To be allowed to participate in Audax Australia rides (where the ride includes a night section), I must have:
- a working set of head and tail lights that are clearly visible for at least 200m
- a spare set of head and tail lights that are clearly visible for at least 200m
- a reflective vest or strap.
For best practice, it’s also recommended the cyclists wear reflective ankle and wrist straps, and use reflective stickers on their bikes.
I already have a working set of head and tail lights, reflective ankle and wrist straps, and reflective stickers. However, I didn’t yet have the remaining items.
After much research and consideration, I have tonight ordered my second set of lights. I am going with the Cateye EL-530 headlight and Cateye TL-1100 tail light to go with my existing Ayup headlight and basic Cateye tail light. I used to run the EL-530 headlight and loved it. In fact, I only last week gave my two-year-old EL-530 to a friend because I broke the mounting bracket and no longer wanted to mount it with duct tape. The EL-530 is bright (not as bright as the Ayup but bright for a back-up) and has a long battery life. Also, it runs on 4xAA batteries, which means that I can carry spares with me on long multi-day or night-long rides (though my Ayup battery is an epic, which should last 12 hours at a time).
I also ordered an Oxford bright Vest to wear on night rides. I think I might also wear it in summer when I ride my motorbike because my summer jacket is black and I prefer to be visible on the road on my motorised wheels too.
To round out the order (and ensure I spent enough for free postage), I ordered a Finish Line chain cleaner kit so that I can maintain the new chain and cassette I installed on my bike.
This pretty much rounds out my road bike upgrades for now. I will eventually need a handlebar or rackless rear bag so that I can carry a bit of extra gear. But I won’t need them until either the winter or when I do rides longer than 200km, whichever comes first.