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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-03-13, 04:38 PM   #26
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I have a set time that I can ride in every morning. The trail I go on is tree covered and each day the sun is coming up a little later it seems. Which means each day the beginning of my ride is more and more in the dark. I've seen that there are lights that you can put on to your handlebars. I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation on which light to get? I want one that helps me see what's in front of me versus just making sure to be seen, so I assume I would need a brighter one. Any recommendations?

A great, simple light is the Taz1200 or Taz800 from Lights and Motion. Self contained and very bright.

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Old 12-03-13, 04:43 PM   #27
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I got some lights a few months back. I can't remember the names now. Seems like a Urban 550 maybe on the front and a red 60 lumen blinky one on the back. Works well. It's been too cold to ride in the dark for me lately, so they haven't had much use.
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Old 12-03-13, 05:00 PM   #28
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Just a heads-up for anyone wanting a rear light - the cygolite hotshot is an Amazon Cyber Monday Week deal starting tomorrow (TUESDAY) at 2:40 pm Pacific. It's not saying what the price will be, but if you're in the market, may be worth a look.

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$19.99http://www.amazon.com/Cygolite-Hotsh...ywords=hotshot
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Old 12-03-13, 05:51 PM   #29
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came in to post this as well... although after tax and shipping it was almost $28... I need to renew my prime membership lol
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Not the deal I was hoping it would be. Oh well. I have one of these and love it. Hoping it would be a screaming deal and others could get one for $12 or something.
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I have the Urban 550 Light & Motion. Have been using it commuting to and from work at 5am and 8pm, and am really happy with it
http://www.amazon.com/Light-Motion-U...rban+550+light
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Lights that are very bright need optics to point the light down at the road and not blind oncoming traffic. The German manufacturers such as Busch and Mueller excel at this.

Someone mentioned a 800 lumens light. That's too bright to be used on the street without optics to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

I've had oncoming cars flash their brights at me to turn down my lights using a 200 lumens Dinotte on medium, can't imagine 800 on high.
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I have this one and now it's an even better deal than when I bought it about 2 months ago. Free shipping with amazon prime.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product
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I have this one and now it's an even better deal than when I bought it about 2 months ago. Free shipping with amazon prime.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product
looks like you can get it for a penny cheaper shipped if you don't mind waiting for it from hong kong (2-3 weeks in my experience)

I've got one and it's great for the price ... I'll pick up another come next spring or so when the heat starts pushing me to night riding again.
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I'm going to wait and see how these turn out and if Version 2.0 includes a stand-light function (rumoured).

http://www.magniclight.com/MagnicLight/index.php/en/
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I bought a cheap $30 2 led light off ebay. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/130978319166?...84.m1497.l2649
on the low setting it lasts for over 3.5 hours and produces more than enough light.
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I've got a knock off china CREE XML LED head lamp MagicShine knock off http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

its bright (although doesn't put off as much as it claims) and cheap... I wouldn't use it off road without a second AND figuring out a better mount system, as it stands they use a rubber band and just on road chatter/bumps it will slowly rotate and point down at the street... I use it in blink mode on the street until dark... it's made my late eve rides doable (it's hot in TX and i'm not a morning person)


also check out mtbr.com they've got a great section for headlights (both DIY and prebuilt)... tons of options


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I have one of these and on it's brightest setting it will hold the charge for about an hour. That's what I get out of it.
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I've got a knock off china CREE XML LED head lamp MagicShine knock off http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

its bright (although doesn't put off as much as it claims) and cheap... I wouldn't use it off road without a second AND figuring out a better mount system, as it stands they use a rubber band and just on road chatter/bumps it will slowly rotate and point down at the street... I use it in blink mode on the street until dark... it's made my late eve rides doable (it's hot in TX and i'm not a morning person)


also check out mtbr.com they've got a great section for headlights (both DIY and prebuilt)... tons of options
These lights are GREAT and very inexpensive.

I wrap Velcro on my extender http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-6000100...s=bar+extender and put a bit on the light's mount - stays put under severe shock and vibration.

I have had a battery fail due to vibration, and power that light with six NiMH AA cells wired in series. The AA cells need to be recharged more than twice as often as the original Li-Ion. The NiMH cells last about 5 hours, the Li-Ion about 12 hours.

For taillights, I use two Blinkey 5s or one 3 and one 7 on my bikes.
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You don't have to spend a fortune on the more expensive lights these days to get a decent front light for lighting up MUPs and road hazards.

You can get these: http://www.amazon.com/UltraFire-WF50...48K6IUltraFire (Ultrafire Cree WF502B XM-L T6 flashlight) with a charger and two batteries for about $16 delivered from Ebay. Add a two dollar flashlight holder to your handlebars and voila, not only do you have a light for illuminating the road and being seen (it's quite bright), but you also have a flashlight and it can be quickly and easily dismounted, so you don't have to worry about it being stolen. I'm using one of these as my main road illuminator and threads like this one are common in the commuting sub-forum where many people recommend this light. I think it is actually too bright to use as a flashing light, even during the day, but it does just fine at lighting up the road and is so bright I'm sure it helps with being seen. There are several sellers offering it with its own charger and batteries so you're all set.

FWIW, I also have a blinking light (Cateye Reflex TL-LD560-F) facing forward, and a bright light (Planet Bike Blaze) on top of my helmet facing forward. For the rear, I have a Mars 4.0, a PDW Fenderbot, and then a Planet Bike 3-H on the back of my helmet. Other than substituting a Spannigo Pixeo for my fender mounted tail light, I'm very happy with this set up for commuting in the dark and day light visibility. I mounted a Pixeo on my girlfriends main bike and it has better visibility, especially from the side, than my Fenderbot.

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I bought one of these last night:

http://www.lightandmotion.com/bike/urban550.html

Used it this morning. Worked well, but there were walkers/joggers on the trail in the dark and it seemed to piss them off when they were coming at me. Is there some sort of dark trail head light etiquette? The upshot was when coming from behind I didn't have to yell as they looked back and moved over when they saw the light shooting out in front of them.

Is 550 lumens on a rechargeable USB battery a decent setup?
Your safety comes first before other people's feelings . I have a one from lightandmotion with 1200 lumens . If is too bright for those juggers too bad .
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I use two lights, Niterider 250 and 650. I have one on the helmet and one on the handlebars. the one on the handlebars lets me see whats in front of me and the helmet light to light up where I am looking.
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Your safety comes first before other people's feelings . I have a one from lightandmotion with 1200 lumens . If is too bright for those juggers too bad .
If a cyclist blinds pedestrians or other cyclists with lights that are too bright, it's just the same as a driver blinding people by driving with high beams on. The onus is on the cyclist to dim his or her lights.

The problem with most bike lights on the market is that their beams are symmetrical. They throw a lot of light up into the air, instead of concentrating it on the road surface. And if you point them down so as not to blind oncoming traffic, you end up concentrating the light in a spot fairly close to the front wheel.

There are exceptions, though: the Phillips Safelight and the Busch & Müller Ixon IQ are two. Those are battery-powered lights with asymmetrical beams, like automobile low beams, that focus light on the road, and that throw more light on the parts that are further away, resulting in even illumination. You can get them both for a decent price ($50-60) right now: the Phillips is being discounted on Amazon, and because B&M has introduced an improved version of the Ixon IQ, the original version is being discounted.
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I use two lights, Niterider 250 and 650. I have one on the helmet and one on the handlebars. the one on the handlebars lets me see whats in front of me and the helmet light to light up where I am looking.
Which one are you using on your helmet?
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I use a Fenix bike flashlight mount AF02 and a Coleman 155 lumen compact flashlight with a Cree LED. It's kind of a utilitarian arrangement but it uses standard AAA batteries and with NiMH rechargeables I get about 3 hours run time on the high setting and probably twice that on low. There is plenty of light for general road and trail riding with a decent width and quality of beam. Another advantage is that it takes just a couple of twists to release the flashlight from the mount for use handheld for road side repairs, etc. I've used the light on plenty of rough roads and in the rain and it hasn't failed yet. It wouldn't take much to come up with a helmet mount for a small flashlight like this either.
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I do most of my "fitness" riding at night, and I've been using the cheap Amazon Cree MS knockoffs for a year and a half. I have 4 of them.

For the most part, they work well. I've had no issues with the lights themselves. I am sure that the advertised lumens are pure nonsense, but they are all bright enough to light up pitch black roads/MUPs. I typically run them on the lowest setting on lit streets and wide open on the unlit streets and MUPs.

I've got an 1800 lmn and several 1200 lmn. The 1800 is no brighter than the 1200s, so as others have said, ignore the advertised lmns.

I swapped all my mounts for the Marwi style and they are a huge upgrade from the rubber band mounts they are supplied with.

The biggest issues have been with the batteries, particularly the connectors. I have 6 batteries and 2 will not charge at all with any of the 4 chargers I have. They are also not all interchangeable, which is only an issue if you have several from different sources like I do. I ended up marking them with colored tape to more easily discern which lights work with which batteries etc. I plan to mod the lights/batteries with polarized RC car battery connectors to make them all the same and more reliable.

Battery life on the knockoffs is in excess of 2 hours on a full charge and more if you use lower settings. My night rides often exceed 2 hours and I've never had one go dead on me.

My wife got me a real MS MJ872 (1600 lmn) and that's a really nice light, but the beam is no brighter than the cheapo knockoffs, IME. The battery is huge though!
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