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Old 09-20-07, 01:39 AM   #1
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lights...for late evening and rain

i think i need some sort of lighting system for late evenings as well as when it rains....i was looking at this combo, the superflash blaze light combo...but wasnt sure how good it is as well as if its water resistant or what the deal is. anyone use these are know anything about them. any help would be great.

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Old 09-20-07, 02:12 AM   #2
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The superflash is a great taillight for the money. I own 3, but we haven't had any rain here since I got back into riding in March of this year. There are many threads about the superflash; you should be able to find alot of information using the search function.

The headlight doesn't look like it would be too good for helping you see the road and any obstacles in your path at night; more of a "be seen" light. What kind of street lighting/conditions/speeds are you looking at? Do you need a light to see the road in a rural area with no street lights, or just something to keep you legal and help increase your visibility to other road users?
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Old 09-20-07, 05:26 AM   #3
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I agree, the taillight is excellent. I have one and I love it. The headlight doesn't look good at all for any situation. Better off getting the taillight by itself and looking into a better option for the headlight. Along with the questions JeffB502 asked, can you tell us what kind of run times you need also?
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Couple of thoughts...

On headlights, my bet is the less expensive you go, the less water resistant you will find the build on the lights. There will likely be exceptions to that (and I have no true supporting research on it), but I'd have to guess that less expensive lights will be less likely to be built with much true water resistance compared to some of the better built (and more expensive) lights. Again, just my guess.

But, with that in mind, if waterproofing or high water resistance is a concern, you might consider a flashlight (or two) for your headlight(s). For my route on headlights, I'm using Fenix L2D flashlights. They might not be suitable to scuba diving depths or prolonged submersion, but they are extremely water resistant to the point of being dunkable. (As described, they are "Waterproof to IPX-8 standards," which loosely means they can be submerged in water to a certain depth for a certain amount of time without harm. Doesn't mean they can necessarily go to any great depth or that they can be submerged indefinitely, but they should certainly handle any rain you'd ever encounter).

On the tail lights, I have both the Planet Bike Super Flash and the Cateye TL-LD1000 (and I use them at the same time). The Cateye TL-LD1000 is built to be water resistant. The Super Flash doesn't necessarily claim waterproofing or water resistance (as far as I know), but there is one thread in the Bike Forums about someone's Super Flash going through the wash unharmed. It did take in some water, but continued to function. However, my bet is that the Cateye TL-LD1000 (or the 1100) has more true water resistance than the Super Flash.

So, there are a couple of extra tidbits for your consideration, for whatever they might be worth...
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Old 09-20-07, 03:03 PM   #5
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thanx all, my rides are in the "sticks" so i need a front light that i can see the road. so i guess the headlight wont do much for me. the reason i say water resistant is bc i live in FL where is rains nearly everyday. what kind of price range am i looking at for a good headlight that i can see the road ahead of me.

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thanx all, my rides are in the "sticks" so i need a front light that i can see the road. so i guess the headlight wont do much for me. the reason i say water resistant is bc i live in FL where is rains nearly everyday. what kind of price range am i looking at for a good headlight that i can see the road ahead of me.

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Hi, greg...

I think you might be confusing "headlight" with helmet light. A headlight and a front light are the same thing and would go on your handlebars (usually), and a helmet light would go on a helmet. Many headlights/front lights can be used either on the handlebars or the helmet, though. In fact, I think that many people use a helmet light alone because it's so directional/responsive when it needs to be pointed elsewhere, as opposed to those mounted on the handlebars that are more or less stuck in place.

Sounds like in your case you might want to consider both (a headlight/front light for your handlebars and a helmet light). Just as an option, in any case.
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