**How To

DIY Lights

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 http://www.cyclery.com/lists/bikecurrent/ . It also covers info on cycle computers and other weird, wired gadgets.

uk.rec.cycling regular Myra Van Inwengen has an excellent set of articles on her homepage, located at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mvi20/bike/tips.html, and particularly these articles on how to make your own high-powered lightset (Technical) http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mvi20/bike/lights.html.

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

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