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    first night ride, what a riot

    been rigging stuff on my fat bike to get running at night
    last night was the trial run, what a riot,
    7" led light bar, 12v battery on the back rack, toggle switch
    total for 1800 lumens with battery $50

    just need a better helmet light, so I rigged up an led flash light to my helmet last night , couple of wire ties and I am good to go

    took it easy and went slow, but still had a blast.
    can't wait to go again
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    just think,
    with all the savings on the light
    you can upgrade
    your camera from potato
    "Put your seatbelt back on or get out and sit in the middle of that circle of death." - Johnny Scoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    just think,
    with all the savings on the light
    you can upgrade
    your camera from potato
    ya man, thanks for all the positive insight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Provincial View Post
    ya man, thanks for all the positive insight
    just busting your balls, no harm meant, pic was blurry

    post blurry pics on internet some douche like me might chew on that like a..
    errr..
    something chewable
    "Put your seatbelt back on or get out and sit in the middle of that circle of death." - Johnny Scoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    just think,
    with all the savings on the light
    you can upgrade
    your camera from potato


    Glad you got the nightriding bug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Provincial View Post
    ya man, thanks for all the positive insight
    It was kinda funny. Maybe try to have a sense of humor.

    I keep debating the whole night ride thing. I want to just buy a clamp and mount one of my gazzilion flashlights onto my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @[email protected] View Post
    It was kinda funny. Maybe try to have a sense of humor.

    I keep debating the whole night ride thing. I want to just buy a clamp and mount one of my gazzilion flashlights onto my bike.
    Easy!



    Then you'll be hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @[email protected] View Post

    I keep debating the whole night ride thing. I want to just buy a clamp and mount one of my gazzilion flashlights onto my bike.
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    https://www.action-led-lights.com/co...shlight-holder

    This may be something you'd be interested in. Flashlights aren't the best for mtn. biking and would encourage you to consider a bike light with a proper beam pattern, but this would get you started. Having fun is the important thing!
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    I've shared this long ago, but for a big bikepacking trip I did in 2011 I needed lights to ride in the dark (it was more or less to be prepared "just in case" - which did of course happen). I followed a guide online on how to use two conduit clamps and heatshrink to make some cheap solid clamps (I didn't even know cheap Chinese clamps existed at the time). Here are some photos:






    and one of the lights I took along:



    The 2nd light I had was the "People's Cree" from DX.

    150 lumens max and we rode for about an hour at +/- 10 to 12mph on a rail-trail just fine.

    -Garry

    EDIT - Hmm . . . photos aren't showing up in post, but do in post editor. Well the Google photo album is here.
    "My Bike Lights" Thread on BLF teardowns, measurements, and beamshots. Moving my photos, PM or post up if you can't see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Provincial View Post
    ya man, thanks for all the positive insight
    def:Provincial

    an inhabitant of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded.

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    Have fun with the night rides ! I've got a set up and done a few. Here's a bit of insight from a few rides I've done in the canyons at night;

    Had some ideas of what could be better. Some of that is confirmed by others and some tips I read here on the site.
    I have two 750 Lumen nightriders that work nice. Based the first purchase on reviews, price and a friend that was using it. Also, per my application, I liked that it was no remote power source. USB charge/internal battery and long enought burn time for my purposes. Used it on the bar and the helmet trying both and later decided to get a 2nd lamp, the same one was on sale so I got the 2nd one.

    Now in retrospect, I've seen a lot of press and sales or reviews on other lights, some crazy claims of lumens that are not actually realistic but still get good reviews. Mostly I like the idea of getting the 2nd lamp providing a wider field of light like a flood. The NR's are a bit more focal.
    Now after reading tips, it seems confirmed the narrow beam is good on the helmet and the wider beam on the bars so that's probably the direction I'll go. "They" say a bare min of 600 lumens but don't trust every company claim on lumen and you'll be fine. Some say buy as much lumen as you can afford. I tend to think there is a sweet spot for lumen and importantly, type of beam/s. After that, it's battery life/run time.

    I've got $150 or so in these two coming with the bar mounts and I paid extra for one helmet mount. From what I read on some of the Amazon cheapies, some of the floods test pretty well and are in the $40 to $80 range. Do some reading and research and I'm sure you'll be way ahead of the flashlight concept even if starting with one light and adding a second later on.
    I can for sure recommend the NR as a good lamp to start with and a great 2nd lamp when you get a flood for the handle bar.
    bachman must spread some Reputation around before giving it to himself again. :madman:


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