Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by yenrod, 9 Sep 2007.
I've got a couple. They're pretty good. Won't light your way, but they're bright. And you can also strap them to your bike.
I bought a Cateye one primarily as an emergency for the flat Aero Bars on the Bianchi. I'm really impressed with it though, so I might fit it to the helmet later on in the year.
i got a cheapo one last year (which i might change for a pezl tikka) and it makes a difference when you can look at the driver emerging from left/roundabout and know that he knows he's seen you. amazing how many more drivers wait instead of trying to muscle in. must be because you could demonstrate in court (should you need to) that he could not have been looking, or he'd have seen you.
I wouldn't use them as a "be seen by" light. Drivers don't expect lights to be that high, and with the amount of confused visual information that drivers get during winter (streetlights, headlights, reflections from puddles, rain,) there's a chance that they will miss the light but hit you. I have a Cateye opticube on the handlebars which makes drivers stop when pulling in.
I think that's the advantage of them. Obviously you should also have your bike well-lit, but if a driver spots something that he's not expecting, he can't help but look again.
I'm not convinced. Perhaps I should get one and trial it, but that would mean wearing a helmet *ugh!*
Certainly when I've been driving I've not been terribly impressed.
That's exactly why they *do* get you noticed.
Having a lid-mounted light when night-cycling made a noticeable immediate difference in how soon oncoming drivers noticed me. It was noticeable as to how much *sooner* they dipped their lights. Now, a lid-mounted light is standard part of my night-time cycling kit. Yes, it looks naff but I don't care on that score as a lid-mounted light *works*
OK, I'm convinced enough to try it. Any suggestions for good ones? I usually wear a helmet in winter.
The ones I linked to are very good. You can get them cheaper than the link as well (Decathlon do them).
They come with 2 velcro straps -one for helmet mounting and one for bike mounting.
Mine's a cheap one (7 LED) from local hardware store that's *exactly* like an older Petzl model at three times the price.
How about a Dinotte?
Its a YANK thing.....
I'm definately getting one of these now - I recall getting the softsell compared to hard' once in a Blacks camping shop....£30 as the cheapest
I'll shop around...
I'm going to try strapping my small torch to my helmet ...should do the same job I reckon.
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