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Daytime flashing front lights

Being seen is being safe, and that's every bit as important in the daytime as at night. You've probably noticed many cyclists running with flashing headlights during the day, and often flashing tail lights as well. There is no question this improves the likelihood of someone seeing you! And with the newer, inexpensive, lightweight and rechargeable lights available, why not? 

Keep in mind that, when fairly close to a car, visibility isn't the issue, but rather whether they're paying attention. When driving, people "zone out" from time to time. Who hasn't at some point been driving along and realized they don't remember anything about the last 10 or 15 seconds? The goal of a daytime flashing light is to be visible for a long-enough period of time (from far away) to catch the driver's attention, because, once they're paying attention, they're not likely to forget about you as you get closer.

The lights shown below are the best of the best. These are the front & tail lights the staff of Chain Reaction actually uses, night & day.

For daytime front use, the Serfas Thunderbolt is the best in terms of side visibility (viewing angle), and its strap-on design allows it to be placed just about anywhere. Its downside is the short time between recharging; about 1.5 on high flashing mode, and 7.5 hours on normal. The Lightning Bug 150 isn't as visible from the sides, but, in flashing mode, lasts much longer and doubles as a useable light for seeing where you're going at night. If you need to see where you're going at night, the Bontrager Ion 700 can't be beat. Small package, great beam pattern with an amazing amount of light. It can also be used as a daytime flasher as well.

Do less-expensive options exist? Yes, many. But they lack the versatility, function and durability of the two I've listed here. These are awesome moderately-priced daytime lighting solutions that recharge off the USB port from your computer or iPhone charger. The $10-$30 options don't come close to what these offer.

Bontrager Flare R Tail Light
$59.99
Make every ride safer with the first tail light designed for daylight visibility. Flare R's balanced optics set off with a powerful CREE LED can be seen from over 2km day or night. 65 Lumens and 270 degrees of visibility help make you the biggest distraction on the road. The Flare R's powerful CREE LED shine bright through balanced optics ensuring visibility of over 270 degrees. Visible over 2km day/night for the ultimate in riding safety. - 65 Lumens for visibility from over 2km day or night - Be seen with balanced optics designed for 270 degree visibility near and far - Two day-time visibility modes and two night modes - Day modes: 65LM flash-4.25hrs, 35LM all-day-10hrs, 25LM steady-4.5hrs - Night modes: 65LM flash-23hrs, 5LM steady-21hrs - Battery save mode at 5% life helps ensure a safe ride home with depleted battery - Quick Connect bracket with 16 degree offset compensates for seatpost angle - Includes quick connect bracket and USB charging cable
Bontrager Flare RT Tail Light
$79.99
Daytime visible from up to 2km away A tail light from the future that makes every ride safer, the Flare RT is ANT+ enabled to partner with the brilliant Transmitr wireless control. Boasting 65 Lumens of 270 degree visibility, Flare RT is the first tail light designed for daylight visibility, easily seen from up to 2km away. - Use Transmitr for wireless on/off, battery status, turn signals, and mode selection - 65 Lumens provide visibility from over 2km day or night - Be seen with balanced optics designed for 270 degree visibility near and far - Two daytime visibility modes, two night modes, and turn signal capable - Day modes: 65LM flash-4.25hrs, 35LM all-day-10hrs, 25LM steady-4.5hrs - Night modes: 65LM flash-23hrs, 5LM steady-21hrs - Battery save mode at 5% life helps ensure a safe ride home with depleted battery - Includes quick connect bracket and USB charging cable
Bontrager Ion 700 RT
$109.99 $159.99 31% Savings
Sync your light, see through the night Daylight visible with power to light any path and wirelessly controllable with the Transmitr remote, the Ion 700 RT packs the brains and the brawn to light up any ride. The Ion 700 RT uses a high-powered CREE LED to produce 700 Lumens with five unique modes and an excellent battery lifeā€”all in a compact, USB rechargeable size. - Transmitr ready for the simple brilliance of wireless control - ANT+ enabled for use with all Transmitr products - See with Bontrager's focused optics and over 270 degrees of visibility - 700 Lumens via high-power CREE LED - 700LM-1.75hrs, 450LM-3hrs, 200LM-6.75hrs, 50LM+ flash-22hrs, irregular strobe-40hrs - Fully charges in 5 hours through sealed Micro USB port - Includes 20 degree +/- adjustable Sync bracket that fits bars from 22.2-35.0mm
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