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Wonrek - on 01 Aug 2012
Sadly, very sadly the mornings are drawing in again and I'm having to rely more on lights on my morning training ride.

I ride a road bike along unlit country roads so am looking for a powerful beam that will allow me to see where I'm going (not entirely sure I want to see the steep hills coming though;) in the darkest of conditions.

I don't have any set budget but obviously can't afford to spend hundreds on this. Would prefer battery powered also.

Thanks in advance,

Cx
andy - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears: Lots of people recommend those jobbies from the States that are about 80. I use a Hope R4 on the front and a Hope District on the back - pricy but superbly made in Barlick.
hexcentric - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears: I bought one of these last winter. Works perfectly for me, I usually run mine at 50% power output (for the sake of the car drivers coming the other way) which gives a battery life of maybe 3-4 hours ish? Loads and loads of power and not too expensive.

http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/products/Front-Bike-Light-Magicshine-MJ-872-LSET
gizmo - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to hexcentric:

I bought their wide-angle, Mickey Mouse style, front light initially and was really impressed. I later supplemented it with their rear light, which can run off the same battery using a splitter cable although it does reduce the battery life.

I love the fact that there's a battery life indicator built into the touch switch for the front light.
blurty - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears:

buy Exposure, or buy cheap then buy twice


http://www.exposurelights.com/
ChrisJD on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears:

Choose the MagicShine to suit your budget.

I'm using offroad:
On the bars: Magicshine MJ-872 (1600 Lumens)
On my lid: Magicshine MJ-838 (only 200 lumens, but feels brighter)

It is like daylight at full bore!

My wife also uses the MJ-838 for night running.

For the money, they are amazing.
Wonrek - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to ChrisJD: They look quite good, the site is a bit sketchy about the battery though. I assume it's mounted on the frame but what is the weight of it and is this what I can expect from higher grade lighting systems?

Cx
LastBoyScout on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears:

Nite Rider MiNewt cordless 600:

http://www.niterider.com/rechargeable-new/minewt-600-cordless-new/

Use it on road and off - several power settings including flashing and decent battery life.

Handlebar bracket not the best - fine for road, but I use helmet mount for off-road.
LastBoyScout on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to LastBoyScout:

Rear light: I use the Smart ones - very bright and batteries last ages.
ChrisJD on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears:

I bought last set from these guys:

http://www.bikelightsuk.com/

Batterys can be frame mounted (or bars if you want).

The small MJ-838 light has an extension cable and the battery is light. If on head, battery can be either be in camel back or strapped to arm if running.

On the MJ-872 I went for the slightly more expensive Samsung Battery.

Batterys: Don't run them fully out, don't let them sit for a long time empty (keep >50% over summer) and store in fridge.
ChrisJD on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to ChrisJD:

And the battery on the MJ-872 isn't at all heavy.
mike123 - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears: all the magic shine stuff is available from dx extreme
http://s.dealextreme.com/search/Magicshine
it used to be way cheaper than uk sources but i m not sure now. lots of people off ukc , me included, have got these from hk with no problems.
rmt - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to Clears: I use Hope Vision 4 and Hope Vision 2 for Mountain Biking, and just the Vision 2 for Road Biking. Have to say that I've been very impressed with them, and would definitely recommend. The R4, as recommended above is probably better, but also more expensive. If I was buying now though it's probably what I would get.
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ChrisJD on 04 Aug 2012
The MJ-838 battery and case are 146g

The MJ-872 Samsung Battery and case are 292g



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