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 Post subject: Light 'em up!!!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:25 pm 
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Location: muddy, grimy yorkshire :D
So, after today being the first truly miserable commute i've had so far this year, i've decided i REALLY need some lights.

I've seen reviews but no-one seems to test any lights that don't cost an arm & a leg!

Got a budget of about £30, can this buy me decent lights? Suppose i could just go down to my lbs and ask but i don't work in town & they're always jam-packed on a Saturday.

Any suggestions folks? Ta.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:34 pm 
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Does your commute only take place on well lit urban roads? If so I'd say that a LED front light and a few well placed rear flashing lights would do, along with a tonne of high viz vests/ tags / clips etc. Have a look online at somewhere like Wiggle for an idea of whats about, they have a few Cateyes for about your price range I think.

Most of the more expensive lights are for when you need to light up the road to see to ride, rather than to be seen, in which case you ar not going to get much change from 100 notes if you want to ride fast.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:35 pm 
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I bought 2 torches from ebay and strapped them to me bars with a homemade clamp. Work amazing and much better than any purpose built jobs. At the moment lots of people are talking about the cree led torches from tesco's at a £10 each. I'm currently looking into a budget/homemade system with a bit more juice.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:57 pm 
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http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.940
Knock yourself out / scare as many woodland critters as possible.

Seriously - these guys can tell you what to land a jumbo with http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=209354

I'm running a couple of Cree Q5s at 250lm - keeps my head warm too.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:16 am 
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For general commuting i have to recomend a set of reelight's.

See my post about them

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 021#274021


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:26 am 
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sweet! cheers guys. gives me something to think about until i finally get paid... it's been a long month!

maybe the squirrels'll see me coming sooner next time - nearly had one t'other day!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:24 pm 
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I just got one of those cree lights from tesco silverburn(cheers Kiaser)and man is it bright, will try and find some way to fix it onto the handlebars tonight and let you know what I think and wether 1 will be sufficient?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:34 pm 
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Good set if you're riding in the city/lit urban roads


http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=31337


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:28 pm 
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As I said got me one of them £10 led torches from tesco and it is amazing for the money- would even say that two would let you do offroad night riding albeit a bit slower than your £200 light set ups allow.

Here is a good idea of how it looks at night and the very technical mount I had to fashion given it is just a torch not a dedicated bike light. I'm sure you could also do something too :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:06 am 
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http://www.glowgadgets.co.uk/twofish-lo ... er-torches

dedicated torch holder. Not as cheap as making your own i admit but not to bad


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