What do you actually ride with more than 500 lumens?
i’m still using my 800 lupine wilmas which were state of the art 2 yrs ago, dont think i’ll ever change em unless they fail. Like all things there will always be sheep who fall for the ‘next best thing’ hype….its how the world works, actual need does not come into the equation.
anyway, i’m off to completely change my drive train to D12 cause cav uses it and the posters are great, and my 8months old SRAM is now out of flavourPosted 6 years ago
in sideways rain down narrow tracks where there are many hidden roots and various nasties i want as much light as man can create.
so it can bounce straight back in your face? 😆
ton – yes, but honestly curiousPosted 6 years ago
phil – WTF would make you think that? were you scared by what you read? coz i’m not **** hugging you.
rich – no longer have oneMostly BalancedMember
700 lumens of Exposure Toro with spot beam Ayups on my helmet is plenty bright enough for me although a bit more spread from the Toro would be nice. I only turn the helmet light on if there’s no-one in front of me as I find the reflected light from anything close is enough to dull my night vision.Posted 6 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Perhaps in ideal conditions 500 lumens is reasonable. However in sideways rain down narrow tracks where there are many hidden roots and various nasties i want as much light as man can create.
I’m with yesiamtom on this one, quite often a bastid at medium setting on the bars is enough.Posted 6 years ago
Last night, in the driving rain, an older bastid on the bars on full (say 600ish) and a newer one on the lid (say 900ish) just wasn’t enough to really let it go on the downhills. I found myself hanging back more than I would have in daylight. 🙁
This is not normally the case.
Wearing glasses doesn’t help either 🙁
know what you mean winterfold (partly why I started the thread)Posted 6 years ago
group riding I’ll often just switch mine off completely and ride their light til I reach a section I know I’ll get away ahead easily. but I often night ride locally with no lights at all (I hate wearing a helmet, and bar mounts are pointless)
I mustn’t have made it very clear 🙄 but my original question was…
what do you actually ride with more than 500 lumens?
I wasn’t really after a boring list of numbers, mounting positions or brand names (silly me, as I am fully aware that’s what the average semi-autistic STW dweller loves to collate and ponder over more than anything).Posted 6 years ago
I genuinely wanted to know Where/what do you ride? ie. is it local well known routes? trail centre scalextrix tracks? far afield unknown trails? super technical or fast DH tracks? or what?
but oh, well.. 😕wwaswasSubscriber
ride the same stuff I do the rest of the time (open downland and wooded singletrack) and, with a more powerful light, at the same speed.
As above I ride at night ‘cos otherwise I couldn’t ride midweek. It is different to day time even with lots of lumens but I’ve found it easier the more powerful my lamps have got.Posted 6 years ago
it baffles now me why most riders would even consider having much more than a single 500 lumen light for night riding and even more so if they mount the bloody thing on their bars (no matter how bright it is it’s not going to allow you to see round corners like a head mount can).Posted 6 years ago
if you are riding technical DH or flat out fast DH I can see how folk can justify maybe 500-700 lumens on their head but come on? if you’re mainly riding your usual trails WTF is it you “think” you need to see?
be truthful, if you have over say 700 lumens what do you actually ride?JunkyardMember
same light output as you and whatever I want to ridePosted 6 years ago
It is night time it should be night time it is part of the fun.
Never crashed due to not enough light but have done due to not enough skill
Cant imagine what 1500 lumens + does in fog just bouncing everywhere blinding you I assume
If you can night ride without lights maybe, just maybe,
your eyesight is better than some/most/all.you just need to know your local trails very very well
it really is that simple.
I call a really shit troll.
call out whatever you want, in your campest foot stampiest squeal if you so wish. I’m not really interested in what you jump off your bike and run down in the daylight or at night. 8)Posted 6 years agomuddygooseMember
In my experience not all lumens are equal!
Apparently I have 900 lumens, it is indeed very bright but I have no way of telling if I really do have that many lumens. They are just too fast to count individually!
As to what I ride: everything I ride in the day, just at night! I like to be able to see well.Posted 6 years agotomasoSubscriber
I rode out of Torver last night in Cumbria. It was rocky slippery steppy, sloppy technical terrain followed by a fast decent through the quarries back down to Torver.
Having a bar and head mounted torch offers benefits of being better able to perceive depth of field. Also if it gets foggy, misty, rain etc a headtorch can be useless as its light refracts off the water droplets and stops you seeing anything.
I also had two spare sets in my bag for me and my riding buddies in the event of failure or breakage.
The more you can see the greater your confidence and the more fun you can have – simples.Posted 6 years ago
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