May 11th through May 15th is National Bike to Work Week 2015. It is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle, the many benefits it provides, the lights that illuminate you and, best of all, a chance to win a CLIF Bar prize pack!
Lights are a must because drivers are blind. Throw in a Smartphone, some darkness, a rainstorm, a sunrise or sunset and the chances of a newspaper headline increase.
Light and Motion Vis 360 ($100)
Once, long ago, I dreamed of a bike light so bright that it would turn the darkest mountain bike trail into daylight and detach the retinas of drivers. That dream has become a reality with the Light and Motion Taz 1500 Black Pearl.
But it’s a bit overkill for the city streets and urban bike paths.
But the light and compact Light and Motion Vis 360 is not overkill! It is a helmet-mounted light that distributes white, amber and a red blinkie light 360 degrees around your head.
Nite Ize Inova STS Handlebar-mounted light ($34.99)
For something a little more budget-friendly, the Nite Ize Inova STS Handlebar-mounted light has three options for light: one white LED (142 lumens), two red LEDs (8 lumens each) and a flashing strobe. Each color has three brightness settings.
Always fun to pair with a set or two of the Nite Ize Spoke Lit Spoke Wheel Lights ($8.99). They come with two settings: Flash and glow.
Nite Ize Spoke Lit Spoke Wheel Lights ($8.99)
I don’t know how anyone could not see you with the Nite Ize Spoke Lit Spoke Wheel Lights on your bike.
These come with two settings: Flash and glow. If you want to cause drivers to trip out, pair a set of these with two sets of Nite Ize See’Em Mini Spoke Lights (recommended).
If you buy these at retail, read the “testing mode deactivation” instructions. The lights are programmed to shut off after 30 seconds so that people can’t drain the batteries when playing with them in the store.
If you buy online they will arrive with the test mode already deactivated.
Nite Ize See’Em Mini Spoke Lights ($6.99)
When it comes to illumination and bike commuting, you can never be too obnoxious. The nickle-sized Nite Ize See’Em Mini Spoke Lights clip onto your spokes and create a rainbow of color in the dark.
If you want to cause drivers to trip out, pair a set of these with a Nite Ize Spoke Lit Spoke Wheel Light (recommended).
I love these. Not super bright but bright enough to catch the attention of drivers, especially if you do a cool color scheme.
Sugoi Zap bike jacket ($150)
Most bike clothing also has built-in reflectivity. But there is nothing like the Sugoi Zap bike jacket.
The fabric is a polyester-polyurethane blend with thousands of embedded glass beads. In daylight, the jacket looks like any normal bike jacket. But when darkness falls, and light strikes, the glass beads work like tiny mirrors to reflect light and turn the cyclist into a moving disco ball.
Nite Ize Clip-on Marker ($11.99)
The Nite Ize Clip-on Marker is a single, compact plastic clip with so many uses and a glow and flash setting. Definitely a handy piece of illumination gear for commuters who ride with packs. It’s two-sided so even if flaps in the wind or stays put, cars will see you.
RydeSafe stickers ($9.50 – $16)
Another way to really make your bike visible to cars is by sticking a few packs of RydeSafe reflective decals on your bike on your bike. When car lights hit it, your bike illuminates like a Tron bike. It also looks way cool and even gives your bike a campy appearance.
It’s obnoxiousness on caffeine.
Enter to win a CLIF Bar prize pack!
CLIF Bars. Healthy, organic, nutritious and tasty. They were born on a longer-than-anticipated bike ride twenty years ago. Today, they are a staple for roadies, mountain bikers and bike commuters the world over.
The latest addition to their line is yummy Organic Trail Mix bars. Certified USDA organic, gluten free, 200 calories or less and the perfect snack for any bike commuter.
To recognize how our bikes bring light to a world of darkness, I am giving away a box of eight pre-assorted CLIF Bars to a lucky reader!
Want to give it a go? Shoot me an email with a paragraph or two describing your current bike illumination system.
Are you a ninja with no lights whatsoever? Do you prefer helmet lights? Handlebar lights? Both? Neither?
Winners will be chosen on May 16th.