My rides always involve busy roads that have no shoulders, steep hills (coasting speeds > 30mph) , crossing traffic lanes, often only 1 lane in each direction, and no protected crossings where I need them. I feel that I need a rearview mirror and turning signals. This post is mainly about turning signals, although
While it would be great if the turn signals could connect to the eBike batteries. That's not a requirement. Lights with batteries, or, better, USB rechargeable, would be fine.
Wireless turn signal controls are all over the web, including Amazon. As far as I can tell, the wireless bicycle turn signals that I have found via Google and Amazon have one controller, and one or two signals. There is no ability to pair extra signal lights to the same controller.
It seems to me that it should be possible to have a SYSTEM of wireless turn signals for a bicycle.
A wireless turn control mounted on the handlebars or nearby.
Multiple sets of lights - not just 1 or 2, but
Multiple sets attached at different places on the frame.
- E.g. on the rear so that not hidden when I am carrying a full load of cargo;
- on the seatpost;
- on the handlebar ends;
- possibly integrated in rearview mirrors mounted on handlebar ends
- Less common
- ?front facing turn signals?
- sideways -- e.g. wheel lights.
Different turn indications: flashing, arrows... Heck, I would like an "I am slowing down indicator" when I am descending a steep narrow road at speed, with a car right behind me.
Different attachment styles. E.g. rings suitable for seatposts and handlebars; handle ends; velcro straps for my e-bike, which doesn't have the thicker posts where such lights would need to be.
As with any such battery driven lights, redundancy - two lights, either side, either direction - would be best, for the case where one battery runs out. Quick release to make it easy to charge them at home or office, plus to protect against the theft of the accessory light, as when parked at grocery store.