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    thrifty l.e.d. flashlight for headlight or projects

    hello everyone, i normally use a detachable l.e.d. flashlight for a headlight system on my bicycles. i was at a dollar tree store and found a three l.e.d. flashlight that costs one u.s. dollar! and works good enough. the handle is round and grooved so it can be clamped or zip tied. they are not water sealed so i used a small watercolor paint brush and coated the inside threads, metals, and p.c.b. with mineral oil that seems to be working. the price of the flashlight alone opens it up to potential lighting projects like a light bar under a front rack or basket. i will be checking other dollar stores for dollar l.e.d. flashlights.
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    purchasing a bicycle from walmart or any other discount department store for commuting
    only works if you know what your getting into and can do all of the work to it yourself.

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    Good find. I recently bought a box of two of those 9-led showerhead lights they sell in every hardware aisle to use for housings/switches for some light projects I have coming up. Are the ones you have painted plastic or actual aluminum? Cheap lights can be a good source of parts.

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    I've bought some of those just 'cause they were so cheap. Make great small project lights. I keep one at the entertainment center for when I got to fiddle with something there.

    You must have really good night vision to find it useful for riding. I use a Nebo Redline and a headlamp, ~ 100 lumens each. Don't do much night riding.
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    i have some other more expensive three l.e.d. flashlights the dollar ones are just as bright and use the batteries just as fast as the more expensive ones. one flashlight at each end of a front basket is bright enough for me.

    A10K, the flashlights are plastic
    purchasing a bicycle from walmart or any other discount department store for commuting
    only works if you know what your getting into and can do all of the work to it yourself.

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    Dollar tree also tends to carry smaller 3 led aluminum case flashlights as well. I use many dollar tree (and other dollar store) led devices for my lighting projects.

    I just got a small aluminum case 21 led flashlight as an early x-mas gift and I'm already plotting to use it to rebuild one of my old projects (a union headlight that's been moded to use a 9 led flashlight)
    There's just something to be said for a cruiser that can play like a mountain bike or run with the pack of ss/fg road bikes or be a good commuter or be a utility bike and pull a trailer or just cruise around like theres no care but the joy of a leisure ride.

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