So so as October a week and a bit away I decided to start thinking about winter commuting..
Normally use a SON Edelux2 and mudguard rear with a Cateye Rapid X on the seat stay.
Mudguards with large RAW black reflective flaps and if it’s early morning / a bit grey I tend to pop a yellow bag cover on my Carradice with two reflective strips.
Now, 10meters of 3M black reflective tape later, £14 from eBay, I have a reflective bike.
Next will be a lower fork mount for my Cateye 300.
Any thoughts? - I’m an all black kinda dress code, so high vis is not my thing, but I want to get home to the family...
Get a car.
Made a few searches prior to opening, couldn’t see anything... kinda a mini project too I guess!
I own half a mini clubman... my wife is legal to drive it currently... bare with!
What width 3m tape did you buy? Looking to do similar on my bike.
That looks trick!
Went with 10mm, was easy to pull it snug to get round corners and mudguard bends easy
Cheers, any chance you could post a link to the seller you bought from?
That’s the 10m one, also does by the meter I think
What’s your commuting route and distance? That does look a bit overkill but if you’re on Zummerzet side roads then I guess you might need it.
When I as commuting around Norwich I got meself one of these - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163799698040
Stupidly bright, maybe too much so, but bloody effective.
Thanks! Im going to get a set of those Raw flaps as well. Did you get the regular size? (sorry for all the questions)
Wellington to Bridgwater, 20 miles each way.
First 2 miles is street lit, then it’s a38 with no lighting for 5 miles, a few miles of lighting and then no lighting for about 8 miles.
I’d rather overkill than dead so that comment gives me some hope frankly!
Defo need to add a rear light on my dropout mount I think.
I think they are... I can measure. A friend got them for me!
Then get yourself a Cree system. The Chinese lights are good, it’s the batteries and chargers that aren’t so great, but they’re so cheap that even if you have to replace them every six months then you’re still doing good.
Back in London I use a Bontrager Ion 800R, really solid piece of kit and rated at 800 lumens. On the rear I use a Moon, not sure which model it is tho.
Son edelux2 and a Cateye 300 will be plenty for light up front, those cree lights are not my cuppa tea tbh. Bright, but too bright, I have nowhere on my bars for it when using a bar bag either, questionable quality imo
Just got these that I'm pleased with:
That's not actually the same as what I received but same lumen, and it's all-round visibility, if you ride the hoods it illuminates your hands.
Mega. How long did the light last between charges?
Have you thought about some of these to make your wheels pop? I have some on my bike and side visibility is extremely strong
Michelin Pro Tek Cross Max tyres.
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