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r32657 said:
I was looking at something like the Cree P4, but wasn't sure if that's something that would be good enough to see by itself.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-200-Lumens-...0194402QQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116
It's enough for climbing fire roads, but I'd look at a newer Q5 or R2 bin light emitter and run at least 2 of those lights for single track, one on the bars with some spill light, one on the helmet to see further out..

For the helmet.. http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13095

For the bars... http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15335

Batteries, buy 2 sets of 2 for 4 batteries. http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5790

Charger http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1251

Big kahuna MCE LIGHT if you want one light to do it all. http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12060

Flashlight mounts http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.792 or this http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15342

It's all there on Deal Extreme, shipping charges are included, but the wait in time is worth it for the savings and free shipping.

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Check out this thread

I did a ride with just this 200 lumen light on my helmet the other night (forgot to recharge the battery on my handlebar light :rolleyes: ) It was fine. (twisty singletrack that I know well, moderate speeds). But I prefer to have both a bar and helmet light. 2 of these lights would be a great setup for ~$60 investment.

Depending on the helmet, a fat rubber band or a piece of of inner tube works. Same on the bars. But I just got a new helmet with the vents in a different pattern. Now I'm using a velcro strap with a piece of 1/2" closed-cell foam sandwiched between light and helmet for a snug fit. I'd attach a photo, but my camera has died.

DealExtreme also sells a simple handlebar mount for 2 or 3 dollars.

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antonio said:
I'm interested in sending this link to a few friends considering night-riding.

How could these be mounted to a handlebar? Helmet?

Thanks!

Ant
Helmet mounting can be done using O-rings through the helmet vents and around the flashlight.



Bike mounting is commonly done with a TwoFish LockBlock (I suggest the beefier CyclopBlock for mid-sized lights). I think DX carries a clone of the TwoFish lockblock. LightHound has the CyclopBlock.
 

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r32657 wrote: I was looking at something like the Cree P4, but wasn't sure if that's something that would be good enough to see by itself.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-200-Lumens-C...3286.m20.l1116
The subject here seems to be riding with minimal light. You didn't mention where you planned riding with this light. For doing doing road or light trail riding where you can limit your speed you should be fine. The torch you linked to will probably have more of a spot beam pattern. I own a similar P-4 torch. I use mine for emergency repairs or as an emergency get-outta-the-woods light. I like the idea that the torch (your link) has the external battery case for longer run time. If the torch has a wider beam that would be better. If you buy this I would surely recommend one of the D/X torches as well ( combo ) to use helmet mounted so you have a better/safer system. The recommendations given by the others were good ones.
 

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With only 200 lumens, it is still going to be pretty dark in the woods. If you had to, you could get by, as long as you don't plan on being too aggressive/fast, and your trails are not too tricky, and your eyes are not too bad and....

So yes, for certain people riding certain trails in a certain manor it will work. But, many riders will want or require something more for what they have planned.
 

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rkj__ said:
With only 200 lumens, it is still going to be pretty dark in the woods.
I think 200 lumens is fine, until you experience more. I was fine the other night with just the 200 lumen TR-801 on my head. But I just got back from my first ride with my new 14.4v battery (fully charged this time :thumbsup: ) over-volting my 32w halogen light. I don't know what the lumen output of that would be (I read it here someplace a while back) but it's way brighter than the TR-801, and I was riding faster. Even so, when I shut down the halogens and rode with the 200 lumen torch for a while, it seemed dim at first, but after a few minutes it seemed fine again. I think you just naturally adjust your speed so you're not outrunning your lights. And I don't think you have to ride fast to have an exciting ride at night! :eekster:

I still say the 200 lumen flashlight is a great (and economical) place to start. You can always add more light.

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mechBgon said:
Here's the TwoFish BikeBlock, which as you can see is designed with the two cutouts parallel to eachother, not 90° like the CyclopBlock or LockBlock. DX also has a generic variant of this design.

I think I'll just go with the MTE SSC P7 900-Lumen. How secure is that setup for single track with a lot of bumps etc?
 
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