my new commute, light recommendations pls

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by bonj2, 13 Oct 2007.

  1. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I tried out my new 23 mile commute today, and it wasn't too bad! i did it in 1hr 55 mins, BUT 15 minutes to fix a puncture so 1hr 40. And it is damn hilly*.
    And another thing that slowed me down was the bloody dark country lanes where I could not see a damn thing. I reckon with a better light, I could go faster and probably shave another 10 mins off as a lot of the time i was limited by not my energy but how far I could see! I didn't really fancy crashing into a hedge at 20mph.

    So, have any of you got recommendations for a front light, that will light the way rather than just enable me to be seen.
    I'm not going to give criteria or budget etc as i'd rather hear what other people have got themselves and what are the good and bad points from experience rather than just have people looking through the list on wiggle and picking something for me 'cos I can do that myself.


    * so I don't want any o' you london ponces dissin' my time 'cos 23 miles in the pancake-like south east is NOT the same as 23 miles through derbyshire.
  2. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    actually i think i've already made up my mind
    i iz gonna get this:
    unless anybody can think of anything better...
  3. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member


    Caan only see 1 problem ... it's burn time is less than your round trip time. You either have to make one way in daylight or keep a charger at work.

    OR ride faster of course!
  4. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    only a small portion of my commute is on country lanes, and it's probably only going to be dark coming home, not going there. So I'm likely to only need it on about half an hour a day at max! Besides even if not i could charge the batteries at work (you can get rechargeable ones off ebay)
  5. squeaker

    squeaker Über Member

    Wot I got....

    Trelock LS730 with 4 rechargeable NiMH (e-bay) and ZL 503 smart charger
    (if you haven't got one already). Total less than £45 for a decent light (sensible beam - not just a round spot/flood) that has a low battery warning light (but keeps going for a long time after that comes on).
    YMMV, of course.
  6. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Snapper88 likes this.
  7. ghitchen

    ghitchen Well-Known Member

    Gullane, Scotland
    CatEye EL530. 1,500 candlepower, 10 hours at full power, 40 at "get you home", uses standard AA batteries (I use NiMH rechargeables).
  8. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    Theyr'e shoot! I've got one of those, and it's a genuine work of crapola!
  9. bianco

    bianco New Member

    If I had the cash I'd go for this, as there's no point being half arsed about your approach, these deffo are rechargeable.
    There are some doubts after reading forums from the one you picked whether the unit works adequately with rechargeables.
  10. frog

    frog Guest

    Solidlight 1203D with a Schmidt SON dynohub. It will illuminate a patch of road about 20 yards in front when set level. Reflective street furniture will show up at around 100 yards. Has a 'standlight' which will give a reasonable light when yor stop for about 6 or 7 minutes. Even at walking pace it generates a strong light. Mine is about to start it's third winter of trouble free service.

    Downside is set up cost. But with the life I've had out of mine I think I've passed the 'break even' point a long time ago.

    Dinotte Tail Light for the back. Starting it's second winter and again faultless performance.
  11. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member


    I am in a similar situation at the moment.
    I am looking at these 2 :

    Dinotte 200L w/ 2 cell rechargable lithium battery pack £155


    Exposure Joystick Maxx rechargable single unit £150ish

    Both look the dogs gonads and have very good reviews

    The exposure recently got top marks in a number of uk bike mags so it won't be an easy choice to make :biggrin:
  12. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    can't afford two ton. What forums are there that cast doubts on its ability to work with rechargeables?
  13. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    :biggrin: I appreciate your efforts but sensible suggestions only please
  14. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    The Niterider MiNewt X2 also deserves a place on that shortlist.
    It has IMO the best spread of light I've seen from a LED. MiNewt X2 LED Front Light
  15. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    that looks nice, have you got one or any experience of using one? and i might just be able to stretch to the cost of it.
    Any figures, e.g. wattage, battery weight?

    to be honest i'm more interested in lightness and power than burn time, so any that lean towards this side of the trade off would be better.
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