Traveling Light(less)

Today was the first morning since last fall I was able to leave my lights at home. As much as I enjoy riding in the dark and fiddling with lighting systems, it was a pleasure getting the extra weight off of my helmet. Spring is definitely in full swing now (yeah!).

8 Responses to “Traveling Light(less)”

  • ksteinhoff says:

    Tis better to light one LED than to curse the darkness.

    [Son of a gun, I always thought that was in the Bible, but a quick Google attributes the original version to “a Chinese Proverb.” Who knew? Everybody but me, I guess.]

  • Ryder says:

    Alan, that Civia sure looks nice. Is it your favorite bike now? Do you have a favorite bike???
    I’m asking because I’m thinking of getting a new bike but I can only afford to buy one. If I had to guess I’d say your favorite is your LHT but now since you recently mentioned how much you like hub gears I’m not so sure. So what bike tops the list as your favorite? May it be a LHT with a hub gear? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Thomas Barone says:


    Sure look forward to your ” spring” reports. The flowers, sunshine and spring enthusiasm.We are still suffering with late winter– it’s 42 deg’s this mormong.

  • JaFO says:

    There are regular bikes that don’t come with lights as standard ?
    I thought that only applied to mountain bikes and some recumbents.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    In the US lights are an optional accessory for all bikes. They are not included at all. Even bikes specifically marketed for commuters and utility don’t have lights included.

  • JaFO says:

    And I guess there are no laws that require lights and reflectors for bikes either ?
    Because over here all that stuff is mandatory although a recent change has allowed cyclists to use lights that can be attached to clothing and/or helmets.
    The law was more or less changed because many bikes had broken lights (often due to vandalism) …

  • Alan says:


    “And I guess there are no laws that require lights and reflectors for bikes either ?”

    Bikes are required to be sold with reflectors, but not lights. Most people remove the reflectors promptly when arriving home with their new bike (at least the clunky in-spoke reflectors). There are some bikes sold over here with full or partial lighting systems (Breezer, Novara, Civia), but for the most part, if you’re going to ride after dark, it’s up to you to work out your light set-up. I think this is why inexpensive battery lights are so popular here – they’re easy to install and don’t cost much.

  • JaFO says:

    :lol: … in-spoke reflectors is something we (are supposed to) add if the tyre itself doesn’t have reflecting line.
    And you get them as standard ?

    I do agree that they aren’t always ‘pretty’ but they do tend to be a bit more reliable than the reflective bits that are standard on most bike-tyres.

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