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kleinbl00  ·  446 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 5, 2017

Just making sure - have you ridden with dynamo lights? We had a folding bike from the late '60s with a dynamo and the utter and total lack of light output was astounding even in the '80s.

keifermiller  ·  445 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Only with an old halogen/bottle dynamo setup. I agree those are horrid. I've seen LED ones in action, but never ridden 'em.

If I go the dynamo route, I'd probably plop down the money for a Schmidt Edelux II. Is it the brightest thing I could buy for the money? No. Is it comparable to the Light and Motion's I've got? Yes. Is the beam pattern on it better? You betcha.

Thing is, the L&M lights have symmetrical mirrors, so I never use anything brighter than "low" on my lights if I'm in the city. That's 75 or 150 lum depending on which light I'm using (and if L&M isn't lying to me). 75 being the one I judge by because I had it first and its perfectly functional for me.

Not exactly a high bar for a LED to hit these days.

kleinbl00  ·  445 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I roll an L&M Urban 650. That's kinda my minimum.

keifermiller  ·  445 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How's the strap holding up on yours? The old style strap on my 300 is thinner and more supple. It's lasted great. I've had the 650 for a year now, and it's got some cracks forming already.

kleinbl00  ·  445 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's been sitting in a garage a thousand miles away since December but over six months it was doing just fine.

Which is rare for polymer-based things in Los Angeles.