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    My schedule has changed a bit. That means I can ride after my lunch shift a few days a week. The days are long now, but are only getting shorter. I've never ridden at night. What light combo do I need for riding in the dark?
    Tight, twisty singletrack. I would assume a helmet light and a bar mounted light is what's needed.
    Let's say I have $200 to spend. What should I get?

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    Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review

    I use an old Light and Motion Arc lamp light..... I've only needed 1 light but I ride a SS Rigid at night.
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    For $200 I would get a magic shine combo that allows head and handlebar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzkil View Post
    Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review

    I use an old Light and Motion Arc lamp light..... I've only needed 1 light but I ride a SS Rigid at night.
    that arc still treating you good? hope so, pretty decent light with long runtime

    i actually miss it

    Quote Originally Posted by argibson View Post
    For $200 I would get a magic shine combo that allows head and handlebar.
    i have magicshines - for the price they are bright, but not overly sturdy.

    also search/post in the Lights and night Riding forum...you'll find a lot of info there.
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    I like Niterider MiNewt. You can get two for about $200.

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    Check out Jetlites.com. Made in the USA and located in Reno,NV. All of our systems are under $200 and have a 1 year warranty. Give us a call, systems will ship same day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateArnold View Post
    Check out Jetlites.com. Made in the USA and located in Reno,NV. All of our systems are under $200 and have a 1 year warranty. Give us a call, systems will ship same day.
    Plus Jim was just a hell of a guy. RIP. Skeggs, Replay by the Bay, May '00...


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    Purchased the Jetlight X-51
    https://www.jetlites.com/E-Lite-Series-X-51/

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    that arc still treating you good? hope so, pretty decent light with long runtime
    i actually miss it

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    It's in good hands, It gets a ton of use during the winter months, but has yet to be put to a proper test, riding fast and hard on the AM bike.
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    Thank you for your order Jibmaster I got it shipped today. Nate

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    Damn dude! That was fast! 24 hours later, I have the merchandise in my hands.
    Hully Lumens man!

    Can't wait to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Damn dude! That was fast! 24 hours later, I have the merchandise in my hands.
    Hully Lumens man!

    Can't wait to use it.
    Looks like you got a single light?

    If you're looking for a budget light to use along with it, check out the incredible light the double-AA Fenix lights put out. I got mine at REI for $60 and used a Two-Fish LockBlock to attach it to my bar. 190 lumens and it's plenty bright.



    What's cool is you can carry a couple of spare batts for backup, and take it off easily when you're camping, or...

    Edit: Damn, that Jetlight seems like a helluva buy. Nice.
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    My MagicShine head unit bit the dust again. Since GeomanGear went under, it is probably just best to replace the whole allotment with something new. I have an Expose Lights joystick for helmet mount, but need a new bar mount.

    I'll look into the E-51, but need to figure out budget.

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    Headed out last night.
    Night ride - YouTube
    Night ride 2 - YouTube

    My Contour helmet cam doesn't do the light justice. Next time, I'll use a light on my helmet as well.
    The first video, I tried heading up the tight switch backs. Without a headlamp, when I turned my head to see my line, I had to dab.
    But this light works very well. The video doesn't pick up the flood aspect of the light very well.
    But I had no trouble riding around.
    It helps to know the trail...

    Next up - descending Oat Hill Mine at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    That's cool. That's a great product from a good friend.

    fc

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    Until you get a second light, run it on your helmet. It's the better of the two choices.

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    LED Lights

    Lezyne Superdrive. 450 lumen $110 retail. I also have a Magic Shine and a Light and Motion Arc that I am not using much after I bought this. This is just way simple and easy to use. Very small. Plenty of light for a regular ride if I am riding something downhill fast I will bring the M&L Arc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    F*%$ yea, team America!
    That's what sold me on it in the first place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernhardt View Post
    Until you get a second light, run it on your helmet. It's the better of the two choices.
    Now you tell me... That's why I got the helmet strap as well. Will try that next time. But my Petzl might work.

    This light is so bright, I'm thinking about using it for pre-dawn hikes up Shasta.
    Brought the bear spray along for piece of mind
    Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

    Although I'm still afraid of that thing.
    -scroll down a bit...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy View Post
    Plus Jim was just a hell of a guy. RIP. Skeggs, Replay by the Bay, May '00...

    Jim was a really good guy and we had a lot of fun skiing together.
    That looks like Dan Knotek on the far right. Another fun friend who has passed. Dam.

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    If your Petzl is like all the ones I've seen, its best use is as ab emergency get back light. Light what you're interested in, not where the front tire is pointed. If you can't see what you're interested in, you're going to look at it longer to get the information you want from it. Eventually it will be too long....

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