My wife, Michelle, and I rode the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century yesterday. During our past double centuries, we've always been lucky enough to begin and to end in minimal darkness, so we've always relied on bare bones, inexpensive headlights and taillights. But yesterday we spent the entire first hour-and-a-half of the ride and the final couple of hours in complete darkness and felt negligently ill-equipped. So I'm going to pony up the money for a couple of good lighting systems, but I want to know what other people prefer. As of now, I'm leaning towards the Nite Rider Trinewt. I figure it will work well with a simpler helmet light and taillight to provide optimal lighting. Also, it has a long burn life. Any other suggestions? Any input is much appreciated.
FYI, the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double proved great. It was our first ride with the Fresno Cycling Club, and they absolutely rocked. The course was beautiful. The volunteers were the most enthusiastic we've ever encountered, including those at the Terrible Two, many Planet Ultra events, the Mt. Tam Double and the Grand Tour. Don't get me wrong, all volunteers rock! I love every last person who sets aside their weekend to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and to hand out Cytomax to cyclists along deserted roads, but Fresno Cycling Club's volunteers had an extra level of enthusiasm. They really went the distance, which made riding the distance all the more fun for us. Thanks!
Luckily, as overcast and gloomy as it was most of the day, it never rained. And we saw lots of tarantulas on the roads. I never knew tarantulas lived in the Sierras. What a blast.
Thanks in advance for any input on lighting systems.