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Bicycle safety lights
Does anybody know of good bicycle lights. I found these wheel lights on-line that seem like a good idea for night riding which is one of my favorite times to ride  http://rimlites.com/layout1/page/page/home.cfm?
I just heard that the guy that killed the 3 cyclists last week plead NOT GUILTY.
valve cap LED's 08.Jul.2003 06:48

99th Monkey, ( one more monkey and you have a critical mass)

Radio Shack also sells a light that uses watch batteries that are motion-sensitive that replace the tube cap. You will have to get an adapter if your wheel uses presta valve instead of schrader. The price is right at $5.00 and they last FOREVER..... I've been using mine at night for almost a year now and haven't had to replace the batts yet. Ride safe as possibel at night; be seen! avoid main streets with drunks on them!

get bike lights locally 08.Jul.2003 10:12

fuck radioshack

city bike has lights for $12 that work great. bike planet is the brand!
buy local....not from the mall

Don't get photon lights 08.Jul.2003 16:03

Antinomias Vermont dsoper@continet.com

I'm a daily commuter, and spend a good bit of the winter riding in the dark. I've been using Cateye Halogen, and got a Photon LED light (wholesale, thank goddess) from a friend. They are bright as all get-out, with a very focused beam. Unfortunately, the switch is pretty funky, and they lack quite a bit in the area of being waterproof, which is a real issue for a daily commuter around here. With the Cateyes, I just have 2 sets of rechargeable batteries, and keep a spare set in my bike bag. When they die, I just pull over, switch, and recharge the dead ones when I get home.

Get off the battery habit 08.Jul.2003 22:35

Use a generator light

There are good quality European generator light sets available. City Bikes is the place to get them. You'll never have to buy, use or throw away toxic batteries again, or have your batteries go dead while you're riding and leave you in the dark.

Illuminate me ... 09.Jul.2003 07:56

mseuphoria kate@dnki.net

I bike commute in urban areas (Boston and Cambridge). Drivers do such stupid stuff around here (way stupider than I remember them doing in Portland) that I need a bike light that stays on when I'm not moving so some idiot with his cel phone (and head) up his rear might actually notice me beside him when he decides to make his own lane to get around some other celphone addled wank who just suddenly decided to put on his turn signal.

I'd like to break the battery habit (I do the 100hr cateye led with NiMH rechargables now), but I need that light on the whole time to fend off wrong way lefts and people taking "left of way" at the start of a forward light cycle. They don't do this if they see that bright headlight. Do those nifty generator lights stay on? If so, how do they do it if they don't have a storage battery?

It's called a 'standlight' 09.Jul.2003 21:57

Battery-less in Portland

For a few dollars more, generator lights can be purchased which include a 'standlight'. While there is no battery involved, the principle is the same. A capacitor in the lighting circuit stores electricity generated while you are riding, which is enough to power a fairly bright LED bulb for about 5 minutes after you stop pedalling. If you can't find a shop that sells generator sets with standlights in your area, try Peter White Cycles in New Hampshire; they sell via the web at:

 http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/lightingsystems.htm

where is city bikes 10.Jul.2003 14:42

dominican lou

hey

where is city bikes.

Do they have a website.

Thanks

Too Lazy for the Revolution? 10.Jul.2003 18:42

Get off the couch!!

How lazy are you? You could have looked this up yourself on Google or in your local phone directory.

Citybikes Workers Cooperative, Repairs, (503) 239-0553, 1914 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Citybikes Workers Cooperative, Annex Sales & Rentals, (503) 239-6951, 734 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214

Bike Lights 29.Sep.2003 14:04

Adrian Hands AHands@unforgettable.com

I'm an avid cyclist in Raleigh NC who bike commutes to work daily (frequently cycling home in the dark) and participates in ultra-marathon overnight cycling events.

Bike lights have never been better.

There's two kinds you should look at:
Battery operated LEDs and Generator powered lights.

Neither are cheap - but they are very much worth the $$$.
I used to get a few days or maybe a week out of four AA alkalines with the Halogen lamps, but the bright white LEDs have changed all that. The Cat Eye EL-300 headlight gets me MONTHS of cycling out of four AAs. The newer Cat Eye EL-400 runs on three AAAs. All of the LED taillights are great - they run seemingly forever on a pair of AAs or AAAs.

Generators: Many ultra-marathon cyclists swear by the hub generators. I use a Union Bottom Bracket generator with a halogen headlamp - it mounts where a kickstand would mount and a remote control lever allows you engage/disengage the generator from the rear wheel while riding. It's less expensive than the hub generator, but I've found it VERY reliable and the accusations that this type of generator will slip in the rain are groundless in my experience. I've used it in absolute DOWNPOURS with no problems.

Anyway, hub generators will set you back several hundred dollars, bottom bracket generators with lamps about a hundred, and the LED units $20 - $40 (plus batteries).


lights 23.Oct.2003 22:53

chopperbiker

does anybody make a generator light that you can switch to other bikes? i have too many bikes for a generator set-up if not. also, as an everyday rider, i like the super-bright LED on other cyclists bikes. i can tell its a bike and not a motorcycle that never catches up and they dont blind me when they come at me.