Bicycle lights

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by perterra, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. perterra

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  2. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I have that.. it's ok... bright, but small.
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  3. perterra

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    I have a bontrager flare on my bike, but need one for the wife's bike. It's okay, just wondering if there was a lot better value for a little more money.
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    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Where the hell you been, Senor Perterra? I've been worried about you.

    I was about to hop on the line, with Seal Team VI, for your search & rescue.


    If you're gonna' step-away from ADV, send a sitrep from time to time...


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  5. perterra

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    :lol3 Sorry, I'll do a better job in the future.
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  6. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    Just about any of the rear flashing lights are bright enough to show up in traffic. Some are bright enough to be irritating even in daylight. I use a pair of them, then I don't have to worry if one dies or the batteries run down.

    I use a small flashing white light in front to be seen (something like this http://www.amazon.com/Cateye-Light-...&qid=1364748725&sr=1-22&keywords=cateye+light ) and an LED headlamp to see the road or to get the attention of a car about to pull out of a driveway or left turn in front of me. http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-Bicycle-HeadLight-Flashlight-Headlamp/dp/B006QQX3C4
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  7. Chisenhallw

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  8. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    If you are riding on lighted city streets get the brightest you can, if you are riding on dark backroads then even a single led is bright enough. Regardless the reflective strips on your clothing are far more effective than a rear light for staying visible to motorists.
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  10. TheNedster

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    This one is ridiculously, stupidly, bright. You will be visible from low Earth orbit and instantly hated by anyone following behind you who isn't already legally blind. https://www.serfas.com/products/view/143/referer:products|index|lights|tail-lights

    This one won't result in permanent vision impairment, but is still damned bright. The lighting effect is pretty cool and the light will mount just about anywhere on the bike. It's also totally waterproof.
    https://www.serfas.com/products/view/669/referer:products|index|lights|tail-lights
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  11. rob feature

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    I don't use a tail light 'cause I don't ride the road, but I've found a headlight I really dig - Cygolite Mitycross 400. I ride mountain with it at night then ride greenbelt at ~20mph back home. It's always enough light. And I'm usually riding pitch black stuff. It's got all the fancy flashing modes too and is programmable if you don't like the presets. I caught it on sale at Performance a while back for around a Benjamin. It's been a great piece so far.
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  12. LoJack

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    I like dyno hubs a lot. No fussing with batteries. A cheaper hub is $75, a decent one $150, the best are twice that. A light will run you $50-$300, a tail light $50-100 if you want one. I only use lights that have a capacitor and stand light so they don't go off for five minutes while stopped.

    http://peterwhitecycles.com/

    This guy carries just about anything worth using. It's a little long winded, but not nearly as bad as Snowbum's site.:deal

    Sure, it's a bit of an investment, but I've had thousands of worry free miles with this stuff. I think it's worth it. Check it out.
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  14. groundrules

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    Seems like every tail light i've tried eventually ends up with battery contact issues from vibration. Like, they shut off after a jostle, which is inconvenient. I've tried the Blackburn one that uses a self-contained rechargeable, which was nice, until it quit charging. Anyone have one that seems to stand up to even mild abuse?
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  16. scorpion

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    Used pretty much every one.
    Bought at least 10 $25 lights that usually have ended up smashed on the road or self destructed due to vibrations.

    This one is the shit.
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    Dont piss about, get the best.
    I actually use TWO, one on my back rack the other on the back of my helmet.
    I also use this one in the front. Fooking bright.

    Having gone through an accident and a messy legal issue regarding lights, I do not skimp.
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  18. BeeCeeGS

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    I've seen a guy around town with lights built into a reflective vest. Stands out waaay better than the other lights I've seen. You might look like an artifact from one of the TRON movies, but it beats the skull fracture my colleague was dealing with.
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  19. Aghartha

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    PlanetBike Superflash or GTFO.
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  20. MikeFromMT

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    Xmas bump.
    So the wife has been on my ass about a Christmas gift idea, I've just wasted an hour banging my head looking at inexpensive bike lights and have now thrown in the towel.
    What can you recommend in a decent headlight for about 50 bucks or less? I ride 50% bike paths, 40% single track and the rest on city streets getting to the trails. Battery life is important, USB charging would be nice, bar/helmet mount is fine.
    TIA
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