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    post up your bike with lights on

    A nice side view of the tail
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    From the back with flash on
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    My light shining out
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    from the back no flash
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    There's already a few threads like this if you search. Not trying to give you a hard time, just saying you might already be able to find what you're looking for.

    Edit: Here's one Another commuting thread about lights...

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    dang.. sorry I missed it.
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    Another related thread:

    A Light Reflection on Side Visibility

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    I've noticed that my own lights appear more impressive or less impressive depending upon the conditions, so it's hard for us all to compare. For example, a wet black road is really hard to light up, but one with dried salt on it is really bright (with the same lights).

    Anyone shopping for lights or lights-curious should check out the MTBR lights shootout, where they try to compare & control for a bunch of factors, plus evaluate by various price points. Just reading about the various pluses and minuses, lumens, etc. there is educational. 2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review

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    I am not a daily commuter, but I do what I call "urban assault" rides on the weekends on bike paths connected by some street riding.


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    nice
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    Scar reminded me I have some XP-E red-orange LEDs awaiting me to finish a project to replace the LEDs in these:



    But the old ones aren't too bad for side view:

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    Frame rates drop under low light. Makes you think they can't see me because of my blinding speed!

    Turned on the headlights in this one:

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    Red (port) and green (starboard) would be cool. At least any boaters on the road might get a chuckle.

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    nice
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    Yeah, where DOES all the light go when the roads are wet???

    To get an idea how I look on my own bike, I teamed up with a fellow bike commuter last month for a night time observational sesion. We took turns riding each others bikes while wearing each others jackets and miscelaneous other reflective gear, drove around in my truck to see "ourselves" in proxy from different angles and under different street lighting. It was a good experiment- between direct observations and the discusion we had afterwards, I learned a good bit about my own visibility and recomend it for other night time bike riders.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ Great idea, would be a super activity for a bikecommuting workshop too. Some folks with those mini-blinkies might be surprised to see how lame their lights are compared to others.

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    ^^ If you get involved with one, check out the good old Superflash with fresh batteries and ones that have about 80-90 hours on them. They can look pretty good up close when you turn them on (restoration while off?) and only show a short distance while you ride.

    Even the prop the bike up in front of a car and move it to different angles to the driver then sit in the driver's seat to see what the bike looks like in the low beams is instructive. Also looking at the bike from a distance can dial in the narrow beam lights like the Planet Bike Turbo or the Cygolite Hot Shot. A great light aimed poorly is not quite useless, but approaching it.

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    great info all
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    The reflective and not so reflective road surfaces comment made me do this.

    First the Bike light nebula:

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    Snow makes for a huge light foot print (sorry hand held low light blury):

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    The drive not as much:

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    The rear light patch isn't as much of a blazing inferno:

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    I happen to like hand held low light blury.
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    My ElMar SS set up for commuter duties.


    IMG_0770 by pigmode, on Flickr

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    nice view pigmode
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    The Dinotte tail light...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails post up your bike with lights on-p1030059.jpg  


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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5 View Post
    nice view pigmode

    Thanks, that's Manoa valley in Honolulu.

    Looks like the Elmar is being replaced with a Christmas Jabberwocky. Will post pics in a few weeks. Got some new lights too...

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    post up your bike with lights on-image.jpg

    Added some holiday cheer the the bike last week. I do know I need another rear blinky, the el-cheapo Walmart special works, but barely. Makes me miss my old Superflash (lost on the old and smashed), there was no denying being seen with that.

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    You guys have any tips on aiming th headlights? Now that I'm putting out real wattage, I don't want to blind or waste it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentheKona View Post
    You guys have any tips on aiming th headlights? Now that I'm putting out real wattage, I don't want to blind or waste it.
    If you have a white wall/garage door you can see how much light goes where:



    That and shining on the driveway can help. Stand the bike and walk towards it as if you were in the oncoming lane, driving. You may find a good adjustment.

    If not, you can use a hood to tame the top and sides:



    Those were early versions. I now use a medicine bottle with a black tape stripe down the top to save my night vision. The amber light is not wasted (great side markers! and bounce off the fender) and I can raise my beam to reach a bit further ahead without getting in driver's eyes. Also with 900 lumens each or so, I can waste some light.

    I have also made a fresnel lens for my dyno light to make the beam more oval to get more light on the pavement and less in driver's eyes. It costs 10-15% of the light.

    Having seen my lights from both sides I know they are effective and do not endanger the nigh vision of oncoming drivers.

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    I just adjust the angle on the helmet and bar light if I need to as I ride. Going downhill I tend to want the light thrown further out front. In slower pothole country, I move it in a bit (angle down). If I have the bar light on flash mode and there is traffic, I try to keep it at max visibility for them.

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    Good ideas in the previous two posts. I move my light up and down depending on circumstances too. In my case, it isn`t enough to blind anybody, but I need to move it down more in bad weather in order to be bright enough (just don`t let myself get going so fast on the downhills) and can get away with it further out when its dry out. Description in post #11 of an exercise I did a few months ago to see how I look at night.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5 View Post
    A nice side view of the tail
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Red (port) and green (starboard) would be cool. At least any boaters on the road might get a chuckle.
    Thank you for the new idea as I have a bunch of red and green and luxeon leds that need a project.

    Ill post mine up soon as currently 2 lights are off to the manufacture. Im current setup is 2x tridenx 1100 and 2x solas, cygolite hotshot and bontrager flare 3 which is almost too much for my camera.

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    Can I ask an ignorant question? I just got a "big boy" light... never had a high powered LED light before. It's the 1200 lumen (according to them) Magicshine... the thing is awesome, but I don't like how it jumps around a bit on my dirt road... I know the real solution is to get it on a helmet mount, but is there a way to stabilize it a bit on the bars so it doesn't chatter around while I bounce down the dirt road? I'm on a rigid bike, so that's not helping I'm using the magicshine o-ring deal to mount it, and it's on bare metal on the bar. I could mount it over the handlebar tape...? That could take some of the vibration out, maybe? Is there a trick to bar mounting these things to avoid the bouncing? I haven't mountain biked with it, but I'm pretty sure it would drive me crazy on the trail. Got a cool shot of it in action this morning:

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    ^^Not sure if it will work on Magicshine, but I save old grips (the ESI silicone ones are especially good), and cut off a slice of grip to use to mount my light on the skinnier-barred bike, because the mount is designed for fatter bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Can I ask an ignorant question? I just got a "big boy" light... never had a high powered LED light before. It's the 1200 lumen (according to them) Magicshine... the thing is awesome, but I don't like how it jumps around a bit on my dirt road... I know the real solution is to get it on a helmet mount, but is there a way to stabilize it a bit on the bars so it doesn't chatter around while I bounce down the dirt road? I'm on a rigid bike, so that's not helping I'm using the magicshine o-ring deal to mount it, and it's on bare metal on the bar. I could mount it over the handlebar tape...? That could take some of the vibration out, maybe? Is there a trick to bar mounting these things to avoid the bouncing? I haven't mountain biked with it, but I'm pretty sure it would drive me crazy on the trail. Got a cool shot of it in action this morning:
    The method I've heard is to wrap the bar with a bunch of friction tape. Then, I haven't actually done it, I just deal with the shaky headlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Can I ask an ignorant question? I just got a "big boy" light... never had a high powered LED light before. It's the 1200 lumen (according to them) Magicshine... the thing is awesome, ... is there a way to stabilize it a bit on the bars so it doesn't chatter around while I bounce down the dirt road?
    Now you see why some of us like those lumens! The guy that I got my Viewpoint/Marwi light bodies, bar and helmet mounts, and other parts from made a Viewpoint-Marwi/Magicshine adapter to fit the bar light mounts he has:

    Using 3D printer to print parts

    Magic Shine to Marwi adapter

    I endorse him. He is a great guy and everything has arrived safe, sound, and timely.

    The Marwi Mounts have shims and an adjustment to get the eccentric latch to clamp firmly. You can also get a helmet mount if you wish.

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    Thanks BMC...I will check that out. Also looking into helmet+zip tie options... and I misspoke, it's the 1100 lumen Magicshine. Basically compared to my previous headlight, it's the freaking sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ...I know the real solution is to get it on a helmet mount...
    If you're interested, Action LED has a helmet mount for cheap in their scratch and dent section: Action-LED-Lights ? Magicshine MJ-6028 Helmet Mount.

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    ooh, awesome. Worth trying. Thanks s0ck.
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    nope it does look like it tho. It is a snow stake .
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    Ooh a couple of those guys with the 3D printers are making Magicshine to GoPro adapters...that's the hot ticket for me. I have GoPro mounts everywhere Thanks for pointing me in that direction BMC.

    ...and 3D printing absolutely boggles my mind by the way.
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    ^^ That is why I gave the thread link, thinking that there may be more in it for you. My son's high school had a 3-D printer six years ago. Brought the nerd out in me.

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    Posts 49 and 60 in this thread give details and show the CNC machined ABS plastic and aluminum GoPro adapters I sell.

    MagicShine GoPro Replacment Mount

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    I just completed and sent out a tailight using one of Vancbiker's aluminum GoPro mounts. Top quality and service

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