Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Bike light.

Old 11-14-05, 03:22 PM
  #1  
ledsocc13
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bike light.

Have any of you ever used the Cateye HL-EL300, Cateye HL-EL510, or Priceton Tec Corna bike lights? If so, can you share your opinions with me?
ledsocc13 is offline  
Old 11-14-05, 03:54 PM
  #2  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,535

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 990 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 10 Posts
Search the forums for the "light selection guide" thread. The first post has a chart with lots of information linked to it. It also has comparison photos of beams in the dark.
There is a enough information there so you can compare one kind of light to another pretty well. The amount of info there is surprising.
2manybikes is online now  
Old 11-15-05, 09:54 AM
  #3  
Gonzo Bob
cycles per second
 
Gonzo Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,790

Bikes: Vitus Aluminum, DiamondBack Apex, Softride Powerwing 700, "Generic" Ishiwata 022, Trek OCLV 110

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a Cateye EL300. I bought it a few years ago for brevet riding where a long run time is needed. It works fine for that - dark country roads where you don't need a lot of light. Even so, I supplemented with a 2.4W halogen for descents and corners. It is probably also insufficient for rainy conditions.

For commuting, I use a NiteHawk Emitter 1W LED with the Cateye EL300 as back-up/supplemental.
Gonzo Bob is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 08:40 PM
  #4  
rideabike
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 290
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have the Cateye HL-EL510. It's good for being seen and for avoiding large objects that block your path. If you try riding very fast with it in a dark, unfamilar area, you risk hitting things in the road, like potholes, debris, etc. I use it in an urban area that has streetlights and it works for me.
rideabike is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 09:11 PM
  #5  
rmwun54
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I use two EL-300 and I like them. I have one spotting in front and then one slightly further out. I ride at night in the streets so I have found them helpful in seeing and being seen.
rmwun54 is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 09:27 PM
  #6  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The Cateye EL300 is much more visible from the side than the EL500, which projects a bright beam about 3x farther but its very narrow..
slvoid is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 09:51 PM
  #7  
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 24,365

Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by slvoid
The Cateye EL300 is much more visible from the side than the EL500, which projects a bright beam about 3x farther but its very narrow..
I'll second that, used to run them both side by side till I replaced the 300 with a Vega recently. Good point about the side visibility...I am not 100% sure I replaced the right Cateye.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 09:59 PM
  #8  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by chipcom
I'll second that, used to run them both side by side till I replaced the 300 with a Vega recently. Good point about the side visibility...I am not 100% sure I replaced the right Cateye.
Heh, how's the side visibility on the vega?
Most LED lamps seem to rely on reflectors to really focus a cone of light to throw it far but you lose a lot of side to side, that's one thing I liked about the EL200 was that it was more than twice as visible sideways than my EL500, which would've been really visible had cateye ripped the stupid primary reflector out that shapes the beam like the bat signal.
slvoid is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 10:58 PM
  #9  
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 24,365

Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by slvoid
Heh, how's the side visibility on the vega?
Most LED lamps seem to rely on reflectors to really focus a cone of light to throw it far but you lose a lot of side to side, that's one thing I liked about the EL200 was that it was more than twice as visible sideways than my EL500, which would've been really visible had cateye ripped the stupid primary reflector out that shapes the beam like the bat signal.
Not much to the side on the Vega, but that isn't what I got it for...I wanted a little more light down yonder deer infested parkway. It does have a surprisingly wide beam for such a little lense though. My EL300 has the white casing...making it even more visible from the side, but I had to put duct tape over the top to keep it from interfering with my night vision.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
ParkingTheBus
Bicycle Mechanics
2
01-15-13 09:17 PM
Lizzylou
Bicycle Mechanics
3
07-05-10 10:51 PM
OlShrimpEyes
Utility Cycling
4
10-09-08 12:45 PM
mude
BMX
21
03-02-07 02:08 PM
amnomad
Bicycle Mechanics
2
12-19-06 07:21 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.