Not totally required, but nice to have.
Headlight = 3.5 hours runtime at full
Taillight = 4 hours run time at full
viper that is a bad ***** setup!!
1W LED bulb is ok for lighting up near front and getting attention, but they aren't bright enough for high beam use, they simply leave something to be desired. I suspect you would be wanting something better if you ever try 1W only.
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
After TONS of research, I bought this light about 3 months ago, and it's excellent. Charges fast (fully charged in less than 2 hours), you don't have to fear leaving it on the charger, and is bright enough for completely dark roads. I use it every night, and love it.
I like my Cygolite Dual Cross 300, but I LOVE the L&M Arc HID light.
The difference that I recall between the 200 and 300 is that the 300 has a quicker smart charger. With the 200 I think you need to watch for the battery to finish charging and immediately unplug it or risk damaging the battery. Other than that, I can't remember a significant difference between the two.
The handlebar mounting bracket on the cygolite is garbage, though. You need to wrap something tightly around it to keep the bracket from popping open on the handlebar. I used the velcro that came with it for cable management... just a bad bit of design, though I don't know whether they sell a helmet mount that might be better. It doesn't come with one, FWIW (The Arc has both an excellent handlebar mount, and a very good helmet mount included.)
I bought a generic Ebay tailight, about $5 shipped. 5 red LEDs with a red plastic cover, 7 modes, takes two AA batteries. The design of this product is puzzling - the LEDs are really bright, but the stupid red lens actually dims them down quite a bit. If the LEDs are red, why do you need a red lens?!
My solution: Take off the clear red cover and smother the whole thing with Saran wrap.
Last edited by Recumbomatic; 11-07-07 at 05:11 PM.
Due to ViperZ's pics I now need to order a dinotte tail light.
I just ordered a NightRider Minewt.X2 from Santa, I'll know more about how good it is after Christmas. But one thing to keep in mind that's often overlooked is optics. Making a ton of light is nice but directing that light to where you need it is equally important. I chose the NightRider because my research indicated it had pretty decent optics and a beam pattern I liked. I'm sure there are other good ones out there, just saying that optics and beam pattern are as much a consideration as raw lumen output.
I used to think that the PB Alias SC was the bees knees. Then Dinotte had their now infamous weekend sale and I bought the 200L head light and 140L tail light. Count me as those who drink the Dinotte Kool-Aid. I never thought that I would think that a tail light was more impressive than the head light!
Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.
Was the Dinotte sale all that great? Is there a place where the prices were posted? Thinking of getting a Trinewt and a 140L for the rear, but if I can await another sale including a 600L and 140L that may be the way to go.
No, I don't work for them. Just a happy customer.
Cateye TL-LD600. Now replaced by the brighter 610 out in the USA soon.
Yeah, it's bright: