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Offline Gus

Front and rear lights
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:12:05 pm »
I'm looking for a front and rear light so I can be seen during daytime as well as evening. I see some use recharging battery packs or just alkaline battery? With rechargeable ones when your on long tours how do you go about recharging? trying to set up a new touring bike. Anyone with first hand experience? Are these charging packs good to use on a GPS or cell phone? Thanks.

Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Re: Front and rear lights
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 06:49:50 am »
Kudos for using lights.

There are lots of ways to recharge lights. I used a hub, which charged a battery back, which provided USB power. I could also charge the battery pack from a standard wall outlet. I had a GPS, lights, and a phone to keep charged. The hub provided about 6 Watts. It wasn't enough on its own to keep everything charged.

I prefer devices that use standard AA or AAA batteries. I use Eneloop batteries with a high quality charger. I have a 110V charger and a USB charger. Eneloop batteries last about 3 years. If I can't keep them charged, I have the option of stopping at a convenience store to pick up some alkaline batteries.

Offline canalligators

Re: Front and rear lights
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 07:10:43 pm »
I'm not convinced that lights are that important in daylight.  You must use good lane placement, wear bright colors, look like a cyclist, be aware of when motorists might not see you such as looking into low sun, and be predictable.  After those steps, a light certainly wouldn't hurt - but it must be an extremely bright one to be noticed.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Front and rear lights
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 09:01:18 pm »
I have to agree with canalligators.  To illustrate his point...

On a group tour a few years ago, I was climbing through light rain and fog when I noticed the high-vis raincoat of the cyclist a quarter mile or more in front of me.  I eventually caught up to him.  When I got to within perhaps 75 feet, I noticed -- this was the guy on the tour who had eight or ten of the brightest flashers on the market, mounted up and down both seatstays, and running even in daylight.  The important point to note is that I noticed him (in his bright green) long before I saw the flashers.

Offline fahrrad

Re: Front and rear lights
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2018, 06:27:43 pm »
  It's all about those Lumens I reckon. I had two rechargeable tail lights on my last tour (along with a headlight I sent home early on) that, combined with my phone and battery pack, became such a chore to keep charged. Every cafe stop entailed searching the walls to 'top up', every older budget motel had maybe one outlet, involving hourly shift changes for all the units. Using the high function got me maybe 1.5-3 hours of flash, often leaving me dark, more often finding me saving their use until I found myself on dicey roads. If i was on a wide shoulder I left it off to save power. I had an Iphone that didn't like interchanging cords and plugs with non-Apple gear.  I guess I just don't like complicating my fun. If you feel you want a tail lamp, buy the brightest beast you can afford- so many are just too feeble to make a difference in direct sunlight. I swore my next tail light would be a AAA battery type, just to make the ride that much simpler. You won't want to be squatting outside a thrift store power outlet in Spigot, Kansas waiting for a $14 light to recharge...