anybody night ride??

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  1. Lone Wolf

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  2. On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:12:53 -0800 (PST), [email protected] (lone wolf) blurted:

    >anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    >
    >http://community.webtv.net/lone_wolf_1971/lonewolfswebpage

    I did one time.h, but that's because I'm mentally unstable. I got into two fist-fights that night
    and one other confrontation wearing my bike shorts, Oakley Blades and my cleat shoes for the pedals.
    I didn't use any light, I just went riding around with shades after dark until I finally wound up at
    a convenience store and interrogated the cashier about gangs. Then I went to taco cabana and started
    preaching at some customers and that's when /me and this dude started throwing the rounds.

    --
    "<the spurs are the best team ever>" -Louise [email protected], 2/2/3
     
  3. Shaun Rimmer

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    lone wolf <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???

    Home made system - MR16 bar mounted, 50W/24 degree halogen, 2x3.3 Ah sealed lead acid batteries,
    frame mounted. Also have another 50W/24 halogen that I can fit on my helmet. I use one or the other
    depending on where I'm riding (Bar mount for road mainly).

    I get about 1 1/2 hours out of the battery, but I never really got round to finishing the project
    properly, which would have given me more battery life.

    Total cost = about £20.

    Shaun aRe
     
  4. Michael Dart

    Michael Dart Guest

  5. lone wolf wrote:
    >
    > anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    >

    Yup!

    Offroad - NiteRider HID on the helmet. A $15 Trek AA powered light is in the Camelbak as a backup.

    On-road - Niterider Digital Pro 12 w/ tail light, a Trek blinkie, Tireflys, and plenty of
    reflectors.

    I especially like pre-dawn road riding before work. It's kind of cool watching the sun come up.

    Barry
     
  6. Carla A-G

    Carla A-G Guest

    "lone wolf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???

    We do it all the time, especially in the wintertime because of lack of lighting. We use Niterider
    helmet lights.

    - CA-G

    Canadian Girls Kick Ass!
     
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    >lone wolf <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    >
    >Home made system - MR16 bar mounted, 50W/24 degree halogen, 2x3.3 Ah sealed lead acid batteries,
    >frame mounted. Also have another 50W/24 halogen that I can fit on my helmet. I use one or the other
    >depending on where I'm riding (Bar mount for road mainly).
    >
    >I get about 1 1/2 hours out of the battery, but I never really got round to finishing the project
    >properly, which would have given me more battery life.
    >
    >Total cost = about £20.
    >
    >Shaun aRe

    Holy shit! And I thought 15 on the helmet and 35 on the bars was borderline overkill.

    Quick tip: A ten degree 20W on the helmet will give you pretty much the same punch as the 50/24. And
    you won't have to carry around a nine pound battery to run it.

    Cheers,

    -Andrew
     
  8. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Andrew Thorne <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > >
    > >
    > >lone wolf <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]...
    > >> anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    > >
    > >Home made system - MR16 bar mounted, 50W/24 degree halogen, 2x3.3 Ah
    sealed
    > >lead acid batteries, frame mounted. Also have another 50W/24 halogen that
    I
    > >can fit on my helmet. I use one or the other depending on where I'm
    riding
    > >(Bar mount for road mainly).
    > >
    > >I get about 1 1/2 hours out of the battery, but I never really got round
    to
    > >finishing the project properly, which would have given me more battery
    life.
    > >
    > >Total cost = about £20.
    > >
    > >Shaun aRe
    >
    > Holy shit! And I thought 15 on the helmet and 35 on the bars was
    borderline
    > overkill.

    Aye! - - -

    > Quick tip: A ten degree 20W on the helmet will give you pretty much the
    same
    > punch as the 50/24. And you won't have to carry around a nine pound
    battery to
    > run it.

    - - - These were bulbs I had already. I haven't been able to find the right voltage/wattage/beam
    angle ones yet, and the ones I've seen that come close are 6 -10 quid _each_

    My ideal setup was going to be 15/10 helmet, 20/20 bars, and I've been meaning to build a PWM
    regulator, so I can hook the batts up in series, and efficiently drop the voltage down to about
    13.5/14 volts (over-volting - this would give me both more batt. life, and more light, at the slight
    expense of bulb life.

    Oh, and the batteries down weigh more than 4 pounds ',;~}

    > Cheers,

    Cheers yerself AT!

    Shaun aRe

    P.s. - I have two makes of these 50 watt 24 degree bulbs, some Osram, and some Phillips - the
    Phillips ones, which I thought would be superior, are _shite_. They give less than half the
    light of the Osram ones, and draw fractionally more current, and from what I can tell, have the
    same or similar life expectancy.
     
  9. Simon

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    "lone wolf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    | anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    |
    | http://community.webtv.net/lone_wolf_1971/lonewolfswebpage
    |

    I use my head torch that was bought for mountaineering. Has 2 modes and is water proof, does the
    job for me.

    http://www.outdoorreview.com/pscOutdoor,Equipment/Backpacking,Camping,Hiking
    /Headlamps/Petzl,Duo/PRD_78944_2994crx.aspx

    Wouldnt suggest it "just" for mtb'ing though.

    Simon
     
  10. Dean Stepper

    Dean Stepper Guest

  11. yup most wednesday nights, uses a twin bar mount of a 15w vista nightstick and a 10 w vista night
    stick, but looking to upgrade to Stadium lights soon. Howard
     
  12. Flyingcoyote

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  14. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:12:53 -0800 (PST), [email protected] (lone wolf) wrote:

    >anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    >
    >http://community.webtv.net/lone_wolf_1971/lonewolfswebpage

    I don't know about you Elle Dubya, you're either a master Troller or some kinda freak... Why not
    just tape a couple of pin lights to your helmet. That seems about your speed.

    Peace, Bill(I could be wrong...wouldn't be the first time)Wheeler The mind serves properly as a
    window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind should give an immediate view instead of
    an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  15. Sorni

    Sorni Guest

    "Bill Wheeler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 23:12:53 -0800 (PST), [email protected] (lone wolf) wrote:
    >
    > >anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    > >
    > >http://community.webtv.net/lone_wolf_1971/lonewolfswebpage
    >
    > I don't know about you Elle Dubya, you're either a master Troller or some kinda freak... Why not
    > just tape a couple of pin lights to your helmet. That seems about your speed.
    >
    > Peace, Bill(I could be wrong...wouldn't be the first time)Wheeler

    Why the hostility, Bill? Dude's a newbie, but we'll beat the innocence out of him soon enough; no
    need to rush it.

    Bill "Lone, you might wanna snip the link to your homie (here at least) for a while" S.
     
  16. Shaun Rimmer

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    Andrew Thorne <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > >- - - These were bulbs I had already. I haven't been able to find the
    right
    > >voltage/wattage/beam angle ones yet, and the ones I've seen that come
    close
    > >are 6 -10 quid _each_
    > >
    >
    > My bulbs were about $8US each at Home Depot.
    >
    > >My ideal setup was going to be 15/10 helmet, 20/20 bars, and I've been
    >
    > Right now I'm running a Niterider 15/8 (MR11) on the helmet. And a dual
    beam
    > (MR16) of 20W low and 35W high. Both narrow spots. The combo is pretty
    much
    > perfect for my taste.

    Sweet.

    > >meaning to build a PWM regulator, so I can hook the batts up in series,
    and
    > >efficiently drop the voltage down to about 13.5/14 volts (over-volting - this would give me both
    > >more batt. life, and more light, at the slight expense of bulb life.
    >
    > Getting fancy, eh? I suppose you've been spending time over at
    bikecurrent?

    I've visited, but this was an idea I'd had before I built the lights, I just involve myself in so
    many projects at times, I forget to get some of them kicked off properly.

    > >P.s. - I have two makes of these 50 watt 24 degree bulbs, some Osram, and some Phillips - the
    > > Phillips ones, which I thought would be superior, are _shite_. They give less than half the
    > > light of the Osram ones, and draw fractionally more current, and from what I can tell, have
    > > the same or similar life expectancy.
    > >
    >
    > I've been buying GE bulbs and have been generally happy with them. I did
    get
    > one 20 W that was considerably dimmer than the others I'd bought, with a
    much
    > more jagged and irregular beam pattern. All the others have been bright,
    white,
    > round, and even. Haven't burned one yet, either.

    Hmmm, well both the Phillips bulbs were the same - crap, and all 6 or 7 of the Osram ones are
    equally good, so I think it's the make in this case.

    I will get around to a lighting specialist at some point, and see what spec. MR16's they can
    lay hands on.

    Cheers.

    Shaun aRe
     
  17. > Holy shit! And I thought 15 on the helmet and 35 on the bars was
    borderline
    > overkill.
    >
    > Quick tip: A ten degree 20W on the helmet will give you pretty much the
    same
    > punch as the 50/24. And you won't have to carry around a nine pound
    battery to
    > run it.
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > -Andrew

    My homemade system looks like this: http://medlem.spray.se/tuben7/cykel/lights/lights.html It was
    one 100W and one 55W with separate switches powered by two 4Ah batteries. The 55W was later replaced
    by a 20W spotlight. I used the system for winter training on the road, I wouldn't go offroad with
    those heavy batteries. Nowadays when I'm in the woods I use a Mila helmet mounted 20/10W system
    powered by a 8Ah NiMh 500gram battery.

    tuben
     
  18. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    >Why the hostility, Bill? Dude's a newbie, but we'll beat the innocence out of him soon enough; no
    >need to rush it.
    >
    >Bill "Lone, you might wanna snip the link to your homie (here at least) for a while" S.
    >
    I wasn't trying to be hostile but I can see how one would interpret my comments that way....I'm just
    trying to sound him out.

    Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind
    should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  19. crazy6r54

    crazy6r54 Guest

    Off road a Cateye helmet light and a Turbo Cat bar light. On road its a Cygo Explorer and a Cateye
    non flashing tail light. I do more on road since I ride to work at 5 am Mon,Tue, Thur,Fri, and Sat.

    Fire up MTB 03
     
  20. H

    H Guest

    I live in NH, and we night ride all year round ('cept when the snow is too deep. Anyway, downhilling
    is a blast at 11:30 pm.... Try using 'NiteSuns'. I think they are Jap made, but they're bright as
    hell, and can be had for about 65$ --yes, they ARE bright enough to go downhilling with.

    ;

    lone wolf wrote:
    > anybody ride at night or after dusk???... if so, what kind of lighting do you use???
    >
    > http://community.webtv.net/lone_wolf_1971/lonewolfswebpage
     
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