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Old 10-29-06, 09:59 AM   #1
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Planet Bike Superflash: 'Public wants the blinky'

been seeing a funny consumer pattern down at the bike shop lately... people are coming in and asking for the Planet Bike SUPERFLASH tailight, without even knowing what it is. let me elaborate:

the Planet Bike "Superflash" 1/2 watt rear taillight has been on the market for a few months now. We've been pimping them pretty rightously down at our bike shop, and their reputation and efficacy has them proliferating rapidly among savvy Northwest riders.

its seems like one rider has one, and their friends come in and ask for one. i've seen roadies buying them for friends. theres a few out there on bicycles around Seattle.

So now, a lot of casual and commuter bicyclists are coming into the bike shop where I work, and there are riders coming in asking for the tailight they're seen out there that's "a lot brighter" than their current bike light,

and 'the light that goes "blink blink BLINK" '


without even knowing the name of it or what it is specifically they are asking for, but it's unmistakable they are asking for the Planet Bike SUPERFLASH.
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Old 10-29-06, 10:25 AM   #2
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I've been using the Cateye TL-LD600. Maybe I'll have to take a look at the Plane Bike light. Which shop are you at ?
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Old 10-29-06, 10:26 AM   #3
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I wish Planet Bike would make one with an attacment so that it would stap that light to the back of the helmet.
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Old 10-29-06, 10:36 AM   #4
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Nice! We've sold through all the ones we had. So I put them on the stuff-to-order list. So what does the management get more of? Blinky 7's! grrrr....
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Old 10-29-06, 10:52 AM   #5
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Well, after all the posts on here, I want one too

I just need to find one in Canada, On line or other. No Local shops have it.
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Old 10-29-06, 11:29 AM   #6
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Well, after all the posts on here, I want one too

I just need to find one in Canada, On line or other. No Local shops have it.
Rumour is that some of the MECs in Canada have them now for a reasonable price.
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Old 10-29-06, 11:39 AM   #7
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Rumour is that some of the MECs in Canada have them now for a reasonable price.
Thanks, I'm waiting for them to show up on MEC's web site as I do not have a local MEC
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Give them a call, the Calgary store has a whole bunch - they might be able to ship them to you..
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Give them a call, the Calgary store has a whole bunch - they might be able to ship them to you..
Thanks!


If not, My Daughter lives in Calgary, I'll ask her to pick one up for me.
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been seeing a funny consumer pattern down at the bike shop lately... people are coming in and asking for the Planet Bike SUPERFLASH tailight, without even knowing what it is. let me elaborate:

the Planet Bike "Superflash" 1/2 watt rear taillight has been on the market for a few months now. We've been pimping them pretty rightously down at our bike shop, and their reputation and efficacy has them proliferating rapidly among savvy Northwest riders.

its seems like one rider has one, and their friends come in and ask for one. i've seen roadies buying them for friends. theres a few out there on bicycles around Seattle.

So now, a lot of casual and commuter bicyclists are coming into the bike shop where I work, and there are riders coming in asking for the tailight they're seen out there that's "a lot brighter" than their current bike light,

and 'the light that goes "blink blink BLINK" '


without even knowing the name of it or what it is specifically they are asking for, but it's unmistakable they are asking for the Planet Bike SUPERFLASH.
You spread the word way over here in Rhode Island. Roadies like the size and the fact that it is only about the width of the seatpost. And it does not look so big during the day.
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Old 10-29-06, 12:23 PM   #11
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Rumour is that some of the MECs in Canada have them now for a reasonable price.
I'm going to see if I can get to the Ottawa store this week and check their stock. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 10-29-06, 12:27 PM   #12
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I have two super flashes mounted on the rear of my bike and on one night ride I was stopped on the side of the road swapping out batteries in my headlight. Many cars that passed me on the rural highway slowed down and from their expressions I could tell they probably thought I was a cop or emergency vehicle from a distance.

I got mine at the Calgary MEC. Great lights.
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I'm planning to get one. How is the battery life?
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I ran, not walked, to MEC Toronto after reading this thread. $14.95 and in stock.

It also has a steady mode, but that probably warrants investing in some rechargeable AAAs to be economically viable.
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I ran, not walked, to MEC Toronto after reading this thread. $14.95 and in stock.

It also has a steady mode, but that probably warrants investing in some rechargeable AAAs to be economically viable.
You should have biked there instead of running, would have been faster!

I too bought the Planet Bike Superflash LED blikies yesterday from MEC in Montreal, and plan on going back to get a few more to outfit my other bike and my helmet! They're really cool...
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Old 10-29-06, 09:25 PM   #16
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I ran, not walked, to MEC Toronto after reading this thread. $14.95 and in stock.
My first stop tomorrow is there!

And I already do have some rechargeable AAAs and a 15-minute charger. Woo-hoo, let's roll!
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I've been using the Cateye TL-LD600. Maybe I'll have to take a look at the Plane Bike light. Which shop are you at ?
Riddle me this Me and Bekologist are at the biggest bike shop in the Northwest. Across from Greenlake. Now find out who we are
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Hmm. that website puts out a big claim as being the "The brightest, most visible bicycle tail light on the planet!". Now I wonder if htey ever heard of Dinotte before.

Anyways, I'm interested to see which is brighter and more effective. Planet Bikes or the Dinotte.



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Hmm. that website puts out a big claim as being the "The brightest, most visible bicycle tail light on the planet!". Now I wonder if htey ever heard of Dinotte before.

Anyways, I'm interested to see which is brighter and more effective. Planet Bikes or the Dinotte.



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Does the Dinotte have a usable quick release for city use?
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Gregg's?
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Hmm. that website puts out a big claim as being the "The brightest, most visible bicycle tail light on the planet!". Now I wonder if htey ever heard of Dinotte before.

Anyways, I'm interested to see which is brighter and more effective. Planet Bikes or the Dinotte.



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Old 10-30-06, 06:42 AM   #22
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Hmm. that website puts out a big claim as being the "The brightest, most visible bicycle tail light on the planet!". Now I wonder if htey ever heard of Dinotte before.
What Web Site? Anyone able to post a picture or URL for this SuperDuper product? My first reaction is skepticism if only Roadies think it is the best light for bicycling. What makes it so special? Light weight or aerodynamics?
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I got one Saturday. My impressions...the blinky superflash is way more noticeable than my cateye LD1000. That hotspot in the strobe sure catches the eye. The superflash is also visible for a wider angle from the rear.
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what websites are selling this light, no LBS's have them here in so cal..
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what websites are selling this light, no LBS's have them here in so cal..
Seems like only the Real Cyclists with the Roadie Handshake know about the Super Duper light. Maybe one will break down and spill the secret.
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