One light for night riding – helmet or bars?
Helmet lights are good but next to useless if your ride in rain/snow/fog. Riding in these conditions I have to turn my helmet light off as the lights just bounces back at you. In fog/mist particularly it's impossible to ride with a helmet mounted light only.
So if you only ride in nice, dry waether then a helmet light is great.Posted 8 years agoDickBartonMember
Bars…as much as folk say the light doesn't go where they look, having a large flared spot blind you when it is raining/misty or snowing from a helmet mounted light just doesn't work for me (obviously depends on how heavy the rain/snow is)…
As much as you do get a dark spot when you turn the bars, the dark spot only lasts a second so no real issue…if it is bad weather then the flare from the helmet light can't be sorted and it does reduce your visibility.
Bars all the time for me.Posted 8 years agoGary_MMember
coffeeking as DickBarton says it depends how heavy the snow/rain is but I find the light just bounces back into your face. Obviusly it's not so bad in snow because it's generally nice and bright with all that white around.
But in these conditions generally a helmet light doesn't work for me. I also find it irritating to have something constantly flickering in front of the light.Posted 8 years agoahwilesSubscriber
Bars – cos this way the light casts shadows behind roots/rocks that i can see, this helps with my depth perception.
yes, i'm jealous of all you lucky sods whose eyes work properly in the dark.
i do notice that on some tight twisty stuff i was turning into a corner i couldn't see, but i found this quite good fun!
(i've now got a fenix pen-light thing on my skidlid, set at only 110 lumens so it doesn't fill in the shadows cast by my bar-light)Posted 8 years agocarlphillipsMember
you can predict your route.
not something i'd like to have done the other night!!, technical twisty rooty rocky singletrack right next to a fair old drop to flat (30ft+)as it was the 1st time i'd ridden it, it was very unfamiliar to me and i'd just lent my helmet lamp to another guy after his broke, it emphasized just why i hate riding with only a bar mounted light.Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Helmet every time.
The depth perception argument is one I've never really got – have you ever gone off a drop-off with only bar lights pointing ahead whereas below you is just a black void?! I find bar mounts actually give worse shadows since every root/rock casts a big shadow behind it. And the light puddle vibrates and bounces horribly when you're going fast.
Only problem with helmet mounted lights is clouting your head off an overhanging branch and it ripping the light off…Posted 8 years ago
Only problem with helmet mounted lights is clouting your head off an overhanging branch and it ripping the light off…
Yeah, that's a big one for me actually.
Anyway, try both and see – as is obvious above, most people have strong preferences for either helmet or bar mount so both clearly work – it just depends on you.Posted 8 years agoTheLittlestHoboMember
Rode drumlanrigg last week on a night ride. Cant think of a worse place to ride with just a bar light. Basic high speed off road will be fine with bar light but as soon as it gets twisty i would miss the head torch.
Think about it. A head torch lights up whatever you are looking at 100% of the time (granted rain limits it). Your bars can be pointing in completely the wrong direction to the way you are looking. I find i have to be much better prepared when night riding which means when entering a high speed berm etc i also want to be looking at its exit if possible. How can you do this if you only have a bar light?
FWIW i ride with both.Posted 8 years agoAndyPMember
helmet mount for off road, bar mount for roadPosted 8 years ago
crazy man. Helmet mount is ideal for road use. You can give any driver who is thinking of pulling out of a side road in front of you the full benefit of your 1400 lumens directly into their eyes. Try saying 'I didn't see you' now, f*cker… 😉nickcSubscriber
ThelittlestHobo, it doesn't really happen like that though, bike lights are floody, they light up "an area" in front of your bike, but also to the side as well, and the times when the light isn't pointing where you're going are so few, that it actually makes little impact. I ride in the Chilterns, and having ridden Drumlanrig, it's not massively dissimilar, I'd have no worries riding around there with a br lightPosted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Helmet mount is ideal for road use. You can give any driver who is thinking of pulling out of a side road in front of you the full benefit of your 1400 lumens directly into their eyes. Try saying 'I didn't see you' now, f*cker…
+1. No-one ever pulled out in front of me when I was using my helmet-mounted NiteRider Storm. 🙂Posted 8 years ago
Even had drivers slow to a virtual standstill, dip their lights etc and best of all if you're using it on narrow country lanes you can often see (and be seen) over the hedges/walls.OllyMember
has anyone got/or used a hope LED1 adventure light?
i like the idea of it taking AA batteries. i realise to get a useful batterylife, they will need to be expensive high power AAs, but i think i prefer this idea, as i reckon the light will go for long periods of not being used, and probably misuse of the battery.
AAs are much easier to replace than inbuilt LiIon i think.
the battery pack on the new one, its seperate from the lamp, so it can be used on a helmet.
does anyone know if there is a split in the cable between the battery and the lamp?
or is it all one unit?
i reckon as a lid mounted unit, with the battery in the ipod compartment of the camel back, it could be quite neat, and not heavy.
i understand that the 1LED ones are quite a tight beam?
any other AA battery compatible off road suitable lights out there?
tbh, ide quite like just the lamp unit, and then build up my own battery pack from AAs, or off the shelf 6v LiIon units.
anyhoo, bit of a hijack.
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