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Can I suggest this and would this get used if there were one?

Light questions seem to pop up all over the place. I can't be the only who has a thing about lights...OEM or DIY.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again - I'd like to see a DIY section as the next board. Cover lights, frame painting and building, stand building, etc. For OEM lights questions I find Endurance racing to be the best place to ask questions.
 

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SoCalAl said:
I've said this before and I'll say it again - I'd like to see a DIY section as the next board. Cover lights, frame painting and building, stand building, etc. For OEM lights questions I find Endurance racing to be the best place to ask questions.
Fair enough if you have to ask a question, but it would save some questions being asked as everything would be in the same place (Iknow there is a serach tool...but typing in lights gets all sorts of posts).

It could have aFAQ section, includind bulb technologies, strengths weakness's for each type. same for battery technologies. it could be linked to the MTBR lights review! PPLs own DIY lights including more detailed stuff like ppls circuits and even geekier...code if its a microcontroller solution (can you tell I am a bit geeky lol). Peoples modifications to OEM lights is another idea (LED lights are ripe for tweaking).

I think lights might be more useful to a lot of ppl than how to shave 2g off your handlebar grips. Nothing wrong with weight weenieing...there is even overlap as weight weeneies want light ...er lights hehe.

I agree on the DIY section! But if they were mixed ppl wouldn't post or look in there for OEM lights which is what most ppl use.

But then again...i might be the only one who thinks that there is so much to a bike light hehe.

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It’s a nice idea, but please don’t knock other boards!! It won’t help things at all. :D

All the boards here have their place, and the MTBR team have made sure that there are boards to cover all aspects of bikes and riding.

I did discuss this with Gregg and Francois a long while ago though.

If I remember correctly, they thought it was a good idea but realistically it's just not practical. The main problem is that more boards will just make things too crowded, and even more segregated then it already is.

A “DIY” or “Homebrew” board would be great, but it's already reasonably well covered in the "New Products and Innovations" board.

If it were made better known that that's the place to go then there wouldn't be any problems IMO.

A new “Lighting” board, or an "Electronics Around The Bike" board like the German "mtb-news.de" site would be nice though. While it would remove the clutter from general discussion and other boards, I do wonder how much traffic it would get in the long run.

We’ll see what happens.

Cheers, Dave.
 

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Low_Rider said:
It's a nice idea, but please don't knock other boards!! It won't help things at all. :D

All the boards here have their place, and the MTBR team have made sure that there are boards to cover all aspects of bikes and riding.

I did discuss this with Gregg and Francois a long while ago though.

If I remember correctly, they thought it was a good idea but realistically it's just not practical. The main problem is that more boards will just make things too crowded, and even more segregated then it already is.

A "DIY" or "Homebrew" board would be great, but it's already reasonably well covered in the "New Products and Innovations" board.

If it were made better known that that's the place to go then there wouldn't be any problems IMO.

A new "Lighting" board, or an "Electronics Around The Bike" board like the German "mtb-news.de" site would be nice though. While it would remove the clutter from general discussion and other boards, I do wonder how much traffic it would get in the long run.

We'll see what happens.

Cheers, Dave.
I didn't intend to seem like I was knocking other boards, just tyrring pointing out that good lights are quite important if you night ride. Re reading it, I didn't do it very well witht that comment hehe.

I don't think a lights board would be a main hub for people to hang out all the time. Just like don't hang out on the brake board, but I go there quite often.

Cheers

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Hey Stu! Sorry I may have come across a little strong... :D

Stu said:
It could have a FAQ section, including bulb technologies, strengths weakness's for each type. same for battery technologies. it could be linked to the MTBR lights review! PPLs own DIY lights including more detailed stuff like ppls circuits and even geekier...code if its a Microcontroller solution (can you tell I am a bit geeky lol). Peoples modifications to OEM lights is another idea (LED lights are ripe for tweaking).
This is exactly what I'd like to have here, so I know what you're thinking.

To be honest, I'd like to see the "New Products and Innovations" board closed, as all the posts there can be slotted into other boards like the "Manufacturer" forums, "General Discussion", or even the "Press and News" board.

A "Homebrew" or "DIY" board would be nice, but really all of the topics associated with this are usually related to certain products, bikes, disciplines etc. I can't see it getting too much use.

I'm all for an Electronics board, as I feel it's a topic that really is independent of the other boards. I don't doubt that it would get use, but I just wonder how much.

I guess the only way is to try and find out. There are always many posts scattered through the "General Discussion", "Passion", "Enduarnce Racing" and "Regional Trails and Rides" forums during the year, so I don't see why it wouldn't.

Cheers, Dave.
 

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JimC. said:
Yeah and very good it is too, It knocked the final nail in the coffiin that helped me decide to order a cateye double shot. Its not exhaustive though. There are other reveiws in the spotlight section relating to what other discussion boards cover. It also doesn't cover DIY.

Making it an electronics board would be ok, a few GPS questions crop up from time to time.

Also I am not saying this should just be for high end headlights, it should include all lighting and possibly even visibility aids (although they aren't electronic generally). lights are used both summer and winter, whether its for 24h races, ppl who like night rides or just because winter has come around again.There is also the possibility that it might steer or inspire manufacturers to users needs and their (users) feedback. Some of them may even justify why their LED lights are so expensive (I am looking at you Lupine lol)....but i doubt it lol.

I can understand why it would be a tough decision to add this as a board, the innovations board has a few gems every now an again, but doesn't seem to have big traffic and attracts the occasional odd suggestion (not a dig, just an observation). I think this may be as the board is very generic and not focussed on a particular subject, like drivetrain, brakes or 29ers...are. A balance is required I think, specific enough, but with enough diversity to suit everyones need in the subject area. Too generic and ppl will just post where they feel like.

Stu
 
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