It's that time of year again and those of us that are not snowed in will be thinking about Evening or night riding. I know I am but I am lucky in that I bought my lights years ago. No pics except for some old ones as it is too dark- wet and windy to go down the bike shed to take fresh pics- but Here goes on my thoughts.
Up till 4 years ago- I rode offroad so good lights were needed. I had to do some road on the way to the hills so my priority was to be seen. I used two rear lamps. Both good and bright but the reason for two was just in case one failed- or fell off- or ran out of batteries in 3 months time. I never look at the rear of the bike once I got riding so could never tell if one was failing. Offroad lights have to be good. I mean good. We managed on a twin lamp halogen with a 5w and 10w buld. In fact these were not too bad except that battery life was not long enough- so for when the main light failed we also had a back up- in fact two as it was on the Tandem. We used helmet lamps. But that battery life was the problem. Nicads Or Nimmh batteries did not have a long enough life so I looked at a twin 5w LED with a Lithium Battery (L-Ion battery) The battery gave the life we wanted and 5w LED's are a lot more powerfull than the halogen equivalent wattage. Very expensive though but the Use Exposure lamp that I got was worth it.
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The lamps we used are as in the pics. The cateye was our backup lamp as it was just about powerful enough for road use at low speed but the others are self explanitory.
But That powerfull twin led was too good for the road. I know you can never have enough light at night but cars were being blinded with it. It does have 3 levels of brightness buteven on low I kept being flashed by other cars and moaned at by other cyclists coming towards me.
So it was time to look at a new lamp for the road. I know you have the Magishine over in the US but we don't. And I have been hearing a few "Poor" reports about battery and reliability. So looked at a few Quality lamps and they are still expensive- don't have the power or battery life or the wrong type of bulb. I wanted a lamp with a Powerfull Led- an L-Ion battery and a life of at least 3 hours of good light. Took a while but it arrived today. An RSP Asteri3. L-Ion battery- 3 watt LED and a 5 hour battery life.
This lamp is small and self contained- no externall battery and is rechargable. It also comes off the bike mount so can be removed for other uses.
You can see how small it is in comparison to the Garmin. For the size of it- it is also powerfull. Checked it round the garden and I think it is going to be fine. How well this $75 lamp is going to stand up against the $450 Use is going to be down to a test ride. But I reckon for Road use- it will be good enough.
This is not an advert for RSP but RSP stands for "Raleigh Special Products." The "Quality" Raleigh stuff used to be labelled as RSP before it got sold into some conglomerate or other but it does look as though the RSP name is one to look out for. Just hope it is.