Time to think about winter riding lighting!

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  1. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Yep we use to call em dynamos :LOL:

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  3. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Ha ha ha..I did not look at link just thought it a timely reminder:)
     
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    I was wondering if it was as punt for a product :Eeek:
     
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    D'you know what? We came home this evening at about 7.45 and just approaching Sandwich we overtook a cyclist on the road with no lights. FFS do some people never learn?

    My DIL's nephew was killed while cycling in broad daylight and he was a training tri-athlete not some bl@@dy numpty.
     
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    I'm afraid its turbo trainer time for me in the garage. Unless you are in a very well lit up area a front cycle light just does not pick out the potholes and its even worse if the road is wet.
    Of course good lights are a must so that you can be seen by others.
     
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    Ebay CREE LED lights are cheap and bright but they are a pain in the arse for oncoming vehicles..including me on my bike. So DAZZLING.
    75% of their light goes everywhere but the road and they are probably illegal in Germany where bike lights are regulated.

    I can confidently call myself an all-year-round, long-distance cyclist. For over a decade I've used German lighting systems.

    I use the Schmidt SON front wheel dynamo to power a Busch & Muller CYO (and lately the new CYO Premium).

    German lights, such as the B&M units have a lens much like a car headlight, focused on the road ahead and with an anti-dazzle cut-off (again, like a car headlight).

    I've ridden through the night many times, in all weathers, including midnight descents from Pen-Y-Pass into Llanberis (in sideways sleet).
    B&M light s put the light where you want it and, if you have a dynamo front wheel, it's always there.

    If you don't want to shell out for a dynamo setup...
    I also have the B&M IXON IQ Premium, a 4xAA Battery equivalent. Another light that has served me well on all night rides.
    These are light to see by rather than just be seen by.

    B&M IXON IQ Premium

    I never use USB-charged lights because I know I can always buy 4xAA batteries at a late night garage if desperate.

    I use Cateye LD600 and LD610 rear LEDs. They are battery powered by 2AAA batteries which last for weeks and are very eye-catching.
    (I tend to use 2 rear lights in tandem, in case one fails and I don't notice.)
     
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    My bikes LED lights are powered via the 36v motor battery....but i have more sense than venture out after dark.
     
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    I also have one of these as a sec9ndary rear light but the USB charged version and yes, they are very bright and in yer face even in daylight.
     
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    In my opinion you are missing out on one of the great joys of cycling.
    Having said that, if you don't enjoy it then you don't enjoy it.
    I've cycled most of my life, I cycle long distance and sometimes all night. I'm very comfortable and confident on a bike but I appreciate that not everyone is.

    I ride with friends to a Hampshire country pub every Thursday evening, every week, every month, all year (unless there are icy conditions, which is rare around here).
    From now until late May the ride will be in the dark, on totally unlit country lanes... and it's wonderful.

    To some extent I think cyclists on the lanes around here, appropriately dressed and lit, are more visible at night than in the daytime, especially with a low Autumn or Winter sun.

    I tend to ride home alone when we leave the pub and so I get to experience the serenity of Hampshire countryside at night.
     
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    I hear what you're saying but i cycle for exercise after heart surgery, not for pleasure.
    The battery power is to help until my fitness level improves.
    Being a fat (ish) ugly bugger i prefer my car but you dont get exersize driving a car.
    :whistle:
     
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