Nirve Vintage Bike Light (Chrome)
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- Vintage Styled battery headlamp with visor
- Dual L.E.D. bulbs for Low or High Beam pattern
- Mounts to fork or most handlebar stems with supplied mounting brackets
- Batteries not included
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|Package Height||3.6 x 4.7 x 5.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.8 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I mounted the light on a springer front end using one of the supplied brackets upside down and after enlarging the mounting hole. It is a reasonably well built light that is functional and surprisingly bright if aimed properly and you use both bulbs at once. It gives clear reasonable light for sight, but most importantly it allows motor vehicles to see you.
The switch is a bit cheaply made and the contacts are sensitive but the LED bulbs and 9 volt battery power are efficient and work well. You can even remove the visor on the light if you prefer. All in all for the price it's a great light with perfect vintage style for a cruiser bicycle, and with the visor removed it can also work well for a vintage British 3 speed.
The mounts are a bit flimsy, but with better hardware (stainless steel) you can make it reasonably tight and secure. It is the better of the lights out there of this style, and it is MUCH better than a vintage light that uses two D batteries and a flashlight bulb that is dim, yellow and has a black spot in the middle from the bulb. It looks great, works well and is cheap-all reasons to get one, and forget the made in Japan vintage lights on ebay. I would like to add that in addition to a headlight you should also use a flashing red LED taillight. Be safe.
Looks - looks as advertised
Mount - Provided mounts gave me a few options, I had to use tape to beef up the tube I mounted on. You should always have a thin layer of tape to reduce scratches anyhow.
Two running modes - Regular and extra bright - Brightness on par with lights of equal cost.
Plastic - Welcome to the modern age where they can chrome plastic. The bonus is that it's light weight.
Switch - The on/off switch seemed solid; the mode selector switch is pretty junky. Since I want it always on super bright this shouldn't be a problem. When it does become a problem then I'll be busting out the soldering iron.
Light takes a 9 volt battery which is odd to me. I'm not sure why they went with a 9 volt battery other than fit/form factor. I've never seen an LED take 9 volts directly which makes me wonder how much power is being wasted on resisters.
I'll update when I have an idea of battery life - don't hold your breath waiting though; may take me a while.
With the availability of LED technology the manufacturer could have produced a product that would have been functionally superior for navigation purposes, while still providing the retro design
Avoid this junk. You'll be sorry like me if you buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looks cool but not that durable. I need to figure out what I'm going to do because I bought two of these lights. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JayCrash450
This is a cute retro light, but was challenging to mount on the Nirve bike (go figure!). It is mostly for show, doesn't give off any light. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Tanya L
Looks so great on my cruiser bike. I get lots of great comments about it! Very attractive, nice vintage elementPublished on April 30, 2014 by Rose Marie Gonzales
The design is great and I get a lot of compliments from it, goes well with my cruiser bike. Unfortunately, it keeps on falling face down as I ride my bike and the light isn't that... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by monk3y
The Light itself has the right appearance, but the electrics are junk. Both switches failed inside a month of riding. But it's easy enough to replace them one dual position switch. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Ivan
This light was great when I first installed it. Everything worked as designed... for the first month. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Sea Sick