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Bike lights for a commuter?
CREATED: 12/16/10 by rfalkdc REPLIES: 6
rfalkdc's ravatar rfalkdc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 45
Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 9:27 AM

I have a friend who wants to continue commuting home to Arlington on the bike path during the winter. He needs a bike light that will allow him to see, not just be seen. However, he does not need something that’s going to last 24 hours. Suggestions oh wise ones?

gabroe's ravatar gabroe    JOINED: 8/27/10    POSTS: 68
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 10:19 AM

Hi, I have one of those niteriders and the thing is awesome, 110 lumens for about 3 hours is more than I need when riding at night, there are more expensive models but the basic one should be enough.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes//Product_10052_10551_1096653_-1___

abbyjs's ravatar abbyjs    JOINED: 4/7/09    POSTS: 699
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 10:27 AM

Can I just say: thank goodness the Winter Solstice is less than a week away! I cannot WAIT for the days to start getting longer again!!

jdruke's ravatar jdruke    JOINED: 9/2/10    POSTS: 64
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 10:33 AM

I'm with you, Abby, it's making me depressed.

trithis73's ravatar trithis73    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 525
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 11:13 AM

Depends on what he is looking for. There are several out there on the market for riders, and I seen abou tall them on the mountain bike trails.

Nite Rider MiniNEWT 250- $116
Nite Rider MiniNEWT 350- $184
Lights And Motion Stella Series(I have the Stella 300):
Stella 120- $129
Stella 150- $169
Stella 200- $239
Lights And Motion VIS 360(Comes with Head and Tail, and can charge by using USB port)- $169

For those that you have to buy tail lights with, I would go with The FROG. Awesome little LED and very bright.

I don't think that any more than 120 lumens is needed on paved trails, but then again more light is always better.

Just my food for thought.

trithis73's ravatar trithis73    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 525
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 11:16 AM

I did forget to mention an Austrailian company making some of the BADDEST lights I have seen yet.

Ay Up Lights- You get the starter model for $210( am buying the adventure one for $410)

AndyJB444's ravatar AndyJB444    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 401
RE: Bike lights for a commuter?
POSTED: 12/16/10 11:18 AM

I'm liking my Light & Motion Vis 360 setup...strong beam, and helmet mounted.

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