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    Lighted magnifying glass?

    Looking for a recommendation for a handheld lighted (LED?) magnifying glass that I can use around my garage bike work area. Thanks!

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    What about a LED head lamp?

    I have one of these I picked up on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/GRDE-Zoomable...=led+head+lamp I think) which can pivot up and down, has a couple of brightness settings, and keeps my hands free.

    Something like this might be overkill but can be handy for miscellaneous garage duties outside of the bike but for the bike has been handy.

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    Thanks SilentG. Yeah, I already have a super powerful headlamp (plus an another one for my trail running adventures). It's quite helpful and I too appreciate the hands-free thing.

    For me, it is my eyesight that is not quite up to snuff... you know, that 40+ year old aging inevitability. Sometimes it is nice to be able to zoom in on the fine details while you are wrenching.

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    You have a lot of options, the obvious one being reading glasses. Probably all you need. You don't even have to buy prescription ones, just try a few cheap pairs until you find a pair that hits the spot. I have 'proper' reading glasses but keep a cheap pair in the shed for exactly the reason you outlined. Just used them to read the tooth number on a guy's crank-set.

    Or you get glasses that have a light built in, I have a set of those too.

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    How much magnification do you want?

    I have an illuminated jeweler's loupe I bought on Amazon that works pretty well. However, by far the best illuminated magnifier I've found is a medical tool called a Dermalite Dermascope. Even used they're pretty expensive, but they work incredibly well.

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    I settled on this model. Cheap and it stands on its own:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078K7JR77

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    I'm with Mr Pig. I found some readers that worked for me at the dollar store, picked up 5 pair to leave in different spots around the house/shop. Only $5 and change!
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