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Old 02-14-09, 01:19 PM   #1
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Rec'd a light configuration for my bike

I will be riding my bike at night for recreation.on rural country roads with little to no street lights. I don't want to spend a fortune, either as I know there are A LOT of flashlight choices out there. I prefer a 1x18650 or 2xCR123 flashlight at less than $60 per light. What would be better, a q5 or a P7 configuration, or both? I was thinking of outfitting my bike with at least 2 maybe 3 Tiablo A9 aimed closer to my bike and one Tiablo A9 with the aspherical head aimed further out in front of me. Would a Q5 provide more flood for lighting a larger area nearer the bike than a P7 light? I want a lot of light for a reasonable cost.
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Old 02-14-09, 01:28 PM   #2
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I personally use a mix of both.. A p7 as my main light with a Fenix TK11 Q5 as my long range light.. When using this combo together it makes for a nice pair. Depending on how long you ride you may need a couple extra 18650 cells..
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I thought a p7 would be more of a throw light and the Q5 would make a better flood light? I want both, too. How does the light patten of a MCE light compare to a P7 or Q5?
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I thought a p7 would be more of a throw light and the Q5 would make a better flood light? I want both, too. How does the light patten of a MCE light compare to a P7 or Q5?
That is incorrect.. The Q5 an R2 Crees are more thrower's and the P7's are almost universally flood lights..
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Would somebody please explain what a, "thrower" is compared to a' "flood". TY.
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Would somebody please explain what a, "thrower" is compared to a' "flood". TY.
A thrower is a narrow, long distance beam. A flood is a wide, short distance beam. It is generally recommended to have a flood on the bars and a thrower on the helmet.
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imo, 2 P7s on the bar and a Q5/R2 mounted on the helmet FTW.
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Old 02-15-09, 11:33 AM   #8
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I keep hearing those Fenix mounts rattle, but they look cool. How do they work for you?
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I keep hearing those Fenix mounts rattle, but they look cool. How do they work for you?
I've got one. The left/right adjust is pointless (the detent positions are at least) but it doesn't rattle.

EDIT: (I'll take it apart later and see if I can add more detent positions)

Generally I think they are very good, the only drawback is they do take up a lot of barspace.

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I keep hearing those Fenix mounts rattle, but they look cool. How do they work for you?
They do rattle a bit at times. I've gotten use it it though.
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I also have two of the fenix mounts. As noted by Unknown Cyclist the side to side movement is worthless, the detentes are spaced to far apart for fine tuning. I would not say mine rattle, however there is some movement between the mating pieces.

I have a P7 and a fenix L2D Q5 and they hold both of these lights secure.
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