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Rode to work in the dark for the first time

Zombie_donkeyZombie_donkey Posts: 359
edited September 2010 in Commuting chat
My front light is hopeless so I got a 45 Lumen head torch so I can see the ground in front tomorrow morning. I think it is the best option as whatever I look at will be illuminated.....
and I can blind scumbag chavs with it :lol:
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  • LazarusLazarus Posts: 1,426
    Tend to find I'm not to worried about about illuminating the road in front of me, street lights do a fine job of that ( after all this time think i know every bump and hole on the route anyway) but I make sure the light on the bike is very bright and pointing roughly level with the road and hopefully catching the eye of oncoming drivers ! !
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  • 45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.
  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Just rode 3.5 miles there and back to play tennis this evening (in the dark and the drizzle). First time I've ridden my old rigid MTB at night and I was in a bit of a rush, so I quickly swapped my MTB lights onto it as I had a spare bar mount - and one light is on my lid anyway. Had to set them both to LOW to avoid annoying the cars :D as they work out at about 500 + 180 lumens actual (rated 900 + 240, but that's with unprotected cells full beam).

    To be honest my proper commuter light (Cateye EL-130) is probably more suitable than a P7 for well lit roads... but that's fixed to my MTB as a back-up!
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  • 45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.

    What as a headlight? My neck would snap under the weight of the battery :lol:

    The headlamp did the job and helped me negotiate a safe route past a muddy corner section this morning. I look like a gay coal miner though.
    Giant Escape M1....
    Penny Farthing
    Unicycle
    The bike the Goodies rode
    Pogo Stick
    Donkey on Roller skates.......OK I'm lying, but I am down to one bike right now and I feel bad about it,
  • Nah, the Magicshine battery packs aren't heavy, and you'd be able to act as a searchlight to identify bombers if the blitz restarted.

    Seriously though, I've just ordered a torch to use as a helmet light that claims 200 lumens from a single AA, and I'm not expecting it to be bright enough to see by, but to be more of a "be seen" light.
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  • Agent57Agent57 Posts: 2,300
    45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.

    I got an email from CRC last week that included a 1400 lumen lamp. A Nite Rider something or other. £580! I can't imagine any sane person spending that much on a bloody bike light.
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  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.

    What as a headlight? My neck would snap under the weight of the battery :lol:

    The headlamp did the job and helped me negotiate a safe route past a muddy corner section this morning. I look like a gay coal miner though.

    Like this?

    Zoolander-Blue-Coal-Miner.jpg
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  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.

    What as a headlight? My neck would snap under the weight of the battery :lol:

    The headlamp did the job and helped me negotiate a safe route past a muddy corner section this morning. I look like a gay coal miner though.

    Like this?

    Zoolander-Blue-Coal-Miner.jpg

    Is that a picture from the Chilean mines? Are those guys turning to the "other side"? Guess when cocooned with 33 guys for months, things change.... :shock: :shock:
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  • bails87bails87 Posts: 13,317
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  • bails87 wrote:
    Wallace1492 What happens in the mine, stays in the mine!

    As long as they don't look like this when they get them out!:
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  • Apparently the Chilean miners aren't getting paid while they're down there.......























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  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    45 lumens? Go for 1400, my son.

    What as a headlight? My neck would snap under the weight of the battery :lol:

    The headlamp did the job and helped me negotiate a safe route past a muddy corner section this morning. I look like a gay coal miner though.

    Like this?

    Zoolander-Blue-Coal-Miner.jpg

    Yes but in High vis orange :D
    Giant Escape M1....
    Penny Farthing
    Unicycle
    The bike the Goodies rode
    Pogo Stick
    Donkey on Roller skates.......OK I'm lying, but I am down to one bike right now and I feel bad about it,
  • bartimaeus wrote:

    I will get one of them when I have some money.
    Giant Escape M1....
    Penny Farthing
    Unicycle
    The bike the Goodies rode
    Pogo Stick
    Donkey on Roller skates.......OK I'm lying, but I am down to one bike right now and I feel bad about it,
  • Sorry, I was assuming everyone knew that Magicshine lights were available for sensible money. I have the 900, have had it for a year, and rate it; it's awesome. If it dies, I'll buy the 1400, or whatever the latest version is. I wouldn't really wear it as a helmet light, but I'd definitely go higher than 45 lumens. This is what I ordered for my helmet.



    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.36024

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