Led lights are cool in Snow! :-) Led Lights are cool in snow! :-(

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Marc, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. Marc

    Marc Guest

    The Cyo is brilliant in snow, like a fire work in reverse It just looks
    so cool!
    ( Wet road from rain gives you a Roman Candle effect from the front wheel)


    The Cyo is terrible in snow, it doesn't run hot enough to melt the
    snow, you have to stop every miles or so to clear it...
     
    Marc, Nov 26, 2010
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  2. Marc twisted the electrons to say:
    This is the problem with LED lights. Either someone needs to produce an
    add-on heated glass screen, or a one that rotates fast enough to throw
    the snow off! (The latter is probably the simpler solution, as you shape
    the screen so that the forward motion of the bicycle caused it to
    rotate.)
     
    Alistair Gunn, Nov 26, 2010
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    Simon Mason Guest

    At 1800 lumens, my Exposure Six Pack gets warm alright!
     
    Simon Mason, Nov 26, 2010
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    Ian Jackson Guest

    I have a headlight wiper fitted on the end of my arm. It can operates
    well and can clear my light without the need to stop. I call it my
    "finger".
     
    Ian Jackson, Nov 30, 2010
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  5. Ian Jackson twisted the electrons to say:
    Not exactly a workable solution for anybody riding a recumbent though!
    (Not that I'm currently riding a recumbent, but I have ridden one and
    suffered this problem in the past.) I suspect if I had a barbag on my
    upright that would also preclude easy access to the dynamo light mounted
    beneath it ...
     
    Alistair Gunn, Nov 30, 2010
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    Sara Guest

    My front light is fitted to the front of my basket and not easily
    reached with a finger.
     
    Sara, Nov 30, 2010
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    Marc Guest

    You must have exceptional fingers and hands if you can clear the light
    on a Brompton.
     
    Marc, Nov 30, 2010
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    Mike Causer Guest

    One of the reasons mine has Above-Seat-Steering. Not only can lights
    be mounted and reached there, but so can computer, bell and mirror.
    USS is fine for me so far as steering goes, but leaves too few places
    to attach things.

    Recumbent is on slicks though, so it doesn't get used in falling snow,
    or packed ice as we now have in British East Cambridgeshire.



    Mike
     
    Mike Causer, Nov 30, 2010
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    Simon Brooke Guest

    No, honestly, doesn't.

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    Simon Brooke, Nov 30, 2010
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    It'll never catch on...

    --
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    <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk>
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    blunders! The most famous is "Never get involved in a land war
    in Asia"
     
    Dave Larrington, Dec 1, 2010
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  11. That's fine for a handlebar mounted light, somewhat less convenient
    for a light mounted low on a fork like this one:
    http://bikehugger.com/2009/10/cool-dyno-wheel-light-mount.html

    (And not that convenient for something intermediate like these:
    http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/images/products/Lights/nobonfork19.jpg
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/armb/1409228776/in/set-72157602701536063/ )
     
    Alan Braggins, Dec 1, 2010
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    al Mossah Guest

    Just ride over it; carrying a flame-thrower on the front adds too much
    weight. :)
     
    al Mossah, Dec 1, 2010
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  13. Under a Brompton bag I hope snow would not accumulate too rapidly - if it
    did I'd bodge up a hood like the ones traffic lights have (after all, it's
    not like the light can cast light upwards _anyway_.

    I can switch the B's headlight off and on while riding but I wouldn't
    really want to do it on a regular basis.
     
    David Damerell, Dec 3, 2010
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  14. It's not too bad. I've got an old-school Oval Plus and E6-Z setup on the
    tandem, which means in hilly terrain I have to glom around to switch the
    secondary headlight on and off every now and then, and there is indeed a
    barbag in the way.

    Like most of these things you get used to it after a few goes and can just
    reach down without looking or sticking your fingers into your front wheel.
    I guess snow-wiping isn't any harder than switch-switching.
     
    David Damerell, Dec 3, 2010
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    Naqerj Guest

    When I was commuting and the Nexus dynamo's magic black box went
    haywire, I fitted a motorbike dipswich on the handlebars (look at the
    second picture down on http://www.mopedland.ukfsn.org/spelectro.html to
    see the sort of thing). Very useful at those times of year when
    darkness fell on the journey home.
     
    Naqerj, Dec 4, 2010
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  16. Reminds me of my first trip into "home made lighting".

    https://chrisgerhard.wordpress.com/2004/11/26/early-lights/

    I loved that bike.... stolen while my brother was using it in Cardiff,
    but it no longer had the lights.

    --chris
     
    Chris Gerhard, Dec 4, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    I had a Turbovisor once (on a botormike) - dead good as long as you
    didn't turn your head to look behind you.

    Lookd s t o o p i d but was very effective.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Dec 5, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    I don't expose my six-pack much this weather.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Dec 5, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    Mine's clamped to the handlebar next to the stem. Easy-peasy

    However, I have to admit I tend not to go out on two wheels in the snow.
    I haven't tested myself to destruction recently, but I have a feeling
    that I might not bounce so well as once I did.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Dec 5, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    You can understand the Muslim point of view - riding a bike one-handed
    is not so asy as with both...

    In rural Darkest Norfolk I was always being dazzled by motorists who
    weren't looking where they were going - or didn't care.

    I had an ex-RAF NiCad accumulator in a home-mae carrier slung behind the
    saddle, and a slightly elevated off-axis second headlamp with a qh bulb
    in it.

    Worked every time.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Dec 5, 2010
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