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    Bike Lights -- recommendations for super-bright for ROAD riding?

    I am looking for a ridiculously bright light, like as bright as a motorcycle light?!

    I almost got hit last night while in an exit driveway from Central Market. (There was a car turning into the parking lot very fast, not staying to their side of the driveway). Probably "didn't see me." I had two front lights on my bike, one flashing, one steady, but obviously still not strong enough to be seen. I also have a yellow reflective construction worker vest, but wasn't wearing it--need to wear it more.

    I have had quite a few cheaper/smaller lights just die or suck at recharging. I'm looking for something dependable.

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    Lastly, I'd like to be able for it to either be easily removable, or easily secured, when I lock my bike up downtown etc.

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    How much do you want to spend?

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    For a rear light, I suggest the Bontrager Flare R - it's a 65 lumen blinking light that has a daytime mode that is also very bright.

    If they can't see a 1200 lumen light in the front, they're just not paying attention. I bought some cheap 2000 lumen lights that are really about 800 (my 1000 brand name is much brighter).

    You could check these out for a all-in-one solution that's kind of neat, but I'm not sure it's worth the price: Bontrager Transmitr Lighting Set w/ Remote | Bike lights | Cycling accessories | Equipment | Trek Bikes

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    I have had various NiteRider lights in the past and was happy with their service. About three years ago I was looking for a cheaper replacement and found LuminTrek, now called LuminTrail, made by a North Carolina company called LightJunction. They use the Chinese light (that looks like Magic Shine) but I believe they make their own battery. I have spoken with them a couple of times for the rubber O-rings and questions and have been very impressed with their helpfulness and promptness. They sell their lights through Amazon. The prices are competitive and the cables, the handlebar mount, and the helmet mount are included in the price and the box.

    I have the TB-1600 on the helmet, and the TB-1000 on the handlebar as a backup. I like the TB-1600 best because it is brighter and covers more situations like trail riding. Both lights have three intensity settings which allows you to tone down the intensity and extend the battery life. I like the helmet mount because it lights where you are looking and can help you with drive train repairs as opposed to the handlebar light which is facing away from the rear wheel.

    Check out the following links:

    LightJunction. Scroll down and you can see links to the 1600 lumen and 1000 lumen lights. I use the 1600 on my helmet, and it is great in the woods and trails. I use the 1000 on the handle bars and it is fine for lighting a general area and is strong enough for city streets. With the late sunset at this time of year, I can often get two or three rides per charge.
    MTBR Review. The review from 2012 has responses from Light Junction and LuminTrek and was helpful.


    Amazon TB-1600. On sale for $72.38 which is cheaper than I paid a three years ago.

    Amazon TB-1000. On sale for $59.95.


    These lights are very bright and drivers usually avert their eyes when they see me. Visibility is the key to survival when cycling.
    Raise your skill level to the level of the trail, donít bring the level of the trail down to your riding level.

    Don't mind me, I'm just along for the ride.

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    Action Led Lights has some great deals on refurbished Gloworm lights. I've been running the X2 for while and love it, and picked up another due to the prices on the sale.

    I ride to the trail in my neighborhood most nights for riding. It's not unusual to have cars just pull over and stop if I have both lights on - and I run them in low when on the road. It'd probably be more dangerous to run them on high as the higher mounted, really bright lights would cause issues with glare for the drivers.

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    Run one on your helmet. This way you can shine it in their face to get their attention. Not kidding. I usually splash the beam across their face a few quick times so that they know to look for me. It can also let me check to see if they see me (when the light lights their face up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Run one on your helmet. This way you can shine it in their face to get their attention. Not kidding. I usually splash the beam across their face a few quick times so that they know to look for me. It can also let me check to see if they see me (when the light lights their face up).

    -CJB
    this. its akin to making eye contact with drivers. you know they are planning a douchbag move when they refuse to make eye contact with you despite very clearly being within visual range. being able to point the beam is a great idea and you don't have to remove it when you park your bike.

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    thanks y'all.

    ummm.

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    I second the helmet light. Nothing like a flashing 1000 lm light pointed at drivers.
    They tend to slow down as well when all the road signs 1000 yds up are flashing as well.

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    I don't like helmet lights on the road. If you look back to check traffic, you have the potential to blind the drivers right behind you. Probably not a good idea.
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    What Wumpus said. Blind driver is no better than a distracted driver. If you're going through town, 600-800 lumen max. You want their attention. Nothing more. Get a main light for your bar then maybe a second cheapie that will blink.

    L&M Urban series is what I like.

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    I bought this light for my bike and frankly in high mode its brighter than I would want but its clearly visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Run one on your helmet. This way you can shine it in their face to get their attention. Not kidding. I usually splash the beam across their face a few quick times so that they know to look for me. It can also let me check to see if they see me (when the light lights their face up).

    -CJB

    I agree. I do the same thing. I have had problems with people on my right with a stop sign blowing through and pulling out in front of me. I don't know whether they don't see me or think they have enough time to pull out before a bicycle enters the intersection. I feel that a lot of motorists think of bicycles as being slow and don't have a concept that we might be moving at 17-23 mph, even on a mountain bike. I don't leave the light in their eyes, just enough to make sure they can't ignore me. That is easier to do with a helmet light than a handlebar light.
    Raise your skill level to the level of the trail, donít bring the level of the trail down to your riding level.

    Don't mind me, I'm just along for the ride.

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    I don't think brighter lights are going to make you more visible to distracted drivers. something in the 600-lumen range should be enough for a single light. if they don't see that, they're not paying attention and they are not going to see anything. beyond that, you're just going to annoy and blind people. additional lights or lights in different places (under the bike, on your helmet, on your spokes, making the frame glow with different colors, etc) is probably a better way to do it.

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    MTBR does a yearly shootout and reviews the previous years lights. Pretty good info here:
    2015 Bike Lights Shootout - Mtbr.com

    DIY is also an option. Pretty simple project if you want to spend the time to build yourself. Lots of support and ideas at
    Lights DIY - Do It Yourself - Mtbr.com
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    CandlePowerForums

    It used to be cheaper per lumen, but good bike lights seems to have come down in price over the last few years.

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    this is the brightest red tail light around: DS-500 Taillight w/Mount
    I saw one during the day on the back of a road bike on 620 from about 1/3 mile away. It was impossible to miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostinatx View Post
    this is the brightest red tail light around: DS-500 Taillight w/Mount
    I saw one during the day on the back of a road bike on 620 from about 1/3 mile away. It was impossible to miss.
    How did you know thats what it was?

    I often seen guys who are riding day-time visible tail lights. But I've never actually stopped to ask them what light it is.

    I'm a tail-light whore. I love them and own many. My long-time favorite is the L&M Vis 180. Its very very bright. Vis 180 Brown Shugga - Light & Motion After just checking, its only 70 lumens! Wow, I can only image what a 800 lumen tail light is like. I'm not afraid of paying some money for a light, but $229+a battery+a charger is getting way outa range for many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wumpus View Post
    I don't like helmet lights on the road. If you look back to check traffic, you have the potential to blind the drivers right behind you. Probably not a good idea.
    Blinded drivers slow down, but seriously human heads can't rotate enough to aim straight at a car behind you unless you are part owl.

    Handlebar lights suck.
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