I've been reading and rereading everything I can on bike lights, and I think I'm down to these two options. I ride a road bike, and it's getting to be dark before I can finish my ride (and it's only going to get darker as the year rolls on).
I ride on poorly lit paved roads and greenways (often completely dark in patches) with occasional cars (usually in Central Park here in NYC), and I usually average around 18-19 mph. After looking at scvoid's excellent spreadsheet and reading everything I can, I think I need a fairly powerful light to accommodate speed and to realistically avoid branches and holes. Lastly I MUST stay under US$200.
With all that said, I've narrowed down my choices to one of the L&M Solo series lights, or the Alias SC. Can anyone weigh in on which way to go? And if there is something else I should reconsider that's maybe a bit leaner and meaner (but still a real headlight), please throw it out there. It just HAS to be under $200 (the more under the better).
Thanks for any help!