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Light question(12 posts)

Light questionlotterypick
Sep 5, 2003 12:38 PM
Soon the time will change and I'll be thrust into pitch darkeness, I mean dark, for part of my ride.

It's commuting and I'm wondering if I go the cateye route is it better to go 3 LED or 5. Meaning, if 3 is good and 5 is slightly better, then maybe saving a few bucks and some weight makes the 3 led a fine choice.

THanks in advance for your help.
In lights, I always opt for brighter is better....newridr
Sep 5, 2003 12:49 PM
Never worth saving a couple of bucks or a couple of grams if cars can't see you. Go for all the light you can (front and rear) and be seen.
HID and be seen nmpedalAZ
Sep 5, 2003 12:54 PM
those lights are decent to be seen but not to see byColnagoFE
Sep 5, 2003 12:57 PM
I have the 5 LED cateye for my cruiser and I wouldn't want to depend on it in pitch blackness. You'll need a rechargeable light if you want to see anything. Even something like a Performance single with a lead acid battery will give you fairly bright light for about an hour.
Heavy answer.snowman3
Sep 5, 2003 2:10 PM
"save a few grams" and "commuting" are opposites IMHO. If you're a speed demon then weight is important. But if you're going fast then you should have a bright (heavy) light with which to see.

If you are just commuting then weight isn't that important anyhow. So just get the strongest light that fits within your budget. The LED lights I've seen project a rather narrow beam. They work great as beacons and tailights but not very well for illuminating the sidewalk. Without knowing anything about cateye, I would guess the 5 LED would offer a wider beam. LEDs have great battery life though... a nice feature.

Good luck.
The brighter the better... no LED lights...PdxMark
Sep 5, 2003 2:49 PM
If HID is too expensive, get a 10-15 watt, or more, halogen system. The visual noise at night for in-town drivers is immense. I can barely see LED lights on cyclists when I'm on my bike. They work if you are viewing them on-axis... head-on. But that's not where 95% of cars are. I would not get an LED light if I could possibly afford a rechargeable 10-15 watt halogen system.
Alright Alrightlotterypick
Sep 5, 2003 2:55 PM
I'll belly up to the bar and get a serious light.

Thanks for the advice because I know y'all are giving me what is right. THanks again.
Sep 5, 2003 4:01 PM
I got a brand new Niterider Evolution on E-Bay for $90. Makes riding in the dark much more enjoyable (compared to little cateye AA-battery driven things). Check out the Niterider line. They get pretty pricey, but I think the Evolution is a good value.
Sep 5, 2003 5:05 PM
I just ordered the Nite Hawk Raptor 10w Light System from Nashbar with the 10% off code CR182 it was $31.49
Niterider now has new mount for 31.8 barsDorf411
Sep 5, 2003 7:20 PM
FWIW, Niterider now has a new mount which is very nice that works with OS bars.

Sep 5, 2003 11:07 PM

Be the bike.
re: Light questionaliensporebomb
Sep 6, 2003 2:36 PM
I've love a HID light but until I can afford one I have two
Cateye EL300 5-LED headlights on my commuter bike. A lot of
folks have said that two of them is what made it useable for
them. Mine are also translucent ala the iMac so you can see
it from the sides since the case is pretty much illuminated.

I've not had to use them much yet but they also are detachable
so you can take them with you when you lock the bike. They
also make great flashlights in a pinch.

I use Energizer Ni-MH batteries that are rechargeable and since
I've gotten the things last summer I've yet to recharge these
once yet. Heh.