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Cateye HL-EL135 Front Bike Light £7.50 (+£2.00 Postage) @ merlincycles.co.uk
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Cateye HL-EL135 Front Bike Light £7.50 (+£2.00 Postage) @ merlincycles.co.uk

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Posted 29th Nov 2019

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Cateye front light, good for commuting and well known make, great price.
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Cold, need to be rechargeable these days.
Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy some though! I purchased these for £10. Front and back, rechargeable. Excellent reviews amazon.co.uk/gp/…age
fossit29/11/2019 19:15

Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy some though! I purchased these …Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy some though! I purchased these for £10. Front and back, rechargeable. Excellent reviews https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07Y7QDJ32?ref=ppx_pt2_mob_b_prod_image


I bought one on amazon too, a not well known brand, so called reviews, it was great for 30 days and didn’t recharge anymore, the one thing about rechargeable batteries is that you don’t have to worry about a cheap lithium battery going faulty and scrapping the light.
fossit29/11/2019 19:13

Cold, need to be rechargeable these days.


Nope. This one will run 320h on set of AA. Most of the cheap and expensive USB charchables i had lasted 10-15h...i rather have aa batteries in my backpack then run out of juice in usb chargable one.
dzejms29/11/2019 20:32

Nope. This one will run 320h on set of AA. Most of the cheap and expensive …Nope. This one will run 320h on set of AA. Most of the cheap and expensive USB charchables i had lasted 10-15h...i rather have aa batteries in my backpack then run out of juice in usb chargable one.


Agree. Pls be aware this is only good as a flashing commute light - it's way to weak to light up the road.
fossit29/11/2019 19:15

Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy some though! I purchased these …Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy some though! I purchased these for £10. Front and back, rechargeable. Excellent reviews https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07Y7QDJ32?ref=ppx_pt2_mob_b_prod_image


Cheers....they look great.
Picked up one of these last month from Amazon for a pound more - good cheap commuter light

The problem with cheap internet rechargeable lights is if the battery fails there not worth repairing. I fit cheap wilko alkaline batteries which last for a winter on flashing mode. Also being a Cateye spare brackets are easily available - unlike the similar Evans own brand one I had previously, the bracket either fell off or got stolen and I had to ditch the light as a result.
haggisheid29/11/2019 19:25

I bought one on amazon too, a not well known brand, so called reviews, it …I bought one on amazon too, a not well known brand, so called reviews, it was great for 30 days and didn’t recharge anymore, the one thing about rechargeable batteries is that you don’t have to worry about a cheap lithium battery going faulty and scrapping the light.


The problem with rechargeable is they are not reliable in cold weather.
dzejms29/11/2019 21:08

The problem with rechargeable is they are not reliable in cold weather.


I’ve had rechargeable and had no trouble at all with them. I suppose it depends on your journey. I do get why some people prefer battery Incase of needing to replace on journey but I carry a small back up in my bag incase. I hate batteries personally.
bikerboytone29/11/2019 20:53

Cheers....they look great.


Welcome! I’m looking forward to trying them out next week
fossit29/11/2019 21:28

I’ve had rechargeable and had no trouble at all with them. I suppose it d …I’ve had rechargeable and had no trouble at all with them. I suppose it depends on your journey. I do get why some people prefer battery Incase of needing to replace on journey but I carry a small back up in my bag incase. I hate batteries personally.


I hate to remember to charge them at last once a week. I always had two on my bike. One on all the time one as a backup. Both run out of juice on the same commute in the late evening as it was quite cold. At that point I went back to the AA/AAA powered ones it’s personal choice as you said.
fossit29/11/2019 19:13

Cold, need to be rechargeable these days.


Takes replaceable rechargeable batteries, hot.
mcrobbj29/11/2019 21:35

Takes replaceable rechargeable batteries, hot.


That’s so 2000’s
fossit29/11/2019 21:35

That’s so 2000’s


But it so still works well...
Non rechargeable is good for backup light or rare use, but hardly a good choice for commuting, OP.
I've had numerous light brackets crack mid commute due to them being plastic. Is this one made from rubber? Thx
Yesgo30/11/2019 10:13

I've had numerous light brackets crack mid commute due to them being …I've had numerous light brackets crack mid commute due to them being plastic. Is this one made from rubber? Thx


I have a Cateye Uno which I have used through 8 winters now and it is as good as the day I bought it. So hopefully their standard has stayed the same.
fossit29/11/2019 19:13

Cold, need to be rechargeable these days.


disagree, been using these for 7 years (many sets as i broke them accidently). They take 2 x AA, but i use rechargeable batteries and it will last me hundreds of miles of cycling before i need to recharge
Aj_says30/11/2019 18:40

disagree, been using these for 7 years (many sets as i broke them …disagree, been using these for 7 years (many sets as i broke them accidently). They take 2 x AA, but i use rechargeable batteries and it will last me hundreds of miles of cycling before i need to recharge


Fair enough, each to their own. I prefer a less bulky looking thing as well.
fossit30/11/2019 18:52

Fair enough, each to their own. I prefer a less bulky looking thing as …Fair enough, each to their own. I prefer a less bulky looking thing as well.


As a guy, it's about the size of 2 fingers put together, but if into ultra compact that's fine. Id rather have something I don't need to charge so often, too many things I need to charge on a daily basis so one less thing is always welcome!
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