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2012-11-23 10:52 AM

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Subject: bike lights

Does anyone have a good recommendation for lights for your bike?  I would like not only for traffic to see me, but would also like to be able to see in front of me a bit as a lot of the roads that I ride do not have street lights.

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2012-11-23 11:03 AM
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here's the good news and the bad news. 

Good news:  good red-blinky lights are inexpensive ($20) and cars will be able to see you.  Also- wear reflective clothing- it's even better than lights.

More good news:  new LED technology has drastically improved the headlights in the last few years.  you can get amazingly bright headlights that really allow you to see well, they're light weight and the batteries are rechargeable and last for hours.

Bad news:  these new headlights aren't cheap.  Think $100 and up.  I've got a LightMotion 360, which at 115 lumens is about the minimum you'd need for good visibility.  The faster you ride or the rougher the road, the more light you'll need.  200-1000 lumens is great.

I like mine because:  Mounts on my helmet so the light goes where I look.  It's tiny and lightweight.  it's got bright flashers that are visible from all directions.  Being on my helmet gets them up higher than if they're under my saddle.  On the downside- there are brighter lights out there- which you may desire. 

I'll let others comment on other specific models.  there are a lot of good ones out there these days.

2012-11-23 11:54 AM
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Niterider minewt 250: 250 lumens, lasts about four hours, charges with USB. Has three brightness modes, plus flash mode.
The lite is bomb proof, case is made of all metal, battery is self contained. Doubles as a great flashlight when you're of the bike.
2012-11-23 2:11 PM
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What is the purpose of the light: to see or be seen? I commute and run a Dinotte lights one set (1200lumens) on the handle bar and one on the helmet(1000 lumens). 1200L+ Dual Quad  Headlight with XML-3. I have to leave the house at 4am to get to work and needed the light to avoid the forest rats (deer) than like to wander across the paths.  They are not cheap but neither is crashing by not seeing an obstacle.

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2012-11-23 5:22 PM
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tcj103 - 2012-11-23 9:54 AM Niterider minewt 250: 250 lumens, lasts about four hours, charges with USB. Has three brightness modes, plus flash mode.
The lite is bomb proof, case is made of all metal, battery is self contained. Doubles as a great flashlight when you're of the bike.

I've got this one too. It's great. Totally recommend it. I also like that you can swivel it on your handle bars and it's pretty adjustable for a variety of handle bar widths.

Also USB rechargeable is great.

I live in the city and most of my routes are fairly well lit or there is just a lot of ambiant light so for me using a light is mostly for the traffic to see me.

I've started mountain biking and I've been doing this at night. A helmet mounted light seems like a must in this case. It's important to me to be able to see where I'm looking. I cheaped out and bought a pretty good mini flashlight and taped it on my helmet.

2012-11-23 6:03 PM
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I have a MagicShine light that I love. They claim 900 lumens but it's really more like 600. Nearly as bright as a car's headlight. Cost is around 100 bucks. You can get even brighter and cheaper lights on scambay, just search on '1600 lumen bicycle light.'. (btw these really only put out 800-900 lumens, which is still plenty).

Now some folks will say these cheap lights wont last, but the technology of LED lights is evolving so quickly, you probably will want to upgrade every 1-2 years anyway.

For the rear, I suggest planet bike super flash.


2012-11-23 6:27 PM
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions.  It looks like there are some good options.  Now just have to choose one!  
2012-11-23 7:04 PM
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another vote for light and motion....got an HID headlight from them a few years back and it is nearly as bright as the headlights on my acura.
2012-11-23 7:29 PM
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2012-11-23 9:52 PM
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I got this Cree 1200 Lumen light off of Amazon and have been using it for about 4 months.

Works awesome for less than $40 !!

http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-Bicycle-HeadLight-Flashlight-Headlamp/dp/B006QQX3C4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353729092&sr=8-1&keywords=cree+bike+light

2012-11-24 8:43 AM
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+2 for the light and motion brand.   You want a flashing front and rear light.


2012-11-24 5:14 PM
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metafizx - 2012-11-23 7:52 PM

I got this Cree 1200 Lumen light off of Amazon and have been using it for about 4 months.

Works awesome for less than $40 !!

http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-Bicycle-HeadLight-Flashlight-Headlamp/dp/B006QQX3C4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353729092&sr=8-1&keywords=cree+bike+light

Wow- that's a great deal.  I might just add a second light to my bike for some extra visibility with this.  Question- will it mount to tri bars?  i.e. a handlebar that is parallel with the direction of travel, rather than the normal perpendicular handlebar?  

2012-11-24 9:18 PM
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metafizx - 2012-11-23 8:52 PM

I got this Cree 1200 Lumen light off of Amazon and have been using it for about 4 months.

Works awesome for less than $40 !!

http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-Bicycle-HeadLight-Flashlight-Headlamp/dp/B006QQX3C4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353729092&sr=8-1&keywords=cree+bike+light

I have to order and try this one.  Trying to work my way into this sport and cycling without breaking the bank.  Can't beat the price based off the others I have seen.  Hope it works well!  Thanks for the advice!!!

2012-12-02 9:08 AM
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Bought the cree light from amazon recommended by metafizx and it came in yesterday . . . super bright and super cheap looks like it will hold up pretty well too! Thanks for the great recommendation!
2013-09-27 8:42 AM
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Originally posted by jlangene

Bought the cree light from amazon recommended by metafizx and it came in yesterday . . . super bright and super cheap looks like it will hold up pretty well too! Thanks for the great recommendation!

Have you used this light for trail running? Reading some of the reviews, they say it's not waterproof/resistant. Not a good thing, in my opinion. What's your take on the light now that you've had it for a while?
2013-09-27 12:41 PM
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Originally posted by metafizx

I got this Cree 1200 Lumen light off of Amazon and have been using it for about 4 months.

Works awesome for less than $40 !!

http://www.amazon.com/Lumen-Bicycle-HeadLight-Flashlight-Headlamp/dp/B006QQX3C4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353729092&sr=8-1&keywords=cree+bike+light

I have this light and LOVE IT!  Could NOT be happier.  Performance is on-par with lights costing hundreds of dollars.  Except if/when I break this one; I won't cry cuz it was only $25-30.00. 



2013-09-27 7:48 PM
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I use a light and motion head and tail light for all of my non-race outdoor rides. USB chargeable is the way to go. One can hang the headlight down from the basebars and ride like that.
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