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stevsite
12-19-2011, 03:31 AM
Came across this one at Performance, and it looks like a pretty good deal on paper, but I haven't seen any reviews. I know that the Cygolite ExpiliOn products are well-liked in these forums, and seem similar to the Pace in features, lumens, etc. $69.99 seems like a good deal for a "to see" light in this lumen category to use for winter commutes. For me it would be a second headlight as I am already running a Niterider 250 cordless setup which I am happy with. I had been using a DX flashlight as my second light, but find that it keeps switching modes every time I hit a bump in the path or road. It was a low-cost investment, and I can still use it as a flashlight around the house, so no real loss there. Still want to have a second headlight, though, as the niterider isn't quite enough when the MUT goes completely dark in the winter.

Anyways, just looking for opinions on Cygolite's in general and this one in particular.
http://www.tinydeal.com/headlamp-flashlight-headlight-light-torch-pxjvyt-p-4429.html

acc
12-19-2011, 07:31 PM
I'm sticking with what works for me, Nite Rider MiNewt.350 Cordless. I can charge it with a USB port, and I don't have to worry about batteries running out unexpectedly. I know myself well enough that it is unlikely that I'd remember to carry extra batteries with me.

I take it off the bike, walk into the house and plug it in. Yes, it is relatively expensive but the peace of mind is worth it to me. I never thought I would say I like riding in the dark, but I do. But I want to be responsible and visible.

ann

FFX_Hinterlands
12-19-2011, 08:29 PM
I really like my totally cheap "3watt LED light" from Don't Get Hit. I've had it for over a year and it has held up. It takes 4AA batteries... I use rechargeable and I already have a decent charger. The best part? $19!
The beam is much better shaped than most with a wide hot spot and sharp-ish cutoff on top of the beam.

http://www.dontgethit.com/3waledbihe.html

MCL1981
12-19-2011, 10:28 PM
The ones you linked is a $2.19 headlamp. Thinking that isn't what you were aiming for?

My opinion on to-see lights for trail use is a little bit skewed. I'm a lighting geek. My job used to be making lighting systems so bright and annoying that people pulled over from a mile away. So to me, nothing less than 1000 lumens that will light up the trail for a 1/4 mile ahead and pick out a crouched deer along side is adequate. But I'm probably excessive.

FFX_Hinterlands
12-20-2011, 06:15 AM
Hmm... The link works for me.
The kind of to-see light is dictated by your speed as well. If you cruising over 15mph, you'll need more than 200 lumens. But the same 200 lumen light is near overkill at 10mph.

I think that telling cyclists that you must spend $100 on a headlight and it must be 800 lumens is not doing much to encourage new riders to take on winter cycling.

americancyclo
12-20-2011, 07:30 AM
I'm with ann on this one. I love my Nite Rider MiNewt.250 Cordless for the USB charging and the ease of taking it off the bike. I charge it at my desk at work and it's always ready to go when I head out the door. Three light levels are nice for adjusting for road and trail riding. nowadays you can get them pretty cheap. I've seen the 600 lumen for under $105 and the 300 lumen for under $85

FFX_Hinterlands
12-20-2011, 07:54 AM
I will say that if I'm going to shell out money for a rechargeable light I will look at the MiniNewt. I've heard too many great endorsements. Between us friends I'm waiting for something to break on my front wheel so I can get a dynohub. :)

stevsite
12-20-2011, 07:45 PM
Hmm... The link works for me.
The kind of to-see light is dictated by your speed as well. If you cruising over 15mph, you'll need more than 200 lumens. But the same 200 lumen light is near overkill at 10mph.

I think that telling cyclists that you must spend $100 on a headlight and it must be 800 lumens is not doing much to encourage new riders to take on winter cycling.
I think this LED adjustable headlamp provides you with long lasting, rainproof, powerful and portable light.