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Old 04-24-09, 05:28 AM   #1
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DiNotte 800L/400R combo. Love it!

BF newb here. Recently picked up an '09 Roubaix, and needed some light for it seeing as how 95% of my riding is done at either 2000-2200 or 0200-0400. After a ton of reading here and at roadbikereview I finally decided to go with DiNotte. The stuff they make is ridiculously expensive, but when it comes to buying things I'm a huge advocate of "buy once cry once."

I placed the order on Monday around 2200 and selected USPS Express for free. Had them lights in hand Wednsday morning. Could've had them Tuesday morning, but my local PO is slow. Had both 4-cell batteries charged within 4 hours(2 each), and hit the road around 0930 Wed night for their first test ride.

800L first impression: ridiculous. My car's headlights aren't nearly as bright, or white, as the 800L. Very simple to operate, and really like how you just have to hit the left button at any time to go to full bright. I dimmed them several times for oncoming traffic because the light is a bit much, and I didn't want to blind people. Had a cop crossing an intersection about 150 yards ahead of me stop dead in the middle(no other traffic, 4-way stop) for about 5-10 seconds as I was approaching when I had them on bright. I can only assume it was to figure out why there was a moving headlight so damn bright about 6 inches from the curb. The strobe functions are completely disorienting at night. A 20mph disco is no good.

400R taillight is hilarious on full bright. I want to have my wife ride my bike one night as I drive up behind her just so I can see what it's like. To say cars give you a ton of extra space with this thing on is an understatement. I turned my head more than a few times just to see stuff lit up red behind me. Didn't try out the strobe function on the 22mile test ride, but might tonight.

Overall impressions: Well worth the price. Very high quality lights that put out insane amounts of light for a bike. Felt totally comfortable at 20mph+ on roads with zero street lights/house lights/etc. Wish they weren't so expensive, but definitely don't regret my purchase. Will probably get some cheaper DiNotte's for my wifes bike.

Crappy pics. Can't use my D80 at night to save my life.


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Nice report.
Now get the wife the same Lights.
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Nice report.
Now get the wife the same Lights.
Yes, get her the same. Think about the message sent if you get here less.
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Old 04-24-09, 06:33 AM   #4
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Setting myself up for failure on that one, eh?

I've been thinking about it. We have two youngin's(3 and 1) so we rarely ever get to ride at night together. Most likely I'll just swap them from bike to bike if she wants to ride more at night. As of right now, though, she does all of her riding around 1700-1900 while it's still daylight out. If she starts riding at night too I'll probably pony up and grab her a set of these. Can't put a price on my wife's safety!

I would love nothing more than to get her a matching set and go for long night rides with her.
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Get a used trailer for about $50.
Your kids will love riding in it.
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We have a BabyJogger Switchback Hybrid that doubles as a bike trailer. Our kids do love it! We haven't used it with the new bikes yet, but my wife used to drag them around with her beach cruiser style bike. Our daughter routinely asks to go for a bike ride. I'm glad they like it. We got her her very first bike about a week ago. She's about as excited about it as we are for her. Hopefully she'll learn to love riding for decades to come!

I'm very happy to find a healthy hobby the whole family can enjoy! My past hobbies [cars, motorcycles, and guns] weren't enjoyed as much by the wife or kids.
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what is the mount like? Is it easy to remove? (mainly a question for the rear light)
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I can only assume it was to figure out why there was a moving headlight so damn bright about 6 inches from the curb.
Now that you look like a car, time to ride like a car.. I would be quite fearful of being hit by someone's mirror riding that close to the curb. At night the traffic must be minimal, so go ahead and ride smack center of the lane.
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I've been thinking about it. We have two youngin's(3 and 1) so we rarely ever get to ride at night together. Most likely I'll just swap them from bike to bike if she wants to ride more at night. As of right now, though, she does all of her riding around 1700-1900 while it's still daylight out. If she starts riding at night too I'll probably pony up and grab her a set of these. Can't put a price on my wife's safety!

I would love nothing more than to get her a matching set and go for long night rides with her.
Those lights you bought? Not only for the dark of night ya know. I bet you have an auto. If it is a late model, more than likely the lights turn on with the key. Why is that? Why do cars have their lights turned on during the day time?

Most bike lights will wash out in the daylight. Yours won't. Nor should your wife's as she pulls your children around.

I understand about budgets. So, why not check out the P7 flashlight threads? They may be a good transition light for you until the Dionette's can be bought. Then, the P7's become extra lights mounted directly on the trailer.

Good luck.
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what is the mount like? Is it easy to remove? (mainly a question for the rear light)
Both are super easy, and fast, to remove. The taillight requires a screwdriver, and about 4-5 seconds of your time. Unscrew the screw that closes the plastic clamp around your seat post, and remove. Done. The kit comes with several different sized clamps for different size seat post diameters, as well as much smaller ones for bike racks, chain stays, etc. Also includes rubber shims to help fill in any gaps, or to help protect your bike.




The headlight can be removed one of two ways. Quickest is to push up on a small plastic tab(locks it onto the rails) and simply slide it backwards off the rail mount. Other way is to unlatch the quick release lever, unscrew it, and undo the plastic clamp which mounts to your handlebars. The handlebar clamp also includes rubber shims to adjust to different diameter bars. Either method of removal takes only seconds. Both units are very secure on the bike. Oh, and the headlight also included a helmet mount.




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Old 04-25-09, 05:13 AM   #11
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Great lights! That taillight makes my two PB Superflashes look like a complete joke.
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Great lights! That taillight makes my two PB Superflashes look like a complete joke.
This is the first real taillight I've had on a bike. Last one's were the one's from Wal-Mart(Bell Sports?). Bright if you looked directly into them as you held them, but nothing even close to these. On my old Specialized Hardrock I rigged up a Surefire C2 Centurion flashlight w/256 lumen LED to the bars, and it was decent-ish. It now pulls headlight duty full time on our baby jogger.

It took quite a bit for me to hit the submit order button on this light purchase, but now that it's over and done with I have no regrets. I would highly recommend these to anyone/everyone who does any kind of riding in dark or low light conditions. I did another 31 miles with these last night, and am still amazed!
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