I can’t complain about unfocused lights and then spend my $$$ on anymore lights that blind other cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. As I noted in my 2011 To Do List post I want to upgrade the lighting on my bikes. So I have ordered a B&M IQ Cyo from Peter White Cycles. When I get a Shimano dynohub wheel built up [probably not until Feb 2011] this light will go on my Surly LHT.
This light is made for faster riding as you’ll note there isn’t a lot of light up close for slowly picking your way through pot holes, but there is lots of light further away where you need it at 30kph+.
As you can see this version of the light has a slightly tweaked beam pattern with more light up close for slower riding – especially on poor roads. This will be an ideal fit for the Big Dummy as an urban cargo bike and expedition touring rig. This level of attention to detail and thoughtful design is why I’m spending my $$ on a German light vs. buying anything from North American bike light companies.
I ordered Sharon a B&M Ixon IQ [same shape as above, but black and improved power output]. This is a battery powered version of the same series of bike lights. She’ll use this on her commuter mountain bike for now and her Surly Cross Check in 2011 when we get it rolling. For her birthday I’ll see about a dynohub wheel and a dyno headlight for the Cross Check. Then this light will live on her #2 bike.
Note a similar beam pattern to the IQ Cyo R with lots of light in the foreground. This will suit Sharon’s slower riding speed and urban commute/transport missions.
What about my Dinottes and Sharon’s Planet Bike lights? We won’t throw them out. I usually have a ~10 bikes on the go at any given time. With the LHT, Big Dummy and New World Tourist dyno’d up I’ve got my go to night bikes. I’ll use the Dinottes on the other rigs when I need to take them out after dark. Same with Sharon. In 2011 she’ll have a Cross Check, commuter mountain bike and a Dahon Speed to light up.
When these unfocused lights wear out they won’t be replaced.