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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:11 am 
Pumpy's Bear
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As per the title really - any suggestions? Things you didn't think of and learned by (hopefully not bitter) experience? Lighting recommendations?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:15 am 
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Yep I can recommend lights for night riding :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:16 am 
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I used to go night riding with a head torch and thats it, non of this new stuff !!!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:18 am 
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Sorry couldn't resist that. Think that the new led systems that are coming along are good. Some are brighter than the hid systems and a lot cheaper.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:38 am 
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If you've not tried it before, just get some bright lights & do it - it's brilliant! :)

I'm never out for much more than an hour or so at night, so I don't need flashy LED kit - the old halogen ones can be at least as bright, they just don't have the same battery life... My homebrew ones cost notalotatall, but are damn bright 8)

Take your phone for when you fall off into the bushes, an LED headtorch for when your main battery dies / you need to fix a puncture, & something warm enough for the long walk back if you break something that you can't fix on the trail!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:42 am 
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cjax wrote:
Yep I can recommend lights for night riding :lol:


((picking myself up off the floor after laughing too hard))


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:44 am 
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i've been using the hope HIDs recently, pretty bright, long narrow beam, best used with a headlight for more technical trails due to the narrow beam. infact I'd recommend both a bar mount & headmount for better depth perception, undulations in the trails, sharp corners & long grass/reeds/ferns
I'd start with trails you know well before going further afield. also bring a small light incase of mechanicals. I also bring a spare battery, aside from getting a 5hr burn time, not really worth the risk of running outta light miles from anywhere! battery life is normally less when its very cold, so factor that into the burn time.


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Lincs AEC
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I havent night ridden before :oops:
I am awaiting delivery of some nice BLT lights from Wiggle, so will report back after this weekend (if Royal Mail decide to deliver :x )


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:47 am 
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scant wrote:
battery life is normally less when its very cold, so factor that into the burn time.


Ooohhhh, didnt know that. Well they say you learn something new every day!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:07 pm 
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Thanks guys, useful stuff.

I take it that it goes without saying that you don't ride alone at night?


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