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    Night riding - Do you do it?

    I'm just curious how many people around here night. With all the cheap knockoff lights out there you can get a TON of light for $50. There is almost no excuse not to try it! It is starting to get dark a lot earlier and soon it will be dark when most of us get home from work. Without night riding I'd get once a week tops.

    last night we ride Tiger from 7:30pm-10pm and hit all the trails. The trails are perfect right now and it's nice to get out with some buddies for a midweek ride. Plus there is plenty of parking and no people around! I've been riding all the local trails since the late 90s so sometimes you get bored of the same old stuff. Night riding makes them feel like new trails! Even Duthie is a good time at night. Nothing like hitting jumplines with just a helmet and/or bar light!

    The group I ride with has been night riding every Wednesday for nearly 3 years and we rarely if ever encounter other riders. It doesn't seem like many around here do it.

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    Not any more. But, I get off of work early enough to get a ride in after work. Have lights and may pack one for "just in case", just don't do it anymore. Beside, the "off season" is too consumed with snow sports.
    Locally, I think the night ride excitement peaked about 2-3 years ago when the cheaper lights came out. Before that, I really think it was cost prohibitive for many.

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    If you don't night ride, you don't ride much in the winter with it getting dark before 5:00 and all that. Personally, I love it! Keeps me sane here when it's dark and dreary.

    I also love trail building in the winter... with lights.

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    I too LOVE Trail building at night. I usually bring a lantern and a couple bike lights and if it's raining all the better!

    I used to ski and snowboard 30-40 times a season all thru the 90s and early 2ks, but after 15 years of the same few resorts, and the insane costs I now bike year round. You can build a sweet bike for what I use to spend each season on lift tickets, and I get way more use out of the bike!
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    Night riding - Do you do it?

    I never ride in the dark and if there's riding to be done in the dark then the ole lady will ride as long as I'm the bike! Lol
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    Yeah, I got lights last fall. Typically ride alone at St.Eds. Felt like I rode more in Oct/Nov in the dark than I did all last summer. My kids get put to bed at 7pm which means if I'm gonna ride it's bound to be dark. My first night ride was last week. Totally freak occurrence at StEds - ran into another guy pedalling a sxtrail with a night lite on. What are the chances of two riders at StEds both on sxtrails both riding at night? Not very good!

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    I just bought a light (Fenix BT20.) I haven't gotten a chance to use it on trails yet. I work at 5:30am, so when it's dark I'm normally in bed . I did use it on a greenway to try it out and I was a fan. I may get to use it in the am, or in a few months when it gets dark early. My schedule occasionally changes to nighttime, so I'm not letting the amount of light outside stop me! If I can just get the rain to cooperate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I used to ski and snowboard 30-40 times a season all thru the 90s and early 2ks, but after 15 years of the same few resorts, and the insane costs
    I hear you on that. I was addicted to snow before I was addicted to dirt. I still love the snow, but the crowds, the cost, and the driving have made pedaling more fun for me than sliding. Still, nothing beats a good pow day - as long as it's a weekday and not crowded.

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    Yes.

    Riding season? Not familiar with that nomenclature.

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    RE: Night riding - Do you do it?

    Yes. Love the different perspective it brings not to mention it adds two months to the riding season.
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    What he said.

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    Yes.

    Riding season? Not familiar with that nomenclature.

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    I like riding at night better... usually. Also, love the different perspective. I recommend having at least one light on the bars, and at least one on your helmet.

    Edit: Is it okay to ride Paradise at night?
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    I've been a few times, and while it was fun it's not something I need to do often. I'm pretty lucky that I can shift my work schedule around if needed, so it's often easier for me to do that and get a ride in while its light than to hit the trails while its dark.
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    Yep, I ride at night, though a lot of places are technically closed at night. For winter: the cost of an AT or splitboard setup is favorably comparable to the cost of a bike and you don't have to deal with lift tickets or lines or open/close dates. However, just preferring to ride bikes over doing BC touring is a legit excuse for not doing BC touring.
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    I love mtn biking more than any other sport, but I like the winter break some too. Gives the legs a chance to still be active but work different muscles, gives the ass a break from hours on the saddle every week too Plus it's kind of fun visiting the same mountains in different sports, weird seeing how different it is.

    I still try and ride at least twice a week in the winter, but it's not the priority it is every other season. Plus it gets old washing and cleaning your bike after every single ride.
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    I ride in the dark a lot. With my work schedule, if I didn't then I'd be limited to weekend rides only for much of the year. In the past, it's been mostly on Grand Ridge, but I'm looking forward to exploring nighttime tokul this coming winter now that I know my way around. Since I usually ride solo, I limit it to locations with reliable cell signal in case something bad happens. Usually, as was mentioned before, I don't see any other riders - even on a close in trail like Grand Ridge, so I'm a little more careful and my spouse is on notice where I am and when I expect to be home.

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    October is bonus night ride month. Trails aren't sloppy yet but it gets dark early. Rode Grand Ridge every week last year.
    That being said, I take to the snow during the sloppy dirt months. I too have tired of the ski resorts with the crowds and cost, so I have turned to ski mountaineering. It's a whole lot like big mountain rides, with 4 hours or so of climbing and fun, fun, fun descents. The only issue with it is the weather dependency; as opposed to day-of-the-storm skiing required to get the pow at resorts, you have to wait a couple of days after the storm to let the avy settle down...

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    This time of year in Yakima, night riding is generally the best time to be out. Start a bit before dusk at the tail end of the heat, finish the ride in a cool mid-60's night time temps. Daytime temps are consistently in the upper 80s mid 90s and it can be brutal.

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    Lynch, I think you whacked your head not your pinky. Trail building in the dark in the rain? Come on now. LOL............

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    Quote Originally Posted by squakmtn View Post
    October is bonus night ride month. Trails aren't sloppy yet but it gets dark early.
    +1 on this. Late summer and early fall night rides are the best!

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    When you have two screaming kids and a wife at home, trail building in the dark in the rain becomes a VERY attractive option!

    I totally agree October is a GREAT night ride month! It a good contrast to all the high elevation riding we do in September.
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    I enjoy night riding. It was fun w/ just a little 5W Turbocat on the handlebars. It was fun w/ just a 20W JET on the helmet. It's fun w/ both a MS on the handlebars and the JET on the helmet.

    Gave up skiing due to cost. Really though ... powder exists in places like Montana and Wyoming and Utah, not Sierra cement. :P

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    I'm a skier (both resort and backcountry) so that cuts into my winter riding. But when the snow conditions go to c$%p my hubby and I bust out the lights for some night riding.

    Been doing it for years. I like the video game feel created by the beam of light field of vision - those tree trunks seem to whip right by my face much closer than in the daylight.
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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    Got a nice 13 miles of single track in last night plus 11 on the road. A bit warm but Much better than having the sun beating me into mummification. Love night riding even if I do fall down on sticker bushes periodically from underestimating speed and not unclipping in time.

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    I did a night ride out of the house a few weeks ago... can't remember the circumstances but as boostin said, it can get hot over here in the summer and riding around after dark was very pleasant by comparison. The animals around here are onto this temperature thing too, so you just never know what the heck you'll see out there. Mostly deer but occasionally something more exotic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maday View Post
    I like riding at night better... usually. Also, love the different perspective. I recommend having at least one light on the bars, and at least one on your helmet.

    Edit: Is it okay to ride Paradise at night?

    The lot signage says it closes at dusk but I have done night rides there plenty of times, the gate never seems to get closed.

    I know there are houses around so I try to keep the noise level down out of respect, not for fear of getting caught.

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    Given how little money there is to pay people to patrol our parks during the day, getting "caught" at night shouldn't really be a concern for anyone.
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    Night ride every now and than. Although lately my HID lights have been failing to fire every time (old tech) and NiteRider doesn't seem to care (they are old so fair). Used to ride more when the lights worked every time. What's everyone using for the cheap light nowadays?

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    I ride with a decent size group every wednesday night and atleast half the guys have switched to this light.
    Amazon.com: 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger: Sports & Outdoors

    Super cheap and bright. I have one on the bars and one on the helmet and we rode all winter in the rain, mud and snow and I had zero issues.
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    Gonna start riding this winter in the morning before work at St Eds and do some night rides as well. Just ordered that light off Amazon, been doing some research and that looks like a smoking deal

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    I use 2 Nightrider Lumina 650's - one on the bar, one on my helmet. They work great and have been 100% reliable. I night ride at least twice a week all fall/winter/spring and have never had a problem. Plenty of light. Compared to the cost of the Cree mentioned above though, what I spent for 2 Lumina 650's could buy 5 of the Cree's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I ride with a decent size group every wednesday night and atleast half the guys have switched to this light.
    Amazon.com: 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger: Sports & Outdoors

    Super cheap and bright. I have one on the bars and one on the helmet and we rode all winter in the rain, mud and snow and I had zero issues.
    Wow, thanks for posting this. I've been looking for some lights but at the pricepoint of some of the other brands I've been hesitant to buy. This looks like its right up my alley.

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    I 2nd the Lumina 650's.
    Quote Originally Posted by freakybro View Post
    I use 2 Nightrider Lumina 650's - one on the bar, one on my helmet. They work great and have been 100% reliable. I night ride at least twice a week all fall/winter/spring and have never had a problem. Plenty of light. Compared to the cost of the Cree mentioned above though, what I spent for 2 Lumina 650's could buy 5 of the Cree's.

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    When it comes to road riding/commuting I like night better due to increased car contrast and lower sun temps. On trails though I will not ride solo in the dark. There is sometimes wildlife to deal with, but the undomesticated human population concerns me more. In a group or event however, I love night trails almost more than daytime. More clarity of focus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by supersedona View Post
    ...On trails though I will not ride solo in the dark. There is sometimes wildlife to deal with, but the undomesticated human population concerns me more.
    Yeah, the urban trail night ride can feel pretty sketchy when you encounter those people.

    Wildlife is less worrisome. In all the night trail riding I have done, there was only one time that caused concern. A forked horn buck deer was just off the side of the trail a couple feet. He wouldn't move as I approached. I stopped 15-20 feet away from him and tried to get him to move but he just moved his head to follow my movements. I ended up walking the bike past him, off the trail, with about 6-8 feet and the bike between us. Was kind of worried about him charging or something. Really weird.

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    Honestly, you're probably safer out night riding in the deep woods than you are pretty much any other time. Seriously.

    I used to get that creepy feeling that some huge mountain lion was watching me when I first started night riding and was alone, but now I'm totally comfortable out there. I've never seen any creepy people out there at night. The wackos go other places, but not the deep woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juice View Post
    I've never seen any creepy people out there at night. The wackos go other places, but not the deep woods.
    I don't know about that, Juice.....Crazy Ivan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    I don't know about that, Juice.....Crazy Ivan!
    Oh yeah, there's at least one crazy out there. But I hear he's been sent to jail for poaching bears.

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    I find if you night ride WITH crazy people, then tend to scare the lesser crazies away!
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    I picked up a Gloworm X2 last year and love it, looking forward to using it again this fall/winter. I previously used a NiteRider MiNewt 600, but now use that on my bars or as a backup.

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    I ride 5 out of 7 mornings, head out around 345-430, I love the quite, cool, darkness.... I've been running a Nightrider Lumina 500 and I love it!

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

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    I ride 5 out of 7 mornings, head out around 345-430,
    Bedtime! Seriously that's impressive.

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    I don't live anywhere near you but I would still do 80% of my riding at night with my friends.

    Not running cheap lights though, Our lights range from 3000 lumen to 3600 lumen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleo View Post
    Bedtime! Seriously that's impressive.
    With kids, work, and re-started college..... so time is a very rare commodity. I have to get it in when everyone else is asleep.

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    Twice a week in the ACFL!!!

    A bit less when the pow is on at Baker or when there is good storm sailin to be had in Rosario.
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    Only way for me to get a mid-week ride in after work. Love night-riding.

    Hm, I think I have now 4 niteriders and 2 Seoul flashlights in my arsenal...
    Just get out and ride!

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    I'm still running my 80$ magic shine 1000 lumens from two years ago. I can't wait till it starts getting dark earlier.

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    Been riding Duthie after work, when it's dry. Usually see only one or two others riding.

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    Duthie is great fun at night. Jumping at night adds a little extra to the excitement.
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    The practice drops are as much excitement as i need

    btw... still need a tour of Tapeworm!

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    I have done night rides in Maple Valley (Henry's Ridge), 3 time in the last 10days. It has been 20 years since riding at night for me. Taking it slow; first using a bar mount and now have bar and head light. Really works the trail skills and changes well known terrain to somewhat uncertain terrain. Drops and jumps (small ones!) are spooky, but if familiar aren't too bad. Very fun though, once I get more comfort I hoe to venture out further, longer and possibly to Tapeworm. BTW, using 2 of the Cree, 3 LED lights. For $35 a pop, I hope they get me through the season. Looking forward to this week's ride right now!

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    I think my favorite place to ride at night is Tiger. I find it is easier to concentrate at night and you have less distractions and once you get use to the shadows and that you can ride just as fast as you do in the daytime.

    I'd really love to do one of the big 410 descents at night one of these days. Palisades during a full moon would be amazing!
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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    We are doing tiger tomorrow night! Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by innovator8 View Post
    We are doing tiger tomorrow night! Can't wait.

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    They're still open?
    Or planning to do some poaching..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtec View Post
    They're still open?
    Or planning to do some poaching..?
    The dnr website still says it's open!

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    Quote Originally Posted by innovator8 View Post
    The dnr website still says it's open!

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    ****in fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I ride with a decent size group every wednesday night and atleast half the guys have switched to this light.
    Amazon.com: 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger: Sports & Outdoors

    Super cheap and bright. I have one on the bars and one on the helmet and we rode all winter in the rain, mud and snow and I had zero issues.
    This looks like a great deal. Out of curiosity, how did you mount this to your helmet?

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    Get this too.

    Amazon.com: MagicShine Helmet Mount Kit: Sports & Outdoors

    Quote Originally Posted by mtrain View Post
    This looks like a great deal. Out of curiosity, how did you mount this to your helmet?

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    We rode Tiger on Sunday. It is still in great shape.

    From DNR:

    Tiger Summit Trailhead OPEN
    Parking is available at the gravel lot just off Hwy 18. Trailhead restrooms are open.
    Tiger Mountain Trail OPEN
    Tiger Mountain Multi-use Mountain Bike Trails (Iverson, Northwest Timber, East Tiger Summit Trail, and Preston RR Grade Trail) OPEN
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    This is the latest I have ever seen these trails open, all thanks to the hard trail work that has made the preston river into a small creek.

    This will make riding at night much easier as it is dark around 5 now!

    I'll be there around 4:30ish tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I ride with a decent size group every wednesday night and atleast half the guys have switched to this light.
    Amazon.com: 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger: Sports & Outdoors

    Super cheap and bright. I have one on the bars and one on the helmet and we rode all winter in the rain, mud and snow and I had zero issues.
    Out of curiosity, what's been your battery life with this light?

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    Last night we rode from 7:30-9:30 and I kept my lights on high most the time. At the end of the ride I bet I still had 30 minutes or more of juice left.

    There were 6 of us last night, and a total of 7 of those 3x lights. 6 work great and give 2+ hours of light, but one guy only gets 30 minutes or so from his battery. They use pretty cheap batteries and I'm actually surprised by how well they have held up. It was wet and nasty and the lights/batteries dont have the best waterproof construction, but I havent seen any short out yet, and we have been using various versions of these knockoffs for 2+ years.

    Last week I did order a new light for my bar (I've been using a single LED model) and it appears to have a nicer waterproof housing and connector. We ride every Wednesday night and I wanted more light and figured I'd try something different.

    NEW 5000 Lumen 2x CREE XM-L U2 LED Bicycle HeadLight Headlamp Light £¨5000 Lumens & Waterproof Design & 4 Modes & Can Be Used As Headlamp Or Bicycle Light & With 2 x CREE XM-L U2 Extra WHITE LED£© - Amazon.com
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    Thanks again for all the lights info. Been using just a standard bar mount light from my wife's road bike when I want to go at night, but that's barely enough for some place like Ed's. Definitely looking to pick up something better for the steeper trails, good to hear the knockoff are good enough.

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    You go to a bike shop and all the decent lights they carry are $300-$500. One of my riding buddies has a $500 Nightrider light and it isnt any brighter than my $40 knockoff. At $40 if you get a dud or crash and break it, your not as upset as you would be if a $300+ light broke or went bad.
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    Yeah, the crashing thing was what I was worried about too.

    Do those Cree lights come with mounting hardware for bikes? Hard to tell by the Amazon descriptions...
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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    I just got one off amazon and it came with 2 rubber straps. One if for a handle bar and the other is for a helmet.. I think.

    The light looks super bright but I have not been able to trail test it yet. Not sure how well the rubber band is going to hold on my handle bars with any rough terrain. Still seems like a great deal for $40 though.

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    The rubber band thing actually works really well. The smaller one works on the small diameter road bike bars and the bigger one works well on thicker MTB bars. I've rode Tiger, TE, jumped at Duthie and ripped all sorts of terrain and never had a light fall of or come loose. The battery is the thing you need to watch. It has a simple velcro strap and it isnt the most secure.
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    I was having problems with my rubber banded bar mounted light last night at Duthie. Light rotated down when I came off the voodoo child drop. That happened a few more times. Hasn't ever fallen off, though.

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Last night we rode from 7:30-9:30 and I kept my lights on high most the time. At the end of the ride I bet I still had 30 minutes or more of juice left.

    There were 6 of us last night, and a total of 7 of those 3x lights. 6 work great and give 2+ hours of light, but one guy only gets 30 minutes or so from his battery. They use pretty cheap batteries and I'm actually surprised by how well they have held up. It was wet and nasty and the lights/batteries dont have the best waterproof construction, but I havent seen any short out yet, and we have been using various versions of these knockoffs for 2+ years.

    Last week I did order a new light for my bar (I've been using a single LED model) and it appears to have a nicer waterproof housing and connector. We ride every Wednesday night and I wanted more light and figured I'd try something different.

    NEW 5000 Lumen 2x CREE XM-L U2 LED Bicycle HeadLight Headlamp Light £¨5000 Lumens & Waterproof Design & 4 Modes & Can Be Used As Headlamp Or Bicycle Light & With 2 x CREE XM-L U2 Extra WHITE LED£© - Amazon.com
    Dude,

    How does this light compare to the thousand lumen magic shine for brightness and battery life?

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    I have the "1000" lumen Magicshine light on my bars, and I cant even tell if it is on or not when the 3x light in on. It much brighter with a nice floody beam that has a pretty descent throw. The only place I out run the light is at Tiger and Taylor. At high speed places light that I will use a long throw spot light on the bars to help out. I get 2-2.5 hours of life out of the battery.
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    Just ordered one of the 3x lights from Amazon. Can't wait to try it out next week after work!

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    I'll add my 2cents on the 3x light as well. Before I tell you about the 3x... I started night riding last winter and initially got a Light & Motion Stella ($150). I thought I'd start out using just a helmet mount light to see if I was really going to like riding at night. What I like about the stella is the battery is light enough I can mount it to my helmet. There isn't a cord hanging around down the back of my helmet snaking into my pack.

    After a couple rides it was clear I liked riding at night. I splurged on a bar mount light and got a Light & Motion Seca ($350). The combination of the 2 lights is pretty awesome. The seca illuminates the trail in front of my bike while the stella is my spotlight. It's a great comibination. I really like well thought products and that is what Light & Motion delivers. I'm sure there are people that have different brands that will say the same thing about their lights. As far as L&M goes everything is well thought out and delivered from the clarity and throw of the light beam, the battery & integrated mounting unit, to the charging system. It's a 1st class product.

    I had read Mr.Lynch's recommendation about the 3x and told some non-night riding friends about it. No one jumped at the chance to buy one but my wife said she thought she might like going night riding with me. So I bought one. It's been used a couple times already. Here's the deal. The fit and finish isn't in the same class as the Light & Motion product but the 3x light works. If I were buying or replacing my L&M lights it'd be no-brainer for me to get a couple of the 3x lights.

    I am interested to hear if Mr.Lynch or any of his riding crew has modified the battery mount. It's got just a little vecro strap. I duct taped around the battery holster to secure it better. That's as far as I've gone though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I have the "1000" lumen Magicshine light on my bars, and I cant even tell if it is on or not when the 3x light in on. It much brighter with a nice floody beam that has a pretty descent throw. The only place I out run the light is at Tiger and Taylor. At high speed places light that I will use a long throw spot light on the bars to help out. I get 2-2.5 hours of life out of the battery.
    I have it in my cart, I'll buy it soon.

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    I've been riding with these: Amazon.com: NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light: Sports & Outdoors

    Good for two hours, one on my helmet, one on my bars and an older version in my Camelback as back-up. Easily good enough for Duthie, PVCA and BFH but comes up short full tilt on Preston (but I really don't need to ride that fast at night anyway). Cool thing is that they're USB, so I just keep them charging in my car- ready when needed.

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    any soaring eagle night riders here?

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    I just got my cheap Amazon light in the mail

    Amazon.com: 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger: Sports & Outdoors

    Pretty decent for $37.00. Solid construction and it seems bright in front of my house. Going to try it out tomorrow at duthie for the real brightness test and battery longevity.

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    Nice!

    I had a big crash last night and though for sure I bust my light off my helmet. The light took a pretty good shot based on the dirt packed in it but all it did was shift downward on mount.
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    I used my brand new light last night,

    NEW 5000 Lumen 2x CREE XM-L U2 LED Bicycle HeadLight Headlamp Light £¨5000 Lumens & Waterproof Design & 4 Modes & Can Be Used As Headlamp Or Bicycle Light & With 2 x CREE XM-L U2 Extra WHITE LED£© - Amazon.com

    It boasts 5000 lumen but it is not 5x brighter than my 1000 lumen magic shine, but it does put out more useful, a wider spread of light.

    I had the new one on my head and my two year old magic shine 1000 on my bars. We rode Henry's Ridge, most of it was totally unfamiliar with, and I had no issues going full speed.

    I saw a dude on the trail with one similar to this one:

    Light & Motion Vis 360 Plus Helmet Light - Free Shipping at REI.com

    that costs 5x the price of my new light and it was very girly-manish.

    I don't know why anyone would spend 2 to 6 hundred bucks on a light like that when these knock offs are so great for the money!

    I totally love riding at night!

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    I bought that same light you posted (cree 2x) to replace my 1000 lumen magicshine bar light. Glad to hear it is ncie and bright!
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    First Duthie night ride in a while last night -- conditions were prime! Gravy Train is a whole different kind of fun in the dark...

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    So it seems like the 5 Gazillion lumen flat light would be good for a flood on the bar with the round 3800 Cree for the helmet for more of a spot? Would that be an idea set up? Crazy to be able to get this kind of set up for $75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgman25 View Post
    So it seems like the 5 Gazillion lumen flat light would be good for a flood on the bar with the round 3800 Cree for the helmet for more of a spot? Would that be an idea set up? Crazy to be able to get this kind of set up for $75.
    Those lights would be lucky if they could put out 1/2 of what they claim.
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    I think we all realize the specs are grossly overrated, but I have seen a few of the round 3800's in person and they have very good output. I know 2 of those would be a great set up, but it seems like this new one might have a a wider spot and would be good on the bars. Hard to beat the price.

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    I agree, 1k lumen and 5k lumen are not that far apart, but with these Cree lights, you can have a great setup, worst case for 75 bucks every two years.

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    Used my 3x cree at Duthie tonight. It lasted 2 hours on the medium setting, which seemed like plenty of light. The only drawback I saw was that when the light is on your helmet you can't see the on/off switch go from green to red, letting you know that you light is about to die. Luckily mine died on an uphill section and I had my commuter light as backup to get me out of there. If you go helmet mount, make sure to check each others lights before you drop in on a run.

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtrain View Post
    Used my 3x cree at Duthie tonight. It lasted 2 hours on the medium setting, which seemed like plenty of light. The only drawback I saw was that when the light is on your helmet you can't see the on/off switch go from green to red, letting you know that you light is about to die. Luckily mine died on an uphill section and I had my commuter light as backup to get me out of there. If you go helmet mount, make sure to check each others lights before you drop in on a run.
    Good call, that's what we do. I adjust my brightness all the time, low on shower parts, high on fast, tech, or jumps.

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    Just started riding at night this year. I put the CREE 3800 lms on my bars and helmet, and run on low to medium. I rode Duthie the other night for quite a while. I think I'm now addicting to riding at night. Super fun.

    I'm like others, used to snowboard a ton in the winter, and I do a lot less now, and take advantage non powder days to ride my bike in town somewhere. The lights opens up a whole new game for me and I can ride after work now midweek.

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    Tonight we are riding out at Black Diamond if anyone is interested in a pre turkey day ride! We are meeting at 7:30pm at the Summit Ridge entrance (by the coal car). We plan on doing a big tour of Summit Ridge and Henry's Ridge.
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    Nice, me and Jason will be up there too, around 445 or so, I'm not sure where we are going in at, last time we went in near that neighborhood.

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    I've only seen a couple of posts about which kinds of lights folks are using. I'm interested in riding at night in the Desert to extend my riding season. During the summer we're cranking a ton of days over 100 degrees. Night would be awesome. Cheap lights were mentioned, and I'm wondering if you all have recommendations/durations and what is "cheap" I'm seeing lights advertized generally around 500 bucks. Not sure if that is cheap or not. Thoughts? Recommendations? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasonoutside313 View Post
    I've only seen a couple of posts about which kinds of lights folks are using. I'm interested in riding at night in the Desert to extend my riding season. During the summer we're cranking a ton of days over 100 degrees. Night would be awesome. Cheap lights were mentioned, and I'm wondering if you all have recommendations/durations and what is "cheap" I'm seeing lights advertized generally around 500 bucks. Not sure if that is cheap or not. Thoughts? Recommendations? Thanks!
    No, $500 is not cheap. There are many good lights in the $150-300 range (still not cheap). Go look at the mtbr light shootout for options.

    I recommend both a bar mount and a helmet mount light. For open terrain I find spot beams are more effective than floods, so look at the beam pattern pics for narrow, long throw lights. Wide, high beams waste the light as it hits nothing but air.
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    Magicshine, Gemini, and Fenix are makers of lights that can blind ya without burning up your wallet.

    I always carry a Fenix L2D, a couple Twofish mount blocks to go on helmet or handlebars, and some extra lithium AA batts in my pack just in case I get caught out.... which happened last Saturday when I tried to get over the ridge behind my house and got wound up in the clay mud from hell. Since the back wheel didn't turn even after repeated digging, I had to carry the bike to the top & a harder/more graveled road where I could finally keep it clear. Yeah, that's the brand new drivetrain warmonkey put on there for me.... *sigh*
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    ~100 lumen isn't a lot by current standards, but it's definitely enough to get you home in a pinch. Sounds like a number of TD riders have carried these lights with them as an ultralight/compact/reasonably long run-time solution.
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    I found the most dependable "cheap" lights are on Amazon. Just search for "Cree 2x, Cree 3x, Cree 4x etc.. and go with the one you like the best. I've had good luck with the sub $50 knockoff lights and while they put out the "3800 lumens" or whatever rediculous number they claim, they do put out in excess of 1000 lumens and are plenty bright for night riding at speed. I run a 2x model on my helmet and a 3x model on my bars.
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    I use a Nightlinhtning IX, It is over kill at 3600 Lumens max.

    But it is awesome.

    Most of my friends the 1 with 3 XLM led's in it, Max 3000 lumens.

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    Re: Night riding - Do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I found the most dependable "cheap" lights are on Amazon. Just search for "Cree 2x, Cree 3x, Cree 4x etc.. and go with the one you like the best. I've had good luck with the sub $50 knockoff lights and while they put out the "3800 lumens" or whatever rediculous number they claim, they do put out in excess of 1000 lumens and are plenty bright for night riding at speed. I run a 2x model on my helmet and a 3x model on my bars.
    I agree with Mr Lynch, don't waste your money on those high dollar lights, look on Amazon and get some of those sub 50$ lights and you'll be fine. Get two, one for head and bars. Some of the round single led lights, you may want to spring 5$ for the wide angle lens.



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