Garrity Light - NO BATTERIES!
I just bought a Garrity light (http://www.garritylites.com/page116.html). It's a really nice piece of hardware (very cheap too). It requires no batteries - you just crank it up for a minute or two and it retains its charge for a long time. I think it's supposed to last for one hour. HOWEVER, it doesn't have a mount for a bicycle. I looked on their web page and they don't sell any of these for bicycles - they'd make a killing if they sold a mount for it. I googled around and it seems that crank up lights are more popular in China and Hong Kong but I couldn't find a retailer to buy from. Someone here in the USA needs to get on the ball and start making these. Batteries should be a thing of the past!
rechargables make a difference.
I agree with StephenH. The newer lights need alot of power to run strong, and be seen from far away. Rechargable batteries make being seen alot easier and affordable. There are many quality rear light safey systems out there to choose from.
Trying to choose a bike light for commuting
I've been looking around for a good bike light for commuting, and possibly some casual MTBing. I have a cheapo halogen light that mainly works either to be seen (when pointed up), or to see the road in front of me (pointed down). But it doesn't do both, and the light output is pretty dismal...it's mainly to keep me from getting squished! So, if you have had some experience with any of these lights or have suggestions, I'd very much appreciate your input. Thanks!
Price - < $150
Mount - Handlebar, preferrably comes with a helmet mount as well
Light Type - LED preferred
Battery Type - doesn't matter, but lighter is better
Build Quality - I know I'm coming in a bit low for a quality manufacturer, but I'm still concerned with it working well and for a couple of years.
Some candidates I've found: