Mountain Bike Action Magazine's November 2013 edition has a full section on light comparisons.
After wasting lots of cash on cheap lights, I upgraded to a Lumina 350 from Bike One, (least expensive one in this line), and I can say it is very bright. It will make oncoming cars take a dirt road.
I haven't used it on a trail yet, but I expect it to be plenty bright. USB rechargeable internal battery and the overall quality, including the mounting system seems to be very good. It also will disconnect from the mount very easily to be used as a handheld light if needed.
Google the term: bike headlight Lumina and check out the YouTube vids.
Based on internet research, I've noticed some use a bar mounted light AND a helmet mounted one. I guess I will need get in some night riding to see what works. Someone with more experience may add some additional info.
If you are only going to have one light, I highly recommend a helmet mount. Having a light that points where you are looking is a desirable trait. I started out with a 1200 lumen helmet mount and remember thinking that I could not imagine needing more. The next year I added a second identical light with a handlebar mount and now could not imagine riding with anything less. There is no such thing as too much light when bombing through someplace like the Draper red section in the dark. The bar mounted light illuminates that area directly in front of the bike that is shadowed by the helmet light. It is also nice knowing that I have a spare if something were to happen to one light, allowing me to still ride out.
I usually meet up at Draper with a few other riders every Wednesday evening, heading out to the trail about 6:00pm. If you would like to give it a try, I would be more than happy to lend you one of my lights for our weekly ride. If you would like more information about what I use, shoot me a pm.
there you go. go big or go home! lmao!
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