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    Of these lights which one would you guys/gals suggest?

    Cateye EL400
    Cateye EL300
    PLanet Bike Super Spot 1 Watt

    I already have a good front light, but Nashbar doesnt carry it anymore

    Thanks in advance
    -Matt

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    planet bike because it looks most compact
    my friend has the el400 and it doesnt mount securely

    unless you are buying a 200$+ HID system, these lights wont be adequate for lighting the road.. .what they are good for is announicng your presence.. so i opted for tiny planet bike blinkers

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfooj
    unless you are buying a 200$+ HID system, these lights wont be adequate for lighting the road.. .what they are good for is announicng your presence.. so i opted for tiny planet bike blinkers
    Ya i know. The roads I ride on are not like pitch black, no lights. It's usually on a main boulevard or just through the neighborhood.

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    I have an EL300 on my bars and a Planet Bike Super Spot at the bottom of my left fork. This is adequate for 12 mph night time riding either on totally dark paths or with street lighting. It isnt enough for intermittent street lighting because my eyes dont adjust fast enough to the changing light levels. I dont find much difference between the output of the 2 lights, although the Super Spot may have a slightlyt wider spread of light, so buy according to price.

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    Depends what you want to do with said lights. Just to be seen? Or a light to see?
    If latter, forget about those.

    Other questions, rural, or lit roads?

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    I've had a number of the EL300 models. Seems like good light for the money (I ride in the dark at least half the time - however, I'm rarely in pitch dark).

    One big problem is that the mounting device keeps braking the connector on the light. It will chip off at one end on one side, then the other side, then the other end starts to go. You end up with a little section in the middle that you hope won't break too. Fortunately, my LBS kept replacing them for me. I eventually got a more expensive (and slightly brighter) EL500. It has exactly the same mounting system, but so far it has never broken. I assume this has to do with how everything balances - maybe creating less stress.

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    These are be seen lights...I'd recommend a light that you can actually see stuff with.
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    Since you've already got a headlight, I would get the el-400 and mount it on the helmet (possible according to the cateye site). Useful, for pointing it in drivers eyes at intersections if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    These are be seen lights...I'd recommend a light that you can actually see stuff with.
    Yes, I know that, as I stated earlier. I am never on a completely pitch black road. The only time I ride at night is coming home from a friends house a few miles away, or coming home from the gym, just down the boulevard. I'm not going to fork over 100+ dollars for a light I will rarely need the power of. My income is $23/month, and im not old enough to get a job yet.

    And what is the point of saying something that has been stated by 3 other people in the therad. I got the point. There's no point in restating what other poeple have said.

    And I ordered the PLanet Bike one just a little while ago.

    Thanks guys
    -Matt
    Last edited by MattP.; 06-14-05 at 06:56 PM.

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    have you considered the cygolite nightrover? It's like 16 watts and can be had for like 50 dollars...just an idea.
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