Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by Adiankur
I havent been riding too long, and only have a fairly small light on my bike. I stick mainly to trails and such, but as it gets darker, Im concerned about having little to no riding time during the week. i dont have a ton of cash, and $100 bucks is probably not available for lights at the current time as I need to buy other stuff as it gets cooler just be able to ride. How much light do I need on trails, and what should I be looking at? Lets be honest, if I have to start saving up money i will. Need some good advice.
Also, anyone try the Bontrager Revolt SS, semi slick tires?
Cant tell you the price of lights in the US but I have just spent a fortune on a front light for offroading. However--- Last year I used a System made By Smart and the model is BL201.
Twin 10 watt lamps and a rechargable battery. No way near the top units around but passable. web site for a retailer in the UK is below and you will find it under lighting- recghargable units....or it is on their front page of the web site tonight. This dealer has has it on sale at present and for the money it is a good lamp.
Two things you want for offroading- Power- which does not come cheap- and a longish battery life. AND a back up light if the main light fails.
I started last year with two Cateye battery lamps. One was the EL500 as a spot light and the other was the EL300 as a flood. In fact I did a 6 hour night ride with these two as Batteries are easily carried and changeable-- but I also did it with the most important lamp out of the lot. A helmet Lamp
Does not matter how good lights are on the bike- They only show where the bike is pointing. With a helmet lamp- you can see round corners- well nearly. Mine is a 3 range LED and a 1watt spot. It was used more than the battery cateyes and was better. It also comes in handy for map reading- doing repairs and finding out what that thing was just at the edge of the lights that is going to jump out and attack you. We don't have cougars in the UK but treees suddenly jump out in front of you.
I did make a mistake last year aswell and bought a Cheap rechargable Knight rider system- a 5w spot and 5w flood For offroad they were useless but I now use thenm on the road bike on my training runs.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.