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Old 12-05-17, 09:53 AM
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Best bar mounted light for night riding AND GO!

Right now magicshine is first in the running. I can get the 3 light setup for the bar and battery that velcros to the top tube for $100 on Fleabay. Anyone else have anything better?


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Magic Shine and similar lights are great. Until the battery catches on fire while charging. Won't happen to all of them, but be aware that it has been an issue.

I have a Dinotte XML-3 that I'm happy with. More expensive, but well made. And made in the US, if that matters to you.

There are also plenty of options on the $100 range.
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I don't ride much at night, but I just use two of these https://www.homedepot.com/p/Duracell...FZUJDAodjEgBuw

with these https://www.amazon.com/ChineOn-Cycli...1DAGY0KNHZDE7P

I hang them under the handle bars.
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might want to throw a backup light in your bag, just in case. been very happy w my Magicshine, still going strong after 7-8 years? but I am on my 3rd battery. just remember to charge it!

throws a nice wide beam w the standard OEM lens



& of course, if you have a light, you should use the light
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I recently bought the Light and Motion Urban 900 light from their site for $100:

Urban Bike Lights - Light & Motion

Am happy with it so far. Definately beats my old Jet Lites light with water bottle battery.
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I like lights with integrated batteries instead of wires and a battery pack.

https://www.amazon.com/ITUO-Led-Bike...rds=ituo+wiz20

https://www.amazon.com/Fenix-percent...ds=fenix+bc30r

https://www.amazon.com/Distance-rech...nix+bike+light

https://www.blackburndesign.com/lights.html

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Originally Posted by TruthBomb View Post
Gemini Titan on the bar. Gemini Olympia on the helmet.

Day time speeds at night.
This.^^^^

Go big or go home.
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You would be much better served by going over the mtbr.com and looking in their light forum.

but saying that the best bang for your buck bar like is still the Revtronic bt40s aka the nitefighter bt40s.
https://www.amazon.com/Revtronic-160...WCX2G50C93ZMED
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Originally Posted by TruthBomb View Post
Gemini Titan on the bar. Gemini Olympia on the helmet.

Day time speeds at night.
I look up Gemini Titan and my mouth dropped. 4000 lumens? Good lord, man! Careful with that, you might scare other riders and have then think that a UFO is coning up behing them. This looks like the "mother of all lights".

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I use dynamo lights only. Batteries would always be dead if I was in charge of them.
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If you are going to do actual Mtn biking at night, go with a helmet light first, bar light second. On trails, very often the handlebars aren't pointing in the direction you are going next. Helmet light goes where you are looking which is much handier. If just for commuting and riding around, bar light is fine. I have a Magicshine on my helmet and it works well on medium.
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The correct answer is both. I know we have all gone out in the wood with just one light but it is stupid.
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Originally Posted by Canker View Post
You would be much better served by going over the mtbr.com and looking in their light forum.

but saying that the best bang for your buck bar like is still the Revtronic bt40s aka the nitefighter bt40s.
https://www.amazon.com/Revtronic-160...WCX2G50C93ZMED
Thanks for that link, I just pulled the trigger on it.

That Gemini Titan looks amazing though!!
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Thanks for that link, I just pulled the trigger on it.

That Gemini Titan looks amazing though!!
the battery pack on all the Chinese Cree lights are crap .... they last 4 months, then without warning, they die (I cycle over 2hrs a day in pitch black darkness)

The lights are very good though, especially if you get one of the stronger ones (I think mine is 32000 'Chinese' Lumens).... they are as bright as a Volvo headlamp

however ..... you can now get them with a USB connection that connects to a powerbank .... Cheap as Chips (6.69) and if you wear it on the headband, there is nothing on the market that offers better value IMHO .... you can get a small powerbank as small as a lipstick, or something larger that will give you several nights of light before having to recharge.:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/15000LM-S...sAAOSwYlRZGs8Y



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Originally Posted by TruthBomb View Post
Gemini Titan on the bar. Gemini Olympia on the helmet.

Day time speeds at night.

now those are nite lights!
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https://www.amazon.com/Revtronic-160...WCX2G50C93ZMED

I got this to my door on the 15th of December, used it for a few rides now. Definitely was better then any bike shop offering at $55. Large ish (but not bothersome) external battery pack required. Comes with one extension cord, multiple adapters for different bar sizes, and a helmet mount. Light controls are large and light displays battery level.

Not bad for an impulse buy, works great in the dark if winter!

OP, how'd you fare?
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Originally Posted by Canker View Post
The correct answer is both. I know we have all gone out in the wood with just one light but it is stupid.
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I have rode with only one and I think I would prefer a helmet light only if it were my only choice but not by much. But having both is undeniably the best solution

I use nightrider I got a good deal on ebay used and have a 1400 dual for the bars and a 700 for the helmet which lights the trail up nicely. They have been reliable with more than four years solid service and no issues
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Originally Posted by Canker View Post
The correct answer is both. I know we have all gone out in the wood with just one light but it is stupid.
Plus one

I have rode with only one and I think I would prefer a helmet light only if it were my only choice but not by much. But having both is undeniably the best solution

I use nightrider I got a good deal on ebay used and have a 1400 dual for the bars and a 700 for the helmet which lights the trail up nicely. They have been reliable with more than four years solid service and no issues
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the battery pack on all the Chinese Cree lights are crap .... they last 4 months, then without warning, they die (I cycle over 2hrs a day in pitch black darkness)
Yeah I just had the battery pack die. It has to be my fault, water resistant is not water proof! In my defense their claim of even water resistance is dubious once I got to looking at the battery pack. The claim for water resistance must only apply to the light itself. There's small spots of rust on the battery pack and once I peeled away the rubber cover there's moisture inside.

I sent a message to the seller in hopes of getting another pack for free/cheap but I'll probably just have Interstate Battery build me a new pack. I'll let this one dry out but am hesitant to keep using it. For sure I'm only recharging it when I'm nearby.

The charger did a good job in that it won't try and charge the pack - it just acts like the pack is fully charged.

I've used this for about a month now in sub zero temps, I'm happy with the purchase. It was $50 to my house in less then a week after ordering, and it came with plenty of mounting hardware. The instructions were good as well.
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