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00:39 13th August 1999 by Bikemagic
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Now the nights are actually drawing in noticeably
faster, many people are turning their attention towards lighting systems which allow
them to ride longer.


Though there are a stack of light sets on the market,
it’s possible to build up your own bike-light kit from readily available parts, saving
a stack of cash. Several sites and mailing lists are around to help you do this.




























Cyber Cyclery run a mailing list, exclusively about bike
lighting, located at
SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">http://www.cyclery.com/lists/bikecurrent/ FACE="Arial">. It also covers info on cycle computers and other wierd, wired gadgets.

uk.rec.cycling SIZE="2" FACE="Arial"> regular Myra Van Inwengen has an excellent set of articles
on her homepage, located at target="_blank">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mvi20/bike/tips.html SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">, and particularly these articles


How to make your own high-powered lightset (Technical)
SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mvi20/bike/lights.html

How to make your own high-powered lightset (Easier)

SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mvi20/bike/home-brew.html

Then there are a couple of manufacturer sites for looking
at batterys. High capacity, hi-tech Nickel-metal-hydride batteries are available
mail order
FACE="Arial">http://www.cpc.co.uk. Lighter
but more expensive than regular Ni-Cads, NiMh batteries are what the new and funky
mobile phones use to give week-long standby times.
Chargers and Ni-cad batteries plus other stuff are available
on line at
FACE="Arial">http://www.maxim-ic.com, though
we had trouble with their secure server connection.
A bloke called “Fat Hippy” has a website in
Australia with lights on it, amongst other things. Check it out at

SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">http://www.hawkesbury.uws.edu.au/~fathersa/mtb.htm
 
BIKEmagic member Neil Hardiman writes

“I use a Mag Light for lights you can buy a special aluminum mount and the Mag
Light has a wide beam and spot so you don’t need two The whole set-up costs about
£20.”
 



If you’ve anything to add to this feature, drop me
a line.


Brant

brant@bikemagic.com

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