I have a question that would fit into a "gear and parts" section but maybe someone here would know..
Is it possible to buy a ridiculously bright headlight, something as bright as car headlights for instance (not quite as bright realistically)? I really get freaked out about running into road-kill in the dark, but I love to bicycle at night, and I go touring a lot and don't like to stop.
a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
visit the commuting forum. one thread you might look at is called "total geekiness" and there are others about "really really bright headlight" or some such. I think the really bright ones are typically HID (high intensity discharge) lights with special Ni-Cad or NiMH battery packs. Niterider (google them) is one major brand.