- Jan 12, 2005
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- Bedford, MA; Avatar: eggs anyone?
You can also use a bike light for hiking. (But you may have to hike pretty fast to keep the light from overheating... Or only use it on windy days. )
Yeah, mounting can be a problem unless you like to hike wearing your bike helmet... However, lights have come a long way in the last 5 years.I've considered this but it is on the heavy side, and the mounting options are limited. I successfully threaded the helmet mount onto my Petzl Tikka elastic head band, but the weight of the light head made it tip down and bob when I walked. My light is 5+ years old now, NiMh battery pack (rechargeable) and a halogen bulb/reflector/controller (NiteRider Digital 6V-5/10/15 watts, 150 lumens.)
Take a look at the Dinotte 200L-AA-L-B http://store.dinottelighting.com/sh...nt2=779746651&ProductID=4&Target=products.asp Relatively cheap, 200 lumens, 3 intensity settings, regulated, 4xAA batts. (You can also get it with a small red back light to keep Kevin happy... ) Much lighter than those old water-bottle NiMH battery packs. It does have the drawback that the heat sinks were designed under the assumption that there is a steady breeze. (For hiking, you are likely to find the 50 lumen (low) setting more than adequate.) Made in NH!
FWIW, I have jury-rigged my 3W Apex on my bike. It is every bit as bright as the Dinotte or my old 10W incandescent.
Tim--I have info on some other bike lights. We can discuss them off-line if you wish.