Well its winter daylight hours now and I need to keep fit and for me that's cycling in the dark.
I need new bike lights to illuminate the path ahead as I cycle on a lot of unlit and badly maintained cycle paths and I also need to increase my visibility on the open road. After some thought I decided a pair of large diameter spotlamps is the only solution. Only they must be cheap and bright.
Several weeks of going to the carboot sales got me a matching pair of krypton bulb powered torches for 50p each and a trip to the local hardware store got me the rest of what I needed
The result is a pair of awesome bicycle spotlamps.
Step 1: Things you'll need.
Two matching torches, the sort that take the big 6V batteries with the springs.
Two pipe clips.
Two nuts and bolts.
And a few tools
Blow lamp. (Not essential)
The pair of torches I used were branded UNI-LITE UK200 and were fitted with 3W 6V krypton bulbs. My calculations are that 4 AA Ni-Mh batteries will last for about 3 hours. Experience tells me not to expect more than 1 1/2 hours per set of batteries when both lamps are on.
£1.00 ---- Two torches from a car boot sale at 50p each.
£0.99 ---- Two jubilee hose clamps.
£1.32 ---- Power connectors x 2.
£0.40 ---- Battery holder.
£5.00 ---- New NiMh AA 2000mAh Batteries x 4
Bits from the bits box: (FREE)
Nuts and bolts. Inner tube rubber. innertube etc
Total cost £8.71
Real cost £3.71 (I already have many rechargeable AA batteries)