Magnum9 wrote:It isn't about brightness, but visibility. All the narrow super flash type lights are only visibly at a narrow angle from behind. The RZ lights are visible at 90 degrees either side of the bike and create a pool of light on the ground all around the bike.
Good point. I seem to leave home at the same time as a lot of tradies and with all due respect and apologies for the stereotype , but my personal experience with them as a whole but of course with exceptions is that they are less inclined to care about me on the road. There, I said it but am happy to re-calculate the data, and I know "tradies" also ride bikes so maybe I could have phrased this all some other way . How about I just say " utes carrying ladders and pipes or conduit" ??. There is this one long uphill stretch on my commute where a large number of utes/trucks head ( I guess up to the plumbing & electrical supply shops up the road which are just about to open ? ) .When I first started commuting , I had a very small cateye rear light ( 2032 battery or similar ) and I was getting buzzed with cm's to spare by more than 50% of every vehicle passing me ( actually a quiet road , so maybe 1 vehicle every 30 seconds). So , like 5 times a day up this hill, Scary stuff.
Solution 1 ) Bought RZ 4 , all of a sudden because I looked bigger to approaching vehicle, I was given 0.5-1 metres 100% of the time. Not a single close buzz from day one.
Solution 2 ) Bought RZ 8 .... all of a sudden they are crossing double lines to overtake in the opposite traffic lane !!
So , am I using up valuable Karma points by using the RZ 8 ?? Am I blinding approaching traffic ???
Dunno. Tell me if I am doing wrong here. But I no longer dread this hill so much for the risks ( perceived or otherwise )