Silver Comet & Trail Maintenance - Please Stop Using Strobes on the Trail

TimH - Jun 16, 2019 - 11:04 PM
Post subject: Please Stop Using Strobes on the Trail
Please don't turn this into a complaint thread.

I'd simply like to ask those of you who might use high powered strobe lights on the Silver Comet Trail to please stop.

I'm also not talking about a little diode on the front of your GPS or some other very low powered light but high powered LED lights on strobe setting.

They are simply not needed. Beyond that, they also interrupt the vision of cyclists coming toward you, even in the day.

As a courtesy to other cyclists please turn your high powered strobes when you get to the trail. Thanks.

TomA - Jun 18, 2019 - 12:50 AM
Post subject: RE: Please Stop Using Strobes on the Trail
Quit crying. I find it hard to see cyclist in the shade when I ride in from full sunlight. I appreciate the lights so I can see them.
gooberhead - Jun 19, 2019 - 02:00 PM
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Yeah, quit crying.
mikebritton - Jun 20, 2019 - 02:32 PM
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I wear special Oakleys designed to block out strobes. Laughing
forrest - Jun 20, 2019 - 10:54 PM
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Tim is right.

The market has been flooded with cheap everything. For $5, you can get something with the brightness of a car headlight, and for $8.99, you can get something with the brightness of Tsar Bomba. The strobes are pointless on the trail and blind everyone. They aren't great for people with epilepsy having a bad day either. Rear flashers in the evening are OK as they save power by flashing. If they are nuclear blast bright, it's the same problem. My rear flashers are $1 chinesium, and they are just bright enough to be noticed.

If I am going to run a light on the bike on the trail, it is going to be my Magicshine most of the time as I run it in nighttime conditions when I need to see what is in front of me. I try to keep that light pointed downward, but if you are blinded because you don't have a light and I do and it's pitch black out there, too bad for you.

That's my take on it.
TomA - Jun 21, 2019 - 12:20 AM
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Wrong.... It is really hard to see cyclist in the shade when you are in the sun.

GOOB is the man!!!
rlaz - Jun 21, 2019 - 02:28 AM
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Oh, BS, if a strobe bothers you that much on the trail maybe go out and hit the roads instead or find something actually worth crying about. Stop yer damn whining! GOOB is definitely THE MAN!

All that above could be the beer talking.....but, nevertheless, Goob is the man.

forrest - Jun 21, 2019 - 03:52 AM
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rlaz wrote:

All that above could be the beer talking

I am almost too young to remember this, but I found the commercial, and here you go, Robert.
rlaz - Jun 21, 2019 - 12:31 PM
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I'm old and I don't remember that commercial at all. But, apparently I won the talking beer can last night.

forrest - Jun 21, 2019 - 02:29 PM
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You also probably don't remember that you were hammered last night, we had an intervention, and you sobbingly acknowledged that strobes on the trail ARE A BAD IDEA.

Everything is going to be OK, Mr. Lay's.
rlaz - Jun 21, 2019 - 08:14 PM
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Nah, I mostly behaved myself. Even got up this morning and hit the gaps for the first time in probably 2 years. I was too tired to notice if there were any strobes up there.
TimH - Jun 23, 2019 - 03:16 AM
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To be clear, I'm not talking about ordinary, reasonable strobes. I'm talking about ridiculously bright strobes.

I rode the trail today and noticed lots of strobes. All were reasonable - bright enough to clearly be seen but not so bright as to blind people.

Tom is right. They do help to see riders in the shadows.

What prompted this thread however, was a guy running some ridiculously bright strobe. One of the riders I was with wanted to turn around and have a word with the guy. Everyone was like WTF? If you are that guy, running a bazillion lumen flasher on the trail, please reconsider.

I didn't mean to start a war. Sorry if I upset anyone or drove anyone to drink. That's wasn't my intent.

I guess some of you don't need an excuse to drink anyway, or an excuse to be pissed off either. Rolling Eyes

Then again, for a moment it was like the days of old around here. Razz

TomA - Jun 23, 2019 - 12:01 PM
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Heck, you even brought goob out which is always entertaining.
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