Night Light

brendancg
Posts: 524
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:35 pm
Location: Penrith Australia

Night Light

Postby brendancg » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:47 pm

Dear all

I have been talked into doing a 24hr MTB race in April next year. Problem is I don't have a light yet and I need to train riding at night. So here is the question, which one do you recommend. I have looked at and I like the Minewt X2 however this is a handlebar mount. Is a helmet mount better for this type of riding. Forgive me in advance, I am a roadie who has been talked into the odd MTB ride (including one insane 24hr period to come).
Yesterday was an easy day.

User avatar
Bnej
Posts: 2880
Joined: Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:43 pm
Location: Katoomba, NSW

Postby Bnej » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:10 pm

Ayup kit. ayup.com.au

You want a handlebar and helmet mount. If you just have handlebar the far side of bumps on the trail will be pitch black.

Just helmet is passable if you can only have one.

User avatar
Max
Posts: 2895
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:29 pm
Location: Brisbane
Contact:

Postby Max » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:21 pm

I second the ayup lights. Just brilliant (in every sense of the word). I use them for my morning rides in the winter. In pitch black, they are able to illuminate a pedestrian at 30 metres. I'm sure they'll do the same for trees in the bush ;) Worth every dollar.

Max

User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
Posts: 28146
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:31 pm

I'll be ordering AyUps tomorrow, on special at the moment. :)

Shaun
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011

jimbob
Posts: 38
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:44 pm

Postby jimbob » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:09 am

Another vote for Ay Ups. Best combination of brightness, battery life and durability. And yes, go the MTB kit if you can afford it.

User avatar
Spiza
Posts: 1983
Joined: Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:46 pm
Location: Castle Hill, NSW

Postby Spiza » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:04 pm

+5 for Ay-Ups! You don't want to buy anything else! Another plus is that spares are easily and quickly available.

As Bnej said you really need both handlebar mount and helmet mount. For the reasons stated and also redundancy. If a branch happened hook the power lead or knock a light off you still have light :D

I also own and recommend the MTB kit.

Enjoy the event :D

User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
Posts: 28146
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:14 pm

Mulger bill wrote:I'll be ordering AyUps tomorrow, on special at the moment. :)

Shaun


No I won't :(

Bloody cars :x
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011

User avatar
twizzle
Posts: 6386
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:45 am
Location: Taking a break.

Postby twizzle » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:32 pm

Ayups are nice, but REAL lights are over 500 lumen. :roll:

Have a look at the offerings from HID Technologies.
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...

brendancg
Posts: 524
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:35 pm
Location: Penrith Australia

Postby brendancg » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:41 pm

Thanks for the help. Now that I have both I can go to the minister for war and finance with a tender process and get the approval and financial backing. The HID looks good but I think for the same price two lights which covers what all think will lead me to the Ayup.
Yesterday was an easy day.

Wanta-bike
Posts: 241
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:09 pm

Postby Wanta-bike » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:58 pm

i'd also HIGHLY recommend the ayups.

i've got an 07 mtb kit (helmet and handlebar set) and its been ace

User avatar
Kalgrm
Super Mod
Super Mod
Posts: 9610
Joined: Fri May 25, 2007 5:21 pm
Location: Success, WA
Contact:

Postby Kalgrm » Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:28 am

Well, I am going to be a fly in the ointment. Ayups are definitely great lights, but I'm also very happy with my DIY version of LED lights, from between $50 and $90 all up.

Run a Google search based on the following term for more info:

dealextreme lights site:bicycles.net.au

Cheers,
Graeme
Think outside the double triangle.
---------------------
Music was better when ugly people were allowed to make it ....

User avatar
twizzle
Posts: 6386
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:45 am
Location: Taking a break.

Postby twizzle » Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:17 am

brendancg wrote:Thanks for the help. Now that I have both I can go to the minister for war and finance with a tender process and get the approval and financial backing. The HID looks good but I think for the same price two lights which covers what all think will lead me to the Ayup.


I didn't think he still made the HID, the current light is a 4-LED ~ 1000 lumen unit. If you want to try home-built, Cutter Electronics has a kit.
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...

User avatar
Aushiker
Posts: 21439
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:55 pm
Location: Fremantle, WA
Contact:

Postby Aushiker » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:11 pm

Kalgrm wrote:Well, I am going to be a fly in the ointment. Ayups are definitely great lights, but I'm also very happy with my DIY version of LED lights, from between $50 and $90 all up.


To add to Graeme's suggestion, I have a summary of the main postings hereand elsewhere on lights. This includes a links to tests of the Fenix L2Ds and Ayups.

Andrew
Andrew
~ Aushiker.com

brendancg
Posts: 524
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:35 pm
Location: Penrith Australia

Postby brendancg » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:48 pm

Thank you all so much for your help. I will be purchasing in the next week and then the fun begins.
Yesterday was an easy day.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Cmm, kingswood, Robthommo