It’s getting dark, the nights are drawing in (whatever that means), and it’s time to charge those batteries and get the lights out. But where do you put yours?
I have two sets of lights as you can see. One for the bars and one for my helmet. When I first started riding at night I couldn’t help but get spooked by mysterious sounds from the bushes and trees around me. When you are travelling quicker and concentrating on the trail ahead or you are riding with others it’s not so bad (Safety in numbers!). But ride slowly on your own up a tree lined track and evil creatures just out of sight make the strangest of sounds!
This is why I initially got two sets of lights; so I could see where I was going AND to see what was watching me from the darkness….
Now I find it useful to have a light trained at a useful distance ahead so I can see where my wheels are about to go and have another set on my head so I can look ahead and look around.
Now where to put the batteries? The disadvantage of such powerful lights is that they need large batteries to power them. The MagicShine battery, picture below while good for over 2 hours illumination, is quite big and heavy. It has some stretchy rubber straps that allow it to grip the frame nicely, or as I do it will neatly attach to a bottle cage.
The MTB Batteries battery comes in a small pouch with velcro straps. This is a smaller battery and very handy. The smaller size of the battery pack is the main reason I use the MTB Batteries Luminator for my helmet – the battery pack sits in my back pack with out me noticing too much.
Now its just about time to go out and enjoy the dry evening and fading light.