When we do night rides, and even in the middle of summer past about 9:30pm, a decent set of lights is essential.
Back lights are pretty simple - a bright Smart one is good (maybe the Lunar R1), or the Cateye TL-LD600 provides a lot of light. For front lights, things are a bit trickier. Decent units can cost £100s of pounds.
Budget front lights
A few of the guys in the club have bought lights from dealextreme.com. They're a far eastern website and shipping takes a few weeks. There have been a few instances, if you google, of DoA units but they seem quite good at replacing. The build quality (and the mounts in particular) aren't up to the same standard as the big money lights, but they're very good value.
This is a snapshot of the kind of units that were available in Jan 2012 - you might need to do some poking round. Magicshine are the "premium" budget ones - these'll cost you £70-£100. You can get copies down as low as £40 or so.
- http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ssc-p7-3-mode-900-lumen-led-headlamp-bike-light-set-4-18650-50947 - budget option, basically a magicshine copy
- http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ha-iii-cree-ssc-p7-c-sxo-5-mode-900-lumen-led-bike-light-set-4-18650-included-30864 - similar to the above but with a cree LED instead of p7
following are "MagicShine" models:
I would take their claims of lumens with a pinch of salt, if you are comparing with "proper" lights, but they're pretty bloomin' bright enough! ;-)
You can get similar, once you've identified the keywords to search for, from ebay and amazon UK, e.g.
Backup (get-me-home) front lights
Some details about Afan. You can hire bikes there (and some of us will be doing so).
We will probably leave Hursley at around 8am and be back around 8pm. This will give us about 5 hours of cycling. There is a good cafe half way round one of the routes.
We will be organising the trip, lift shares etc, via the cycling club mailing list, if you are not on this list and would like to come along please get in touch with Kathleen Sharp or, if you're not within the IBM firewall, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.