Which lights should I get for my road bike

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really like my dinotte 200 front/planet bike superflash combo, fwiw

my stomach is full of anger. and pie. (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 September 2010 15:50 (nine years ago) link

dinotte, is that the $99 one? kinda pricey for a lit road ride - figure a $20 cateye or similar should be sufficient, if it's just about being seen not seeing.

ledge, Monday, 27 September 2010 15:53 (nine years ago) link

maybe. my experience with the $20 is that they are not that good at making you "seen," but they are really useless if you go into a place without light. if you are gonna carry a light, seems worth it to have one that does both. otoh, the $20 lights seem to have come a long way.

my stomach is full of anger. and pie. (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 September 2010 16:13 (nine years ago) link

yeah i think white leds on blinky mode are perfectly visible these days. (but i only really ride at night in the city so never need to worry about illumination) (otoh night ride to the coast next month...)

ledge, Monday, 27 September 2010 16:34 (nine years ago) link

for the last night ride I used these:
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/cateye-uno-med.jpg
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/cateye-ca460el2206-med.jpg

use just the former in town.

Experienced night riders swear by this feller
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/hope--vision1-med.jpg

problem chimp (Porkpie), Monday, 27 September 2010 20:27 (nine years ago) link

Planet bike superflash ad it's companion front light are so bright. Cheap too.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 27 September 2010 22:00 (nine years ago) link

i have the planet bike companion front (i think its a .5w focus beam) and find it not so useful. bright but in a very very constrained beam.

my stomach is full of anger. and pie. (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 September 2010 22:11 (nine years ago) link

my frogs (froggys?) got nicked last spring. bastards.

Fartbritz Sootzveti (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:15 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

any consensus on bike lights? I really really need new ones. Riding in the dark in traffic. Would prefer not to have to spend more than about £30 ish.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:00 (seven years ago) link

somethign light that isn't going to fall off my handlebars and smash everywhere would be a boon.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:01 (seven years ago) link

To be seen rather than to see? Can't go too far wrong with these:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/el135-tl150-light-set-ec019847

ledge, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:15 (seven years ago) link

well right now there are moments when I'm worried about driving into parked cars. They switch off a lot of lights in town after 11pm. Will those at least guide my way?

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:17 (seven years ago) link

Prob a bit weak tbh. Also not waterproof. I don't know what kind of lux you'd need really but these might be better, are more robust

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/smart/lunar-10-lux-light-set-ec024284

basically you gets what you pays for, lux-wise

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/smart/lunar-25-lux-light-set-2012-ec030558#features

ledge, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:23 (seven years ago) link

visibility per lux in pictures:

http://www.bumm.de/innovation-original/lichtvergleich-scheinwerfer.html

ledge, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:38 (seven years ago) link

cheers ledge

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:00 (seven years ago) link

Pretty good guide here: http://road.cc/content/news/69237-big-roadcc-lights-test-2012

Last night I saw someone riding a bike with a pair of Ever Ready Nightriders, I had a set of these 20years ago. They were crap then as well. 2xD batteries, and rubbish brackets that they would constantly jump out of. Great days.

Map Ref 52°N 6°W (useless chamber), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:45 (seven years ago) link

yeah i had something like that. Horrible great big things I had as a kid that my dad insisted I take off and put back on each day in the bike shed so that they didn't get stolen. I remember it taking forever as they used to be screwed in or something? Really unwieldy. I was kind of pleased when they fell off into the traffic.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:56 (seven years ago) link

i'm using a knog boomer usb, which is a good front flasher, and a barely-doable front light for low-speed/bike path use during shoulder season. i can recharge it at my desk, it's easy to remove, cheapish. once daylight savings ends, it'll be back to 18 lux single beam, which is enough for commuting. still using superflashes on the back.

last mansplain to ja rule (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 21:48 (seven years ago) link

I have this rear light and it is farken wicked - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/tl-ld1100-10-led-rear-light-ec007955 - brightest most annoying thing in the world, which is just what I wanted.

But I'd like to geta decent front light. I just have this at the moment - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/hl-ld150-5-led-front-light-ec007950 - which is fine for being seen (esp when flashing) but totally useless for seeing things by. I want to be able to do evening rides in winter that go outside of lit-areas of the city. Ideally I'd not spend more than £50-60. This is to go on a road bike handlebars. Recommendations?

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 29 October 2012 11:54 (seven years ago) link

can recommend lezyne power drive - solid build quality and bracket, usb chargeable, slim form factor and enough light for dark roads - but i think the range has just been revised so i can't say how the new one stacks up.

thirstin' maw (haitch), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:18 (seven years ago) link

The light I bought has caused me no end of trouble. Ordered it from Tredz, it arrived late and the packaging was damaged like someone had tampered with it. No noticeable damage on the product, so I set about attaching the brackets to my bike. The front light clips onto the bracket just fine, but once the bracket is on the bike, it just slides straight off onto the floor. Tried all sorts of things but it keeps happening. It baffles me how something could be so badly designed. Have a feeling it's something to do with my handlebars being too skinny, but they don't look like they are... In the meantime it's dark and I nearly kill myself each time I cycle home. :-(

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:29 (seven years ago) link

which one did you get? what slips off, the light from the bracket or the bracket from the bars?

itt: 'splaining men (ledge), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:00 (seven years ago) link


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