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    Hi all, joined about a week ago but hadn't got around to posting yet. I'm Ian and I'm 50. Been mountain biking a while but not to any great standard. I've probably passed, or rather been passed by many of you whilst plodding along throughout the trails and segments of St Helens and surrounding areas. Looking forward to going on a newbie ride, although I imagine they're on hold at the minute bearing in mind the current predicament.

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    Welcome Ian. I think I've seen your activities on Strava a few times when looking at who's been riding the trails at Dream and Bold periodically.

    Newbie rides are few and far between these days as you suggest. Do you have a decent set of lights for night riding? You be welcome to join the Tuesday or Thursday nigh rides if you do.

    Tuesday start ~7pm from Carr Mill Dam. Thursday start ~7pm from Rainhill or Dream.

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      Welcome Ian

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        Originally posted by petern View Post
        Welcome Ian. I think I've seen your activities on Strava a few times when looking at who's been riding the trails at Dream and Bold periodically.

        Newbie rides are few and far between these days as you suggest. Do you have a decent set of lights for night riding? You be welcome to join the Tuesday or Thursday nigh rides if you do.

        Tuesday start ~7pm from Carr Mill Dam. Thursday start ~7pm from Rainhill or Dream.
        Thanks,

        I've never actually been out biking at night, other than returning home at dusk. I may have to look at getting a decent set of lights.

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          Deffo a requirement for midweek riding if you work 9-5.

          You'll find lots of different opinions on lights but essentially it boils down into two schools of thought.

          Buy something high quality and expensive like Exposure or Hope (200 -400)

          https://www.wiggle.co.uk/exposure-ma...caAq5eEALw_wcB

          and look to get 5+ years service from them or,

          Look at the cheaper ebay specials (15-30) that you'll get 2+ years service from and then rebuy and get the latest emitter technology.

          https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SolarStor....m46890.l49292


          There's a middle ground also where you can get quite geeky and do your own research on emitters and batteries and get a really good setup for 100 or less.

          https://gb.lightmalls.com/bike-lights-headlamps

          Key things to consider are lumens, beam pattern and battery quality.



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          • #6
            Originally posted by Disco_Stu View Post
            Deffo a requirement for midweek riding if you work 9-5.

            You'll find lots of different opinions on lights but essentially it boils down into two schools of thought.

            Buy something high quality and expensive like Exposure or Hope (�200 -400)

            https://www.wiggle.co.uk/exposure-ma...caAq5eEALw_wcB

            and look to get 5+ years service from them or,

            Look at the cheaper ebay specials (�15-30) that you'll get 2+ years service from and then rebuy and get the latest emitter technology.

            https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SolarStor....m46890.l49292


            There's a middle ground also where you can get quite geeky and do your own research on emitters and batteries and get a really good setup for �100 or less.

            https://gb.lightmalls.com/bike-lights-headlamps

            Key things to consider are lumens, beam pattern and battery quality.



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            I wouldn't recommend light malls. They sold me a fake or battery pack and wouldn't replace it or refund. They got really nasty about me asking for a replacement. PayPal refund in the end but they contested that saying that I hadn't provided a video of the faulty battery. Then stated that as it had been connected to a non light malls light it was my fault.

            Anyway, after the refund I took the pack apart. It was fake and dangerous as it mixed batteries of different capacities.

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