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Old 03-24-21, 01:40 PM
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Bike Headlamp

Not new. This was found in a flea market in Paris by a family friend who knew I was a cyclist and purchased it for me. It's a carbide headlamp. Somewhere there's a h-bar mounting bracket. It's got a red lens on the port side, green on the starboard of course. Pretty neat.



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Neat.

Where on an old bike do you think that mount was intended to attach? Or do you think there was an old version of the Garmin 1/4 turn mount that is still on the bike of whomever had this originally?
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I would definitely use that on casual group rides.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I would definitely use that on casual group rides.
Especially tweed rides.

I'm not sure if it was a carbide light, but a bike light was Panasonic's first product of any kind. It was in around 1920. We think of it as an electronics company, and when their bikes came to the US in the 1980s it seemed weird but they had been in the bike business since that headlight. And we know and love their bike tires. I think they are the last bike tire maker that still makes tires in Japan.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Especially tweed rides.

I'm not sure if it was a carbide light, but a bike light was Panasonic's first product of any kind. It was in around 1920. We think of it as an electronics company, and when their bikes came to the US in the 1980s it seemed weird but they had been in the bike business since that headlight. And we know and love their bike tires. I think they are the last bike tire maker that still makes tires in Japan.
Yeah, very tweedy sorta light.

I was skeptical about the whole Japanese bicycle tire thing. Seemed cultish. But I tried some Soma Supple Vitesse tires made by Panaracer. Yup, they really are that good. It was hard to go back to Continental Ultra Sport tires after that. Nothing wrong with the Ultra Sports, and I still use them on the trainer or for casual rides. But even the excellent Conti Grand Prix Classic skinwalls don't quite compare with those Soma tires, although the GP Classics are more puncture resistant.

I'm impressed enough with Soma/Panaracer tires to try a different model on my hybrid. The Conti Contact Speed tires I have on my favorite hybrid now ride like garden hose. Tough, decent grip, very puncture resistant. Absolutely not pleasant at all.
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@canklecat, see this thread about René Herse tires (made by Panaracer) when they were called Compass tires. It's entertaining.

There are similarly plush tires made by other companies. I have the Continental GP-4000S-II, now supplanted by the GP5000. The tires I have are amazing. They feel like they're inflated to 20 psi than actual. Very fast and very plush.
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