- Jeremy Vine show – bike lights are too bright!
all cyclists should be taxed, insured and have registration plates. this is guaranteed to stop them running red lights/getting in the way, riding on pavements/getting in the way on Our Roads(tm) and having really bright lights/having no lights…etc
and some of them wear lycra! bastards.Posted 2 years agobikebouyMember
Ay, the bastards..
Lights on most vehicles are too bright for my (getting older) eyes. I have trouble sometimes with intermittent flashes, sometimes vehicle LEDs are too bright too.. But then you have to counter that with not being seen at all. I still see folks riding in Town without lights and wearing black (hoodies invariably) which is a proper PITA.
I give the Vine programme 6/10 for proper journalism.Posted 2 years agoSTATOMember
How about indicators behind white lenses, they are lethal, its often really hard to see a driver indicate his intention to ignore your existence on the road and cut right across you from the other side of the road.
This. In addition to indicators placed towards the centre of the car rather than outside, usually the french cars. Also cars that have indicators that are not visible from the side, having to rely on tiny repeaters.Posted 2 years agobluehelmetMember
Road Riders can be a nuisance if the light isn’t ‘dipped’ especially if they’re out and about in big groups. Do roadies need 1200 lumens in the city with street lighting?
Some rear lights can be a real nightmare to ride behind, why do they need to be off the scale lumen wise?
So yes, really bright bike lights should only be the province of off roaders.Posted 2 years ago
1000 lumen job pointing down about 6ft in front of me on the road with my “hat lights” switched off until I get off road.
Don’t need any more. If I get hit it is because they haven’t looked so if I’m lit up like Old Trafford it wouldn’t make a difference.
Now, people riding with little or no lights and dressed like Ninjas… that boils my wee. Saw a roadie (just) on a high end bike, dressed in black with lights out of a Christmas cracker weaving through wet rush hour traffic last night.Posted 2 years agobutcherMember
It’s really up to manufacturers to set some standards and provide guidance. Buying and using lights is a minefield.
Personally though, I’ve never experienced any problems while driving. If I see anyone with a super bright light, my first thought is, where can I get one?!. Never ever been blinded by them. They’ve never been any more overpowering than the oncoming motor traffic. Usually much less so.
The one place they’re a pain in the arse though, is on unlit tracks. As a pedestrian or a cyclist, if you dip your beam and put it in utterly feeble mode, and someone approaches with 1200 lumens directly in your face, all you can see is blackness… I’ve literally had to stop a few times, not even knowing whether I’m on the edge on in the centre of the track because I couldn’t see anything at all. Little bit different in a car when you have a fair bit of power blasting back at them, even on dipped beam (but perhaps I just haven’t experienced it yet).Posted 2 years agocubistSubscriber
I think its a fair criticism, On my commute I meet cyclists with
-overly bright poorly angled bar lights
-stupidly dim lights which are completely useless
-helmet mounted lights flashing straight in my eyes as we pass
-Road ninjas with no lights and dressed in all black
-An idiot with a rear light on the front
None of which are helpful for other road users, many of which make it dangerous for the cyclist in question some make it more dangerous for me to cycle.
Maybe there is something to be said for some form of certification of lights for road use, not that it means they will actually be used correctly.Posted 2 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
As said above, on unlit tracks they’re a bloody nuisance, but it isn’t the brightness that’s the issue it’s the fact that some idiots have them pointed so that the beam is parallel to the ground.
Like driving round in your car with full beams on permanently and wondering why it annoys other drivers.
I have asked a few folks on my cycle path commute to point the light down the way, if you need that extra bit of light to ensure a car at a junction sees you, then a helmet light is the best way.
Jeremy Vine is nob though.Posted 2 years ago
that’s the important bit though
was the important bit actually. He’d passed me at a set of lights near Morrison’s in Whitefield earlier and I thought “Nice bike but crap lights”, a Dogma, then he vanished off into the darkness. I caught up with him by the Beehive when he launched himself passed a 135, but this is just irrelevant detail.Posted 2 years agokcalSubscriber
must be a middle ground somewhere (not on Jeremy Vine to be fair).
“lights are too bright”
Do roadies need 1200 lumens in the city with street lighting?
Well, to some extent to differentiate themselves against a background of headlights, it could be argued yes they do…Posted 2 years ago
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