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    Battery Light recommendation?

    I'm looking for a backup battery operated headlight that can also be quick disconnected to help me fix a flat in the dark. I need a backup headlight more than a helmet mounted light.
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    Nobody? Nothing?? really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairy Hands View Post
    Nobody? Nothing?? really?
    I, for one, didn't respond because I was a little confused by your question.

    Typically, a helmet mounted light is exactly what is most useful for dealing with mechanicals, fixing flats, etc.

    A light mounted on the bike is typically only for seeing the road when riding. De-mounting it and trying to hold it with one hand while fixing a flat with another seems impractical.

    I'd recommend that you just buy a cheap leadlamp (try the camping section of a Target, Walmart, etc.), andif you don't want it to be on your helmet all the time, just keep it handy in a bag for when you need it.

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    fixing a flat in the dark is a nightmare unless you have a helmet light or your friends have battery powered headlights to shine on your tire changing efforts. Unless you only ride in the summer and 300k and less, then you probably should have a helmet light for navigation. Of course, my view of this is colored by the fact that I navigate by the cue sheet positioning system, CSPS.

    Steamer and I have only ridden together in the dark once as far as I remember, and as I recall, I'm on my own for lighting during flat changes.

    I have a couple of Princeton Tec headlights. I use the EOS as a helmet light, but it also attaches to the handlebars. I use a "Push" as my backup handlebar light. I had to use the Push to read my cue sheet with last Sunday, my EOS has started eating batteries. Fortunately, it was right at the end of a 200k, so I only had to stop once. The nice thing about these lights is that they use AAA batteries so you can buy a new charge at any convenience store

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    I carry a cheap LED tactical flashlight that I bought at my local hardware store as a backup headlight and roadside repair light. It lives in my handlebar bag. I don't remember the brand or model, but there are tons of them out there for under $20 that will do the job. I figured out a cheesy McGiver-ish way to mount it on my handlebars with a couple of big rubber bands. It's crude but it works. I've never actually needed it, but I've tested it enough to know it will get me home if the need ever arises. If you're less of a cheapskate than I am, I'm pretty sure you can find purpose-built mounting brackets to mount it on your handlebars more securely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    Steamer and I have only ridden together in the dark once as far as I remember, and as I recall, I'm on my own for lighting during flat changes.
    Did I say that!? Naw, I'd gladly wait while you fumbled around in the dark trying to fix a flat. I wouldn't miss it, in fact. That stuff is comedic gold

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    If you wanted real comedy gold you should have let me try to put on my reflective gear while I was still riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    If you wanted real comedy gold you should have let me try to put on my reflective gear while I was still riding
    Heh. It certainly didn't look safe to do so. Paranoia overcame my desire to chuckle.

    Back to the topic at hand....I really like this silly light. It super light, cheap, and easy to turn on/off, even with gloved hands.

    http://www.energizer.com/flashlights...headlight.aspx

    It's worthless as a way to see the road but I don't use it for that. Its perfect for cue sheet / bike computer / bag searching / roadside repair. A helmet light used for those tasks that is too powerful messes up your night vision too much (it seems).

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    This is awesomely bright (better than many primary lights, uses 3 AAAs and is fairly cheap. http://dx.com/p/ultrafire-sh-3aa-cre...x-26650-124061 I mount it with this http://dx.com/p/convenient-tie-on-si...ed-color-24369 which is shockingly cheap, simple and very effective, especially if you hang light below handlebar instead of above. Another light I like, but uses rechargeable 18650 batteries is here, http://dx.com/p/ultrafire-kf-t60-ha-...-x-18650-57003 but the requirement to use special batteries makes this one less ideal for rando...

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    I tend to be a bit of a flashlight snob so I cringe when I see posts on this forum recommending flashlights. Zebralight flashlights immediately come to mind after reading your question. They are very good quality and most can be easily mounted to a headband for hands-free use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcmkk3 View Post
    I tend to be a bit of a flashlight snob so I cringe when I see posts on this forum recommending flashlights. Zebralight flashlights immediately come to mind after reading your question. They are very good quality and most can be easily mounted to a headband for hands-free use.
    Hey, I did get the small zebra light in your recommendation. It is not nearly as bright as what I am using but still an amazingly bright light for a single AA battery! Absolutely tiny and weighs next to nothing. I will bring it as a backup. Pricey though but amazin for its size.

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    Well, I just bought this other light based on a recommendation from another BF post and I can attest that this light is twice as bright and nearly half the price at $32.00. Just be sure to buy rechargeable 14500 cells instead of AAs. This has a better beam pattern for biking too. Now that I own both the Zebra and the Xeno, I say the Xeno wins hands down.

    http://edcplus.com/black-xeno-e03-wi...e-t4-p-16.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairy hands
    Nobody? Nothing?? really?

    Sorry, I should have responded.

    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I have a couple of Princeton Tec headlights. I use the EOS as a helmet light, but it also attaches to the handlebars.
    I too like the Princeton Tec 1W bike light for a backup bike headlamp.

    Flashes for added daytime conspicuity. Inexpensive. Adequate 1w backup light for whitelining it on flat terrain at night. Comes with a headlamp strap attachment that can be carried or perhaps zip tied to your helmet for quick switchovers. Me, i just keep the bracket with an elastic sweatband in my kit.

    My only wish is it were less rectangular in shape, but that's to accomodate it being a headlamp as well as a bike light.

    Princton Tec EOS bike light system. I'd bet they have a 2W, maybe even 3W version by now.
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    Planet Bike has a super flash in 2 versions 1 wired to a hub dynamo, with an inline plug, and a battery one..
    both remove with the same QR clip, easily..

    UK has the same stuff , Importer changed the name.

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