francovendee wrote:rjb wrote:Anyone have these lights coming on sale in Aldi?
I'd be interested also. Seems very cheap but are they any good?
No, they're MTB forest floodlights, as indicated by this in the description:
Lights are to be used in conjunction with lights complying with the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations. "
The same applies to most lights sold in the UK so credit to Aldi for actually printing it when most shops don't. It would be better if they also sold better lights, like Lidl do.
Brucey wrote: FWIW Reflective tape doesn't work like that; the only light usefully reflected by it will be the light from the person in the side turning, and those lights are simply not pointed in the right direction.
I'll go test it later but I'm pretty sure reflective tape is much less directional than a retro reflector.
Brucey wrote:FWIW most motorcyclists live in fear of being SMIDSY'd and they are lit up like a christmas tree.
And being lit up like a tree doesn't seem to be working for them, so I'm not sure that's a great argument!
Brucey wrote: Riding around with only a fork-mounted lamp that is definitely obscured from certain angles is not going to improve your life expectancy.
It'll certainly improve it more than riding around without any lights! Of course, don't mount it high enough that the top of the rim will block the lamp over a wide area of other road user head heights, but the obscuring of a lamp mounted low on the fork will be minimal and fairly far ahead of the bike. Oh and I just remembered: for the above to apply, it's important that the illuminated surface area (lens or reflector, depending on design) is wider than the tyre!
brooksby wrote:mjr wrote:I favour fork crown and back of the rack, but right handlebar and seat stay are also OK.
Legally, I think it has to be between a foot and six up (so no hub mounted lights on Bromptons) and centre or right hand side of the cycle.
Can you point at chapter-and-verse for that? I didn't know.
Now I'm at my desk, yes, and I was slightly off: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989 ... ule/2/made section 2(b)(ii)(B) is "On the centre-line or off-side of the vehicle" and 2(c)(i)(A) sets a 1500mm (not 1800mm) maximum height for the front lamp, whereas http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989 ... le/10/made repeats those and section 2(c)(iii)(A) gives the 350mm minimum height which only applies to the rear lamp.