Commuting - Fork crown mounted, battery operated light?
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What are my options?
I realize that's the primary spot for a dyno powered light, but unsure of what format my next rig will run- 20", 26", 700c, or 29er- so not willing to invest in a dynohub yet.
06-07-11, 12:02 AM
I use a Cateye HL-EL530 (http://www.cateye.com/en/products/detail/HL-EL530/). I wish I could say I recommend it but alas, I cannot. It's okay, just underwhelming. I do like the fact that it's self-contained and runs on 4 AA batteries. I also like that it only has one steady "on" setting (I have a backup blinkie). It does help me to define potholes, but it's output is less than impressive.
I mounted it to my fork crown using an Ixon Speed fork crown mount (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m.asp) (scroll down the linked page to see it) that I got from Peter White Cycles. He offers a lot of different battery-powered lights that are a step above the 530. In fact, he has this to say about the 530:
The newer EL530 is brighter but still a small beam. Not enough to light up the road by itself. If this is your only light for use on unlit roads, you'll want two of them, perhaps three.
I guess I should have done my homework a little better. If I were to buy another battery-powered headlight it would be the Busch & Müller Ixon IQ Speed (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m.asp).
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