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gtragitt 12-24-10 08:51 AM

Its Bright
 
I don't want to give up my afternoon rides. I still work; so, I can't ride during the day on weekdays. When I start riding there is still daylight in Houston. Before the end of the ride it is dark. I use my MagicShine. I was heading home on the MUP and a couple of bicyclists yelled "Yowsa that is bright". I then noticed when I met some walkers they were covering their eyes.

The trail gets fairly dark, and there are fools using it without reflective clothing or lights. I can see them with my MagicShine. I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them. I also can see the potholes and avoid them.

RonH 12-24-10 08:55 AM

Where are the pics of the light and the "bright" surroundings? ;)

Monoborracho 12-24-10 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by gtragitt (Post 11977767)
I don't want to give up my afternoon rides. I still work; so, I can't ride during the day on weekdays. When I start riding there is still daylight in Houston. Before the end of the ride it is dark. I use my MagicShine. I was heading home on the MUP and a couple of bicyclists yelled "Yowsa that is bright". I then noticed when I met some walkers they were covering their eyes.

The trail gets fairly dark, and there are Darwin Award Candidates using it without reflective clothing or lights. I can see them with my MagicShine. I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them. I also can see the potholes and avoid them.

fixed it for you

rumrunn6 12-24-10 09:16 AM

magicshines rule. I point mine downward somewhat so as not to be right in peoples eyes while still providing the illumination I need

Phil85207 12-24-10 09:20 AM

I need to be careful not to blind oncoming traffic as I have had cars flash there light at me on more than one occasion even on the low setting. I have two lights, one on the helmet and one on the bars. I need to be careful not to look at an on coming vehicle too. They are awesome lights.

stapfam 12-24-10 10:05 AM

I have a Lamp that is bright enough for 35mph offroad so it is bright and it has 3 settings on Brightness of the beam. On the road I rarely use the Bright setting as it only allows about 2 1/2 hours but it is great when I can use it. Shows everything ---except for those beasties just at the edge of the beam. For that reason I have a helmet lamp that looks round corners for me instead of just where the bike is pointing.

That "Second" lamp is a godsend.

JimF22003 12-25-10 05:26 AM

I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far.

But it's too bright to be shining into people's eyes on the MUP. I always leave it on the lowest steady light setting, and that's plenty. If there's not much ambient light, and I meet an oncoming rider I will dim the light by partially blocking it with a couple of fingers.

I've been nearly blinded by an oncoming bright light, so I don't want to do it to anybody else.

gtragitt 12-25-10 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by JimF22003 (Post 11981037)
I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far.

But it's too bright to be shining into people's eyes on the MUP. I always leave it on the lowest steady light setting, and that's plenty. If there's not much ambient light, and I meet an oncoming rider I will dim the light by partially blocking it with a couple of fingers.

I've been nearly blinded by an oncoming bright light, so I don't want to do it to anybody else.

I think your only concern with the battery will be during recharge. You might consider recharging it outside. The ballistic nylon case may also minimize damage from an explosion.

I bought a newer style battery with the volt meter. The battery that came with the light head last September is still working fine.

I like your idea of using a couple of fingers to block some of the light.

t4mv 12-25-10 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by JimF22003 (Post 11981037)
I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far...

You (magicshine) guys know there's a recall on the battery pack, right?

http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=recall

gtragitt 12-26-10 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by t4mv (Post 11983715)
You (magicshine) guys know there's a recall on the battery pack, right?

http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=recall

That is why I have the new type battery. GeoManGear hasn't provided info on replacing my older battery although it still functions well. The new battery will provide 4+ hrs of continuous high output headlight service in conjunction with my tail light connected with a "Y" connector.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_1342wt_1139

Bob Ross 12-26-10 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by gtragitt (Post 11977767)
I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them.

I have a Niterider MiNewt Dual on my #2 bike, and that thing is so bright you could signal a 747 with it. About a month ago was riding at 6:00AM in total darkness and a guy on motorcycle coming the opposite direction yelled "Yes I can see you!" as he passed.

Agree, better to blind folks than to not see (or be seen by) them.

gear 12-26-10 12:55 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about blinding drivers with your bicycle lights. Oncoming automobiles have a pair of lights averaging between 2000 and 4000 lumens each, if a driver can put up with that your sub 1000 lumen lights won't do much harm.


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