Pedaling A Bike Safely
Bike riding has always been a popular form of transportation, but now it’s become more of a standard mode of travel for many people. That doesn’t mean cars have disappeared, but it does mean that more individuals are willing to pedal their way from one place to another. For work as well as pleasure. So becoming conversant in how to bike safely is paramount — most know you need a helmet (and possible elbow/knee pads) and proper attire before grabbing the handlebars. But lost in all this seems to be the safety involved in the “time” when one is pedaling out on the street or wherever. That safety comes not just from how the person bikes but also from how that bike is being seen by others. Especially those cars. So a safety rule when it starts to get dark might be to be wearing light colored clothes that don’t blend the person into the envrioment. But more important is for that bike itself to stand out and not blend. Which is where MPOWERD’s Luci Solar Bike Light Set comes in.
Magnetic Attraction Makes For Strong Attachments
Luci is designed to attract attention to a bike’s front and rear, and in a good way. The idea being that those others in front or behind the bike don’t need to count on the person riding screaming the entire time that they’re riding a bike (bad on the lungs and worse on the eardrums). Having a light in front and on the rear of a bike isn’t a new idea — just a sensible one — but how Luci accomplishes this task falls into two sections which are ease of use and how the light’s design functions.
The first section being ease of use goes on the reasonable assumption that if a bike light is difficult to attach to a bike, or even worse, difficult to remove then it most likely won’t be used and the person might end up doing that screaming (hope not). So Luci directly addresses that and we’ll start with that. What stays on the bike — either on a handlebar or around a seat post — is an adustable silicon strap for the headlight which is both waterproof as well as too boring for anyone to bother with. It can handle diameters ranging from 25 - 32mm and tried out on our Mobi Triton Cruiser, no problem in putting it around one of the handlebars or the seat post, though we stayed with the handlebar (the Mobi is low to the ground so having a front light helps it stand out better when the Sun is going down). Then the headlight mount gets a simple attachment, followed by the headlight itself snapping into place (it’s that magnetic attraction we’ve all heard about). Which means it can be removed just as easily when desired. As to the taillight, it follows a similar procedure. And yes the mount’s magnets are really, really strong. So in reality it’s about a 30 second operation to put in both the head and taillight prior to riding off. The most time spent is a one-off, being postioning both the front and rear silicon straps correctly. It doesn’t take any real time to do but shouldn’t be rushed.
Luci Wants To Be Seen
So now we get to the lights themselves and we’ll start with the headlight and get out of the way first that you don’t need to worry if it starts to rain (other than to make sure you don’t catch cold). The headlight is water resistant with an IPX4 rating, which is about the same as some of those outdoor Bluetooth speakers. You wouldn’t want it being deluged by water, but if a Tsunami is going on pedaling around isn’t exactly a good idea anyway. Realistically the headlight isn’t going to be bothered by being splashed by those (expletive deleted) cars whose drivers like to hit puddles and send the water hurtling at the bike rider. Considering that the headlight is putting out about 100 lumens of white LED light (with the taillight doing its thing at about 40 lumens), there’s no excuse for others on the road not to see that a bike is there. Especially since one of the four modes will flash the light (the other three being high, medium and low). This is true for the taillight as well.
Of course there has to be power to make those lights light up — in this case rechargeable batteries handle that. A micro-USB input pulls electricity from the grid for about 15 hours of use front wise and 3 rear (this varies depending on On/Off scenarios and yes there’s a battery indicator for both). The USB port’s on the headlight and the tailight hitches a ride to it to get power. But for those who start their pedaling while the Sun’s going strong there’s a freebie in that the headllight has a solar panel to soak up power. Which is a good reason to have the headlight attached even during those days when there’s no chance of the Sun going down during a ride. Of course you can also just put it out in the Sun for a good long while.
The Luci Solar Bike Light Set is small enough to fit in a backpack or satchel when not in use and large enough to make its presence known. More details can be had by going to https://mpowerd.com/products/luci-solar-bike-light-set