Q: The 72-mile North Bend Rail
Trail (West Virginia) is one great
ride over bridges and through tunnels. The problem is that the long
tunnels leave me in the dark and
disoriented. Most ads for bike lights
don’t include lumen ratings. What
can you recommend?
—David, who has tunnel vision
A: We stopped publishing claimed
lumens for lights we review because
the measurement is not an exact science, and there are a lot of companies
that make some wild claims.
Instead, we try to compare the lights
we test to the current crop of lights
available to mountain bikers. For the
most part, mountain bike lights have
gotten smaller, lighter, more powerful
and cheaper every model year for the
last few years.
Lately, we’ve been using a great little
light from Light & Motion, the Taz
1200. It is bright, there are multiple
beam intensities, and there is a lower
flood to illuminate the entire trail.
The battery and light are one compact
unit, so you don’t need to worry about
mounting a separate battery pack. If
you know how to put on a wristwatch,
you can mount the Taz 1200. We think
it would work perfectly for your tunnel
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