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Archive for July 14th, 2015

Action Cameras: Night Performance

The Sony HDR-AS30V camera takes surprisingly good pictures in low light conditions, at least if you’re not too fussy about details like license plates…

At dusk, on our way to the City of Poughkeepsie’s Independence Day fireworks show:

Night Ride 2015-07-04 - AS30V - 0

Night Ride 2015-07-04 – AS30V – 0

Returning in full dark:

Night Ride 2015-07-04 - AS30V - 1

Night Ride 2015-07-04 – AS30V – 1

A light fog set in as we got out of the city:

Night Ride 2015-07-04 - AS30V - 2

Night Ride 2015-07-04 – AS30V – 2

The Cycliq Fly6 faces a major challenge from in-its-face headlights, even with some background streetlighting:

Night Ride 2015-07-04 - Fly6 - 1

Night Ride 2015-07-04 – Fly6 – 1

In full dark, it’s enough for mood-setting:

Night Ride 2015-07-04 - Fly6 - 2

Night Ride 2015-07-04 – Fly6 – 2

That ride marks the annual exception to our general Don’t Bike After Dark rule. We set our blinky taillights to the legally required steady mode, although I think a low-power blink mode would be more conspicuous. Perhaps an occulting light (constant bright with dim pulses) would be better, but I’m not sure that’s legal.

Yeah, checkitout: I’d be occulting in the dark on my ‘bent! Them Wiccans ain’t got nothing on me…

We have reflective tires, tape along the inside of the wheels, retroreflective packs, brilliant LED taillights, mediocre LED headlights (admittedly behind scuffed fairings), and look like UFOs in the dark.

A roadie on a fancy bike, riding dark without lights and reflectors, passed us. Watching him dodge a car that entered an intersection without seeing him once again demonstrated that cyclists are, in general, their own worst enemy.

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