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    Headlight/Tail Light

    What headlight/taillights do you guys use? I'm be using my bike on a college campus and in a city.

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    I use the Serfas Thunderbolt USB Taillight.

    Pros: It's very bright, has four modes (hi, low, hi-flash, low-flash) and is USB-rechargeable.
    Cons: It needs recharging every 2-3 days. A full charge takes 2-3 hours.

    I mount it on the seat post.
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    Planet bike super flash micro USB strapped to the back of my helmet, and one I don't know the brand strapped to the seat post for the rear lights.

    MEC Plasma USB LED front light for a flasher on the front. Not bright enough for a "to-see" light, but on flash it's great for a "be-seen" light. For a "to-see" light on the front, I've been using a Nitecore MT26 flashlight ghetto rigged on with inner tube rubber bands. Not an ideal mounting system, but it works pretty good. Waiting for some Twofish bike mount knockoffs from Deal Extreme to try them out.

    Trying a couple of different flashlights just velcro strapped to my helmet for a headlight for night time trail riding to see around corners before I'm going through them. Still on the hunt for a light with good run time and output without being too heavy and bulky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolisaac View Post
    What headlight/taillights do you guys use? I'm be using my bike on a college campus and in a city.
    I have knog on the front and a rack mounted one I believe from planet bike on the back.
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    I use the Niteflux White Zone 5 and Red Zone 4

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    LED, Bolted on, both wired to the Hub Dynamo.

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    whatever you get - get something bright. I saw a guy the other day and as I passed him in my car I noticed he had a rear facing DIM blinkie on his seat post. it was insignificant and did nothing to keep him safe. fortunately he was wearing hi-vis clothing and he had a decent front light.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I just bought this headlight. after some simple research I couldn't find a better light for the price.

    Amazon.com: NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light: Sports & Outdoors

    found a great review and enjoyed seeing that the measured brightness was giving away only 8 lumens from the advertised brightness.

    Review: NiteRider Lumina 700 | Mountain Bike Review

    I haven't actually used it since it was delivered just yesterday, but it was pretty damn bright when I took it out after dark last night.

    I have a pretty simple tail light. I think it runs on a couple watch batteries. I have a feeling that will be upgraded over the next couple months.

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    I use a NiteRider Lumina 700 and a CygoLite Trion 1300 on the front, and a CygoLite HotShot along with a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo on the rear.

    The front lights when on high are about 2000 lumens, which is really too bright under most riding situations so 80% of the time I just use one light. I use both when I'm out in the middle of nowhere and need a big light spread or on the early morning leg of my commute, before sunrise, when no cars are out.
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    I'm currently using a Light & Motion Urban 400 headlight. Very bright for my needs, USB rechargable, and I really like the tool less mounting system. I'm able to swap it between my two bikes.

    For or my taillight, I'm using a Portland Design Works Radbot1000 on both bikes. Three modes(steady, flash, and buzz/pop). I like the reflector that's built in. It came useful a few years ago when my batteries dies on a commute home. My only con is that its battery operable.

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    Lots of choices for lights. Get a nice, bright "light-to-see" headlight (I use MagicShine 808) and a bright "light-to-be-seen" taillight (I use CatEye Rapid 3).

    More importantly, wear lots of reflective clothing if you'll be riding in the dark. A driver will see a floating red light and not take much notice. If they see a fully outlined rider, they'll know what's coming up. I wear a reflective vest from Home Depot, GloGloves, and some reflective ankle straps.

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    I have lots of bikes, and this setup is my favorite among all of them. I never have to recharge batteries. The lights come on as soon as the bike starts rolling. They stay on for a few minutes after the bike stops. Total cost was about $160.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Busch & Muller dynamo headlight / tail light combo, plus a CygoLite Metro 360 helmet mount (flash mode) and a Light & Motion Vis 180 mounted to rear of helmet in pulse mode.

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    I have a Lupine Piko 3, although I do not believe the Piko 3 is available now. They have other models. It is very bright, throws a very nice beam, is small and lasts a long time. If I ever have to replace it, I will go with another Lupine. I've had it for three years now and it still works well. Lupine Lighting Systems - Bike- and Helmetlights

    For the rear, I have a Busch & Muller mounted on the rack: Discount Busch & Muller 4D Toplight Taillights, TheTouringStore.com

    I also use a Superflash on the seatpost.

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    I prefer dynamo lighting. Always there, no need to worry about recharging or replacing batteries. Hub dynamos are better but more expensive. For short rides a sidewall dynamo is OK and much cheaper, since you don't need a special wheel.

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    thought of this thread this morning driving to work. a biker had a good strobe and that caught my attention at some distance. which is good cuz he was dressed in all black and riding on the right shoulder in deep shade. if it wasn't for the strobe I would not have noticed him until I was much closer. because I saw him at a distance I was able to plan my pass with inconveniencing myself or other drivers coming from the other direction. not only was he wearing all black he was also wearing a black backpack. I gotta think he could don some hi-vis somewhere on his body ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    B+M IXON IQ premium headlight plus B+M Relite-D tail light plus B+M reflector. This fall I will supplement with L&M VIS 360+.






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    B&M headlight & rear red standlight, both out of production.

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    B&M headlight & rear red standlight, both out of production.
    Where are You looking/ asking? the company may have replaced the earlier models with a newer design?


    http://www.bumm.de/

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    Quote Originally Posted by metz1295 View Post
    I just bought this headlight. after some simple research I couldn't find a better light for the price.

    Amazon.com: NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light: Sports & Outdoors

    found a great review and enjoyed seeing that the measured brightness was giving away only 8 lumens from the advertised brightness.

    Review: NiteRider Lumina 700 | Mountain Bike Review

    I haven't actually used it since it was delivered just yesterday, but it was pretty damn bright when I took it out after dark last night.

    I have a pretty simple tail light. I think it runs on a couple watch batteries. I have a feeling that will be upgraded over the next couple months.
    I, too, have been using the Lumina 700 for about three months now. I commute home nightly at 11pm. I have had zero complaints, it works very well. Of the "to see" or "be seen" camps, I really need to see well, and this cuts the mustard. Of course, people can see me quite well, too.

    For rear, I use the Planet Bike Superflash. Works well, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spivonious View Post
    a bright "light-to-be-seen" taillight (I use CatEye Rapid 3)
    The CatEye Rapid lights work great. I used a Rapid 5 and could tell by the way cars passed me if I had forgot to turn it on.

    The Rapid 3 & 5 are both college campus budget friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Where are You looking/ asking? the company may have replaced the earlier models with a newer design?


    Busch & Müller: Home
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    B&M Cyo Premium dynamo light in the front, Planet Bike Super Flash battery light in the back. Still waiting on my Magnic light for the rear, which I still think is the coolest light of them all. It is self contained, touchless, no wires, no batteries. I had one but I lost it when I didn't tighten the mounting bolt sufficiently. The new version was funded by kickstarter and he's late getting them out.

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    I use Sparse Headlight/Tail Light combination. Its more for city use and while I love them, unless you can bring your bike inside to charge them (they're non-removable) I wouldn't suggest them. The front light is more a be seen light and is great for the city.


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    I have a CatEye Opti-Cube for my headlight, and a Planet Bike blinky for my tail light.
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