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  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the this sibling, the True 550 can be had for $140. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest...
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    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. First came the NiteRider Minewt 600 which was just 'ok' as it was rough and wasn't close to its 600 Lumen claims. Then came the Lumina 650 and it was light years better, as it was polished and honest at 647 measured Lumens. So now comes...
  3. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. Princeton Tec is an outdoor sports company with a loyal following. Working with this light, I began to understand their core values. They offer basic, no-frills products that work. They are made with the best materials and...
  4. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the sibling, the True 350 can be had for $120. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest setting...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. First came the NiteRider Minewt 600 which was just 'ok' as it was rough and wasn't close to its 600 Lumen claims. Then came the Lumina 650 and it was light years better as it was polished and honest at 647 measured Lumens. So now comes...
  6. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. Two years ago, CatEye wowed us with the 250 Lumen Nano Shot which featured a very small package for $100. Actual output was 200 in the integrating sphere. This year, the new light is the Volt 300 for only $60. The good news is the actual...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. At Eurobike this year, Michael Browne from Bontrager said "I have a cool light for you!" I said, "Send it over and we'll check it out," with polite skepticism. After all, Bontrager has never made a bike light before and this is a very...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    Bike light manufacturers can put any 'Lumens rating' on their product that they want. There is no governing body out there that states that they have to measure or be truthful about what they claim their light output to be. What many of them do is read the LED spec that they are using, get that...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The Xeccon Geinea is a 650 Lumen light with a tail light included in the system. A remote switch is included to control both front and tail lights. The system is fairly interesting for commuters that could use a unified system of head...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    The Fenix BTR20 is a good light with a dual beam pattern coming out of one head. Using special lens optics, they are able to project a wide beam and a focused spot beam at the same time. This is great for cyclists as this is what's really needed to see peripheral objects at low speed and the...
  11. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The Xeccon Spiker is a light with 4 LEDs and a big hard cased battery. The beam is big and bright and it is best used as a bar light to project a wide beam pattern. A spot helmet light would complement this light nicely. The battery...
  12. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. There's the NiteRider Lumina 550 and next in line is the smaller sibling, the Micro 220. It shares the same chassis design but in a small stubby package. It's a cool light for $70 and it measures at 240 Lumens, so it's a great commuter...
  13. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the 'infinite' battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries. The light ships in Blast...
  14. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. This is a tail light for $50 that puts out about 70 Lumens. It's got good side visibility and can be seen from well over a mile on a clear day. The USB charging port is now moved to the bottom of the light with a better seal. This...
  15. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. This is a pretty cool commuter light. It's small, puts out 122 Lumens and it's only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50, but the folks at NiteRider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device. Specifications...
  16. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The Lezyne Super Drive XL is a stubby little LED light that puts out 589 Lumens for $120. It has a nice bar mount, improved from last year and it can be mounted on the bar or the helmet. This has the 'infinite' battery which is field...
  17. General Cycling Discussion
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Mtbr. The Macro Drive is a decent $70 light putting out 307 Lumens against a claimed 350 Lumens. The light output is pretty steady throughout the battery cycle and it lasts two hours in the highest setting. The is is really just a commuter...
  18. General Cycling Discussion
    We went out to a freeway underpass and risked our lives in the 'hood' as we photographed our test lights with our camera. The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when...
  19. General Cycling Discussion
    The 2014 Bike Lights Shootout is here! The batteries are charged and the lux meter and lumisphere are ready. We've been riding these lights for the last few weeks and the progress in LED technology is dramatic once again. The three sections of this test are: 1. Tunnel Beam Pattern Shots -...
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