Speaking of lights, these are newly of interest to me, having begun commuting in mid August for the first time in many years (I leave for work about 20 minutes before sunrise this time of year). I have a clipon rear red flasher with replaceable AA cells and a Cateye Halogen front with replaceable C cells. Can those with commuting/ randonneur experience comment on the following:
1) What is typical battery life for a Halogen front light? 2) Are rechargeable batteries available for most sizes used by bike lights? 3) Should I buy rechargeables and a charger instead of just tossing replaceables? 4) Are there chargers that will handle multiple battery sizes? 5) Are rechargeable lights a better option? Are these merely lights packaged with rechargeable batteries and a charger? 6) What types of generator lights are available and which do you recommend? 7) Do the current generators driven by the tire present any wear concerns with modern tires?
I realize that is a lot of questions, but lights should be of keen interest to anyone who rides at night, even for a few minutes at the beginning/end of a daily commute or long event. After all I don't want any list members (especially me) run over by a truck in the dark.
Thanks in advance
Larry Strung wrote:
> Regarding the use of steady or flashing rear lights for Randonneur riding,
> the requirement is indeed a "steady" rear light. It is my understanding
> that this is for the comfort of following cyclist's. As you can imagine,
> there is lots of group riding in PBP, and lots of very fatiqued riders. The
> feeling is that the flashing rear light will be mesmerizing, and lead to
> additional rider fatique and possible riding errors.