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need advice on night bike lights
CREATED: 04/13/10 by clcohen REPLIES: 5
clcohen's ravatar clcohen    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 95
need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/13/10 8:22 PM

I bought a $45 cateye front light, and it blows. I'm ready to invest in a front light that will enable me to ride home in the dark and gives enough light to see further than 5 feet ahead. I prefer one that is easy to put on/take off, as I've got different bikes I'd use is with.
thanks, Carol
clcohen at gmail

carrieacampbell    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 128
RE: need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/13/10 8:25 PM

I have a Viewpoint light I bought at Performance & it is awesome! Easy to transfer from bike to bike & gives good light. Also has 2 different flashing settings.

kkaufer's ravatar kkaufer    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 126
RE: need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/14/10 9:13 AM

I like this one. Two different brightness settings and blinking too. Caveat, I ride in the early morning before sunrise, don't know how that compares to night time darkness...

http://www.rei.com/product/769616

trithis73's ravatar trithis73    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 525
RE: need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/14/10 9:47 AM

Getting a night light can be tricky. You want to know how bright you want, and how long you want it to last. Rechargable ones, usually put out more light. There are also ones that connext to your helmet vs handle bars. I ride my mountain bike on night rides and I have tried a couple of lights. I ended up purchasing the Lights and Motion's Selle 200N. Really awesome light that will definately light your on a road bike, vs trail riding. I am not sure you would need that much light, so you can go with the 150N. Make sure it has the N after it. It comes with all the things you would need for helmet mount, handlebar mount, charger, and stuff. It is a tooless mount, so you don't need a screwdriver to mount it. Waterproof, and a small battery that can last 4 hours if needed. Has high/low setting, as well as flasher setting. Again great light

www.lightandmotion.com
Sella 150N- $169
Sells 200N- $269

They sell them at Bike Lane In Burke or Reston if you need it immediately.

nelsb7p0's ravatar nelsb7p0    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 428
RE: need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/14/10 10:02 AM

I've tried a bunch and personally think that the NiteRider MiNewt Mini is the best deal for the price and size. It also charges on USB and you can generally get at least three hour rides in before having to charge it. It's bright and I use the helmet mount and it not that much of a nuisance.

Without helmet mount - $99..
http://www.rei.com/product/793940
With - $129...
http://www.rei.com/product/793941

hrumpole    JOINED: 7/20/09    POSTS: 9
RE: need advice on night bike lights
POSTED: 4/14/10 12:35 PM

I've read great things about the magicshine. 90 bucks, 400 lumens, I think. Link:

http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=22

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