Thursday, October 2, 2008
Hey buddy, got a light?
In another month, Daylight Saving Time goes bye-bye, a departure I find more difficult to deal with every fall. Fortunately, our esteemed legislators in Congress in their infinite wisdom (yes, I’m being facetious) saw fit to delay autumn’s turning back of clocks until November 2 this year. I’ll take it. That gives me a little longer before I have to start keeping my headlight battery charging every night. In this part of the world, it won’t be long before it starts getting dark right after lunch. Or so it seems. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but there are weeks upon weeks during the winter when we’re all leaving work in the dark. Some cycluters I know use the end of DST to mark the end of their cycluting days for the year. I’m more stubborn than that, of course, so I’ll be firing up the headlight, putting new batteries in the taillight and making my way through the dark. So, I’m open to suggestion about lights. I’ve had very good luck with the Turbocat line of headlights. I have a battery pack that tucks right into my water bottle holder and connects to a halogen lamp strapped on my handlebars with Velcro. There’s no way an oncoming car won’t see me. I’ve thought about adding a light to my helmet, just for added visibility, but I’m not sure I want to go with the coal-miner look. Your turn. Have any suggestions or recommendations for seeing and being seen once we have to pedal hope in the pitch-black?