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Old 12-29-09, 10:29 AM   #1
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How should I distribute my lighting?

Hello and seasons greetings. I got two lights for christmas, along with some other loot, but im having trouble deciding how to arrange them. My original thought was to use the lighter/ less bright light on my primary road bike and my more bright, rechargeable battery unit on the CX winter bike. My reasoning here is that even though I ride the road bike more often, the CX is probably going to be put through more situations where the additional light is helpful. Now I also am thinking that the pack-powered light would be good on the roadie since I generally ride it more and so would burn though battery more quickly. What do yall think?
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What light did you get?
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the lesser is a zaifal (sp?) 5 led 3AA powered unit. the nicer is a cygolite pace 135
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Old 12-29-09, 10:43 AM   #4
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Mounting brackets (or elastic bands) are cheap, so use all your lights on all your bikes. One light for the road immediately in front, the other for the distance, and a helmet one for maps, flat fixing and street names.
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ah ok that makes sense. I honestly only bought the light I did with my gift certificate because it was on a nasty sale. Does anyone know comparably how wide the beam is. The simpleton in the bike shop said it was "not wide but not narrow" which encompasses a lot.
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the lesser is a zaifal (sp?) 5 led 3AA powered unit. the nicer is a cygolite pace 135
To be honest, the cygolite pace 135 seems like it "might, barely" be enough light to bike by. My minimum is 200 lumens, it doesn't let me ride quite at full speed when there's corners and turns, but it does the job alright. Some other people have said that less light works for them, but that's my minimum for riding.

I can't find the "zaifal (sp?) 5 led 3AA" light you mentioned, but if it runs off 3 AA batteries I would assume it cost under $50, and is pretty much worthless as anything other than an emergency or "to be seen by" light on any bike going over about 10mph.

I would want to know more about your riding before making any definite suggestions - do you ride your winter bike in snow and ice? Do you have studded tires? Where and when do you ride your road bike? With studded tires and snow on the ground, I definitely find that I need a lot less light on my winter bike than I do with my road bike on black pavement.

If you have a separate winter and summer bike, seems like it would be pretty easy to use them both on each bike depending on the season - only have to move them twice a year? If you were doing any actual offroading with your CX bike, I would also highly, highly recommend mounting a decent light on your helmet.
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zaifal (sp?) = zefal (probably).

Put the Cygolite on CL/fleabay, and get some nice hi-powered LED flashlights...or not. If you got the coin, DiNotte is rather nice, or so I've been told.

Also, if you are on a budget and think that the flashlight thing is a little tacky, check out PlanetBike's nifty light comparo feature.
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I would probably use both lights on whichever bike I was riding at the time.
I have heard that the DiNotte lights are nice. But, I love my Magicshine. I am not sure, but I think that the Magicshine is less expensive than the DiNotte lights.
I like the PlanetBike light comparison feature. I wish it was available with other lights as opposed to just the PlanetBike lights.
I liked the way that they did it in a tunnel. I didn't realize it was a tunnel until I clicked on the $400 light. It makes me wonder how my Magicshine would do.
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the 135 lumens seems to be sufficient for me. You are right, it is zefal. I put both on my bike last night, the zefal pointed lower for local light and the cygolight down the road. I generally keep it around 15 mph when riding at night.
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the 135 lumens seems to be sufficient for me. You are right, it is zefal. I put both on my bike last night, the zefal pointed lower for local light and the cygolight down the road. I generally keep it around 15 mph when riding at night.
By all means do what every you enjoy / are comfortable with, but when you say it seems like enough light do you mean it seems like enough light when your bike is sitting the garage not moving, or have you ridden with it yet? I'm always very impressed with the light output inside my apartment, then much less impressed out on the road...that's what happened with my Ixon IQ. :-(

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