Need a light, country roads, long rides
I ran in to a bat (like flying mouse, not wonderboy) the other night, so I think my $10 Target special headlamp is overdue for an upgrade.
Thing is, I'm torn between these gorgeous high output lights and the simplicity of something that takes some AA batteries. I like the AAs because they don't run dead sitting and I don't have to worry about charge times. Plus I can just toss a few extras in my seat-pack as backups. I don't want to skip a ride because I forgot to charge a battery, right?
I'm out riding for 2-4 hours a night, there's probably a streetlamp every 2 miles, and I keep a good 15-18mph pace. I'd like something that is good for 8 hours in case I decide to do a century in the dark.
Am I overthinking rechargables? Is there something that takes both that I could swap in alkalines in a pinch?
I'm not crazy price conscious, but it would be swell if it cost ~$100 or less. Considering what I've been using almost anything is going to be a big improvement.
Riding thru the nite...as the coyotes howl...
I'm out riding for 2-4 hours a night, there's probably a streetlamp every 2 miles, and I keep a good 15-18mph pace. I'd like something that is good for 8 hours in case I decide to do a century in the dark.QUOTE]
i'm often out thru the nite and generallly out in the middle of nowhere. I also have poor nite vision. With a K-mart special lite that means slowing down to a crawl.... and maybe getting lost. As much as I hate the extra weight of the battery packs- and to a degree the unreliability of rechargeable batteries, I've grown pretty dependent on my mega brite Seca lights (lite in motion)- it practically lights up the mountain side. I don't know that I would try a hard descent down a mountain in the dark w/o it. It's stupidly EXPENSIVE but it allows me to really cook the speed in the dark. I also carry a second redundant battery operated light w/ me if I'm riding thru the nite or expect to be out several days....