Hello everyone,I did a quick search and didn't come up with what I needed. I am looking for a bike light to be able to see ahead of me. As I ride on the lake bike path, I often times cannot see ahead of me. I have tried the typical lights and they only work a few feet ahead of me. thank you for your help.
I've been using Light & Motion lights for years. They're great products, and last a long time. The company also provides great customer service. I've been thinking about getting one of these little commuter lamps. Small but powerful.
Last year I purchased the Vis 360 (link here) as my main light (Seca 800) was a bit too powerful for my everyday needs. The Vis 360 is a helmet mounted system with a front and rear light. It's very light, with a self-contained battery.
I like the helmet mounting, as I don't have to take it off my bike (although, the "system" snaps on and off my helmet in like half a second), and because the light illuminates whatever I'm looking at. A particularly stupid driver, for example.
Casey Carnes said:
I have a cygolite rechargeable handlebar mounted 200 lumen light that will last 12 hours on low that is more than enough on a pitch dark night or the lakefront. They now make a 250, 350 and 400 lumen light. I payed $140 two years ago. The light is easily removeable and I purchased an additional mount for my other bicycle allowing for easy transfer. Julie also has this light and seems to be happy with it. Ebay is selling these lights for as low as $100
I bought one of those small LED flashlight that mounts on my handle bar, only to break after 2 weeks.
Since the light came with the mount, I decided to use my 2 years old LED flash light and that fit just right and it's a heck of a lot brighter. The only thing missing is the different flashings, where as now it either turns on or off.
This is the flash light: Inova
It looks the same as the flashlights TSAs are using, except that's it isn't UV lights.
There needs to be a way to mount these lower on the bike like the front forks I know YOU can see great with those but if you're an oncoming bike staring at the ground to avoid being blinded is annoying and dangerous.
Minoura's light mount is a cheap/simple way to mount just about any handlebar light on your front fork to get it down closer to the pavement. Get two lights and put one an each side...
Mike Zumwalt said:There needs to be a way to mount these lower on the bike like the front forks I know YOU can see great with those but if you're an oncoming bike staring at the ground to avoid being blinded is annoying and dangerous.
If you are looking for something to see with, a helmet mounted light is great. If you need further info, I recommend looking at some of the Mountain Bike forums (cambr.com, mtbr.com, etc.) Mountain Bike night riding requires a very good light setup so you will find a lot more info there.
Regarding blinding other riders, it has already been mentioned that where you point the light is the main thing. If using something with a focused beam (as most mountain bike lights will have) it needs to be pointed at the road, not into the distance. That being said, I am a big fan of the Princeton Tec Push light. It's high setting has a focused beam pattern for seeing into the distance, but a quick switch to low and the beam pattern is much more diffused. It reminds me of the 'high' and 'low' beam settings on a car.
I'd second the suggestions for dynamo-based lighting systems. And I doubt you'll get out the door for under $100 unless you're clever. 'Clever' will get you some semi-DIY battery-based systems that would do great. I have a MiNewt USB that I used to use on my everyday ride that was decent in pitch dark, but ~15mph was about as fast as I could go with it. Now using a Supernova E3 on a dynohub, which is terrific - I can bomb along at 20mph+ in the dark if I need to.