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    Quote Originally Posted by ginacico View Post
    I freak out for the opposite reason. On a dark trail at night, see an oncoming cyclist. Suddenly he disappears, having “politely” covered his headlight. WTF where’d he go?!? How am I supposed to avoid hitting someone I can’t see? Am I past him yet? Terrifying. Far worse if I reciprocate and we’re both groping around in the dark with only one hand on the controls. I just don’t get why we’ve developed different protocols for driving cars and riding bikes. The answer, as mstone says, is because we’ve made up this dumb rule as a twitchy reaction to bad designs and lazy adjustment, then berate each other for not doing the light-fiddling gymnastics. Please stop.
    So I tried an experiment this morning on my commute in. I purposefully DIDN'T cover my light at all when approaching joggers, cyclists, etc. even when they covered their light, based on this logic. Here's my report. In the first 20-25 min I passed roughly 10 bikes and 25 jogger/walkers with the light on the HIGHEST setting (I leave early and it's pitch black on the W&OD west of falls church). Not one bike or jogger seemed phased at all, I have it appropriately pointed (down a bit and to the right to help light up the tree line for deer). I turned it down to the medium setting from Virginia Lane to Banneker park and passed maybe 10 bikes and 10-15 joggers. In this group I had TWO cyclists VERY aggressively yell things at me about my light and not covering it. I'll be honest, the aggression was worse than I get from 99% of cars for taking the lane. No one else seemed bothered by my light other than these two so my take is that they take not covering a light as more of a personal affront. Or they have super-attenuated vision beyond everyone else.

    So in the true manner of this thread, if you find yourself bothered by every headlight on the trail, look inward, it might not be the light that needs adjustment, but you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I appreciate the suggestions for cut-off beam lights. I picked up a Busch & Müller IXON Core IQ2 from Harris Cyclery. (If you can't do the LBS, Harris seems to me about as good as you can do; thank you Sheldon Brown and all you've edumacated me about over the years.) I chose this model because of the USB charging I can easily do mornings at work.
    Not the place for a full review, but wanted to comment that, while I love this light as my handlebar/secondary light, I don't think it would be bright enough or extend far enough out to be the sole light for trail use. I have my helmet light, and the two together are just right (50 lux for the B&M, 600 lumen for the NR helmet light).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    In this group I had TWO cyclists VERY aggressively yell things at me about my light and not covering it. I'll be honest, the aggression was worse than I get from 99% of cars for taking the lane. No one else seemed bothered by my light other than these two so my take is that they take not covering a light as more of a personal affront. Or they have super-attenuated vision beyond everyone else.
    Did they have a light of thier own? It seems that the people without a light are often the most offended and I wonder if it is because thier eyes are adjusted to the darkness more than those who are using a light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hancockbs View Post
    Did they have a light of thier own? It seems that the people without a light are often the most offended and I wonder if it is because thier eyes are adjusted to the darkness more than those who are using a light.
    Yes they did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    Not the place for a full review, but wanted to comment that, while I love this light as my handlebar/secondary light, I don't think it would be bright enough or extend far enough out to be the sole light for trail use. I have my helmet light, and the two together are just right (50 lux for the B&M, 600 lumen for the NR helmet light).
    For others reading, the ixon iq premium has the same kind of beam shape, but is 50% brighter. (And is also bigger.) I find that one's bright enough, but I still keep a helmet light for backup and as a steerable beam.

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    It would be too bad if that company received a bunch of calls for estimates and no one showed up at the appointments.

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    If you are going to ride the Custis in the dark wearing dark clothes, with no lights, and no reflective material whatsoever, you definitely need to turn your music speaker way up so other trail users can hear you coming, especially given the I-66 traffic noise.

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    Me: riding northbound on N Irving St, approaching the intersection with 5th St N a few minutes before 10am today
    You 1: driver who has trailed me northbound for about three blocks, now trying to pass on my left
    You 2: bicyclist eastbound on 5th St N, only looking left, making the right turn onto Irving without stopping, now suddenly facing a driver head-on at close range
    Both of you: slamming on your brakes, narrowly avoiding a collision.

    Observation 1: That speed hump might have prevented a serious injury today.
    Observation 2: Drivers, please don't pass at intersections.
    Observation 3: Drivers, perhaps Irving St isn't your best route if you're in a hurry.
    Observation 4: Everyone, please look both ways when turning to the right.
    Last edited by scoot; 11-05-2019 at 10:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    If you are going to ride the Custis in the dark wearing dark clothes, with no lights, and no reflective material whatsoever, you definitely need to turn your music speaker way up so other trail users can hear you coming, especially given the I-66 traffic noise.
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