Sorry for the long post...getting my thoughts out here.
Lots of great info here on various lights, but I'm not sure what I need, in terms of lumens, and maybe other features, because I've not mountain biked in the dark.
Long time roadie, getting back into mountain biking this year. I ride my road and cross bikes throughout much of the year, and many of these rides are in early in the morning or at night; I've been using a cygolite with 700 lumens. On the road I don't need it on the highest setting, so I'm probably only using 400 lumens and it's fine for roads (rural and most have no lighting). Couple times last year I road on double track with my cross bike and I found the lighting ok, but felt like I would want more if having to deal with rocks, roots, descents, etc.
If I "really" get into mountain biking, I would like to try the trails in the dark, so I have more time to ride, in particular in the spring and fall. Problem is I don't know how much light I need, and not sure how I could determine this...also, I don't have friends with mtn bike lights that I could try, just those like mine. I figured I would use my existing light as my second, though battery life on high is only 1.5h at best (though I have a 2nd battery).
Trails I would ride are singletrack, twisty, with short hills but not many rocks, and some roots and logs (SW Ontario, Canada).
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