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Sorry, how about some helpful personal feedback – as you requested.
I have a 650 and 700 lumen niterider (predecessor to the one I linked you to). On a full charge, both will run at full output for approx 2.5+ hrs.
I used to ride WP after dark and my wining combo was this: Magic Shine, 1000 lumen handlebar light and niterider on my helmet.
I would keep the MS on the medium setting except for where the trail got tight (Turmoil – R.I.P, upper Don’s sled, Tree Hugger) where I would open it up all the way. On a full charge at medium setting = roughly 700-800 lumens it would go for 3+ hrs. I usually would carry a spare battery for the Magic shine and cycle the Niterider out if/and when the other one got too dim.
I generally ran the Niterider on the helmet at full charge, unless stopped, chugging a beer, etc. Hope that helps. This combo worked well for me for around 3 hour ride. I’d still have lots of light to get back to the car.
IMO, especially now that WP has been logged so thin, that Magic Shine combo I linked you to prior would be very adequate for riding WP after dark. Seriously, $183 for that kind of output is a good deal.
There are some magic shine knock offs too that use the same cree LED technology. I have seen them for dirt cheap, but have no experience with their performance. Niterider is rad, but at a premium price. I still have my Niterider Firestone HID light from eons ago, it’s heavy as F and likely will kill the environment if I don’t dispose of it correctly, but my point being – if you got the coin, Niterider is a quality light and their customer services is good. I had them do some service on a light once and it was to the mother ship and back to me in 2 weeks.
What ever you buy, I would encourage you to either buy a spare battery for it, unless it is internal charge only and/or buy a high lumen output flashlight to keep in your bag.
Walking out of WP with just your phone’s light is not a good time.
Can I get an amen DOD’rs?
Have fun out there!
I like the niterider on my helmet and been running Magic Shine for handlebar.
It’s going to be hard to beat that Magic Combo at that price. See links
Y’all can see the two-tone black and white beauty at the holiday lights ride 12/12 – if you attend. It has been recently overhauled (today – from the frame up) and is super duper silly, ridiculous cool! I may even let you test ride it at the event if you give me a nip off your flask. Get on the nice list and join the holiday lights ride if you want get on Santa’s good side.
I plan to join you! Hope I can remember how to ride a bike!
That sounds like a really good time! I might actually make this one.
This is a sensitive subject to me and I wanted to echo your message as it is becoming more and more an issue out in the woods.
I too love K-9s, but I have issues with them out on trails…
I have experienced multiple examples where dogs have either significantly complicated the ride, been injured or have injured a rider either by biting them or getting in the way and making them crash.
It’s a slippery slope for sure as I have met many responsible riders with amazing well-trained trail dogs.
Obviously, some folks just don’t get it or don’t care to get that it is not others responsibility to keep your dog safe or out of their way. So yeah folks, if you ride with dogs please, consider other riders experience out in the woods; Especially on crowded trails like Alpine.
Please help keep the trails fun for everyone and pay attention out there.