/ Bike lights
Can anyone recommend some good rechargeable bike lights, powerful and durable (mainly for commuting but some night rides in the winter) under £100?
There are three brightness/battery depletion levels but even on the minimum setting they have more than enough light for road cycling. At full whack you'd melt pedestrians.
Comes with charger and a headband allowing you to use it as a head torch
I've just bought these for this winter:-
Had them out once and i'm impressed. They feel durable and really well built and also charge from USB (i personally plug them straight into an i-pod plug).
Great bit of kit.
Wouldn't buy for off road riding but for road/commute they are great.
Get a dynamo set up instead. It's about the same price but never runs out of charge.
German dynolights are cheap because many bikes over there are required to have them by law. The bonus is that they have a shaped beam which is more akin to headlight Busch & Muller lights is the brand you want. The Cyo is an older model but still good and can be had for about £35 on Amazon at the moment.
Dynamo hubs range. The best are SON, German made again but pricey (around £200). SP hubs are the new kid on the block, yet to be fully proven but almost as good as the SON for half the price (its what I've got)
Shimano also have offerings, a cheaper option but reported to have noticeable drag.
Last thing to add in is the cost of building this into your wheel. LBS will probably charge you £30 for the labour and about £1 per spoke.
You'll probably want a rear light too. Busch & Muller again for that under £15 for their taillight on Amazon.
So you'll be set for around £200. Good for committing and night rides. Only downside is the lack of flexibility for quick changes if lights from one bike to another
And I've just seen your £100 budget
The only thing with it is that there will probably be quite a lot of drag and it will be very heavy.
Have a look on rosebikes for cheaper dynamos and wheel building parts.
This is the best rear light i have come across http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/tl-ld1100-10-led-rear-light-ec007955
Goe one and also got a Magicshine rear light (got it for free) and the Cateye is as bright, and find messing about with the battery pack a bit of a pain.
Like the magicshinre one for the front though
Seth, if you can be bothered to wait a few weeks for delivery Deal Extreme is cheap for cree lights. I've now got two of these: http://dx.com/p/trustfire-tr-801-cree-q5-wc-230-lumen-led-flashlight-1-18650-13095 plus you need to buy charger, batteries and mounts - very bright and all for about 25 quid.
Solarstorm X2 from ebay - extremely bright, great runtime and £28!
* The R5 is a Cree LED, and this light has four of them.
I've always been impressed with Lezynes bike lights. I don't have a rechargable set myself, but the manufacturing and brightness for the size, weight and cost are unparalleled, I would expect even more from their higher range rechargables
Hope this helps
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