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    Cheap light options

    I started riding again after about 10 years. The times changing in a couple weeks and I am trying to get the guys to buy lights. We do not need anything fancy. In fact, the cheaper the better.

    We ride once or twice a week in New England (roots, rocks and single track). We would need something that would last 1.5 to 2 hours.

    I saw some lights on Amazon for less than $40. The lumens were high but I have no idea if the would last the season. Any suggestions?

    We don't need anything self contained, light or incredibly bright. Years ago we got by on a single halogen bulb that ran on 5 D batteries.

    We would need the light, mount an batteries.

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    MEC Quattro USB White LED Front Light - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    Get two of these, and you are good to go. Not 100% sure if MEC ships to the U.S, though. I used two of them on my handlebar. They have a flashing mode, quick release, and you can charge them with a USB cable. They are not crazy bright, but they do put out a reasonable amount of light.

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    These are "be seen" commuter lights. Not suitable for singletrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreams View Post
    MEC Quattro USB White LED Front Light - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    Get two of these, and you are good to go. Not 100% sure if MEC ships to the U.S, though. I used two of them on my handlebar. They have a flashing mode, quick release, and you can charge them with a USB cable. They are not crazy bright, but they do put out a reasonable amount of light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fightnut View Post
    These are "be seen" commuter lights. Not suitable for singletrack.
    I've used them for singletrack. It's true that they are not super bright, but they will work. Just go slow.

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    So much info here. 2 of the Solarstorm X2s off of Amazon will work. For $175 you can have a nice higher quality set from action-led-lights.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaw550 View Post
    Any thoughts on these?
    From my experiences with cheap bike lights,
    most light heads are reliable, bottleneck is the battery.

    So if you get one of these a complete package is a good start but sooner or later you will need a new battery because they are not waterproof and dont last very long. Even 1 or 2 hours on maximum power can be a problem.

    Also think about buying a spare light head only in case the other fails.

    About the lights you have chosen, the first one is too expensive for what you get, the solarstorm is fine but the battery pack is bad.
    There are also offers that have waterproof battery packs like this one.

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