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Lighting for PBP et. al.(5 posts)

Lighting for PBP et. al.KeeponTrekkin
Jan 24, 2003 7:31 AM
Does anyone know what the truly serious use for the like of the Paris - Brest - Paris race?

Schmidt Dynohub -- truly serious light!Dale Brigham
Jan 24, 2003 12:31 PM

The "truly serious" randonneur (I guess those are the ones that never smile) sports a Schmidt Dynohub generator lighting system. The Dynohub (and wheels built around same) can be purchased from Peter White Cycles (

Being the more frivolous sort of rando, I use Cateye Micro-halogen headlamps (2 on the bar), and feed them AA alkalines, as needed. Worked fine for me in France in '99. I may try out the new Cateye LED headlamps this brevet season, in hopes of somewhat reducing my battery dependency.

Cateye LEDDougSloan
Jan 24, 2003 12:43 PM
I have a 5 diode Cateye EL300 and the 3 diode version. The 5 diode works fairly well, putting out light comparable to a 3-4 watt halogen light, but with 10 times the battery life -- about 20 hours. I've been using it for a while, and it works fine. The 3 diode version is ok to be seen, but won't light up the ground very well; I used it in the 508 on my climbing bike at night, but then I was being followed by a car. I think it gets about 60 hours out of the batteries.

Unless there are awful roads or high speed descents, the EL300 should do fine, and you'll only need a few sets of replacement batteries.

The dynamo lights work well, I'm told, but there is some drag; also, for anything longer than a momentary stop, you lose light; a battery light would be good to have along, anyway.

Cateye LEDDale Brigham
Jan 24, 2003 2:13 PM

Thanks for your valuable advice on the Cateye LED headlights. That's exactly the kind of info I needed to hear. I'm sure I will purchase one or both of the Cateye models you reviewed.

One more question -- What would you think of having one EL300 and one EL200 on the bars? I found redundancy to be reassuring in PBP (you can be disqualified mid-course if your lights fail), so that's one reason I used two Micro-Halogens. You don't have to have great lights to be "legal" in PBP -- just something that glows white in front and red (non-flashing) in the rear.

Again, thanks for your review, Doug!

Consider 1 on the bars and one on your helmet.dzrider
Jan 27, 2003 8:42 AM
I use a Black Diamond light on my helmet and CatEye EL200 on the bars. The helmet light is brighter and better for road signs and anything else that's off the road surface. The one I have has 1 halogen bulb and one led which is good for reading a cue sheet.