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Old 10-22-06, 10:59 AM   #1
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Searching for a fashionable blinkie

A long while back on FFG I saw a bike with a pair of headlights that were mounted on either side of the stem clamp. They looked kind of like this one pictured, but had a smoother, more streamlined case. Anybody here know what I'm talking about? I've searched long and hard, but can't find them again.
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Post over in commuting, those guys know lights like people here know hubs.
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Old 10-22-06, 11:07 AM   #3
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www.knogusa.com has some cool ones
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Old 10-22-06, 11:09 AM   #4
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I figured there would be more fashion and style conscious people in this forum considering all the posts I've read about finding chartruse toestraps that will match that special NJS seatpost binder.
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Not h8n, somebody here might know, just saying try over there too, that's where the light nuts are.
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If it helps, that whitelite is nice. You can take it on/off completely in seconds (no ugly mount) and it's fairly bright. I've been looking for something similar for my rear.
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Not h8n, somebody here might know, just saying try over there too, that's where the light nuts are.
I put a post over in commuting as well, thanks.
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A long while back on FFG I saw a bike with a pair of headlights that were mounted on either side of the stem clamp. They looked kind of like this one pictured, but had a smoother, more streamlined case. Anybody here know what I'm talking about? I've searched long and hard, but can't find them again.

those are Topeak WhiteLites, convenient mounting, plenty of be-seen-light, pretty cheap ($8-12 each) and readily available online and perhaps at your LBS.
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If it helps, that whitelite is nice. You can take it on/off completely in seconds (no ugly mount) and it's fairly bright. I've been looking for something similar for my rear.
It is nicer than most, but it doesn't quite look right for my 30+ year old lugged Italian frame. Also, I want a light I can just leave on the bars. If memory serves me, the one I'm looking for had a plastic band that bolted into the main body giving it a pretty seamless appearance.
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I think you may be referencing the Sigma line of headlights which use a ratcheting clamp:



Now, this light is used strictly to be seen and not really to see with. In a pitch black commute, I'd suggest a generator light (would require a specific hub and light combination) or something that uses a battery pack (Marwi makes a decent self-contained one for those looking to save weight).
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The ultimate in fashion:

http://www.niterider.com/prod_moab.shtml

This thing is blindingly stylish and prohibitively expensive enough that even the njs crowd can dig it.
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Not quite. Here's is what it looked like from the side.
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The ultimate in fashion:

http://www.niterider.com/prod_moab.shtml

This thing is blindingly stylish and prohibitively expensive enough that even the njs crowd can dig it.
Ha! So many cables!
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Hey, if I had 650 bones to spend on something ridiculous, I'd buy that. Not like that's going to happen any time soon though.

edit: and you only use 1 of those cables when it's on the bike. It has a long one for helmet mount and a short one for bar mount.
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Not exactly what I think you're looking for but it's decent... it has 5 leds to the topeaks' 3...




http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...HP_CYCLING_TOC
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The ultimate in fashion:

http://www.niterider.com/prod_moab.shtml

This thing is blindingly stylish and prohibitively expensive enough that even the njs crowd can dig it.
I just won a Niterider FireStorm. The thing is fscking ridiculous-bright and makes riding trails at night fun. At least until the deer get curious and run over to check you out, then it's kinda scary 'cause deer are kinda big at this time of the year.

I've also had on-coming cars bright me while using this thing...
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I think you may be referencing the Sigma line of headlights which use a ratcheting clamp:



Now, this light is used strictly to be seen and not really to see with. In a pitch black commute, I'd suggest a generator light (would require a specific hub and light combination) or something that uses a battery pack (Marwi makes a decent self-contained one for those looking to save weight).
That definitley is not fashionable.
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If it helps, that whitelite is nice. You can take it on/off completely in seconds (no ugly mount) and it's fairly bright. I've been looking for something similar for my rear.
This topeak redlite is a really small taillight. Uses 2 coin batteries and lasts a long time on blinking mode. Attaches with an o-ring.
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those are Topeak WhiteLites, convenient mounting, plenty of be-seen-light, pretty cheap ($8-12 each) and readily available online and perhaps at your LBS.
yup got one of those. be-seen-light is the key phrase here. They don't actually light up the road much at all. In town they're fine though.
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yup got one of those. be-seen-light is the key phrase here. They don't actually light up the road much at all. In town they're fine though.
I agree under street lights, they don't light up the road much at all, but I was pleasantly surprised the other morning when I got out onto unlit sections of road to discover that in full darkness they shed a very useful light. I don't feel the need for light to see by under streetlights. SO the brightness of the Topeak Whitelite is about perfect for a small portable. Mostly a "be seen light" but useful in a pinch. For a daily commute along unlit roads I'd probably want something brighter, but I would still use the Whitelite as an additional blinky to supplement my conspicuity. On the open road in the dark I'm much more concerned with being seen than I am with seeing where I'm going. At 5:30 in the morning that underly caffeinated zombie behind the wheel of that SUV hurtling by at 65 is much more likely to notice a blinking light than a solid one.
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^ my experience exactly. I like mine
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That definitley is not fashionable.
Yeah, but it's about as functional as an inexpensive light gets. Oh wait, who cares?
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My main complaint about most lights is the mounting bracket. This one by DiNotte is really nice and simple and it seems to address the problem of different sized tubing. But it is also $200!
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...Oh wait, who cares?
I like good design.
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The light I posted DEFINITELY addresses diameter variance. What if the rubber band breaks? Good luck picking it up off the road or finding a replacement band strong enough to hold it in place.

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Dude you totally missed my point. Design doesn't mean **** if it doesn't work nicely. **** this forum already...
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