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Old 11-07-07, 07:40 AM   #26
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Sir Robin: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
"I warned you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you knew it all, didn't
you? Oh, it's just a harmless little bunny, isn't it? Well, it's always
the same. I always tell them--"
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Old 11-07-07, 10:57 AM   #27
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Next time I see a bunny I'm gonna smash him and take pics. Then we'll see what you guys have to say about it.

Btw, what are the quotes from?
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I am wagering that drill battery/light combo just sucks those batteries dry. what are the runtimes ?
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I figured it was Monty Python something or another...


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I am wagering that drill battery/light combo just sucks those batteries dry. what are the runtimes ?
It's running about 35 minutes on a full charge on the good battery. It will work for a week or so until I get a real battery but it's definitely not a permanent solution. Better than using the full moon and guessing where the trail is though.
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I got some alligator clips and crimped them on the wires of my Malibu yard spot light. Hooked them on the terminals of my Makita 14.4V cordless drill battery. Wow, that is plenty light for my 4 mile commute. Looking forward to mounting them on my bike and doing my first night ride.

PS - I loves the Python too. "NEE!"

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Old 11-10-07, 06:41 PM   #32
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Be sure to post up the run times you get out of it...

What wattage is the bulb in the yard light?
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Old 11-13-07, 09:51 PM   #33
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20 Watt MR16 halogen. Link to Home Depot specs page:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...egoryID=502497
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Old 11-14-07, 05:39 AM   #34
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That's probably the same bulb I have but in a nicer holder. That says it's the flood so I'm guessing it's the 35 degree or whatever bulb like I have and not the spotlight. It gives nice bright light right in front of you but I find I'm happier with my maglight LED going down the trail in addition to the flood light.

For the price though it's a hard combination to beat.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:49 PM   #35
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I did it! Faced with the prospect of the end of DST, I needed to do something to amp up the light I was able to produce or face another winter of sitting and spinning in my living room. Then I saw this thread and was inspired!

I had been running a Blackburn 4 led light on the handlebars for a week or so, but that light was good for the ‘see me’ part, not very good for the ‘me see.’ And being of somewhat limited means (read: almost divorced) I couldn’t afford to go out and throw $100’s around to come up with some exotic rechargeable light set. So, I followed this thread, and last weekend took a trip to Lowe’s (we don’t have a Home Depot here).

I bought a $12.95 12v outdoor floodlight, the kind that comes with a spike for sticking in the ground. 20W MR16 floodlight bulb and an aluminum enclosure, complete with a screw cap and glass lense to cover the bulb. I cut the spike off and replaced the flood bulb with a 20W spotlight bulb (thanks to advice I saw here) as the flood tends to throw a great big circle of light, while the spot tends to focus the light farther in front of the unit. Mounted the enclosure on an old reflector bracket on the handlebars and that part was done.

I went to Radio Shack and bought a $29 SLA battery, 12v/7.2AH. Took an old water bottle cage, bent it to fit the battery, mounted all of the above in the front water bottle position on the frame and I’m ready to go. Well, almost, I still had to run some wire and put a few connectors on same.

So at 6:00 p.m. tonight, after work, I took off for a little 14 mile test run. Through the hills, some streetlights but predominantly NO streetlights. Ran for just over an hour, and the results were fantastic! I had plenty of light to see what was coming, no more swerving at the last minute. Even the downhills were fine, with plenty of visibility at speeds between 20-28 mph. No noticeable drop-off in the amount of light, so one hour is well within the charge life-span of this battery (it took only about 30 minutes for it to fully charge again on the trickle charger) and it should easily handle my usual 1:15 - 1:30 rides. The only problem I had was that the mounting on the reflector bracket was not up the task; the bracket stayed put, but the light kept bouncing and coming out of adjustment, with the beam ending up right in front of the front tire. I tightened it as much as I could, but on the road and with the cold I didn’t feel like playing the mechanic card.

So, thanks to the BF and this thread, I was able to put together a light system that will easily take care of my needs to continue riding as long as I can stand the temperatures of a Missouri winter. And, for less than $50, which is an accomplishment in itself.

Thanks to all who contributed ideas to this thread.
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That's great.

I'm going to have to try one of those spotlights. I am still running the flood in mine and I'm pretty happy with it. I ride on the fitness trails and at 4:45AM I'm the only one out there. I have a 2D LED Maglite that I turn on too that's strapped to the top bar that spots right about where the flood falls off so I have pretty good light. I'm also overvolted with a 14.4V battery which gives a pretty spectacular extra kick to it.

I think I'm going to try some LED's next in mine. Dealextreme has regulated CREE's with a reflector for just over $10. I just ordered two of them. I figure the lumens should be about the same but I should only draw about 8-9watts instead of the 20 I'm drawing now. Plus I just want to try something different.

This is the LED I just ordered:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6090

Glad the thread inspired you. Having bright lights makes a world of difference.

Btw, what battery pack did you get from RS for $30?

Did that come with a charger or are you using a car charger?

That sounds like a decent battery pack for that money. I may look in to gettint that to power the LED's from a seperate power source so I can still use the MR16.

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That's great.

I'm going to have to try one of those spotlights. I am still running the flood in mine and I'm pretty happy with it. I ride on the fitness trails and at 4:45AM I'm the only one out there. I have a 2D LED Maglite that I turn on too that's strapped to the top bar that spots right about where the flood falls off so I have pretty good light. I'm also overvolted with a 14.4V battery which gives a pretty spectacular extra kick to it.

I think I'm going to try some LED's next in mine. Dealextreme has regulated CREE's with a reflector for just over $10. I just ordered two of them. I figure the lumens should be about the same but I should only draw about 8-9watts instead of the 20 I'm drawing now. Plus I just want to try something different.

This is the LED I just ordered:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6090

Glad the thread inspired you. Having bright lights makes a world of difference.

Btw, what battery pack did you get from RS for $30?

Did that come with a charger or are you using a car charger?

That sounds like a decent battery pack for that money. I may look in to gettint that to power the LED's from a seperate power source so I can still use the MR16.
I got the 12V 7AH SLA battery for a UPS or security lights, they have smaller sizes as well. I just wanted the 7AH to make sure I'd have the time to do my usual ride (around an hour and a half). I'm using a charger I already had, it has settings from 1 - 6 amps, so it should be fine for the SLA batttery.

I wanted totry the spot rather than the flood bulb because where I ride there are a lot of areas with no lights (two lane rural blacktops w/no shoulder or four lane divided thruway with big shoulders but no lights). I need enough light concentrated far enough in front to see obstacles before I get to them.

I'll look into the LED you mentioned, sounds like an interesting experiment.
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Funny story this morning... I didn't want to start a new thread so i thought I'd bump this one.

I was headed to the trails this morning and I had the MR16 burning bright with an 80lum LED bar mount and about a 30lum headlight and just before I got to the trail a Sheriff's car bolted out of the shadows and stopped for a few seconds looking at me, then he fired up his spotlight and shined me for a few seconds. At this point, I killed the MR16 and just rode up beside him with the LED's and asked if he was calling me over.

He said no, but he was just trying to figure out what the hell I was coming down the road and if I was a motorcycle like he thought he was trying to figure out why the hell I was swerving all over the road (lane change for an oncoming car). I just laughed and pointed to my DIY halogen light and made a comment about how bright it was. He laughed and said not only was it brighter than most motorcycles, he thought it might have been brighter than his car!

I got a good laugh and headed to the trails...

Bright lights are nice.
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