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Old 09-06-09, 04:02 AM
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time to make the donuts

Labor Day is a great day for commuters to change the batteries in their bike lights.

Ride on.

And be seen.

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Old 09-06-09, 04:16 AM
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But I thought the challenge was to see how long you could go without changing the batteries. If the cars can't see you, maybe they're not looking hard enough.

Thanks for reminding me. The mornings and evenings are starting to get darker. Even in the summer, I've kept my lights in my bag in case I come home really late, but I haven't bothered to test them lately.

I don't look forward to riding in the dark again, and fussing with all of the lights, extra clothing and so on. But I do look forward to riding in the fall air.
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Old 09-06-09, 05:12 AM
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I use rechargeable batteries. I start work at 7am, so it is dark during my morning commute. I also use the lights in fog and on overcast days.
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Old 09-06-09, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by cmburch View Post
I use rechargeable batteries. I start work at 7am, so it is dark during my morning commute. I also use the lights in fog and on overcast days.
Lately it's been overcast and cloudy/foggy here, too. I also ride with lights on during the day...especially in heavy traffic.

Great idea.

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I've been riding in the dark for a month now. School in Michigan starts after Labor Day, so I make sure to shift my schedule to where I'm already at work by the time the school traffic starts. These days I'm getting up at 5AM and to work by 6.

My batteries are mostly rechargable. The Magicshine P7 has LiIon, the Dinotte taillight uses AA NiMHs; I charge them both twice a week (I can't quite make a week, and it's better for the batteries to not run them dead anyway). The PBSF on my helmet I do put alkalines into. It lasts so long on a set of batteries that I don't even really know how long it runs. I just check it every 3 or 4 months, and put new batteries in when the old ones are getting dead (according to my battery tester). Even then the light is still working fine, though it does dim down a bit.
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Old 09-06-09, 09:06 AM
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I carry spares for my 3 battery-powered lights with me on the commute. If one light starts going down, I'll notice and replace. Also have front and rear hub-powered lights, so I'm covered even if all batteries fail at once.
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Old 09-06-09, 02:45 PM
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I have to be at work at 6, so I'm on the road a little after 4 (to give me some time to change and decompress when I get there), so I always ride in the dark in the morning. Most of the way is r2t, with no other traffic at all, so often I don't use lights, as there is enough ambient light (reflected city lights off the cloud cover) to see the trail. A couple of weeks ago, though, I got distracted and ran into a center post, put there at driveway crossings to keep motorized vehicles off the trail. So now I've determined to run lights whether I think I need them or not, and to change batteries (except for rechargeables) once a month, whether I think they need it or not.
And my shoulder is healing nicely, thank you.
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I usually charge the batteries on my front lights about every other night (I like to switch between bikes). The rears all use alkalines except for the Ultrafire. However after changing the battery on my NR Cherrybomb either one of the kids at my job stole it, or it fell off while riding over the never ending construction. I guess I'll stick with my other 4 taillights until the replacement comes in.
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Old 09-06-09, 05:25 PM
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Havent had to change mine yet but I prolly should..I Got them on July 13 ..40 minutes a day..5 days a week..not including fun rides..If im on the bike the lights are on..
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Originally Posted by baldsue View Post
Labor Day is a great day for commuters to change the batteries in their bike lights.
I just wish some of them would buy lights. The Ninjas are starting to migrate in this area
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