I just picked up a new light I think might be of interest to the folks in this community, the Light and Motion Urban 550. Billed as a commuter light in the company's product line I found the light perfect for long distance cycling.
Primary advantages for me:
- Three burn levels: 550, 400, 200
- Run time at each level: 1:30, 3:00, 6:00
- Light weight 112 grams
- Compact design: smaller than my 2 AAA Planet Bike light
- Micro USB charger with on board battery
The USB is the deal clincher for me. I am able to use two existing USB battery packs from APC (12oz). Each battery will come close to recharging the light; that's a lot of run time.
I used the light this past weekend for the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double and it worked really well. For this ride I used the light in 200 low mode the entire time and found the output enough even for 20ish mph descents. I got the 550 because I do a fair bit of night mountain bike riding. If I wanted the light only for road riding the 400 would be plenty and would save ~$30.
That's it, I just wanted to pass along my thoughts for those in the market for a new light. I wouldn't have normally considered the light if it were not for the recommendation of a fellow biker and co-worker. He used his for the 508 a few weeks ago.
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