Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets HRM, GPS, MP3, HID. Whether it's got an acronym or not, here's where you'll find discussions on all sorts of tools, toys and gadgets.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-12-07, 11:36 PM   #1
nekohime
I... Don't care.
Thread Starter
 
nekohime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Best lights for under $40?

(posted this on the commuting forum, but didn't get much luck there, so posting again here)

Okay, so I'm an impoverished student whose bike, along w/ lighting and all other accessories, got stolen. What with having to buy a new bike and all, I can only afford to spend $40 for both lights. Any suggestions?
__________________
Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p
nekohime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 12:50 AM   #2
axelfox
Senior Member
 
axelfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 487
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Planet Bike Super Flash Blinky and http://ledshoppe.com/Product/ledp/LP3019.htm

The headlight is a "be seen" light, better for lighted areas at night. I have one, and I think it's just the OEM version of the Topeak Whitelight LED. I did a test tonight, and I could see it from at least 3/4 of a neighborhood block away.
axelfox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 04:32 AM   #3
ovrrdrive
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Central Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 274
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DIY MR16 halogen front and a cordless drill battery until you save the cash to get a real battery for the front and whatever red blinky thing you can get for walmart for the back. Total cost about $15.

Assuming you have a cordless drill that is... Preferably a 14.4V one.
ovrrdrive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 08:50 AM   #4
skingry
Asshat
 
skingry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes:
Posts: 333
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Rayovac AA flashlight taped to the front bars and rear reflector.
skingry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 09:55 AM   #5
geraldatwork
Senior Member
 
geraldatwork's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Long Island, New York
Bikes: 2005 Windsor Kennet, 1982 Raleigh Super Course
Posts: 767
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I have one of these on one of my road bikes. The Cateye 530. I have had it only a week and one ride but I am happy with it. It depends on what you are using it for. I wouldn't want to use it on a dark country road with no moon where on a down hill I might reach over 30 mph but for my purposes which are on lighted and semi lighted streets going 18-20 mph it is more than enough. You can pick them up on ebay for $30-40. The mount isn't all that sturdy but should be ok for normal road use. As far as a rear light you can pick one up that can be easily seen for $10 or so.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg cateye530.jpg (19.7 KB, 7 views)
geraldatwork is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 10:09 AM   #6
MyBikeGotStolen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Bikes: Raleigh Glacier MTB/Commuter. Cannondale CAAD5, Windsor Timeline fixed gear
Posts: 765
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would pick up the best Bell light package from Walmart for ~$15 and a pack of rechargable AA's and a charger.

It fit in my broke college budget and does its job getting me around.
MyBikeGotStolen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 11:49 AM   #7
chevy42083
steel lover
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston
Bikes: Bianchi Alloro, Miyata 710, Fuji Espree Fixie convert
Posts: 1,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by geraldatwork View Post
I have one of these on one of my road bikes. The Cateye 530. I have had it only a week and one ride but I am happy with it. It depends on what you are using it for. I wouldn't want to use it on a dark country road with no moon where on a down hill I might reach over 30 mph but for my purposes which are on lighted and semi lighted streets going 18-20 mph it is more than enough. You can pick them up on ebay for $30-40. The mount isn't all that sturdy but should be ok for normal road use. As far as a rear light you can pick one up that can be easily seen for $10 or so.


I have that light, but it's my least favorite Cat-eye of the three I have. That one is by far the brightest, but has the worst light pattern. It's a spot-light, with no spread around that. Basically, I can see one spot really well, but my eyes won't adjust to the darkness anywhere else.
I have two other cat-eyes which are 3 led lights... one which mounts the same as that 530, another which has a rubber strap and buckle (excellent backup light to throw in your bag/pocket). Both of them are dimmer, but I can see MUCH better. My schwinn rear light from target is plenty bright, and has multiple flashing modes, but my cateye rear light is a little smaller, and definatly brighter.

I'd search ebay and wait for a deal.... that's how I got all my lights.... 3 headlights and a rear for less than $50 shipped... bought at separate times. The tail came in a package with my fav. headlight, but can't remember the #s right now.
chevy42083 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 12:52 PM   #8
BikeToWork
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For $12 you cannot go wrong with the Viewpoint Flare 5. I bought one at Performance recently and am really impressed by the amount of light generated by 4 AAA batteries. The runtime is good, too with nimh batteries. With this cheap headlight you can afford to splurge on the tail light and get the Planet Bike superflash, which is also amazingly bright for 2 AAA batteries.
BikeToWork is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 12:55 PM   #9
ggg300
Burnin' and Lootin'
 
ggg300's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
strobe + flash light
ggg300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-07, 01:12 PM   #10
nekohime
I... Don't care.
Thread Starter
 
nekohime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Update: a super duper nice person donated his old Cateye 500 to me, yay! It has a broken mount, but some sort of tape or reusable cable tie should fix that.

All I have to worry about now is taillights. I'm probably gonna get the Planet Bike Super Flash for my bike and another cheaper one to attach to my backpack. Thanks for your help y'all!
__________________
Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p
nekohime is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:08 PM.