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Old 02-02-14, 10:39 AM   #1
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Bought Cygolite 750, what light power to get as the second light?

I am looking to get back into night riding. It has been a lot of years (over 20) since I last rode in the dark. None of my friends night ride, so I am turning here for advice. I just ordered a CygoLite Pace 750 USB LED Headlight and would like to get a second light. I will mount one on my helmet and one on the bars. Ideally I would like to have them interchangeable so I may go with another Cygolite. At night, I am going to do some trail riding and MUPs. It will be for my MTB 90% of the time.


Based on your experience, what size light would you recommend as a second light. Which would go on the handlebars and which would go on the helmet?

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Old 02-02-14, 10:49 AM   #2
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I have a NiteRider MiNewt 600 Cordless on my handlebars and a MiNewt 150 on my helmet. I find that works well for me; however, this is for road riding. If you are doing a lot of technical trails, you may want a brighter light on your helmet to see into where you will be turning.

I sometimes wish that I had a lighter light on my helmet. The MiNewt cordless is 190 grams and I can feel it up there.
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Old 02-02-14, 12:23 PM   #3
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Good to know about the weight. I will probably limit my night rides to about an hour or less. Would that change you opinion of the weight?

I am also not looking to do technical trails at night.....everything takes too long to heal these days!
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Why get something different for the second light? Get another Cygolite 750. Mine came with both bar and helmet mounts and I use them both ways. You can run on low and the other high, one flashing the other steady, etc...
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I have a CygoLite Pace 750 on the bars and a Metro 360 on the helmet (running in SteadyPulse mode). This works well for me when commuting on the road (running both lights), or just with the helmet light for the MUPs. That way I can aim the light away from other passing cyclists, walkers, joggers, etc.

I bought the CygoLites because of some really good discounts at the time, however, I am not a fan of the mounts (difficult / painful to slide the light off), and the rubber caps over the charging ports do not always want to stay in place. I have followed the recommended tip of applying a small amount of grease in the port and that does help.

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Old MagicShine 900 lumen on the bar and Cygolite Expilion 250 on the helmet. Works well for me.
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I'm hub dynamo convert .. headlight on the Fork Crown..

then night riding has no amp/hour limit.
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I'm hub dynamo convert .. headlight on the Fork Crown..

then night riding has no amp/hour limit.
I'm another convert. There are some advantages to battery lights, though. If you have one battery light and one dynamo light, if your battery discharges, you will at least have a light that works. Also, mounting at the fork crown is really nice, because it doesn't take up space on the handlebar, and it doesn't get knocked as easily. Also, it's a pretty good height for both seeing and being seen.
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You could get a Cygolite 800...they are less than the 700's currently:
http://www.amazon.com/Cygolite-Expil.../dp/B00E1NQ21S
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I believe the Cygolite 600, 650, 700, 750 and 800 all use the same removable battery cartridge. Being able to swap batteries might be of use in some situations.
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And for what it's worth, both Cygolite and Nite Rider seem to make high quality products.
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Why get something different for the second light? Get another Cygolite 750. Mine came with both bar and helmet mounts and I use them both ways. You can run on low and the other high, one flashing the other steady, etc...
That is what I decided to do. the 750 is more than is needed on MUPs and could be used on a single track. The extra light mounted on a helmet will make it so I don't need to slow down in the turns. Down the road, I'll pick up an extra battery.

Since I have no friends who night ride, I can now bring a guest.

Thanks for the ideas!! This is what it should look like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY59UxUGG0I

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Old 02-10-14, 09:46 AM   #13
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... Down the road, I'll pick up an extra battery...
Before you do, compare the price of the battery with getting an Expillion 600 (or similar). You might get an entire light, battery, charger, and mounts for $20-30 more than just the battery.
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Does anyone know if the Cygolite Metro 750 allows for operation - i.e., does it work - while simultaneously being charged from a third party USB battery pack (such as the Gomadic)? How about the Niterider Lumina 750?
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I use a Vivo-Bike Illuminati on my helmet. I prefer the shaped beam that minimizes over-spill but is reasonably intense where aimed directly. It's an excellent to-be-seen light, and adequate for modest speed nighttime riding (15 mph is fast for me, and it's plenty good enough for my usual 8-10 mph night riding speed). But it's not really bright enough for fast riding or unlighted trails.

I wanted a similarly shaped beam handlebar light but the only comparable more powerful light appears to be the B&M Ixon lineup. That's what I'm planning to get for the bike. The AA battery powered models are probably too heavy for a helmet mount, but they have a couple of USB rechargeable models with lighter built in batteries.
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I can say that Nite Rider makes some quality lights. I have the NR 400 and like it a lot.
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