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Old 10-10-20, 09:37 PM
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Which Head Lamp ... ?

I need to replace my head lamp that I wear under my helmet. What would you recommend ? I'm hoping that I can find a very strong light that will actually let me see the road ahead of me to avoid obstacles. I have three other headlights for the cars to see me. I just need to be able to see the road in front of me.
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Old 10-10-20, 09:39 PM
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How do you get it ( under my helmet) ?
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under your helmet? I recently got a gloworm alpha. It is bright, lightweight, has good battery life, and comes with a gopro mount for helmet use. It's bright for on or off road, and has an external battery that can be strapped to your bike or tossed in a backpack.
https://www.action-led-lights.com/co...men-bike-light
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Just to clarify, you are mounting this light to top of your helmet, yes?
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Old 10-13-20, 12:17 PM
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Never used one for bike riding, but, when hiking, I have found a bill cap with the light worn above the bill, preserves night vision and makes the light more effective
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When I use a head lamp on my helmet, I use one designed to clip onto the bill of a ball cap. It easily clips onto the otherwise useless visor of my helmet.
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Old 10-13-20, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by vja4Him View Post
I need to replace my head lamp that I wear under my helmet. What would you recommend ? I'm hoping that I can find a very strong light that will actually let me see the road ahead of me to avoid obstacles. I have three other headlights for the cars to see me. I just need to be able to see the road in front of me.
I have used a helmet mounted headlamp for over 25 years to supplement my handlebar mounted lights.

I use my current headlight not in terms of safety in being seen by cars but for myself to avoid road debris, pot holes and other obstacles that you might miss at night while on the road.

Originally I used my headlamp for off road and trail riding and for this type of riding my current set up -
Light & Motion Vis Pro Helmet Bike Light - which I find incredible on the road would not be bright enough as you really need to illuminate a dirt/off road bike path/trail so much more than a road. I used NightRider Lights for over 15 years, and while the pro versions are very expensive $300-500, they will certainly light up a trail and are extremely durable. When my last set died on me I downgraded to the Light & Motion model I am currently using.

NightRider does produce commuting lights but I haven't been as impressed by these versions as with their Pro models (or the original light I purchased from them in 1993). However the Pro models can easily blind car drivers or other commuting cyclists on the road or heavily used paths.
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Old 10-13-20, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by CycleCommuter View Post
I have used a helmet mounted headlamp for over 25 years to supplement my handlebar mounted lights.

I use my current headlight not in terms of safety in being seen by cars but for myself to avoid road debris, pot holes and other obstacles that you might miss at night while on the road.

Originally I used my headlamp for off road and trail riding and for this type of riding my current set up -
Light & Motion Vis Pro Helmet Bike Light - which I find incredible on the road would not be bright enough as you really need to illuminate a dirt/off road bike path/trail so much more than a road. I used NightRider Lights for over 15 years, and while the pro versions are very expensive $300-500, they will certainly light up a trail and are extremely durable. When my last set died on me I downgraded to the Light & Motion model I am currently using.

NightRider does produce commuting lights but I haven't been as impressed by these versions as with their Pro models (or the original light I purchased from them in 1993). However the Pro models can easily blind car drivers or other commuting cyclists on the road or heavily used paths.
When cars are approaching, I turn my head away slightly, so as not to blind the drivers.
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Originally Posted by rogerm3d View Post
under your helmet? I recently got a gloworm alpha. It is bright, lightweight, has good battery life, and comes with a gopro mount for helmet use. It's bright for on or off road, and has an external battery that can be strapped to your bike or tossed in a backpack.
https://www.action-led-lights.com/co...men-bike-light
Interesting. I've been dealing with Action LED for a long, long time. I've bought several MagicShine lights from them. Dropped one on a tile floor but still have three 808 lightheads going. Gemini battery packs. I just went to their site and they have no MagicShine lights in stock. If I were buying again maybe I'd try Gemini lights too. Hope you enjoy your light. It's more than I would want to spend, but I just thought the double endorsement of Action LED might give the o.p. a double incentive to go look at what they have available. I have both helmet mounts and headstraps and the MagicShines are real handy around the house for finding things under furniture or doing repairs in the garage. Good stuff.
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Originally Posted by vja4Him View Post
When cars are approaching, I turn my head away slightly, so as not to blind the drivers.
I do the same and this is a distinct advantage over handlebar or other frame mounted light systems. While I like to make sure that I can drop the angle of my handlebar mounted light if possible when passing another cyclist, nothing is easier than turning your head slightly with a helmet mounted light.
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
Interesting. I've been dealing with Action LED for a long, long time. I've bought several MagicShine lights from them. Dropped one on a tile floor but still have three 808 lightheads going. Gemini battery packs. I just went to their site and they have no MagicShine lights in stock. If I were buying again maybe I'd try Gemini lights too. Hope you enjoy your light. It's more than I would want to spend, but I just thought the double endorsement of Action LED might give the o.p. a double incentive to go look at what they have available. I have both helmet mounts and headstraps and the MagicShines are real handy around the house for finding things under furniture or doing repairs in the garage. Good stuff.
Magicshine is now direct-to-consumer.

I'm currently running both Gemini and Magicshine lights. Both are quality lights.

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Old 10-17-20, 07:51 PM
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I'm not into headlamps, I do wear a light on top of my helmet but not under it, runners and hikers usually wear headlamps which I don't do either of those two things. While there probably other choices the ones I saw was the Lupine Neo X2 SmartCore that puts out 900 lumens but is rather pricey; or for less money the Silva Trail Speed 4XT; or the Light & Motion Vis Pro Adventure; or the lightest option is the Princeton Tec Axis but it puts out 450 lumens which is less than the above ones, but it weighs only 76 grams.
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I'm not into headlamps, I do wear a light on top of my helmet but not under it, runners and hikers usually wear headlamps which I don't do either of those two things.
...and mountain bikers have been running head lamps for decades. They aren't just a runner and hiker thing.
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...and mountain bikers have been running head lamps for decades. They aren't just a runner and hiker thing.
All the mountain bikers I've seen in Calif and here in Indiana all wear their lights on their helmet, not on the head, like the below pictures.





Even if you google mountain bike lights they either show bar mounted or helmeted mounted lights, not one headlamp comes up.

Of course, I live in America, maybe in some other countries, they wear headlamps.
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