What Commute Lights?
The Knog Toad and Bulfrog lights are perfect for this, and just so easy to take on and off, as they have their ‘brackets’ built in. More than bright enough, and the fast strobe is very, er, eye-catching. Love them to bits, ideal when there’s a choice of bike to ride, and you don’t have to pfaff with brackets, they make Twofish lockblocks look clumsy. A P7 is still a good choice if there’s no street lighting, however.Posted 8 years ago
I really don’t get the need for £80 front and £40 rear lights for on road commuting. It all seems a bit excessive to me. I’ve been using these all winter on the bike with only the need for one battery change http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Cateye_EL135_And_LD130_Light_Set/5360025775/ two of the red version of these on the back of my helmet http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=8510 and one of the white versions on my handlebar as a back up to the front light. Bike commuted everyday through winter. No problems. It’s not an attempt to be all “no need for daft bright light” macho stuff but even you know Flash (waves again), your Lumi’s or the like will be way OTT for riding on the road round here in even the darkest of the dark.
Oooh, just seen Count Zero’s comment re: Knogs. I’ve got a front one you can have just for being you.Brand new. I’ll drop it off at your house for you. As the count says, they’re ace and will appeal to your whacky design tastes as well.Posted 8 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Depends on your commute – mine is all on roads, all with street lights, admitedly few and far between in the more rural stretches, so I’m more interested in being seen rather than seeing.
Up front, all I use is a Smart 3LED light on flash. If I had space on my bars I’d probably run another.
At the back I have a couple of Smart 1/2w LEDs – one flashing, one constant.
No one has hit me in four years of commuting 8-10 miles each way into the centre of Nottingham, so I’m figuring my lighting is adequate to be seen.Posted 8 years agoSTATOMember
If youve got a set of lumis already just get a glow ring for one of the cans. Ive got a lumi bolted onto my commuter with a power lead to the rack so i can keep the battery in my pannier. The glow ring means you can be seen from the side much better than any of the mtb light suggestions given so far. For the rear lights id agree with above that you need more than one and they need to be big flashy buggers!Posted 8 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
small and light, easy to remove, and if you’re nipping down the pub they’re easy to stash in your pockets.Posted 8 years agosmurfMember
I don’t commute (yet) but do ride locally on the road in the dark. I use a Dinotte 200L on the front (a bargain from the classifieds) and a smart 1/2 watt jobby on the back.
If I was commuting I’d probably run a second 200L and another rear light on my back / helmet. London traffic is a little busy!
smurfPosted 8 years agostealthcatMember
I’d second the glow-ring for the Lumi; my current setup is a single Lumi with a glow ring and a Knog on the front, with a Smart rear LED.Posted 8 years ago
Personally I won’t use Cateyes; I’ve had two or three, and the failure mode, after almost exactly a year each time, has been that they start out OK, then, mid-ride, go very dim. It isn’t a battery issue, because hitting them hard usually restores them to full brightness, and it makes me feel a little insecure, given that some stretches of my route are actually pretty dark for London (that’s where the Lumi can come in really handy!).DelSubscriber
the cateye tld 1100 ( the ‘holy hand grenade’ referred to above ) is very good, as is the smart 1/2 watt for the rear. the smart is probably more effective when viewed from the rear more directly, the cateye gives better all round visibility. they make a good combination.Posted 8 years ago
for the front then the lumi with glow ring is your best bet if you already have a set i’d say.
knog lights seem like yesterdays tech wrapped up in a well designed clamping method and nice marketing. they’re a good design for sure, but the actual lighting would appear to be the same as LED lights from about 4 or 5 years ago, and things have moved on a lot..
I use 2 cateye tld 1100 on the back – on on flashing modes and one on constant. And an cateye el530 on the front and a £2 flasher for tesco. Thats for the lit bits – I use brighter lights for the unlit bit. I love this time of year though, time to strip off the main lights and carry a couple of emergency lights for the commute.Posted 8 years ago
My ride’s all urban, and I’ve been using http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Cateye_EL410_Front_Light/5360025760/ for a couple of years. Great if you swap bikes a lot.
I also got the http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Cateye_EL530_And_LD1100_Light_Set/5360025771/ set. Never used the front that much, because I broke the mount, but the rear is brilliant.
I’m not convince that you really need to overboard on lights if you’re on lit roads. Riding position and attitude is just as important.Posted 8 years agoowenfackrellMember
I had the same light as miketually till i forgot to tighten up the bracket properly and it wnet under a lorry.Posted 8 years ago
I run 2 lights on constant on my bars and a flashing straped to my forks.
I have one rear on constant and another on flashing.
I have these
plus the front one of that rear one my others are no longer made it seems but they are still serving me well.
I use both flashing and constant as i feel that the flashing draws the attention where as the constant ones allows people to gage how far away you are.
My lights (although only two small ones on the front, one small on the back), are put on the bike in September and taken off again in March. They don’t budge an inch in between unless I change the batteries. Why would a person take their lights off to go in a shop? Nobody has nicked any of my lights and the bike sits outside work all day in a not very nice area all day long.Posted 8 years ago
Gary and Barca – do you have expensive off-roading lights on your bikes?
I’ve left my rear cateye on, as I broke the little lever thiny on the clamp. Even managed to change the batteries by laying the bike onits side 🙂
The bike I’m riding at the moment has a hub dynamo connected to a halogen lamp bolted onto the fork crown, and a red rear LED with battery back up built into the rack. It’s brilliant as I never need to think about batteries or taking lights.Posted 8 years ago
Barca – I’ve mailed you gmail account.
Thanks every one, I’ve gone for a pair of Knog’s. They look compact and a little bit stylish. My commute is just a normal urban ride, no long dark roads and to be honest I’m so soft once the cold dark nights start again the bike will probably go back into hibernation.
Bloody hell I’m talking about winter on the first day of spring, someone take me outside and shoot me.Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Does it not take the people with 100s of lights on their bike ages to take them all off when they stop to buy beer on the way home?
Front is a L&M Vega, which is quick release (slides onto the mounting bracket)
Rear is LD1100 in quick release clip on the back of my pannier rack.
The small LED on the back of my lid comes with me..!Posted 8 years ago
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