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    Default Commuting Lights

    I'm looking for recommendations for a simple light set-up for commuting. I've got a handful of criteria:

    • Handlebar mount for the headlight.
    • Rack mount for the tail light.
    • LED rechargeable batteries.
    • Less than $150 total cost.

    These are for my short (5 mile) urban commute. I'm going into my office once or twice a week and want to ride through the dark months, as long as the weather isn't too messy. I need to be visible in a bike lane in Boston traffic.

    And it's a retrofit for this guy. Don't even suggest running a bunch of wires!

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    Thanks for your ideas!
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    David...the Light n’ Motion products are reliable and a good value and I really like my Cygolite Hypershot 350...I’ve actually had comments from the road and received phone calls from friends that saw me on the road, inquiring about that particular light.

    https://lightandmotion.com/collections/urban-cycling

    https://cygolite.com/product/hypershot-350-usb/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    David...the Light n’ Motion products are reliable and a good value and I really like my Cygolite Hypershot 350...I’ve actually had comments from the road and received phone calls from friends that saw me on the road, inquiring about that particular light.

    https://lightandmotion.com/collections/urban-cycling


    https://cygolite.com/product/hypershot-350-usb/
    I also recommend the the L&M Urban series lights. I just picked up the Urban 1000 combo for $150. The challenge here is the lack of a rack mount. The tail light is great but it won’t work well with the rack I’m afraid unless a builder can fabricate a mounting point.
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    As others just said: L&M Urban fronts are great. I have the cheapest one for four years now, still going strong, even after being run over by a car. I also use it as off-the-bike flashlight.
    My only issue is the USB cover which is easy to loose. When I don't plan to ride where there isn't some street illumination, I prefer Bontrager ION 200. Smaller, well visible but doesn't blind oncoming traffic. Great for fog and as DRL.

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    Thank you good gentlemen. I'd checked out the L&M line and thought it looked promising so it's good to get your independent confirmation.

    I ordered the Urban 1000 combo, along with the optional rack mount doohicky for the rear.
    And a set of Conti Gatorskins while I was at it. I've been pushing my luck with the Veloflexes, and noticed a serious scrape in a sidewall earlier today.
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    Problem Solvers and Origin 8 both make bolt-on rack light mounts for a couple bucks. Or Paul if you’re fancy.
    Got some cash
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    This looks like it works with a rack for the L&M rear light...

    https://lightandmotion.com/products/vis-180-rack-mount
    Last edited by rwsaunders; 4 Weeks Ago at 06:28 PM.
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have been very happy with this setup for about 4 months now. Plus you can't beat $50.

    Incredibly bright and I haven't had any problems with the battery. I get almost 2 hours on the high setting.

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    Default Re: Commuting Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by davids View Post
    Thank you good gentlemen. I'd checked out the L&M line and thought it looked promising so it's good to get your independent confirmation.

    I ordered the Urban 1000 combo, along with the optional rack mount doohicky for the rear.
    And a set of Conti Gatorskins while I was at it. I've been pushing my luck with the Veloflexes, and noticed a serious scrape in a sidewall earlier today.
    I have an older Urban headlight that I used for years and I used the L&M taillight before being introduced to Lupine. The L&M lights were great and they have really good customer service in the off chance you have an issue. You likely won't be disappointed.
    "I guess you're some weird relic of an obsolete age." - davids

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    This looks like it works with a rack for the L&M rear light...

    https://lightandmotion.com/products/vis-180-rack-mount
    That's the stuff.
    GO!

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    Default Re: Commuting Lights

    I've been using a Nitrider Lumina in front and a Niterider Solas in the back for several years, and on several bikes. Never disappointed, often impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COVRTDESIGN View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have been very happy with this setup for about 4 months now. Plus you can't beat $50.

    Incredibly bright and I haven't had any problems with the battery. I get almost 2 hours on the high setting.
    I had a similar light. It’s powerful, but the optics are pos. They wash everything (so hard to see depth), and blind oncoming traffic. The L&M has less than half the lumens, but I was able to see better with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snotrockets View Post
    I had a similar light. It’s powerful, but the optics are pos. They wash everything (so hard to see depth), and blind oncoming traffic. The L&M has less than half the lumens, but I was able to see better with it.
    I'm able to commute mainly on pathways, and for any oncoming riders, I can just tilt it down for a few seconds. The light is a bit washed out, but I haven't had any problems or complaints so far.

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