If this is the wrong place to post this I apologize...
I am one of those noob overweight part time hybrid commuters that everyone complains about. I live 24 miles or so from work and drive down the hill and ride the remaining 18.5 miles to work once a week. This week I will be doing that ride twice. My goal it to be able to make the ride 3 or more times a week and be able to handle the large hill on the way home so I don't have to drive part way.
For me to be in the office for my 7am meeting I need to be on the bike by 5am so I have time to cool down, shower and change. In the Seattle area it has been pretty light out at that time, but I think I really need to consider getting some lights. As summer turns into fall I will be spending more and more time in the dark.
I have a cateye ld1100 on my seatbag and a amber lightman led that I have on my backpack. What I need is a light(s?) for the front. It looks like led lights are the way to go. I also see that several people suggest using flashlights. I have surefire flashlights and others of similar design but they don't seem like they would be bright enough for riding in the dark at 20mph.
I am trying to figure out the pro/con of bar mount vs helmet mount (or do I really want both?) I am not the kind of person that can order $10 worth of parts get out a solder iron and turn it into a wonderful lighting system so I will need to buy something turnkey. Do I want a Lion battery or pack or should i get the kind that run on AAs and get a charger or two. I see Dinotte and Cygolite mentioned quite a bit but am not sure if I should be looking at a L200, a L600, a combo of them, or the triden-x or trion600 or? What lights and features should I be looking for?
Ten miles of the commute is on a non urban MUP so it is pretty dark, and the rest of the ride is either on city streets or an urban MUP.