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Polite way to ride in the dark

There are now many bike lights on the market which have a shaped beam with a "horizontal cutoff" giving strong light onto the road or path, but much less above the horizon. When adjusted ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

Consider how you feel when a fellow cyclist approaches you will full beam straight ahead. It's pretty blinding, even for a moment, and especially off-road when your eyes aren't used to it. So in a ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

I had to face exactly this on an old commute. Dipping the front light was absolutely necessary in a park and another stretch of unlit bike path. It was a bright enough light to illuminate the road, ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

In case you can read German, here's a nice explanation how to adjust the bike front light. Summary: put bike 5m from a wall measure distance (height) of the light from the street make sure that the ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

You can dip the light slightly (point it towards the ground). Even without considering politeness, you might prefer to illuminate the ground ahead of you, instead of (as you would on a lit city street)...
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Are MIPS helmets compatible with helmet mount lights or cameras?

Yes... and no.. technically they are. While MIPS uses a slip plane, it is not going to roll around all willy nilly with every head movement. It takes a lot of force to get it to move, as it is suppose ...
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How to tell if this light's bulb is blown? And what kind of light is it?

It's an LED. Easiest way to see if it is damaged is to connect it to a battery and see if it lights up. The difficulty is that you can't disassemble the the white plastic unit, so if the LED does ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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How to tell if this light's bulb is blown? And what kind of light is it?

There's a circuit board inside the white plastic bit, which is called an LED driver. Here's an example http://www.dx.com/p/3-6v-16v-925ma-constant-current-led-driver-board-for-cree-and-ssc-leds-4pcs-...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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'...
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Are MIPS helmets compatible with helmet mount lights or cameras?

My MIPS helmet has integrated lights so should be certified with them. They are flush with the surface, do not protrude. Lights work fully ok. Hence if you want MIPS helmet with lights, simply buy ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

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 ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

Lights or not, when you're mixing with people walking, just go slow. I'd be much more annoyed to be overtaken at speed than to have a light shined on me, because your speed is an actual danger, and ...
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Reflective tape instead of rear reflector, in Australia

Since we are talking about Australia, there are two distinct requirements: Section 259 "Riding at night" of the Australian Road Rules about use of bicycles on road-related areas; and Consumer ...
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Bright Bike DIY Kits

It appears to be an active Kickstarter. However, from the Kickstarter page, it seems that the kit is nothing more than lengths of 3M Scotchlite tape. Just buy the tape: it's easily available from ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

how to be less irritating? Some countries have legal requirements around what makes for a good bike light, for example Germany. Cheap lights are almost always: Powered by a very powerful battery ...
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Polite way to ride in the dark

I wear an adjustable head strap flashlight at night while riding my bike. The one I have has three colors (white, red and green)which allows me to use a less intense color at times, so as not to blind ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

I'd say riding near any wooded area can be extremely hazardous, though usually only at night. Just last night while heading home, a raccoon was on the opposite side of the trail, and I suppose it ...
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Are collisions with animals something to be worried about when cycling in the country?

Yes, definitely, when cycling in the country in wooded or otherwise open areas you should watch out for wildlife. Not only wildlife that might get in your way but wildlife that might attack you. This ...
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How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?

If you can get to a children's toy store, you'll like find a few bells. Tie a couple on your handle bars. Try tie a few around the spokes of your front and rear wheels. I believe it would be make ...
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