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days getting shorter... need a light(6 posts)

days getting shorter... need a lightraboboy
Sep 6, 2001 6:00 AM
Greetings. This was my first year getting back into a road bike and I was wondering what you all do for headlights. As the days get shorter (but, unfortunately, not my work day!), I find myself riding in near darkness at the end of my rides after work.

I've seen headlights ranging from $15 - $250. I just want to be able to see the road in front of me. I don't want something hardly better than a reflector, nor do I want a beacon that will make Batman take notice.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
re: days getting shorter... need a lightSS_Billy
Sep 6, 2001 6:14 AM
I use the Performance Viewpoint Dual Pro, mostly because I got a screaming deal on it when a local Performance shop closed down. Niteriders are also common. I know scores of people who use them, sometimes they have no problems with them and others have nothing but problems with them...I see it a gamble because that digital stuff they use is buggy. For what you claim you want to do with it, you shouldn't have to spend more than about $100.
all depends on your needsJack S
Sep 6, 2001 6:21 AM
this was discussed to death here
http://www.cyclingforum.com/forums/Thread.cfm?CFApp=2&&Message_ID=41441&_#Message41298

also, check the reviews at mtbr
After some research on the topic...Horace
Sep 6, 2001 12:24 PM
and based on my needs (60 minute morning rides and the first 60-90 minutes on weekend rides) I purchased a Cygolite from Performance. I posted a similar question here (do a search). If you are looking for a bright, durable light which doesn't cost more than $100, then this is a great light. I purchased the Nicad Extra (not a fan of lead acid batteries for durability and weight) which has a combined 16.3 watts. My only issue was with the mount, since my flight deck computer gets in the way. If it really bothers you (I'm used to slightly less space for my hands on the tops), performance has an accessory to put the light and other accessories in front of the tops to free up room. As far a brightness is concerned, its more than adequate when both lights are on. As far as duration, the company says that the light will last 6 hours on wide and 3 hours when both ligths are on. This is much longer than the more expensive products. Everyone's needs are different, so I would check out the website (i think its cygolite.com) as well as review from mtbr.com. Good luck.
FYI ....Brian C.
Sep 6, 2001 12:31 PM
http://www.sunrisesunset.com/custom_srss_calendar.asp
Awesome site - thanks!UncleMoe
Sep 6, 2001 12:42 PM
This will totally help prepare for commuting times as we lose and gain daylight!