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slimboyjim KAMMedia's article
Nov 30, 2015 at 1:08
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slimboyjim davidarthur's article
Nov 26, 2015 at 11:55
Nov 26, 2015
Exposure MaXx-D Mk8 light - Review
I agree - I always advocate the cheap Chinese lights as a good way to get into night riding and see if you like it, but my expensive lights are much better, particularly with regards to battery life and beam pattern. However, each to their own - those who do not do a lot of night riding will never justify such a high price for an occasional use item, and there will always be those who are perfectly happy with their cheap lights (rightfully so!), but now I've expensive ones I know which I'd buy again... (PS. I've kids too and the only riding I get in winter tends to be at night! I feel your pain!) I believe that exposure lights have always been popular here in the UK for their race support - I think they are at pretty much every 24hrs/night event and sort out any problems, which has always been a key to their success here... I don't know if they have reps who similarly support non-UK events though?
slimboyjim yoga15app's article
Nov 16, 2015 at 14:59
Nov 16, 2015
15-Minute Post-Ride Yoga Routine - Monthly Yoga with Abi
1) Yoga hurts. 2) You are scarily flexible! I am scarily inflexible!
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Nov 14, 2015 at 1:23
Nov 14, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride At Night?
To be fair I think that you will get a good quality light now through any reputable brand, and there is reviews and information about them available online. With the cheap ones it's just a case of trawling forums for what cheap light, but the difficulty is that they are cheap for a reason - build quality or battery quality may differ between one unit and another, and with the lack of trademark laws in China you can find that whilst 2 lights look the same (perhaps even be branded the same) they may actually be made by different people. You just have to take a bit of a gamble, but then they are so cheap that it is definately worth it for a lot of people out there.
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Nov 13, 2015 at 3:14
Nov 13, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride At Night?
I have heard that putting the brighter bar on the bars is best? I understand it creates shadow in any recesses in the trail allowing your brain can more easily read it, but that may all be rubbish - my mate swears by having the brighter light on his lid whilst I'm the other way round! Worth a try but I'm not sure what else to suggest - perhaps lights are not bright enough (unlikely) or you are concentrating REALLY hard for extended periods of time (do you ride trails you know well or new stuff all the time?). The only other thing I can think of is that when you have someone riding close behind you their lights can cast some really weird shadows ahead of you - I find it really distracting. Is there a group of you and very little spacing? Or do you go out when it is really cold or not take breaks you would normally (dehydration?).
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Nov 13, 2015 at 1:57
Nov 13, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride At Night?
The batteries and optics are better on the expensive ones - my cheap Chinese batteries have a pretty short life after a year which made me buy (2) more expensive Lumicycle lights. The batteries are far, far superior. I have a friend with a lupine and similarly his battery has been going for years without any suggestion of reduced life/performance. My Chinese ones have a life of around 9-18 months before the battery doesn't last the length of a ride (2.5hrs) even when used carefully. However the difference in price is crazy - you can pretty much treat the Chinese lamps as disposable and get new each season for significantly less. I can't really knock them and I ride with many people who use them and are far quicker than I'll ever be! I only went posh as I do a lot of night riding due to where I live, work and kids, wanted to support a British company and had some money burning a hole in my pocket. Saying that, I've been really pleased with my purchase and would definately buy again - each to their own I guess!
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Nov 13, 2015 at 1:48
Nov 13, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride At Night?
With cheaper lights you get a more pronounced drop in light from the central focused ring of light to the peripheral ring of light. That can be really tiring on your eyes as you have to concentrate harder to see in those areas (this is often subconscious), and more the case with a single light. I usually ride with 2 lights and have only noticed this when using a single cheap lamp. Obviously you could spend a lot of money on some posh lights which have better optics, but assuming you don't want to spend silly/more money (who does...?) have a look at the different settings on your lights - it may be better not to run them on maximum brightness if the drop in light from inner to outer ring is less pronounced - or consider picking up a second light for cheap if you're on just the one (one of the many cheap Chinese ones being touted on here are perfect). If you do buy another try and get a look at the beam it gives out (often they'll have a night shot to show you how powerful it is) and get one with a nice gentle transition from bright at the centre to dim at the edges.
slimboyjim redbullbike's article
Nov 10, 2015 at 15:10
Nov 10, 2015
MUST WATCH - Kriss Kyle's Kaleidoscope
Check out Drew Bezansen Joyride 150 too - the tricks are like a video game!
slimboyjim BamHill's article
Nov 4, 2015 at 2:40
Nov 4, 2015
Video: Fight the Darkness
Chinese lights are OK, but I ended up investing in some 'proper' UK made lights in the end. The optics I found (on the Chinese lights I had) had quite a severe drop in brightness between the main 'ring' of focussed light and that outside it, and the batteries are not as good a quality - I found that they would get shorter and shorter with life to the extent that, after a season, the life would not get me through a ride. However, they are awesome to get people to try night riding cheaply, and I cannot recommend them enough for that reason. You can buy many Chinese lights for what I paid for my 'proper' ones so they are massive bargains in a 'replace them when they give up' way, but I'd always recommend having 2 lights (handlebar and helmet mount) just in case one gives up the ghost. This is the case for any light though - you could damage a light in a crash, etc. I have a good number of friends who still use £30 Chinese lights in my group, and they are far faster riders than I'll ever be!
slimboyjim paulaston's article
Nov 2, 2015 at 13:01
Nov 2, 2015
Pinkbike's EWS Pro Rides - Jared Graves and his Yeti SB5C
Doh! I checked and it is based around a 150-160mm fork...
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