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CaptainP



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:42 pm    Post subject: Front light(s) Reply with quote

Hi all,

After a break from the MTB scene for nearly 20 years I bought a Voodoo Hoodoo in April this year. I purchased a cheapo set of lights just to cover me coming back in the half-light. Now we're entering dark evenings I'm looking for a setup that will cover me for a short route involving traffic then canal paths and woodland areas so will need to be fairly comprehensive range of coverage. I was looking at the Lezyne macrodrive 800XL, would this suit my requirements? Any advice really appreciated.

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Steve
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

read this

http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Torchy BK Thr33 is normally 50 quid on eBay but he appears to be out of stock at the moment.
These are cheap as chips, but I don't know if they are actually any good...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Solar-Storm-X2-XML-U2-LED-MTB-Bike-Head-Ligh t-Lamp-Bicycle-Headlamp-Rechargeab-/172263313094?hash=item281bb18ec6:g  :57AAAOSwEjFXehAf

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

solar storms work ok and are cheap enough. trouble is i have seen so many fires started by cheap Chinese batteries and cheap Chinese chargers that i am not sure how much i trust them.

for the past 4 years i have used Fluxient lamps, before that i used Lupine and i can tell you that the Big Fluxient lamps beat them hands down and are super reliable.

it is interesting that Torchy has stopped selling them though. he seems to be concentrating on his own lamps these days.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnus wrote:
solar storms work ok and are cheap enough. trouble is i have seen so many fires started by cheap Chinese batteries and cheap Chinese chargers that i am not sure how much i trust them..


I buy mine from UK Sellers only - never had a problem

I'm on my second charger (bought another set of lights to get it) after cracking my last charger after dropping it

Having two solar-storms on the bike is great, as the battery indicators on them are not to be trusted, especially the older the batteries get.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always mount 2 lamps in the winter but for different reasons.
The big Fluxient is so powerful that even on low power i have pedestrians and other cyclist coming towards me diving for cover, thinking their world is about to end. I quite like this Twisted Evil but they don't and are prone to hurl abuse.
for this reason I have a smaller less powerful Fluxient unit using the Lucas Bi-Cree LED mounted on the left handlebar and pointing down. Much like a car's dip beam. Cool i know... i am just to darned considerate. and we also know where that got me last time don't we?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
Torchy BK Thr33 is normally 50 quid on eBay but he appears to be out of stock at the moment.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Torchy BK Thr33 is normally 50 quid on eBay but he appears to be out of stock at the moment.


BACK IN STOCK


Cool. 1 thing you can always rely on Torchy. I have used his stuff for years. that's were i bought me Fuxients. he is good on after sales as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a moon XP300 and thinks it's the dogs. Charge with a USB and lasts hours on the very brightest and even longer if you reduce the light output. Small as well. Has done the biz for me for over 2 years now, probably the best light I have had by far.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnus wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Torchy BK Thr33 is normally 50 quid on eBay but he appears to be out of stock at the moment.


BACK IN STOCK


Cool. 1 thing you can always rely on Torchy. I have used his stuff for years. that's were i bought me Fuxients. he is good on after sales as well.


After years of cheap Chinese lights and weak batteries, I finally treated myself to a couple of Torchy's lights, the BK 3 for the lid and the BK 7 race for the bars and last night was the first night ride with them - they are brilliant, still going strong on full power after 3 hours, 120 quid the pair and a free (proper good quality) rear light chucked in too.
Found I was riding more confidently as I wasn't expecting the lights to give up at any second on a descent or fast corner.

Highly recommend you spend the extra.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Treehugger wrote:
Magnus wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Torchy BK Thr33 is normally 50 quid on eBay but he appears to be out of stock at the moment.


BACK IN STOCK


Cool. 1 thing you can always rely on Torchy. I have used his stuff for years. that's were i bought me Fuxients. he is good on after sales as well.


After years of cheap Chinese lights and weak batteries.


Have you seen what is in some of those cheap Chinese battery's? some of them put a small cell in side a larger case Shocked even an AA battery will have the equivalent inside of an AAA or smaller. it is scandalous and yet people still love them; must be due to their ignorance of better quality kit. Shocked

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep guilty as charged, but now enlightened

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Treehugger wrote:
Yep guilty as charged, but now enlightened

Very Happy


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Solar Storm arrived today. It's jolly bright. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went for Solar Storm X2 - fantastic and has made a massive difference to night riding.
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