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Old 07-26-12, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
+1. Spend the money and do it right...once. SON hub, E-delux headlight and B&M Toplight tailight. No batteries, no worries.
That is until you find out how much it'll cost to outfit 5 bikes like that....
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Old 07-26-12, 06:06 PM
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I was actually just playing around with the idea of building a new wheel with a generator hub for my commuter bike. Between the new wheel and a decently bright light, it was looking like it would be around $400.

I think I'll just keep plugging in my MiNewt 600 every night.
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Old 07-26-12, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I like my hub dynamo set up. LED Head and Tail lights, wired..
+1 Certainly the most convenient setup. No worries about batteries needing a charge or replacement. No noticeable drag while peddling.

As well, I find the lights bright enough.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
would happily plunk down $20 or so to get a better mount for it.
Saw this the other day. Seems to be what you are looking for.

http://www.amazon.com/NiteRider-Lumi...iterider+lmina
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Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
+1. Spend the money and do it right...once. SON hub, E-delux headlight and B&M Toplight tailight. No batteries, no worries.
...unless, of course, you have more then one bike. Seven bikes, seven wheels, and seven lights since the E-delux doesn't look like it comes with a quick release. I'll cut it back to 5 bikes because I don't really see using a couple of the bikes at night. At $178 each for the light, that's $890 for the lamps. With 2 disc brakes and 3 rim brakes that's $1340 for hubs and another $300 for rims and another $160 for spokes (I build them myself). That's $2690 which is a serious chunk of change. I, too, will keep charging batteries.

Additionally, even one SON hub, E-delux headlight and B&M Toplight is way over mysta02's $100 budget. Any hub based system is way over his budget and a bottle generator system is, well, just wrong.
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Old 07-27-12, 07:16 AM
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Bragi,

How has this light worked for you? The 500 was on my short list of lights this past spring, but they had some significant quality control issues & in the end, I decided to wait. with the fall coming up soon, i'm back on the market for a brighter light & this one would be nice, if they've worked through their issues.

Also, does it get really hot? That was an issue/offshoot from the design of the 500. Not a huge issue, as the other ligth I'm looking at (the MiNewt 600/650) also gets pretty hot.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

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I use this light from Light and Motion. It plugs into a cell phone charger. I like it, but it's kind of expensive:

http://www.lightandmotion.com/bike/urban550.html
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Old 07-27-12, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
A NiteRider Minewt 600 cordless is now on sale for $100 at my school's LBS (PDX.edu's Bike Hub). If I didn't have one already, I'd snap that up in a New York minute.

My belief is that you always go with the brightest (rechargeable) light you can afford as a primary light, and then have a battery powered backup as a fall back (oops, forgot to recharge or other problem) and you won't be the guy riding a bike with a firefly in a fireworks display kind of rider.
I second this. I have 2 of these, but there are bright enough that I only use both when riding in complete darkness (and even then, it's probably overkill). You can run them at 250,400 or 600 Lumens
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Originally Posted by bubbagrannygear View Post
Saw this the other day. Seems to be what you are looking for.

http://www.amazon.com/NiteRider-Lumi...iterider+lmina
Sweet! And right on budget too.

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Used my MagicShine for the first time last night. Jesus Mary and Joseph that thing is intense.
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
Used my MagicShine for the first time last night. Jesus Mary and Joseph that thing is intense.
Yep, that's what you need for the salmon you wrote about earlier.
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Yep, that's what you need for the salmon you wrote about earlier.
When I was testing it out in my apartment I accidentally shined it at my cat and he ran and hid under the bed.
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Old 07-27-12, 10:00 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Lezyne-Super-D.../dp/B0081BJJ1Q Lezyne Super Drive for the front
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042S56LE Exposure Flare for the back.
Exposure makes really nice lights for the front too but they can get pricey.
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Old 07-28-12, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
A NiteRider Minewt 600 cordless is now on sale for $100 at my school's LBS (PDX.edu's Bike Hub). If I didn't have one already, I'd snap that up in a New York minute.

My belief is that you always go with the brightest (rechargeable) light you can afford as a primary light, and then have a battery powered backup as a fall back (oops, forgot to recharge or other problem) and you won't be the guy riding a bike with a firefly in a fireworks display kind of rider.
Yeah, I've got the Niterider Mi-Newt 150 for 50.00 which is a good price for adequate lighting. The 600 is a much better light, but less run time.
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
When I was testing it out in my apartment I accidentally shined it at my cat and he ran and hid under the bed.
Mine are used to it now. Get used the people saying things like "I thought you were a motorcycle" when you use it too.
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That is until you find out how much it'll cost to outfit 5 bikes like that....
how many asses do you have to ride 5 bikes at the same time?

I commute on Just one..

in NYC whole different game .. team 'knicks' , sounds like brits say 'nick', for steal..

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Old 07-28-12, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
how many asses do you have to ride 5 bikes at the same time?

I commute on Just one..

in NYC whole different game .. team 'knicks' , sounds like brits say 'nick', for steal..

You only have one, but try moving the dynamo around when you swap bikes. It'll be a load of fun.
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
Used my MagicShine for the first time last night. Jesus Mary and Joseph that thing is intense.
Once you light up the road with a flamethrower, you never go back!
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
how many asses do you have to ride 5 bikes at the same time?

I commute on Just one..
But there are 5 workdays in a week and variety is the spice of life.
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
A NiteRider Minewt 600 cordless is now on sale for $100 at my school's LBS (PDX.edu's Bike Hub). If I didn't have one already, I'd snap that up in a New York minute.

My belief is that you always go with the brightest (rechargeable) light you can afford as a primary light, and then have a battery powered backup as a fall back (oops, forgot to recharge or other problem) and you won't be the guy riding a bike with a firefly in a fireworks display kind of rider.
I have two NiteRider 600s - awesome lights!
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I have two NiteRider 600s - awesome lights!
I'm sure they are. I have a NiteRider Classic. A considerable upgrade from the Ascent Commuter Pack I was using. I thought. I got it for $129.00 when LED's were starting to give halogen's a run for the money. On my first night trip with it our tandem struck a rock or something in the road and we went down taking out the quick release mount for the NiteRider. $30 bucks for a new mount. Got a MagicShine and it will be starting its 3rd season this Fall. I haven't looked back. NiteRiders are slick. No doubt. The on/off switch of a NiteRider is probably worth more than an entire MagicShine... but does an on/off switch light up the road? I'll put my trust in a cheaper light that puts lumens on the road from now on v.s. fancy name brand lights that offer slick design but mediocre output. The 2nd generation MagicShines are even cheaper and IMO there is just no justification now for not having ~500 real lumens minimum out of a bike light at high power. You can always use a lower power setting if you don't need it all.

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I've got the Serfas "True 250" and it's plenty bright (and long-lasting at submax levels). Over the $100 mark, but I feel it was a great purchase.
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head light only solution: Sanyo dynamo hub $50 +shipping. B&M Lyt plus $46 +shipping. +spokes +labor if reusing a rim. This is about as cheap as it gets for dynamo hub lighting. +spokes +labor if reusing a rim. The Sanyos were going for around $36 but it appears the price has gone up. There are cheaper lights like a Spanninga Micro, and also cheaper lights that do not have a standlight.

You don't have to put the most expensive solution on all your bikes. I have Sanyo, SON, and Sturmey Archer dynamo hubs. I have an Edelux and Spanninga lights. One can also upgrade incrementally if you have more than one bike. My nicer headlights and dynamo hubs gravitate to the nicer bikes as I upgrade. The lesser lights go on lesser bikes.

I like dynamo hubs for many reasons, mostly because they almost always work.
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
I'm sure they are. I have a NiteRider Classic. A considerable upgrade from the Ascent Commuter Pack I was using. I thought. I got it for $129.00 when LED's were starting to give halogen's a run for the money. On my first night trip with it our tandem struck a rock or something in the road and we went down taking out the quick release mount for the NiteRider. $30 bucks for a new mount. Got a MagicShine and it will be starting its 3rd season this Fall. I haven't looked back. NiteRiders are slick. No doubt. The on/off switch of a NiteRider is probably worth more than an entire MagicShine... but does an on/off switch light up the road? I'll put my trust in a cheaper light that puts lumens on the road from now on v.s. fancy name brand lights that offer slick design but mediocre output. The 2nd generation MagicShines are even cheaper and IMO there is just no justification now for not having ~500 real lumens minimum out of a bike light at high power. You can always use a lower power setting if you don't need it all.

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Didn't take long to degenerate into a classic MagicShine vs NiteRider debate Both are great brands, although my current flamethrower is a NiteRider. I recommend both brands, they both have excellent lights and areas they can improve.
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Why not build your own.
I use two of these for Headlights. One will do. I just wanted more light. One light is 300 Lumens so with two I have 600 Lumens. The flood lights really catch the drivers eye.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...6540%2d%5f%2dx
I just use a 7 AMP hour sealed battery.
For a tail light I use a LED trailer light it is bright enough to light up street signs over 2 blocks away.
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Hi all,

I'm fairly new here and to cycling in general. I currently use one of those cheap 9-LED flashlights mounted to my handlebars via and elastic band to light my way home from work.... I'm looking to upgrade and I'm not sure what to get. I bought a couple of MEC 1-Watt lights that I'm going to mount to the forks or to the handlebars, but I want BRIGHT. I considered a Petzl Tikka XP 2 Core headlamp mounted to the bike, but never seen one in action. Nite Ize also sells a front lamp for about $45 and it's quite bright.

What are people using these days? I want bright and I want it decently priced - maybe about $100. Less is ok, but not much over $100. I'm not made of money, but where my safety is concerned, I don't mind shelling out SOME cash.

Thanks for any info you can throw my way
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I'm waiting for a manufacturer to make a light that has a built in, one shot, 20 MW (or so...) laser. Just enough to burn a hole in a think piece of sheet metal (like a trunk), or leave a nice word in the paint of that brand new Audi that almost ran you off the road.....
I'd prefer tiny (bulllet sized) armor piercing, heat seeking missiles loaded with the liquid extracted from a skunks glands.
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