Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes: Bianchi Alloro, Miyata 710, Fuji Espree Fixie convert
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Originally Posted by geraldatwork
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.