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Sigurd:I am very happy with my Edelux setup, but can't wait to see the Magicshine in the "wild" - I gather it is superbright.
wpstoll:Returning from work in University City one afternoon in late November I was using the Magicshine 1600 as a daytime running light. Riding the bum gauntlet down on the Rose Creek Bike Path Bum Camp one of them loitering in a large group said "That light's too bright," stepped toward me and tried to grab my handlebar as a passed. I almost crashed. Telephone calls and emails to Council District 2 and copied to SDPD were never returned. When we passed through the same area during the Fox Hunt on Monday the same bums were loitering in the same place. It's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt or robbed there. Then maybe the city will rethink their policy of using class I bike paths as bum dormitories.
we are working hard to get the Rose Creek Bike path cleaned up. The police department has been helping out by removing the homeless camp. The public works dept cleared out the trash and will be doing so again as shopping carts and other junk are reappearing. We are also trying to get the graffiti removed under the bridge.
Sigurd:Several drivers driving the opposite direction flashed their high-beams at me last night, I can only assume because they thought my headlight (Edelux) was too bright: At least they can't complain they didn't see me!PS! The people occupying the SD RIver bike path weren't too happy about my lights, either!:face-devil-grin:
Stephan:Maybe you should aim your light a little lower. It's so easy to get really bright bike lights now, but not everyone takes care in setting them up. It's not unusual for me to come upon cyclists on bike paths who have their lights aimed so high that it is difficult for me to see ahead.
Sam:My niterider is pretty bright too and I noticed very recently that sometimes I was blinding the driver stopped in front of me as my lights were shining right into their rear view mirrors, so I learned to lower my lights when I come to a stop. I have depth perception issues when riding at night (as some of you witnessed when I rode into the curb a few times when completely sober) so I really need bright lights when riding at night.
Stephan:Maybe you should aim your light a little lower...
Sigurd: Stephan:Maybe you should aim your light a little lower... I do lift my light to a "high beam" position for daytime riding, and do admit it is perfectly possible that I forgot to lower it into low beam position when the sun set: Will try to pay more attention to this in the future.
mfutch:Turns out my NiteRider 600 kills the wireless signal on my new Cateye computer. Bummer. Maybe I can rig them up with more distance between 'em.
deprotinator:From what I've read and seen, something around 250 lumens will be fine for commuting and occassional critical mass shenanigans. The cheaper lights claiming 2W or even 1W LEDs will probably work well too if you don't ride too fast in pitch dark places. Seems like the light pattern is a big factor in choosing a good light. You'll want a more dispersed area so all the potholes and broken glass are visible rather than a super-bright spot which doesn't really light up anything. What do you guys think? I haven't bought one yet, but will get something soon. I'll be back with a review of whatever I end up with. Thanks for all the tips on this thread guys, and looking forward to one of you blinding me on the road soon...especially the dude with the 900 lumen jobber on his helmet :)
deprotinator: I know this brand isn't known for bike lights, but at $48 for 2, I'm pretty impressed with their value so far.
Sigurd: deprotinator: In the link you provided, this headlight is $35 apiece - how did you manage to get two for $48?Newegg has daily flash sales to their email subscribers. I just got lucky one day when this light went on sale while I was in the market. If you're an electronics nerd like me :) I highly recommend subscribing to their email newsletters.
deprotinator: In the link you provided, this headlight is $35 apiece - how did you manage to get two for $48?
bikingbill:I happen to have a degree in Physics and I can safely say that this is pure genius, if this guy has really pulled it off:http://www.gizmag.com/magnic-light-contactless-dynamo/21494/"Relative movements of magnets and neighbored conductive material induce eddy currents in the conductive material - in our case the metallic rim," Dirk explains on his Kickstarter fund-raising site. "These eddy currents have their own magnetic fields which are absorbed by the Magnic Light generator kernel and by this way produce electric energy."
Stephan:Just installed the Busch & Müller Toplight Line Brake Plus on my Bleriot. The Toplight Line Brake Plus senses when the bike slows under braking and glows brighter, just like the brake lights on an automobile. This is a dynamo driven tail light with a capacitor that powers the light for about 4 minutes when the bike is stopped. It also has a switch to turn the light off. Very cool. Now I have a real reason to run my lights during the daytime too.
billd:I just got a Cygolite Hotshot 2, 2-watt tail light. It doesn't seem brighter than my Radbot 1000.
svelocity:I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a new Schmidt Son28 dynamo. For those who own a dynamo would you let me know if you still think it was a worthy purchase? Maybe any pros and cons, experiences, "if I were to do it again" thoughts, etc. Cheers!