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  1. #1
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    help with the light

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    Hello,
    I am afraid to ride in the evening when it is late because I do not own special bike lights. I use the headlamp and try to be very careful. But I realize that it is very dangerous. Could you please offer any affordable solution. My budget max is $50.

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    Try Nashbar and Performance Bike. Maybe Amazon.

    I have this one, which is removable and can be used as a flash-light, could be handy, and it's very bright.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Bright-B...NG4MV7SGC70D9H

    And this one by Portland Design Works:

    http://www.amazon.com/Portland-Desig...T3ZZNG7DNQ4C1A

    They both provide a lot of light, and the price comes in below your budget. (I think I paid 30 something for that headlight, it's less than $17.00 at the moment. Great deal).
    Last edited by Muirenn; 11-24-2015 at 07:24 AM.
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    First a hale and hearty welcome to TE. Please ramble around and ask and answer questions. We have cookies, and beer.

    just a leetle over your budget the http://www.lightandmotion.com/choose...00-hopsickleii

    I got it at my LBS for $35 I think because it was the last one of its kind as the new ones came in, and because they like us I guess. Well worth it. 500 lumens, you will have all the lumens! You will win the lumen wars.

    The other thing I love about it is the tiny side light because often we forget side visibility. An affordable way to help that is Scotch reflective tape and or TE reflective stickers on the bike and other gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    First a hale and hearty welcome to TE. Please ramble around and ask and answer questions. We have cookies, and beer.

    just a leetle over your budget the http://www.lightandmotion.com/choose...00-hopsickleii

    I got it at my LBS for $35 I think because it was the last one of its kind as the new ones came in, and because they like us I guess. Well worth it. 500 lumens, you will have all the lumens! You will win the lumen wars.

    The other thing I love about it is the tiny side light because often we forget side visibility. An affordable way to help that is Scotch reflective tape and or TE reflective stickers on the bike and other gear.
    I really like that. I believe my light also illuminates from the side, but couldn't remember, so thought I'd better check, first. I think the ring around the end actually lights up.

    I'm thinking about getting this one for a different bike. 42 dollars for 1200 lumens sounds like a great commuter light. I currently have an old, cheap Nashbar light on that bike. It's bright, but unwieldy. The headlight I posted earlier is on my mountain bike.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 11-24-2015 at 08:00 AM.
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    I also keep one of these in the bag. USB rechargeable so I can plug it in at work. I like to have two lights;

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/kno...processed=true

    One with all the lumens that slightly points down so I can see potholes and train tracks and stuff.

    The Knog, which is not as bright (but read the listing because some of them really are! So they are an affordable option) points straight ahead. That one says to oncoming traffic "Hey! I'm riding here" but does NOT blind them.

    Also have rear lights and I do not use blinky lights for reasons we have discussed over pizza and beer; http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=12261
    Last edited by Trek420; 11-24-2015 at 08:53 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    First a hale and hearty welcome to TE. Please ramble around and ask and answer questions. We have cookies, and beer.

    just a leetle over your budget the http://www.lightandmotion.com/choose...00-hopsickleii

    I got it at my LBS for $35 I think because it was the last one of its kind as the new ones came in, and because they like us I guess. Well worth it. 500 lumens, you will have all the lumens! You will win the lumen wars.

    The other thing I love about it is the tiny side light because often we forget side visibility. An affordable way to help that is Scotch reflective tape and or TE reflective stickers on the bike and other gear.
    I have a similar Light and Motion headlight and I like it very much.

    And I agree about reflective tape, stickers -- they're a good inexpensive way to make you visible to drivers or other cyclists, anyone with a light shining on you. I also have reflective wrist and ankle bands for riding at night. I also have a reflective vest, though I don't wear it much anymore because I've bought some jerseys and jackets with lots of reflective accents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Try Nashbar and Performance Bike. Maybe Amazon.

    I have this one, which is removable and can be used as a flash-light, could be handy, and it's very bright.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Bright-B...NG4MV7SGC70D9H
    thanks I liked it, I want to order it.
    But I have doubts because I found this model with the red tail light https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/e...324_5953_nebo/

    Also, Iím going to buy through Ebay LED valve caps. I hope it will add brightness to the wheels.

    Reflective tape, stickers.... Hmmm... Good idea. It is not expensive and will be good for visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    And I agree about reflective tape, stickers -- they're a good inexpensive way to make you visible to drivers or other cyclists, anyone with a light shining on you. I also have reflective wrist and ankle bands for riding at night. I also have a reflective vest, though I don't wear it much anymore because I've bought some jerseys and jackets with lots of reflective accents.c
    +1. Stickers like these on the bike, gear, helmet, around spokes .... are an inexpensive and fun addition. Light yourself up like a menorah! http://www.teamestrogen.com/prodFR_016.html
    Last edited by Trek420; 11-25-2015 at 03:39 PM.
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    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

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