Okay, so I’ve been riding for a couple years now, feeling like my riding could go to the next level, so I looked around, read the reviews, then scored a super bright helmet light: Geoman Magic Shine 900 lumens!
So, first ride was a 36er on a paved greenway, well it was supposed to be the first ride, except I forgot the cord :o
So then the following week I got the kit together and headed for some single track on the 29er. I started off just before dusk, so it was just light enough to see, but then it was time: Boom! We got light and it was wierd, like bright in the center and dim around the edges, very flat, and hard to judge distance, but I was riding at night, yeah!
As it got darker, the quality of light improved until it was actually quite nice to ride by headlamp alone. I ended up riding for 90 minutes and though I probably was more cautious and walked more places than normal, it was just so cool to be riding in the winter at night.
I’ve taken another muni ride since, this was on the Surely 26 x 3, more rough track, mud, rocks, roots, and it still was a great experience, far better to get in a ride at night then wait until the weekends and hope it was warm and dry.
Most definitely, if you can afford to get a real powerful Mtb styled light system, night riding on a uni is way fun and not as scary as you’d think.
My system has a helmet mount with a cord that runs long enough to place the rechargeable Li battery in my waist pack. I don’t hardly feel the weight and generally forget I have it on unless the cord touches my back or arm.
Keep riding, don’t let old man winter keep ya down!!