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headlight options for oversized barHeisssenberg
Jan 14, 2004 2:27 PM
I just purchased a roadbike with an oversized bar. it tapers down to a normal thickness about where the tape starts. What reasonably priced options are there for a decent headlight system?
depends on yer definition of "reasonable" and "decent."shawndoggy
Jan 14, 2004 4:24 PM
The real question is how much ya wanna spend? THere's probably something in that price range.

Me, I'm an HID advocate ($300 +/-) but I've been flamed on that plenty. But if you try one, it's hard to go back...
depends on yer definition of "reasonable" and "decent."Heisssenberg
Jan 14, 2004 4:38 PM
I'd prefer to spend under $100 if I could get away with it. I don't need multiple brightness setting but would like something better than my old trek 2 c cell flashlight sorta thingie.
Shawn's rules for buying lights:shawndoggy
Jan 14, 2004 5:38 PM
1. Only buy from performance or nashbar (or somebody else with a no questions asked return policy and a price matching policy, cuz these things can break).

2. For $100 you should be able to find a nicad system (performance has a housebrand one that looks OK). Nicads are lighter than sealed lead acid batteries, which are, after all, filled with lead.

3. Not sure about handlebar issues, but betcha the Performance one would work. Call 'em to make sure. Alternatively, I KNOW the niterider bar mount would work -- it comes with shims for different sized bars.

4. Spend more for more watts/brightness, not the jazzy features (i.e. "fuel guages," different power levels etc.). But the difference between 10W and 15W is significant (and it eats your batter faster, so you spend more cuz you need a better battery).

Good luck, welcome to the dark side.
re: headlight options for oversized barDorf411
Jan 14, 2004 7:27 PM
Niterider now sells a over size headlamp clamp for the oversized bars. I am not certain if the new lights come with the new clamp yet or if you have to get it seperately. I ended up buying my O/S clamp for my niterider seperately which really is a nice clamp. You can definately get a decent niterider for around $100 then you may have to spend an additional $30 or so for the O/S clamp.
re: headlight options for oversized barwooden legs
Jan 15, 2004 12:16 AM
if you're just looking for something to make you visible to cars while riding at night, i suggest the cateye hl-400, which has an adjustable mounting strap. won't light up the road like the midday sun but it has a flashing and steady mode, and can be seen very well from the side due to a neat little clear strip about an inch from the front of the light (look at some pics of it, you'll see what i mean). it's around $30-35 at most lbs'. before you go off and spend $100+ on a light system ask yourself what you really need, and if a quality but inexpensive headlight / blinky taillight combo won't work better for your purposes.
front blinky good!shawndoggy
Jan 15, 2004 7:57 AM
Been doing a lot of night riding this season, and I agree about getting a front blinky (though I see these as supplemental to a "real" headlight). The front (white) blinky is much more visible to oncoming traffic, regardless of the wattage of the light.