I cycled to work once about 2 weeks ago, but I wasn’t happy with my visibility on a very busy road. So that together with being sick for a week and being very unfit meant that I haven’t tried to commute again since.
Then someone asked about these Lezyne Laser lights on a local cycling forum and I decided to give one of them a go.
Here’s a brief video showing it flashing on its brightest setting. Note that I’ve got my old light mounted above the Lezyne and also going at the same time. If I do commute, it’ll be early morning and I’m a little obsessed with being seen, so I’ll run both of them at the same time.
In my opinion, this is bright enough and probably I don’t need the second light. However, I think the “Lazer” part of it is absolutely useless. who’s going to see those thin little lines on the road next to you? Maybe if you’re touring far away from city lights, but I don’t see them serving any purpose if there are other lights around.
Improving Visibility On Your Commute
These bright, flashing red lights are important to get motorists’ attention, but don’t underestimate the effectiveness of reflection. I wear a high-viz vest when cycling to work and my pannier bag has some reflective strips in it.
In my experience while driving in my car, I can’t always tell what I’m looking at when I see a flashing red light and also, you can’t always tell how far the object is away from you – especially when there are other car headlights coming from the front. But reflective strips shining your own headlights back at you make it easier to identify the cyclist and how far they are away from you, in my opinion anyway.
I was looking for an image online to show what I mean, which I couldn’t really find, but this image does give you an idea. The guy’s clothing is much more visible to identify than the little red light.
Got it from this article and it might be worth reading that – https://cyclingtips.com/2016/06/does-reflective-and-fluorescent-clothing-make-us-safer/
Some interesting stats about how motorists perceive cyclists based on what you’re wearing in there.