Now that Fall has arrived in the Bay Area, the weather is getting cooler, the food is getting pumpkin-er, and the days are getting shorter. With darker mornings and evenings, your bike commute can turn into a night ride before you even get to work. Staying visible on the road becomes a bit more difficult and much more important this time of year. So, our bike buyers have collected the best reflective gear, brightest lights, and coolest tech to keep your commute safe and stylish. Here are a few of their favorites:
Your head is one of the few moving parts that remain above car hood height, so making sure it's super visible is important and easily done with the Lumos Lite helmet. The front has bright white LED lights to help you see on the road (and be seen by cars when you turn your head). The red light installed in the back makes sure cars see you as you zoom by. This rechargeable helmet is only sold at Sports Basement stores and lumoshelmet.co, so head to a store to give it a spin!
Praised by our bike buyers as every commuter's must, the sleek Serfas E-Lume 200 delivers gives you tons of battery for your buck. You'll get up to 50 hours of 200 lumen light on daylight flash mode with a single charge. Its sleek design will make you the coolest (and brightest) rider in the bike lane.
Use your tail light to set yourself apart from the blur of red brake lights. 6 different light modes let you customize your light all day and night. Keep cars alert at night with pulsing and flashing modes since a solid light blends in with other motorized tail lights. During the day, lightning bright light will make you more visible to traffic as you speed by the early morning rush hour.
Our buyers are so excited to introduce this new jacket to our bike apparel line up. The Gore-Tex membrane will keep you protected from the wind and rain while its fluorescent color and reflective elements will keep you visible during the day and at night. Fun Fact: Fluorescent colors are only bright under UV rays (like the sun) because the colors give off energy in the form of light. Even if your apparel is fluorescent, you need reflective elements to stay visible at night.
One of the best ways to stay visible is to highlight your moving parts which includes your feet. The Giro Republic LX bike shoe does just that. Its entire upper is fully reflective and not to mention stylish. The removable walking pads ensure you can always keep your commute moving. These are shoes that you can show off all day and night. (And they're 50% off right now!)
Ride down to your local Sports Basement to browse more bike gear and apparel that'll help you see and be seen. What are your bike commute must-haves?