Some cyclists are mountain bikers and some are commuters, but a great many more are simply out training on the roads in the middle of the day. These cyclists, who may never ride in the dark, often think bike lights are not necessary.This article is here to convince you otherwise.Drivers these days are battling more distractions than ever, and the pillars at the corners of the car (which block the driver's view of cyclists and pedestrians along the edge of the road) are thicker than ever. Even the most pedestrian-friendly, bicycle-friendly driver can pose a hazard on today's roads.That's why it makes such a difference if you make your presence known earlier. With a blazing red light blinking like a police strobe during the daytime, you're more likely to catch the attention of a driver well in advance. You'll also be noticed by a driver three or four cars back in a line of traffic. This is important for two reasons:
If you are riding in the first two hours after sunrise or the last two hours before sunset, the sun is low in the sky and can cause glare on a driver's windshield, making it very hard to see you, even if you are wearing bright colors.Now that you understand the importance of a very bright daytime taillight, make sure you look for a few characteristics.
Compared to other items of cycling gear, this one is cheap and might save your life. If you're looking to spend more, consider rear lights with radar or rear view cameras that send information to a handlebar-mounted display, letting you know the amount and distance of traffic behind you. There are also rear lights with turn signals integrated.But if your bike doesn't lend itself to a mounted display, or you aren't looking to spend that kind of coin, a $20 extra bright tail light is well worth the money and the time you might spend figuring out how to mount it on an aero seatpost with a double carbon water bottle cage. Comment below if you've found a setup that works well for a triathlon bike.