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Commuting newbie needs advice(9 posts)

Commuting newbie needs adviceDoomsday
Apr 30, 2002 12:00 AM
Good day to all.
I need some advice on commutin to work.I would like to start to commute to work the only thing that is holding me back is that I work the night shift and do not get out of work till 3 am,after 10 hours of work my commute will be 25 miles 1 way, now my ? is do I have enough light? The ride will be all on a back country road with no street lights.
My light is a 5watt night stick.Should I get more light.

thank you in advanced.

m.h P.s the light lasts about 2hrs.
re: Commuting newbie needs adviceDKF
Apr 30, 2002 1:49 AM
You need a backup light, just a 2.5 watt halogen that runs on AA's will do. Cateye makes a good one for $20. An extra battery for your existing unit is an option as well but I like the idea of an entirely seperate unit, for obvious reasons. Just don't forget the most important light: a flashing tail light.
I like the Nightstick but they are not making them anymore.MB1
Apr 30, 2002 4:03 AM
I have found that 5 watts is plenty for pavement unless you have big downhills. Your ideal solution would be to have an extra battery for the Nightstick and a small backup light just in case (just in case always happens). If your bike has the room fenders are a good idea for commuting.

Ride the route once on the weekend in daylight to get an idea of how long it will take.

Don't forget May 4 is "Ride your bike to work day"/
Sure about May 4?pmf1
Apr 30, 2002 4:39 AM
Its a Saturday on my calandar. I like to make sure I know which day this is.

I encourage everyone I know to bike commute. However, I'm not fond of ride your bike to work day. First, some group inevitably organizes a mass ride that screws up traffic and endears us regular commuters to the motorists for the rest of the year. The mass riders have nothing to fear because most of them only ride once a year to work. Second, the bike path becomes clogged with people doing silly things that are dangerous. My favorite is repairing your tire in the middle of the path. On top of a hill is even better.

Fortunately, it usually rains on that day. I know, humbug.
Oops, it is May 3. Here is the link.MB1
Apr 30, 2002 10:59 AM
re: Commuting newbie needs adviceSoftrider
Apr 30, 2002 4:48 AM
I think it would be an advantage getting off of work at 3am, because there should be very little traffic at that time. My commute is 23 miles each way, and I can tell you that it is some of the most enjoyable riding that I do.

As for having enough light, I think you will have to decide that for yourself. Personally, a 5 watt light would not be enough, but other will disagree. I have a 15 watt Marwi Nightpro light that has worked great, and it was only about $100.
I think May 17th Is ride your bike to work day. (nm)teacherguy
Apr 30, 2002 7:27 AM
I would need more lightsalmonwheel
Apr 30, 2002 9:39 AM
I originally had a low wattage light and it was okay if I was running a little late pushing dusk. For regular commuting in the dark, however, I like a powerful light to be able to see the road. I built a 20W light that works well for me. I also bought a big battery 7.2 Ah I think so I wouldn't worry about battery charge. I ride all winter so I needed to account for the inefficiency of the battery in cold weather. If money is an issue you can build a powerful light for way less than the retail versions.
re: advicecyclopathic
May 1, 2002 10:05 AM
you may consider getting 2.5w "road" lights.

Cateye makes HL-500II which takes 4 AA batteries, here's the pic HL-500II Despite smaller wattage rating light is much more concentrated and brighter then 5w Vista. For riding hills you'd need 2 of those (one is set up as low beam and another as high) with low used most of the time and high on downhills or to read signs.

If you purchase extensions from Cateye ($2ea+$1.25ship) you can use light with outside source your nightstick battery for twice run time. Put 4 AA batteries in jersey pocket and you're good to go.

This set up is very popular with randonneurs, the only draw back HL-500II is not watertight you need to wrap it in plastic when it's wet.