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Old 2018-10-05, 04:10 PM   #1
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As daylight is getting shorter, I'm curious what lights people are using to ride. I have LED flashers on both forks to the rear which work great. My problem is in front. I used a helmet mounted light last year which worked great for lighting up the path but wasn't so good for me seeing the undulations which resulted in a few UPD's, surprising on a path I ride almost daily. I'm thinking it was because the light was so close to my eye level I couldn't see shadows?

What lights do you guys use?

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Old 2018-10-05, 05:36 PM   #2
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Todd,
I remember we talked about this before. A few days ago I rode some at night with just a head mounted light. It works fine to see the pedals for free mounting and I could ride but had more UPD's on the bumpy surface I was riding on. Based on past threads on this site and even bicycle light recommendations there does seem to be a consensus that the main headlight should be mounted on the frame. This is especially true for a bumpy surface. A main light on the frame and a head mounted light seems to be the best combination.

For road riding in Washington state, of course unicycles are not covered but bicycles are. For night bicycle riding, a white front light (not a reflector) visible for 500 feet and a red rear reflector are required. A red rear light may be used in addition to the required reflector (RCW 46.61.780). I suppose that would be reasonable for a uni also.

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Old 2018-10-05, 10:49 PM   #3
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Also this thread.

I use one on the helmet for the distance and another on the frame to see the immediate terrain. It is surprising how much we depend on peripheral vision to see what is right in front of the wheel.
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Old 2018-10-06, 03:55 AM   #4
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I have a Cygolite Expilion 850 on the helmet for the general lighting and a Niterider 250 on the handlebars to create some shadows up front to aid with depth perception.
I'm always riding off road so in town I would add a flashing red for behind me.
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Old 2018-10-06, 01:48 PM   #5
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For a beast of a front light I use an L&M 550. I've had it mounted a number of ways as it swivels around, so pretty much any of these should work!

Obvious one is just clipped onto your handlebar if you have one (Works on both the Q-Handle and KH T-bar). Slightly less obvious is using a little attachment to clip it onto your seatpost if you've no handlebar, but I used this setup with great results.

I've done a serious amount of riding at night (Seeing as I finish work at 10pm!) both on-road and on unlit cycle trails, and this light has never let me down.

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Old 2018-10-06, 03:02 PM   #6
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For a beast of a front light I use an L&M 550. I've had it mounted a number of ways as it swivels around, so pretty much any of these should work!
It would seem to me attaching a light to the post will move around too much. I wear a very bright light on my helmet which works very well, though last time there was heavy fog which reflected the bright light. Then was pretty hopeless
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Old 2018-10-06, 04:08 PM   #7
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I do most of my riding at the crack of dawn ie around 5.00am mostly on cycle paths. I use a 1000 lumen magic shine helmet mounted light with a battery in my backpack. i also use a 1200 lumen light mounted on the frame the same way as piecemaker has mounted his i have that light pointed pretty low down lighting in front of the wheel. I do find i have to turn the helmet light off when anyone is coming towards me. Then just cheapo red LEDs mounted on the frame for the rear.
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Old 2018-10-06, 05:32 PM   #8
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I've been very happy with the Moon Comet for unlit cycle path commuting. I use two of them (actually, one Moon Comet and one cheap unbranded imitation that seems identical), one mounted either side of the fork.
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Old 2018-10-06, 08:37 PM   #9
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Old 2018-10-07, 12:08 AM   #10
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It would seem to me attaching a light to the post will move around too much.
The beam doesn't move much if pointed down a few feet in front of the wheel.

Moreover, I actually used my lights to improve my riding technique. I pointed the head lamp down to shine just in front of the beam from the frame mounted lamp. Any swinging movement of the frame became very obvious and I worked at smoothing my style to keep the beams aligned.
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Old 2018-10-07, 11:39 AM   #11
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Yeah I never found the frame-mounted light to move around too much, handlebar-mounted ones do a bit though.

I don't like helmet mounted lights for the exact reason described earlier - FOG! Even if it's just a bit cold, the mist from your breath can completely blind you.
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Old 2018-10-07, 01:29 PM   #12
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As daylight is getting shorter, I'm curious what lights people are using to ride. I have LED flashers on both forks to the rear which work great. My problem is in front. I used a helmet mounted light last year which worked great for lighting up the path but wasn't so good for me seeing the undulations which resulted in a few UPD's, surprising on a path I ride almost daily. I'm thinking it was because the light was so close to my eye level I couldn't see shadows?

What lights do you guys use?

Regards,

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I've tried various things including a "brighter than a thousand suns" Hope Tech head torch. I now find that for normal riding on the road and easy trails, just a decent USB front LED light mounted on the fork crown, and any decent rear light below the seat will do.

I don't like head torches: they can be unfair to other road users, they can confuse people's judgement of distance (especially if you're on a 36), and they can also fill your face with insects if you ride in the countryside or near water. Also, with the light source so close to your eyes, the way shadows are thrown can flatten out the appearance of bumps.

If it's safe to do so, riding by moonlight is a lovely experience.
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I started riding to to/from work in the last year or 2 and needed some lights. I found this site pretty informative: https://www.bikelightdatabase.com/

I was riding on asphalt sidewalks along a road. There wasn't too much foot traffic to worry about and I was never on the road other than a street crossing. I got the Cygolite streak which was pretty cheap and came with a tail light as well. I just clipped the headlight on my handlebars and never had any issues. Visibility isn't amazing or anything, but sidewalks are easily rideable and at least traffic could see me and I could avoid potholes.
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Old 2018-10-07, 09:21 PM   #14
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I started riding to to/from work in the last year or 2 and needed some lights. I found this site pretty informative: https://www.bikelightdatabase.com/
I actually spoke to the guy who makes that site, and he's the one who recommended the L&M light to me

Can that Cyglolite light rotate on its mount, so that it'd be shining parallel to the bar it's mounted on?
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I actually spoke to the guy who makes that site, and he's the one who recommended the L&M light to me

Can that Cyglolite light rotate on its mount, so that it'd be shining parallel to the bar it's mounted on?
It can, but it wasn't meant to. There's a small extrusion that fits into an inlet, that gives the light ~5degrees of rotation either way. You can rotate it farther, but you will feel it pop out slightly. It still holds its position well when rotated 90 degrees
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