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Old 09-19-05, 03:27 AM
Daily Commute
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Sounds like you have a smart plan. I always say that if you ride a lot at night, get the best lighting system you can afford. That means, don't spend the rent money.

I use a 10w halogen as a backup for when the low-battery light on my HID comes on. With a 10w, you may have to slow down a bit from your daytime riding, but it is adequate for your purpose. You will definitely notice an improvement over your current setup.

As to the setup, try to avoid lead-acid batteries. They don't last long at all. You should be able to get an NIMh battery, or at least an NiCad in your budget. You also need to decide if you can give the weight and bulk to a waterbottle battery. Finally, look at the charger. "Smart chargers" are best because they don't overcharge.

Good luck in trying to fit it all into your budget. Now, I have to stop typing so I can get on the road while it's still dark.
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