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    The noob's ghetto night riding lighting idea.

    My new Motobecane 700HT should be arriving next week sometime. I will be doing a lot of night riding this spring/summer/fall and consequently was looking at some lighting options on various biking websites. So far the light output (specifically lumen output) has left me unimpressed. Maybe it's just because I've always been sort of a flashlight fetishist, but I want something that's at least 500 lumens but is pretty cheap.

    I currently have two flashlights that easily beat this requirement. One is an awesome 35w HID spotlight I bought from Harbor Freight a few years back. It has an insane 3200 lumens.

    Crazy bright light but WAY too big and heavy to mount anywhere on a bike. My second flashlight though is promising. It's a 20 year old MagCharger flashlight with a Terralux 300MR-EX 3 LED retrofit. 700 lumens on high but the nice thing is I can dim it all the way down to a dim 30 lumens if I'm in a residential area. It will go for well over an hour on high, 2 hours on medium, and over 30 hours on low.

    Here's a video of the older 600 lumen Magcharger LED upgrade from Terralux:

    The only problem is of course the large, heavy size of the MagLite Magcharger flashlight body. The light this thing puts out is perfect for biking as it's like a very bright, HID car headlight. The beam goes out for a very long distance but it also lights up the road/trail immediately in front of and to the sides. I need either an adapter or some sort of mount that I can attach this to my bike with. I don't want to put a wear mark in my bike frame or have the flashlight go flying off though. I also don't want the light bouncing around all over the place either. Has anyone here used a 3 cell sized Maglite on their bike? What, if any, is a good mount for something like this?

    EDIT: I found something that would be perfect. Only problem is I can only find it from a supplier in the UK.

    Nm, it can only handle a flashlight with a diameter of 28mm. Magcharger is almost 40mm.
    Last edited by kbohip; 03-31-2011 at 11:29 PM.

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