Front lights

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Front lights

Postby Locksim » 13 Nov 2012, 2:57pm

I have the joy of the Bath/Bristol cycle path as a commute - crikey it's dark!!

Any recommnedations for a reasonably priced light that will let me find the path and stay on-piste? I currently have a great LED affair that alerts oncoming traffic well - but it's rubbish for illuminating the floor in front of me, even on steady beam.

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Re: Front lights

Postby SJSBrompton » 13 Nov 2012, 2:59pm

I don't commute anywhere unlit, so only need 'see me' lights, but this comparison might be a good place to start:-

http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/347 ... comparator

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Re: Front lights

Postby De Sisti » 13 Nov 2012, 3:11pm

Locksim wrote:I have the joy of the Bath/Bristol cycle path as a commute - crikey it's dark!!

Any recommnedations for a reasonably priced light that will let me find the path and stay on-piste? I currently have a great LED affair that alerts oncoming traffic well - but it's rubbish for illuminating the floor in front of me, even on steady beam.

Simon


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Re: Front lights

Postby JuanM » 13 Nov 2012, 4:11pm

I am a recreational cyclist rather than a commuter but sometimes I find myself out in the dark especially in the winter. I recently bought a NiteRider
UltraFazer 5.0 which despite its dire name gives pretty good illumination for the price and is certainly better than the 'see me' light that it replaces. Worth a look.

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Re: Front lights

Postby Mark1978 » 13 Nov 2012, 4:14pm

I bought a CatEye NanoShot+, very happy with it so far! And would be perfect for the cycle paths, but the dark is too scary for me :(

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Re: Front lights

Postby gentlegreen » 13 Nov 2012, 4:47pm

Locksim wrote:I have the joy of the Bath/Bristol cycle path as a commute - crikey it's dark!!

Any recommnedations for a reasonably priced light that will let me find the path and stay on-piste? I currently have a great LED affair that alerts oncoming traffic well - but it's rubbish for illuminating the floor in front of me, even on steady beam.

Simon


I know it well. I use at least some of it every day.

If I had to commute on the unit sections, my starting point would be a B&M or preferably a Philips - and probably a dynamo as backup - not a cheap option unfortunately.
I reckon you also need a high beam with a handlebar switch for a path that has overhanging vegetation - and please use a gentle tail light - rear shunts are fairly unlikely.

You could save some dosh if you're prepared to DIY.

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Re: Front lights

Postby rjb » 13 Nov 2012, 8:03pm

This is quite a useful site to browse.
http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/

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Re: Front lights

Postby karlt » 13 Nov 2012, 11:41pm

SJSBrompton wrote:I don't commute anywhere unlit, so only need 'see me' lights, but this comparison might be a good place to start:-

http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/347 ... comparator


All very much more than Mrs Karlt would believe a bike light could possibly cost. She wasn't entirely pleased that my front and rear I bought for this winter cost £30 total.

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Re: Front lights

Postby gentlegreen » 14 Nov 2012, 2:10am

karlt wrote:
SJSBrompton wrote:I don't commute anywhere unlit, so only need 'see me' lights, but this comparison might be a good place to start:-

http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/347 ... comparator


All very much more than Mrs Karlt would believe a bike light could possibly cost. She wasn't entirely pleased that my front and rear I bought for this winter cost £30 total.


And none of them seem to have proper dipped-beam optics.
Most of them are the sort of thing that daily blinds me on the Railway path.

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Re: Front lights

Postby Big T » 14 Nov 2012, 3:06pm

I'd recommend an Busch and Muller Ixon IQ, but they aren't cheap. About £65 including batteries and charger. It has a dip facility and is designed for road use, so won't blind oncoming cyclists. It's 40 lux on main beam and 10 lux on dip.

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Re: Front lights

Postby mattsccm » 14 Nov 2012, 5:43pm

Forget the dip option and just point lights down a touch.

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Re: Front lights

Postby meic » 14 Nov 2012, 5:58pm

BigT was being a bit imprecise in his terminology. The Ixon does not have a dip in the true sense of the word, it has high power and low power settings.

The 10 lux is inoffensive enough even when pointing at you unless fairly close.
The 40 lux misdirected is enough to anger drivers and other road users.

I think you dont expect to have to share a cycle track or alley way with a car strength headlight, I sometimes put my hand over it as the quickest option, though of course car drivers seldom show such consideration.
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Re: Front lights

Postby graymee » 16 Nov 2012, 6:04pm

I'm not old and cynical, I'm realistic!