Tagged: nite light
September 15, 2014 at 10:53 am #796259
Looking to do some night riding this fall and wondered what sort of setups work for the Don?
Looking for about 90 mins worth of light – maybe 2 hrs. Riding all the trails from Sunnybrook to Crothers to Taylor – just maybe a little slower in the dark 🙂
What sort of lumens do I need on the helmet? bars?
Reliable brands without blowing the bank?September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm #796260
One light on the bars and one of the helmet is the ideal setup. If you only get one, then go for the helmet.
The Magicshine lights were the cheap thing to get many years ago, and I assume they still are, but there are probably many more budget options also available.
DX.com is the place to order from if you’re looking for bargain basement pricing.
Magicshine now also has a Canadian Website, but the prices are a bit higher – http://magicshinecanada.ca/
I know some guys in the Don have ordered from here: http://www.action-led-lights.com/ but I don’t have any personal experience with them.September 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm #796261
I’m a cheap magicshine from a few years back guy, and the thing has worked pretty well for me. I don’t use it more than maybe once a week, usually for fall/winter, so can’t speak to real longevity, but mine until the other day was pretty consistent. The extension cord has crapped out, but the batter and light still worked for about 2 hours the other night just fine.
I also run a leysene(sp?) bar mount that is only about 600 lumens max, but as a combo I’m happy with the set up. You could have a bigger light on the bar, but I really like not having wires and junk everywhere.
Mine is similar to this, but the older model: http://www.lezyne.com/product-led-perf-superxl.php#.VBc5JC5dXB8September 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm #796262
whisky_cactus and I placed an order last week with dx.com. Due to how cheap it was, we chose expedited shipping (3-7 business days) because apparently standard can take 3 weeks to ship. Just got my order confirmation this weekend, and the track package option is not working, so we’ll see…
I have asked around about setups quite a bit recently, and most people seem to like a strong light on the lid, and a weaker one on the bar. But anything would work better than my current setup – nothing, with prescription sunglasses on.September 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm #796263
Prices are nuts on that dx.com – almost too good to be true!September 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm #796266
I ordered a pair of SolarStorm X2’s from dx.com last fall and they work really well. I run one on the bars and one on the helmet, and I find the medium setting is perfect for the Don (high is overkill, and I think it messes up the bunny rabbits). Used to run a Lezyne Superdrive before that, and it was simpler not having the wires but it would die on a 90 minute ride (especially in the winter).
The downside: They took forever to arrive (5 weeks if I recall) and it came with a European plug, so I have to use an adapter. I also suspect they may have issues if you use them in heavy rain, but I have yet to test that theory (snow is fine). But given the price I don’t really care.September 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm #796268
Currently I have this light from DX.com. Definitely not 1200 lumens though. Probably closer to 800. Just slightly not bright enough to really hammer in the dark. Hence the order with @marley. Good for going at a moderate pace though. Got it at the beginning of the fall last season. So far it’s been in multiple heavy downpours and multiple hard crashes and there is nothing wrong with it. Battery probably lasts at least 2 hours. Plan on using it on the bars with the new one on my helmet going forward.September 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm #796271
Thanks for the replies. DX.com pricing is too good to be true with the exception of the MagicShine product. Will look for 900 on the bar and 1200 on the head.
CheersSeptember 16, 2014 at 9:24 am #796281
I did a bunch of research on this last fall and came away with the YINDING 2*Cree XM-L U2. It’s awesome; supremely small like a box of matches and 1200-1800 lumens (theoretically). It’s bright, it weighs nothing, and the batteries last a long time. Mounts to bars or helmet easily. (Apparently you can also use a GoPro mount for the helmet).
Reviews: http://forums.mtbr.com/lights-night-riding/user-review-yinding-yd-2xu2-gemini-duo-clone-887497.htmlSeptember 16, 2014 at 9:35 am #796294
In the same boat I just got mine form DX, the last one I had was great but all the rattling around proved to much for the battery. Eventually the soldering failed and my attempts to source the parts for a new battery failed as well. Plus $30 for a new light once a year with free shipping is a no-brainer. But much like allot of the cheap clothing and parts direct from China don’t expect much. I bought a pair of shorts off another site and they last one ride before splitting.September 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm #796308
I bought a couple of these last fall. Not the same Ebay seller, but they’re the same lights. All together I think I paid ~$50 for the pair. I haven’t had a chance to use them out on the trails yet, but I took them with me on a camping trip last month. High setting is super bright.
Still have to figure out a good way to mount one to my helmet too as I don’t have a proper helmet mount for it yet.September 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm #796309
Yup got he same ones at home they work great although I never mounted it on my helmet.September 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm #796664
Just a follow up to note that dx.com contacted me to say my package has failed to pass the airline security check as it contains lithium batteries and will be sent through “another delivery channel” – whatever that means. So basically, expedited shipping was a waste.September 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm #796669
Man, that sucks. Hopefully they give you some sort of compensation for the delay.September 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #796670
Haha. Nope. Apparently expedited “shipping” does not include their standing billing and processing times, so I should still expect about 20 days! They have now sent it DHL and not the other courier company that seemed to be the issue and is on route. Good thing, because I don’t want to miss the next fire.
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