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I have seen the light ...(12 posts)

I have seen the light ...Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2001 6:31 PM
... no, I didn't buy a 16-pound, 3x10, 20mm-tired, unobtanium roadbike with carbon wheels.

But I did just try out my new Vistalite Code 15 headlight. What a difference.

A couple of nights ago, I rode home in a cold rain, my 6W Serfas headlight's alkaline batteries about one ride past where I should have taken them. It was raining, and the light just bounced off the pavement as if it were not running. I got home and found the bargain-priced Code 15 had arrived.

Tonight, I tried it out. What an enormous diffence! I'd seen lights like this used, and knew they were good, but could never justify the price. But at $80 for a 5/10W system, with my new commute usually requiring about 25-minutes of riding after dark, this choice was a no-brainer. I'll easily pay for it in gas savings before spring.
Oct 17, 2001 7:46 PM
Now with more light, you can go faster, right?

Sounds like a better deal than the Niterider Digital Pro systems I think I wasted my money on - sort of let me down.


Oct 18, 2001 8:07 AM
Not to say "I told you so" but I told you so. You blew me off when I recommended these in your quest for lights. Guess it just depends on who's giving the advice, doesn't it?
Normal cruising speed ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:21 PM
I can now comfortably ride at my normal cruising speed without worrying about what's in the shadows. I took the long way home tonight, adding 3 miles, and that includes a mile of very flat, fast road on which I routinely hit over 20 mph. I was doing 21 tonight, with no problem seeing things in the road plenty far ahead.

On that same stretch, with the old light, is where I hit the unseen piece of wire and destroyed a brand-new Slimed thorn-resistant tube a couple of months ago. I never saw the wire with that old light. I was looking for its brother tonight.

I added a bell a few weeks ago. I'm developing the habit of pinging it when approaching parked trucks and vans, and other visibility traps, where a pedestrian might not see my approach and might suddenly step out.
Don't toy with us HHACE-
Oct 17, 2001 9:26 PM
My heart fairly lept with joy at the thought of you on a multi-speed rocket.
God ... what next?pmf1
Oct 18, 2001 4:50 AM

Sometimes the more expensive stuff is really worth it. I bought a Niterider 16 watt light a few years ago and have never regretted it.
I'm So Disappointed in You Humma!Jon
Oct 18, 2001 6:25 AM
What with your retro-purity and all, I'd expect you to be holding a candle...or at the
very least a flash light.
Are you nuts? It should be a Schwinn approved generator. nmMB1
Oct 18, 2001 7:05 AM
The grounding screw would mar my new powdercoat job!Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:29 PM
But I had one on it (not Schwinn-approved) until last November, used it for the first 5 miles of Midnight Madness, until my buddies pulled away and I opted for the Serfas to pick up an extra half-mph.
Ah, but this one fits the cruiser perfectly ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:26 PM
... see, I don't have water-bottle bosses, but the NightStick battery fits nicely under the two skinny tubes, extensions of seat-stays that swoop up to the head tube. I wrapped some rubber tape around the ends of the battery, and use a pair of velcro straps to hold it in place.

I lost the true retro-purity a year ago, when I removed the generator to install the V-brake adapter in the rear.

The cruiser is a mix of old and new. Old frame, wheels, cranks, coasterbrake, and reproduction tires. New seat, rear brakes, cyclocomputer, lights, grips, and powdercoat. I'm picky about the upgrades, but the bike is better than new.
anyone try the helmet-mounted lights?ET
Oct 18, 2001 1:27 PM
Like the Photon H.O. They suppposedly have the advantage of shining where you're lookng. Do they work? Do they shake too much?
They're popular for MTBing ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:30 PM
... but if road-riding with them, please turn the light off before looking at anyone!