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Thread: Night riding...who is into it?
12-31-2011, 08:42 AM #151
I read through most of this thread when I started regular night riding a few months ago. I looked at all the light options, and picked up an Exposure Diablo Mk 3 on sale.
It's stupid bright, stupid light, no wires, helmet mount and awesome battery life. This is one of those things where you pay for what you get, and despite the cost, I would buy it again if I had to.
12-31-2011, 09:00 AM #152
I have a Magicshine 900 that I use to ride 14 miles to work and back every day during the winter. Dirt simple but solid mounting system, 4 hour battery life.
I also have a 25 mile MTB loop that I do with the same light. It's great - no crowds and the feeling is surreal.
01-02-2012, 03:24 PM #153sucks on the internet
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Getting into night riding on trails as well.
After some research and head to head comparisons I decided to sack up and go with the Lupine Wilma - pricey but untouched in it's category. Crashing hard at night due to borderline illumination is going to be way pricier though.http://www.facebook.com/pages/www3li...ref=ts&fref=ts 3Limits Slovakia
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02-16-2012, 11:34 AM #154"I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
02-16-2012, 03:09 PM #155
I finally got into night riding this past year. I went in on the cheap side, so I can now provide some insight for others wanting to get into it.
I started with a Niterider 150 which was on sale at the LBS for $58 bucks. That's right, 150 reported lumen. All I knew was that it was in my budget and anything more expensive was not going to happen for an activity I imagined potentially doing once or twice a year.
Turns out that despite almost every single comment I've seen to the contrary on the interwebz, the little light has served me quite well.
1. My wife jogs at night on a local paved path that runs through urban woods, but it's kind of creepy so I tag along on my bike. For this, the light is totally adequate at the lowest setting. Easily lights up the whole path for both of us and I have to cover it with my hand when we encounter others in the opposite direction because its bright enough to annoy.
2. I've ridden on a number of familiar local trails at night with pretty much no problems. This is the Southeast, so we're not talking about 2mile long 20mph downhills with big air. It's moderately technical rooty rocky tight single track through dark as ink jungle-like forest, and at a 7-9mph average speed (per computer). One trip to FATS in Augusta for fast single track with max speeds of 19mph. All this went fine. The only thing I could really see making things objectively better would be a headlamp which would really help for seeing through tight turns and for seeing the other side of whoop-de-dos. If I was on unfamiliar more technical trail and riding a lot faster I can see wanting a little more light.
3. Picked up a Magic Shine 1000 from GeoManGear for the wife as a Christmas presant. It was utterly cheap and is very nice. I would buy it again and again. It's definitely not 7 times brighter than the 150. Maybe 3 times brighter. They're basically the same brightness when the big one is on its lowest setting and the little one is on its brightest.
4. Went to an organized night ride at a local trail that's usually closed to night riding. The people with bright as fuck lights were anoying as fuck. When they're riding away from you it's stupid looking. When they're riding toward you, whether on the same trail or a nearby trail, it's really fucking ghey and kind of a pain in the ass. Kind of like if you were road biking at night on the wrong side of a highway.
So for what it's worth to those wanting to get their feet wet, you can do this for $100 or less. And you can get away with vastly less lumen than many will report. 1500 on the bars and 1500 on the helmet? It's basically just the light equivalent of a $4000 bike. Nice but not at all necessary for having fun.
That's my experience.
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02-16-2012, 07:43 PM #156Registered User
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Gearing up to go riding tonight. I have a Baja Designs Stryker 700 lumen headlight. Riding an 02 RMK 800. The light woeks well on the mtn and dirtbike helmets in the summertime also.
02-19-2012, 12:12 AM #157"I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
02-19-2012, 08:25 AM #158
04-23-2012, 08:22 PM #159
Went on my first night ride a few weeks ago. What a BLAST! Way cooler than I could have imagined. I used a Niterider Minewt 150 (I think...), and it was adequate for tight singletrack. I plan on buying my own soon, and I'm likely going to go with the Minewt 600 - one for the bars, and one for the helmet. Should suit my needs quite well.Gravity. It's the law.
04-24-2012, 09:44 PM #160
Geomangear went out of business recently. Too many people opted to save $6 bucks buying magic shine off ebay from mystery sellers out of Hong Kong while waiting weeks to months with no communication rather than dealing with one of the most stand up operations in outdoor sports. Hope nobodys house burns down. Sad time for night riding.
04-24-2012, 10:20 PM #161
sigma lights on the clymb right now
04-25-2012, 07:00 AM #162
04-25-2012, 07:03 AM #163
As of last word, they were still honoring warranty if you have all of your paperwork. There is a new company, I think it is Magicshine USA that is filling the Geoman void.
04-25-2012, 08:26 AM #164
04-25-2012, 10:55 AM #165
matt hunter is into it
night riding is a couple mins in, but the whole thing is sick.
04-25-2012, 07:20 PM #166
04-27-2012, 09:43 AM #167Registered User
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04-27-2012, 03:00 PM #168
07-11-2012, 09:40 AM #169
So I just started looking at lights for the bike. Since Geomangear is out of business now, what's good? LBS has a Serfas TSL 1500 and 1000, which look pretty sweet, but also a little $$. Also looked at the Light & Motion Seca, but way $$$.
What's the best out there for the price right now? MagicShines sound like they work well for the price, how are peoples holding up over time?
07-11-2012, 11:02 AM #170Gluten Free Dan
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08-02-2012, 11:15 AM #173
Hey, folks, that season is coming on quick! I am looking to put together a group buy for these really cool reflective thumb tacks. You can discretely line your favorite trails with these, and man, do they make a difference in speed and safety for nought riders. Hey retail for ~$4.00 per pack of fifty, but I am thinking of doing a big bulk order, so I can offer them (hopefully) for ~$2.00-$3.00 a pack. Would any of you be interested? Your local trail advocacy group might be able to help with funds.
08-02-2012, 03:58 PM #174
Haven't tried night mountain biking but I used to do a lot of night road riding in LA. So much better than riding in the day- no traffic and cool air.
For a light I use a cheap LED flashlight from dealextreme and it's bright as shit. I'm like $40-50 into it after breaking an LED trying out a new mount and then getting a charger and spare battery:
I think it would be more than enough light for mountain biking since it's enough to go 40+ down a dark windy road. I would need a better mount and probably a headlight too.
08-02-2012, 10:24 PM #175
Anyone use one of these?
Light & Motion Stella 200 Light