Light Up Your Legs

I’m definitely a fan of hi-viz garb.  (Hmm…do hi-viz cargo shorts exist? Answer: Yes, but they look cumbersome).  It seems pretty well known that hi-viz works, especially when worn on the lower body.  That allows drivers to detect “biomotion” which intuitively identifies us as cyclists / bike riders / people-on-bikes.

So what do you think about these reflective leggings?  I do wear leggings when riding in the chill, under cargo shorts of course.  “Style maven” doesn’t really come up in many conversations around here.  But most of the time it’s too warm, in Texas, for leggings.  Here’s a solution for lighting up your legs without covering them up:

Wrist/Ankle Bands

I bought a set of four from Amazon for around $12.  One stays in the saddle bag, one on a backpack, and a couple in the bike-stuff-staging area in the garage along with sunglasses, hats, gloves, helmets, etc.  They definitely improve night time visibility and are:

  • Inexpensive
  • No batteries/recharging needed
  • Extremely light to carry
  • One size fits all

By the way, if you don’t have a decent headlight be sure to take at Light and Motion’s Urban lineup.  I reviewed the 350 a while back and their products have only gotten better and brighter.

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Get This: Lights & Motion 350

If you ride your bike in the dark, even at dusk, you need lights.  In the U.S., all 50 states REQUIRE a headlight and a tail light or reflector.  Getting a ticket is one thing…but you absolutely don’t want to get hit by a car.  And, unless you ride exclusively in well-lit urban areas, you probably need to be able to see in front of you.  In fact, using bike lights in the day time is becoming increasingly popular.

There are some amazing lights available these days.  If you want to dig into all the ins and outs of lights, head over to the Bike Light Database.  They have in-depth reviews of hundreds of headlights and taillights as well as recommendations.

Too much work?  Then read this detailed review of Light & Motion’s Urban 350.  And then go buy one directly from them or Amazon.  CPC agrees, this headlight is nearly perfect:

Highly recommended!  Update: My unit stopped working (blinking green while charging, otherwise unresponsive) after about 2.5 years.  That’s disappointing, but the current price (as of 2019-01-05) on Amazon is $19.  For that amount, I’m buying a couple more.