Mountain Biking at the Next Level - At Night

by Andrew Caxton - Date: 2007-01-06 - Word Count: 390 Share This!

Do you need a bike light?

If you bike during the evenings - during the dusk or at night, it is imperative that you have a bike light. It's not so much that you need to be able to see where you're going, although that is a consideration, but so that motorists will be able to see you.

Bicyclists are supposed to follow the rules of the road - which means that they bike with the traffic and not against it. Unfortunately, there are some teens who don't follow these rules, so it's a good thing for them to have a light so any on-coming motorists can see them. Also when riding at night, it is important to wear bright or light clothing, again to make it easier for people to see you. Otherwise you are simply an accident waiting to happen.

There are two kinds of lights you can purchase - those that fasten on to your bike and those that fasten on to your helmet. You'll want a light that doesn't weight very much, is easily adjustable, but also provides you with a well-lit path.

You can purchase these lights from online bicycle shops, or from your local bike shot.

You'll usually save money if you order online - and you'll be able to find the widest selection of lights on the internet.

However, it's always a good idea to support your local shop. While their prices may not be quite as good as those on the Internet, you'll have a better idea of what you're purchasing and you'll be able to discuss your needs with a knowledgeable individual.

But you're a mountain biker. Do you need a bike light?

Millions of Americans enjoy riding mountain bikes - and there are those daring folks who like to experience it at night. And if you're going to be zooming down mountains at night, having a bike light is obviously imperative. Indeed, you'll probably want one on the bike and one on your helmet.

As with all accessories, lights will vary in cost depending on the quality you need. Prices for lights can range from as little as $25 to the hundreds of dollars.

You'll need to consider how often you bike at night to decide how much money you want to spend...but just bear in mind that the bike light is an essential safety device, and you can't put a price on your safety.

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Andrew Caxton is a journalist who has written more articles and newsletters on the subject for . He provides tips and advice about porch designs as well as on home improvement. Find further vinyl railings tips at his website.

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