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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I think the newer USE road lights have beams designed to ‘cut off’ across the top and be mnore traffic freindly than the traditional ‘throw light everywhere’ mtb ones.

    TurnerGuy
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    USE Strada can be got for £150 on their outlet page…

    Have a dip function

    TiRed
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    What do you use now? Budget? I use an Exposure Strada, and out with the club last Tuesday, in the lanes, it was great. Of course you get to spend more time on the front 😉 Two lights, one broad beam, and a remote dip switch.

    EDIT: as Turnerguy says. Mine was from their outlet. If you can still get one, it’s a great light fro that price. It also mounts upside down UNDER the bars, so looks a little nicer too.

    thomthumb
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    i’ve used a exposure enduro maxx & joystick (separately and together) because that’s what i have.

    enduro is great, the joystick is ok, sometimes left me wishing for a little more.

    have used some cheapo battery ones but always come back to the reliability of exposure stuff.

    I was going to suggest strada too.

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    As above, Exposure Strada is the obvious choice. I started using one last winter and 95% of the time it copes fine, on a fast descent I generally wish for a bit more light but the simple solution is to slow down a bit 😉 If there’s a uprated lumen version this year it might be perfect (apart from the price). The bar mount remote is good to, allows you to quickly ‘dip’ them if a car comes without moving your hands off the tops.

    Sue_W
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    Having been nearly ‘caught short’ last night (7.45, unlit lane, dense trees …), it’s time to face up to the inevitable cost of a decent light.

    So, looking for recommendations for a road light, bar mounted, cordless (I don’t want a seperate battery pack), and with a run time of at least 2 hrs on unlit country back roads. It needs to be powerful enough to see far enough ahead when riding fast, and to spot potholes, suicidal bunnies etc before I hit them. But have the right beam / angle to not dazzle car drivers, especially on singletrack roads.

    I have been looking at the Moon XP 500 – but any other recommendations? What do you use?

    nanomoog
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    I have just recieved the Exposure Race Mk7.

    I’m very impressed with it so far. It’s comparable to the Strada, just a bit of a weight shave.

    Not had any reall issues, but out with it on Saturday, so give it a proper 40 test.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    My road loop from the house is all bar 2 miles on unlit country roads. I normally use just a Joystick on the bars, which is fine up to around 20mph. If its either a manky night, or I am feeling particulary like going fast, i will pop the Maxx D on the bars instead, but it’s a bit overkill most of the time (when on mtb use Maxx D on bars and Joystick on helmet)

    Reluctant
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    Just bought one of these as a compact convenient commuting light. USB charger, simple Cateye bracket and plenty of light for roads/dark lanes. Exceeded my expectations and feels very well built too.

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/cateye-nano-shot-plus-el-625rc-front-light-prod29132/

    Premier Icon jkomo
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    Merlin got light sale at mo.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Reluctant – that Cateye looks pretty good, might get one for this winter.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Sue, are you planning on going to the Cycle Show in Birmingham next week? Not sure if they’ll be there this year but in the past USE/Exposure have had a stand there in the “Market Zone” selling off last year’s stock at discounted prices.

    I’ve got a couple of Exposure Diablo lights, one of the original ones and the Mark II. I like the helmet/bar mounting options and buying the same thing at least means it’s one charger for the lot.

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