Warm Nights, Reflectors & Lights

Last night, I attached front and rear lights for a bike ride in order to get some pictures in the dark conditions that lamps and reflectors were designed for. That fact alone should tell you a lot about how dedicated I am to this month’s challenge. Add to that, it doesn’t get dark until 10:00 p.m. this time of year, and ten o’clock is normally my bedtime. Plus, I had already been on a hot, humid, sweaty ride earlier in the day.

It was still around 82-degrees at that time–with 90% humidity. Even so, it felt kind of nice to be out there on the quiet streets of MY Town. I liked it.

I used my bike light to test the reflectorization qualities of some street signs. I’ll tell you what–they work!

This one prevented me from crashing into that cement wall/chain link fence. Thank you 3M.

Just to be sure, I cranked my headlamp to “high.” I was almost blinded by the reflection.

I sure don’t want to run anybody over in the crosswalk. Thank you 3M.

Somehow, a barking dog got between my headlight and this reflective sign.

Soon, I discovered I could create the illusion of a flashing stop sign by wiggling my handlebars from left to right while cycling. It was cool. It was like magic. I made a video.

After all those reflector pictures, I think it’s time to display a couple of light (or should I say, lamp) pictures.

Fourteen bright lamps up there

Parking lot lamps that look as pretty as stars in the sky.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "Warm Nights, Reflectors & Lights"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 8, 2022

    Outstanding photos!! Absolutely outstanding!!
    What lights do you have on your bicycle? They are incredibly bright!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 9, 2022

      While on tours I carry the Planet Bike Blaze half-watt LED, which I think is a pretty common headlight. For this post, I put on an old Cateye that my brother gave me as a birthday present quite a few years ago. The thing is shaped like a megaphone and almost as big.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 9, 2022

    Great night shots Greg. I don’t ride in the night time since retiring and not riding to work in the wee hours.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 9, 2022

      Like you, I often rode to and from work in the dark, and I rarely ride in the nighttime anymore. I had to make an exception for the lamps and reflectors challenge though. I had forgotten how peaceful it is out there in the darkness.

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