Which light did I take on the Trek to the Summit of White Mountain Peak (just in case of a dark descent)? The Lupine Betty II of course.
Lupine lights can be cross-purposed for cycing, hiking, grilling a steak, the Iditarod, etc. Get them in the USA at Gretna Bikes.
Cars will back up for you on narrow roads with the 7-LED 1850-lumen Betty II. This lamphead is brighter than 80% of the headlights on cars today. Many automobiles have headlights that simply disappear into the Betty’s beam.
Accidents happen, so my modus operandi is to make myself as visible as possible, day and night. See my discussion of why you want to use a daytime running light.
Remember, that old geezer wearing sunglasses can’t see you in the shadows, the pimple-faced nitwit on the way to school in his father’s $80K BMW thinks it’s a video game, the redneck in the dualie with an IQ of 90 when sober is burping up a beer and thinks you’re a jerk for even being on his or her road. You have to watch out for yourself.
A daytime running light such as the Lupine Piko raises the odds in your favor. Maybe you don’t want its extra 200g (with battery) in a race, but the rest of the time, you’re making yourself visible to oncoming traffic, especially in traffic, intersections, and mottled-light situations.
Yes, you can buy cheaper inferior lights, but read about why Lupine is a better value. I’ve used Lupine LED lights for years, and there are very few products that I can endorse as strongly as Lupine, putting my money where my mouth is by buying lampheads for all my bikes (night riding alone uses three Betty lampheads), and other uses. I use a Lupine light in some way just about every day (on the bike, under my desk with computer gear, grilling, hiking, camping, photography, etc). OK, I’m a light geek.
Don’t get suckered into buying Brand X which quote theoretical lumen ratings. Lupine is the Real Deal and Lupine lumens are worth a whole lot more than the bogus theoretical lumens that most brands quote.