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    What's your backup light?

    What do you use for a backup light in the event your main lighting system fails? My battery died on me the other ride, and all I had was a Knog Frog blinky. It was grossly inadequate, but still better than pitch dark! I'm going to get a twofish lockblock and start taking my Fenix LD12 AA flashlight along.

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    What's your backup light?

    I carry two cheap red blinkies in my rack bag in the event that my two Serfas crap out. I'm also never without a walmart 150 LM flashlight and my 450 LM SureFire. It would suck having to hold one while pedaling home, but it's an event which requires necessity, not luxury.

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    I see no reasons to carry dedicated backup light on my rides. On MTB, I use at least two lights with separate batteries and wires, plus helmet torch with its own battery - so, it's unlikely for them to fail or exhaust the power simultaneously...

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    Like many here I use two headlights every time I go out. One helmet and one on the bars so that they are each a backup for the other. I guess if both my headlights failed and I was desperate, I would attach my cygolite hotshot to the bars for at least enough light to get out home.

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    I as well use two separate systems of very good quality and is about as likely for both to fail on the same ride as hell freezing over. But never say never, I also have a 4-Sevens Mini123 torch which is more than enough light in case IT!! happens.

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    I use either...

    Lezyne mini drive. 5 hrs on low (10 if I bring a spare battery).
    https://www.lezyne.com/en/mini-drive-xl

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    I use a dynamo light on my commuter bike, so I don't have any problems there.

    On my road bike, I have a Dinotte tail light (140L?) that I could use as a front light as it's bright enough.

    If I was looking for a backup light, and a dynamo wasn't an option, it would then depend on if I was leaving it permanently attached to the bars. If I was carrying it in a bag, I'd want something cheap and fairly small, the Dinotte 200L+ is the smallest (decent) from light I know of -
    DiNotte 200L Plus AA headlight ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store

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    Small, simple, easy to store Blackburn Super Flea.

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    Like others, I don't carry a dedicated backup light because I run separate handlebar and helmet lights and it's highly unlikely that both would fail simultaneously.

    However, the question does have me thinking. I have a Petzl E+Lite, a small LED headlamp that I use for running. On it's own it's totally inadequate to use as a cycling light (maybe ~20 lumens, I'm guessing), but it's tiny and only weighs like an ounce. It would disappear in a Camelbak and be better than nothing to get back to the trailhead in an emergency. I ought to toss it in my pack just in case.
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    I have an 18650 XML flashlight/torch with a cheap handlebar mount that stays in my Camelbak.

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    I am running seperate set-ups of my Amoeba lights on the bars and helmet so not worried about catastrophic failure of both set-ups. I also carry a spare lighthead and battery in my Camelbak as they are so small. I have had to "bail out" a handful of riders that had light/battery failures while riding - great advertisement!

    I also carry this little gem with me everywhere I go (EDC- Every Day Carry). It is always fun to see someones reaction when you turn it on and then throw it to them

    What's your backup light?-amoeba-9v.jpg


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    None. Always have ridden with two lights so don't need a backup.
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    Ever since the introduction of the LED's capable of putting out 200 plus lumen I have always carried a good LED torch for back-up and have it mounted on the bars. My favorite right now is my Yezl Z1X. It is using only 3 modes ( L-M-H ) ( no flash ) uses the XM-L (T-6 ) and is an 18650 cell torch but the smallest form factor available. The only fault I find with it is that the LED has a bluish tint. I'd rather have a totally white beam tint but the torch works fine so I continue to use it. Sooner or later the manufacturers of the Yezl will use one of the U-bin emitters and when that happens I'll probably buy one of those.

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    Re: What's your backup light?

    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    I also carry this little gem with me everywhere I go (EDC- Every Day Carry). It is always fun to see someones reaction when you turn it on and then throw it to them

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    What is that, and where can I get one?!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    What is that, and where can I get one?!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    What is that, and where can I get one?!

    Hey Texan-n-Fla, that is one of my Amoeba light heads powered by a 9V battery. This was a picture of the original build. I have since upgraded it with Cree XM-L's and Ledil Regina reflectors.

    I have been doing custom "built-to-order" lights for 6 years now, shoot me an email (see my signature) and I can forward you some info.

    I am a "junkie" for these light forums. I have read about your search for a bike light and purchase as well as your current situation. I am pretty sure it would be hard for you to justify purchasing a light from me but I would still love to tell you my story and about my passion for biking in the dark.



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    What's your backup light?

    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    Hey Texan-n-Fla, that is one of my Amoeba light heads powered by a 9V battery. This was a picture of the original build. I have since upgraded it with Cree XM-L's and Ledil Regina reflectors.

    I have been doing custom "built-to-order" lights for 6 years now, shoot me an email (see my signature) and I can forward you some info.

    I am a "junkie" for these light forums. I have read about your search for a bike light and purchase as well as your current situation. I am pretty sure it would be hard for you to justify purchasing a light from me but I would still love to tell you my story and about my passion for biking in the dark.



    Thanks indebt, for helping out!


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    Our finances are tight, not completely inflexible. We choose to spend money on necessities and memories, with the luxuries taking a back seat. But, that jolly old man in a red suit is coming this way, and I'm pretty sure I've behaved myself. For the most part. Relatively speaking.

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    I carry a 100ish lumen single AA light from amazon or a 200 lumen 3AAA flashlight from Costco. They were $3-6 and could get me out of the forest if my others failed.
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