Long Live Long Rides
Join Date: Apr 2004
Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.
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Newspaperguy, the question you ask is a good one. You will find many answers. Some may not make sense to you because only you know what you mean you you say 'a good light for touring'.
What it means to me may be different. For example: When I tour, I love to ride at night. 3-4 hours in the darkness is awesome.....for me. So a 2 hr run-time won't work for me. I use an old Union 3 Watt, 6 volt Halogen light and a 6 volt, 5 Ahr gel cell battery. My battery is heavy and needs to be recharged. Therefore I carry a charger. I always find a place to plug in.
You will find many light combinations to read about. From there, try to decide what you need (bright 'to-be-seen' light, long run-time light, light to see by, generator + light, etc).
These questions will help determine what will work best for you. There are MANY excellent choices out there. Some expensive, some not. And, as you know, this forum is the BEST place to get help!
Best of luck on your search! Feel free to post often!