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    Bang for the buck lighting - please comment these 3 options

    I just went on my first night ride the other day, and really liked it. Luckily the other guys had proper lighting that saved me from relying on my 2 helmet Maglite Minis :-)
    So now I'm looking for something that'll give something like the 900 lumens that their bike lights are rated at (whether that number holds true or not). Their lamps were good even at medium setting. The course we are riding is not a tough one, but still has a couple of descents that call for the ability to see rocks and roots.

    Unfortunatey I'm on a very tight budget that maxes out at the 61 dollars that gets me something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120645098001

    I've also read that a couple of UnigeFire R5s paired with some solid 18650 batteries should be alright for mounting on the bike or helmet (http://www.dealextreme.com/p/uniquef...-2-16340-32720)

    Finally, I'm thinking about an UltraFire 900 (http://cgi.ebay.com/UltraFire-900Lum...item19c281b625) coupled with some decent batteries.

    Comments or different ways to go is very much appreciated. I've done a lot of reading on this, but have no experience and could really use the help. Thanks in advance.

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    I tried the ultrafire 900 on my bars with a MS-808 on my helmet. Worked good but........ The 18650 battery only lasts about 45min. 30 min bright-15 min so-so. Definately take an extra battery along. Plus it only lasted about 4 rides. I don't think it could handle the vibration, and/or the heat of constantly being on. So I say don't do it. Save up a little more and get a "real" bike light. You'll be glad you did. My MagicShine has been working good for about 8 months now, and there is a new battery that comes with it (not the recalled battery). www.geomangear.com But even the recalled battery has worked very well. I'm just going to add another MS on my bars with a Y cable to the battery. Should have done that in the first place.

    Rob

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    The light in the first link looks just like this: Magicshine for $100 from Geoman. Not sure what the warranty would be on the ebay light, but Geoman seems to stand by the products he sells.

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    Sorry for not getting back sooner. But thank you both. I will save up for some real light thanks to your suggestions. Come winter I will be out there with proper lights. Thanks again.

    Kris

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