Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: OC, California
Bikes: '04 Specialized Stumpy FSR Pro (Frame and Shock Only)
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I ride at night and, as a matter of fact, will be going for a night ride tonight. I've also done a 24 hour race (Idyllwild, CA).
For the race I had a cheap pair of duallies that worked well for the race but the mounting system sucked (two mounts that needed a screw driver and rubber spacers to work) and the stupid wire would come out whenever things got bumpy (imagine going down a semi-technical singletrack and having your light suddenly go buh-bye...not fun at all) so I got rid of them and bought my current lighting system, the Nightrider Flamethrower (handlebar mounted HID system with LED backup).
The Nightrider system is absolutely great with a longer battery life, incredible lighting capability and more than enough settings to take care of pretty much any situation however, it does have one major drawback: price. They retail for $400+ so not everyone can afford one. If you're on a budget, you can definitely find some $100 light systems that will work just fine.
As for night riding itself, it is a whole different discipline than riding during the day. In some ways it's actually more fun but it requires a lot more attention to detail and you have to really keep an eye on what's going on ahead of you as you can't see as far up the trail as you can under normal conditions. All in all though, it's really something every mountain-biker needs to do once-in-a-while.
Last edited by CranxOC; 06-28-05 at 04:25 PM.