Re: [RC] head lamps - AprJhn
I got a head lamp specifically for riding in the dark along a road.
Seeing where I was going (or the horse seeing where he was going) was
not the issue. I could see just fine and so could the horse and I know
this loop along the road very well as it's pretty much the best place to
get off the pavement the most.so I ride it alot.
The issue for us was safety. Before I bought the head lamp, I rode out
along the road after dark. I had blinking red bike lights on the front
and rear of my saddle. The cars coming up behind me were generally ok,
slowing and giving us more room by moving into the other lane. It was
the cars coming towards me that were the major problem. I guess they
just didn't see me or the red flashing lights didn't register. My
husband drove past me once and told me he thought I was going the same
way he was instead of the opposite direction like I was.
So my quest for a white light to mimic a headlight. Thought about lots
of solutions. I didn't want to use glow sticks because they are not
reusable. I would feel guilty using up a glow stick for just a 30 or 45
minute ride. So I needed something with batteries. The head lamps (at
least the one I got) are tiny and very light-weight. One could argue
where to put it (on me or on the horse), but the result was excellent.
The cars gave me much more room (meaning they saw me) and Serts doesn't
have any problems with the light. For the first bit, he would startle
every time he would look at something and the light would illuminate
what he was looking at, but after 3 or 4 miles, he was used to it. We
even cantered with the light on his head with no problems. He's a good
If I was able to ride on a trail, I would probably try to ride without a
light on (used to do it all the time when I was a kid), but along the
road, I want to be visible. (And yes, I have reflectors and such, too.)
Joe Long wrote:
This is something that is hard to teach some people, who insist on
carrying bright flashlights or helmet lights, throwing around glare
and harsh shadows and ruining the night vision of everyone around
them. That if they would just start out without the light, and trust
their horse, their own night vision will gradually adapt and they will
do just fine without the lights.
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