It was a beautiful little bicycle and it even had a built in bicycle light so that I could ride it at night!
I was very exited! I had this fascination with light throughout my childhood and when I got that bicycle with its light, I was in Heaven.
Well, my time in Heaven was short lived. I immediately noticed that the built in light on my shiny new bicycle was very dim. After all, it was not nuch more than a modified headlight with a very ineffective generator that gets its motion from the front wheel. Those generators often slipped in the rain, which means there is no light when light is most needed!
I then knew that the more light I can put on a bicycle the better.
Even back then, as a child in the 1960s I knew that drivers often complain that they do not see bicyclists.
Well now that it's 2017 here in Bellingham, Washington, my dream has come true.
I now have a system that screams to motorists at night that hey, there is a bicyclist out there!
The beauty of the helmet mounted light (which is as powerful as the main headlight) is that I can 'flash' drivers by quickly moving my helmet back and forth, flashing the light straight at them.
In addition to the two headlights, there is a powerful LED tailight that is very bright even at 200 feet behind my bicycle.