Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Worcester, England, United Kingdom
Bikes: Ribble 531C/Shimano 600 (pre ultegra)
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Thank you for that kind offer and apologies for the delay.
I do Worcester to Evesham (a bit south of Birmingham), which has a surprisingly large number of small hills.
I have tried a number of cheap solutions, including two 50 plus LED lights and as you add LEDs you do get a brighter spot up to about 6 feet in front of you, which is fine up to about 15mph. Beyond this the LEDs don’t seem to have the power to penetrate any further.
As the dark is adding 10-15 minutes to my trip as I crawl up the hills at 10-12mph, but am too scared to take advantage of the 30-35mph descents that are normal during daylight, I got enthusiastic and went to my two LBS. Both were happy to suggest two Cateyes at £80 each, or £160 for the pair, but having just spent £220 on new wheels, tires and gears, and about to spend some more on warm leggings, this commuting lark just seems like a never ending spend :-(.
“No, I think that's just a good deal. Surely rechargeable would be the way to go though?”
Not sure, if the light is truly set up for non rechargeable batteries, which are typically 1.6V (AA/AAA) then the 1.2V of NiMh may result in a dimmer light.