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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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dfphoenix wrote:
Apr 29th, 2017 8:31 pm
Do people signal stop at a stop sign or is it a given? Now that I'm writing it out, it seems like a dumb question.
Signalling when stopping is kinda tough because my left hand is busy applying the brakes. Swapping the front brakes to the right lever makes stop signalling possible, and it is something I have done on other bikes in the past, but isn't really possible on my current bike. So I don't signal stops.

After I stop for a pedestrian, I will signal a stop, to indicate to drivers who may not see the pedestrian, not to pass me.
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For riding at night, how bright of a light do I need? I see there's a big range for lumens... not to mention prices. Is MEC the best place to go?

TIA!
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bunnyfoo wrote:
May 26th, 2017 11:14 am
For riding at night, how bright of a light do I need? I see there's a big range for lumens... not to mention prices. Is MEC the best place to go?

TIA!
What city and what roads?
In central toronto near dt and areas surrounding... youre okay with dinky blinky LED's.

But i would go much higher for more suburban areas. Suburban drivers just arent used to bikes... so increased visibility is increased safety!

Don't forget your helmet :)
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bunnyfoo wrote:
May 26th, 2017 11:14 am
For riding at night, how bright of a light do I need? I see there's a big range for lumens... not to mention prices. Is MEC the best place to go?

TIA!
I don't have much experience with lights but I have two different ones.

The first one is the Cycle Torch Night Owl: https://www.amazon.ca/Cycle-Torch-Night ... op?ie=UTF8
Does well for riding in the city and is nice and bright to help you be seen by motorists. Has high-med-low-flash modes and USB charging. I also like that you can check the battery level by holding the power button: 10 flashes = 100%; 9 flashes = 90%; 8 flashes = 80%; etc..

My second light is by RioRand: https://www.amazon.ca/RioRand-Light-Lum ... bike+light
I would use this one if I'm going to ride in unlit paths/trails. Is it necessary to run it on max brightness? No but I like the wow factor when it's complete darkness around you. I took this pic last summer next to the lighthouse at Tommy Thompson Park.

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Zephyr22b wrote:
May 26th, 2017 12:25 pm
I don't have much experience with lights but I have two different ones.

The first one is the Cycle Torch Night Owl: https://www.amazon.ca/Cycle-Torch-Night ... op?ie=UTF8
Does well for riding in the city and is nice and bright to help you be seen by motorists. Has high-med-low-flash modes and USB charging. I also like that you can check the battery level by holding the power button: 10 flashes = 100%; 9 flashes = 90%; 8 flashes = 80%; etc..

My second light is by RioRand: https://www.amazon.ca/RioRand-Light-Lum ... bike+light
I would use this one if I'm going to ride in unlit paths/trails. Is it necessary to run it on max brightness? No but I like the wow factor when it's complete darkness around you. I took this pic last summer next to the lighthouse at Tommy Thompson Park.

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Thanks!! I'll check those ones out :)
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