Last night, I had to ride home from campus in the dark. I had forgotten what a wonderful experience that is. (Of course, I don’t particular look forward to riding to and fro in the dark and cold when we switch the clocks back.)
Jeff recently posted this to the Hadrian on a Bicycle Facebook page:
Any suggestions for a good head light. I’ve looked at cordless or frame-mounted battery, and even checked sites for do-it-yourself systems. I’m a commuter rider. The Cateye light I have now doesn’t throw enough light on the road. What sort of lumens/wattage would you recommend? Do you prefer LED or halogen? I’d prefer to not spend $300 if I don’t have to.
For my headlight, I use a light by Cateye. The model appears no longer to be available, but it’s similar to the HL-EL450. When I’m on public streets, where visibility is decent and provided by street lamps, I use the flash mode for the purposes of being seen rather than for seeing. When I’m on the bike path in the dark, however, I leave it on full. It’s certainly not the best headlight available (among other things, I wish it were rechargeable), but it does illuminate the path of travel fairly well, probably up to a distance of around twenty feet.
On the back, I have a Planet Bike Superflash Taillight. When I use it (primarily whenever on public streets, and in dusk or dawn conditions), I leave it in flash mode.
Does anyone else have anything to suggest?