without being obnoxiously loud) be an answer? Constantly twiddling a bike bell would be distracting, but a few jingle bells you could hang on your bike or gear might help alert the critters that you're coming.


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Most reflective tapes are quite suitable. I've had good luck with 3M and Avery brands in general, but you need to strike a balance between cost and effectiveness. For example, SOLAS (safety of life at sea) tape is what is used on rescue buoys, life rafts, life vests... it is fantastically reflective and similarly expensive. Other tapes have a finer surface,...


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Dead animals on the road in the dark are my primary concern, but mileage varies. Dogs, snakes, and deer are the most common ones I see. Dogs are most concerning as they will sometimes give chase. I've read that dogs can determine an intersect point between a moving object and them, but they cannot adjust very well to something which suddenly alters it's ...


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Absolutely it happens - and its not just night time. The Bastard is a wonderful downhill road where I've done 60 km/h and good cyclists can hit 75-80 km/h. The sheep was in the road, and the rider went around its head-end. Sheep being stupid walked/ran forward straight into the path of the cyclist. So for sheep, go around the back-end. This rule of ...


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You have an excellent answer to the question as asked already, but even if the answer is "very few" there are some things you can do to help yourself at such little effort that they're still worth doing (IMO of course). They may also help with scary near misses which of course aren't logged, and it's also courteous to be clearly visible so long as you don't ...


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For the past few months I have been using the cheapest light of around 1,000 lumens that I could find. It is made in China and sold in the US under the MagicShine brand. I actually got my light from a local guy, who sells a modified version of the MJ-808 with a quick release bar mount, that makes it a snap to remove and reinstall the light from the ...


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I have been looking for a head light and a tail light as well. Last month I emailed DiNotte regarding their AA-powered lights, and here's what they told me: ========================================= The 400R-Lithium ion and 400R AA only differ in a few ways. It's different electronics inside to accomodate different power source, cable connections and ...


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Lights that are road-legal in Germany have this cut off. The Trelock LS 950 is a good example.


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Reading the link and interpetting it in the strictest sense I would say no. My reasoning is that the law states "a reflector" that is clearly visible. It does not say a reflective material that is clearly visible. My other thought is that since reflective tape is cheaper and easier to install, if bike manufacturers could get away with reflective tape they ...



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