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Old 11-14-18, 02:24 AM
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Question: aesthetic opinion

Wich option do you like more?
A: Keep the handlebar light (Classic)
B: Keep the fork light (Unique)
C: Keep Both of them (Stylish)

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I'd keep the handlebar light. Plus, the fork light will be blocked on one side by the tire due to the position, and won't fully light the road ahead, anyway.
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While I like the look of a headlight right under the handlebar, they usually have pretty dodgy hardware, exposed wiring, and other issues that detract from the aesthetics. Functionally they are pretty marginal. . Still, my inclination would be to keep the handlebar light (try to upgrade it so it gives adequate light) and lose the fork light.

Is there a tail light on the rear fender? What powers the headset light? How bad is the wiring?

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Were it not an aesthetics question I'd say it depends on where you ride. On the stretches of my commute on a dark bikeway two kinds of other cyclists can be dangerous: Those with no light at all who can't be seen, those with lights perched atop the handlebar so as to shine directly into the eyes of oncoming cyclists. Lights lower down put more light on the road and are friendlier to others.
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Both images show it below the handlebar, and I would leave it there, per jimmuller. Be aware that I am a functionalist, rather than an aestheticsist.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Were it not an aesthetics question I'd say it depends on where you ride. On the stretches of my commute on a dark bikeway two kinds of other cyclists can be dangerous: Those with no light at all who can't be seen, those with lights perched atop the handlebar so as to shine directly into the eyes of oncoming cyclists. Lights lower down put more light on the road and are friendlier to others.
It's the angle of the light, not the position, that blinds. A low-mounted light pointed too high will blind oncomong traffic worse than a high-mounted light pointed toward the pavement. Think of high-beam vs. low-beam headlights on motor vehicles. "High" and "low" refer to the direction of the beam.

To the OP - Which one puts more light on the road? Which one makes you more visible to others, without blinding them? Do both lights add to the total light output without being redundant?
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Old 11-14-18, 10:35 AM
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I'd say that the question sort of answers itself.... the aesthetics generally drive my choice. If the installation ends up looking nice, and isn't functionally hampered by the location, then I'd say that it is fine.

Personally, I like to keep the clutter away from the handlebars, so I've got a braze-on on the fork of my commuting bike for mounting a light. Previously, I'd used a fork clamp mount, but this tended to collect dirt and had a risk of damaging the paint.

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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
It's the angle of the light, not the position, that blinds.
Well of course. But many night riders I encounter seem unaware of the angle and point the light straight ahead for maximum downfield penetration. A straight-ahead light near eye level is far more blinding than one with the same angle at knee level. And many lights scatter their photons rather uncontrollably even if they do have a bright central spot. (My battery-powered light is like that.) So pointing it down doesn't help as much as one might think.
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Thanks everyone for sharing a lot of opinion. I decided to keep the handlebar one since seems more "appropiate" for this kind of bike.
Now the problem is on the tail light since for some reason won't turn on even with the new cable.... and speaking of the witch how i can hide more as possible the cable?
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Many wiring issues have grounds that are not complete or have high resistance. If you have a DDM or equivalent, check the continuity between the first ground point at the generator and the base of the light. If it is open, then you know to look for the break

Dressing the wiring is often a challenge. Just do the best you can with a route that is the shortest.
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Originally Posted by CrowSeph View Post
Thanks everyone for sharing a lot of opinion. I decided to keep the handlebar one since seems more "appropiate" for this kind of bike.
Now the problem is on the tail light since for some reason won't turn on even with the new cable.... and speaking of the witch how i can hide more as possible the cable?
Don't worry about your English!

But to help with your bike, and the lights, we would need more photos. It looks like a very nice bike.
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