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    Beautiful Night for a ride....in the dark

    So PhotoJoanne and I took off for a ride last night. It was a PERFECT night to ride. We started when the sun was still up, but at the half-way point, it had gotten dark enough that it was time to fire up the lights. I have bought two Magicshine MJ-808E lights from Action LED Lights. I debated long and hard (read: obsessed) over what to buy. Almost went the flashlight route and decided against it. We ride in the dark too much and I thought dealing with rechargeable batteries would be a pain. Then I almost went with the Magicshine Chinese knockoff route. Probably would have been OK, but in the end, I decided the price differential between the knockoff and the real-deal was small enough that it was worth the extra few dollars.

    OK, back to last night. We're cruising along and I keep an eye on PhotoJoanne behind me. With the lights on, it makes it easy. If I feel like I'm being tailgaited by a car, I know she's with me. The light is that bright. So we round a corner and she disappeared. Hmmm...that's odd. So I start to slow down to make a u-turn. As soon as I slowed, I heard a squeal behind me (long story about brakes - different thread). She was right on my tail. That's odd. So we stopped and she told me her light had died right before I looked back. I checked it over and yup...it's dead.

    The path we were on was pitch black. So, I bumped my light up to high (yes, these are bright enough that we run them on medium) and rode side-by-side with her home.

    So I got home and checked out the warranty page on Magicshine's website. One year! Right on. A few hoops to jump through, but not bad. They want warranty claims to go through their dealer network, so I emailed Action LED Lights last night. I expected to have to ship the dead unit to them on my dime, wait for a review, etc. NOPE. Got an email from them this morning apologizing for the inconvenience and letting me know that they'll have a replacement light in the mail to me today along with a mailer for the old unit. Are you kidding me?!?!?!? No hassle? No damp, dark interrogation room asking what we did to break it? No blood test? Just sending us a new unit and making it simple to return the broken one. AMAZING. Sorry if I sound jaded. I'm just not used to a company doing the right thing and making sure the customer is happy.

    I can not recommend Action LED Lights enough! They do business right. Wish others would take note.

    BTW, we are realistic enough to know that things do break. It happens. Not mad about it. It's a fact of life. But, I do think we'll buy a helmet mounted flashlight as a backup. Any guess as to where we'll buy it? Looking back on things, the few extra bucks extra to buy the real MS lights from a quality vendor was sooooo worth it.
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    Get the fake magicshine as a backup! That's what I did... They're slightly different. I put them side by side on the bars (one on either side of the stem) and put one battery pack in front and one behind the head tube. There's enough light to go bombing down Harbor Blvd at 35 mph too.

    The problem with the flashlight route is that you need to invest in infrastructure (batteries, chargers) and that makes an inexpensive flash light not very inexpensive. I have two of the 26650 lights, and they're stupid bright but they're a little bulky to be considering mounting on my helmet. They're awesome for camping, walking the dog or any other activity that requires a flashlight though. So there's that.

    I do recommend having a backup light for exactly the reasons you just experienced.

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    If I were to go that way, I'd probably go with another MS. Put the wide lens in one and the regular in the other and let them both blaze away for her. Good idea.
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    PJ, you run their rear lights? Mine decided to jump ship the other night while out riding and now I am looking to get another rear light.
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    I don't. ALMOST DID, but went with the Cygo Hot Shot. I'm VERY happy with it, too. Got one for PhotoJoanne when I saw mine and her old one side by side. The Cygo is one of the few that are effective for daytime, too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cygolite-Hotsh.../dp/B005DVA57Y
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    I don't. ALMOST DID, but went with the Cygo Hot Shot. I'm VERY happy with it, too. Got one for PhotoJoanne when I saw mine and her old one side by side. The Cygo is one of the few that are effective for daytime, too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cygolite-Hotsh.../dp/B005DVA57Y
    Thanks! I ran into (not literally) a local rider that had some ridiculously bright lights and was running a Cygo on the front and rear. I stopped him because he stood out for a cyclist in the middle of a fall evening with the sun still up. Glad to hear that they are a good and popular brand. I don't ride at night MUCH so a front light isn't too big a deal, but I am antsy without a rear light now and riding in general. People are very unfocused on driving on my commute to and from work. I'll have to check that Cygo out.
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    I got a cygolite hotshot at PJ's suggestion last year, and I was out riding one day in broad daylight and a guy I passed caught back up to me just to ask what kind of light it is... they're very impressive even in bright daylight.

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