The mountain bike is in the shop for some repairs, so the test became a true road ride. I tried to select quiet roads that wouldn't have much traffic on them, as pitch blackness and high speed vehicles, even with headlights, don't make a good combination with bicycles. My time-trial road bike wasn't great for a light test either, with the aerobars in front, but I made it work!
I had two new lights to test, the Inova T2 and the SSC-P7 LED Bike Light. Both of these lights have regulated outputs, so the light will continue to have constant brightness until the batteries go completely dead (or close to, anyway). I also used a an old headlamp mounted to my helmet for seeing the sides of the road, digging in my pack, etc. At about $50 each, these lights are MUCH cheaper than some lighting options, which is how I ended up with a couple to experiment with, at that price I can afford to have a backup!
|Photo courtesy of Spyder Tactical Supply|
The Inova T2 looks like a heavy-duty flashlight, but yet weighs just over 4 ounces. It runs on CR123 Batteries, which are small and cheap (when purchased wholesale). With 155 Lumen output on high, it was quite bright, more than enough for road riding. I attached it to my bike via a Fenix flashlight mount, which would have work great on a regular bike but on my TT bike there weren't a lot of mounting options, so it did bounce around a bit more than normal. The mount could also be fastened to a helmet and worn while running, although I haven't tried that yet.
Run time is 4 hours on high and 32 hours on low.
|Photo courtesy of Deal Extreme |
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