Last night a cyclist went straight out in front of me with no lights on, it was not quite dark but past lighting up time.
I went into Tescos to get my quota of Leffe, (still at £2 a 750ml bottle, bargain!), and there she was, just leaving on her bike. I called over to her, saying something to the effect, "You can get a set of lights for a fiver these days!" She replied without even looking back, "Mind your own business!" and raised her finger, at which point I realised it was one of our friends!
We both pissed ourselves laughing, and she apologised and protested that she always uses lights, but needed to get to the store before 10 for some wine and was in a hurry, the lights were on loan to her mountain bike because she had been out in the woods at night.
Thing is, even quality lights are under a tenner from Ebay, so does anyone really have any reason to see them as optional?
I will be donating a set to her next time I order some, in return for a bottle of wine!
I know people can see you with £5 lights but can you see where your going especially down country lanes, I paid £219 for my husbands lights as a pressie when his very old battery lights gave in the ghost, They are Hope ones and are awesome for dark country lanes. My son bought a cheap set £15 with good reviews and couldn't see anything in front of him, being seen is not the only thing that's important.
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