That damn commuting light thread!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by magnatom, 30 Oct 2007.

  1. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Yes I know this is a recurring thread, but available lights change etc.

    I currently have a cateye on front (EL-510 I think) and last year I was happy with that, but now I am thinking that I need more front light.

    I ride on urban roads almost exclusively (although I can on occasion pop off onto an dark canal side cyclepath). I want another light to sit next to the cateye, but brighter. What do folk suggest (I am looking at about the £50 mark.)

    Obviously I am more interested in being seen than lighting up the road, although that would be an added bonus (and would help the camera footage :blush:)

    Very happy with my Smart superflash on the rear. That is one bright rear light!
     
  2. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    As noted in another thread, I've ordered a Smart BL201 set, which are an order of magnitude cheaper.

    I'll report back on them once they arrive.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    User,

    I do you know of any way of stretching the £50 to £250? It has to be guaranteed of course :blush:

    Tim,

    I'm not sure I have space for the battery, with my lock and child carrier connector connected to the bike already. I'm probably looking for a fully contained option.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Oh and Tim, one downside to the smart light is its weight at 1.2kg! My bike is pretty heavy as it is although if I could shift just over a kilo myself.....:blush:
     
  5. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    Yeah, it is pretty heavy I guess... but my bike's not light anyway, and with the locks, panniers etc on it already, I figure I won't notice and extra kilo or two!
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    'Two-headed sex beast' in the 3:10 at Cheltenham, she'll romp home.

    ba-doom!
    ah, damn. :biggrin:
     
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    magnatom,

    requiring slightly safer odds of course is what i've just gone and ordered
    which is
    this

    I've gone for it 'cos it's nice and light and with an elegant unbulky battery, it's power-LED rather than halogen so it's more efficient and dissipates less heat and it takes AAs which can be rechargeable.
    I may even be able to fit the battery on a pump bracket and use the brackets that come with it to secure my lock onto my pannier rack, now that would be neat and my commuter bike would be sorted to a T then... :blush:
     
  8. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Bonj,

    I saw that one, I'm just not sure I have any space left on the frame for the batteries.

    User,

    I think the ozone 21ne is a strong contender.
     
  9. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Tim, I love 'em.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/garryneedham/2007_1004

    I don't particularly notice the extra weight, maybe I will in the summer when they come off?

    Turn on both lights when filtering up double lane, slow/stood traffic and cagers move apart and let you straight thro'. They seem to have no idea what you are??

    Used them occasionally last winter, off road. Honestly, I'd say they're good for trails you know when you don't want to belt along.
     
  10. AtmoLav

    AtmoLav New Member

    Location:
    Northampton
    I've got some of these, and I've got to say at that price they are an absolute steal. Part of my commute is along a country road through a forest and these light the whole road. The fact that you can switch off the main beam is good for being seen in traffic too. They are a bit heavy, but the battery seems to have a decent charge life too.

    Personally, I wouldn't go spending hundreds of pounds on anything else when these are so cheap.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Actually, the more I think about it Tim and AtmoLav might be right. At just short of £20 these must be worth a punt. I'll look at my bike tonight to see if there is any space for the battery. If so I may be buying one of these light sets.
     
  12. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Is the cable on the smart BL 201's long enough to hang the battery of your saddle (aka, old saddle bag style) ?
     
  13. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    No. Although the bit that goes from the battery to the midpoint connection wouldn't be difficult to 'mod' or make a substitute.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Not sure I'd want to be connected like that to the bike and it would be a pain to have to connect the battery every time I mounted the bike. I already have to connect my helmet camera up.
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Um, aren't those lights supposed to fit on the bike? So how would you be physically connected to the bike if the cable just ran a bit further back to the saddle?
     
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