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Old 04-29-07, 09:31 AM   #1
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Tail light recomendations?

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Old 04-29-07, 09:35 AM   #2
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I use the PlanetBike SuperFlash almost exclusively on my bikes without the onboard generation system. I run one in Blinky mode and one in Steady On mode and they do the job very well. They aren't what I consider particularly pricey and use standard rechargeable AA batteries. So in a pinch you can pickup batteries at the corner store.

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The Planet Bike Super Flash is quite popular around here.

Do a search on "tail light" and you'll get many pages of info.
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Blackburn mars 3.0

I was looking for a tail light recenlty. I called many bike shops and REI's around the bay area and a trend recomendation seemed to be the Blackburn MArs, 3.0.
It has 2 diffrenent flash modes with side orange LED's too.
On flash mode it last 150 hours. Pretty good!!

Named after a bright red planet visible from afar, the Mars 3.0 has seven super-bright red LEDs inside a sleek water-resistant case.
Lens optics increase visible distance and side LEDs provide 180-degree safety-boosting visibility
Two AAA batteries included ($16.00)
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Old 04-29-07, 03:29 PM   #5
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Superflash. When I'm on my commuter in the winter with the battery & stuff mounted, I use an All Electronics amber strobe in the back.
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I like the Superflash, too. One on the rack trunk, one on the helmet. It comes with a seatstay mount, too. Very bright, relatively cheap(compared to the DiNotte, anyway). Good company, too.
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Superflash. When I'm on my commuter in the winter with the battery & stuff mounted, I use an All Electronics amber strobe in the back.
Yes. I just leave the strobe on all year. Did you have any trouble with the strobe coming apart?
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Yes. I just leave the strobe on all year. Did you have any trouble with the strobe coming apart?
Nope. I just kind of like to lighten up the bike in the summer when I'm leaving when it's light enough to see by. I used to leave it on all year but IMHO the PB Superflash is good enough, though I may get another one or two of them.
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Cateye Opticube - flash mode and perminent mode. Visible from back and sides. Comes with clip and seat post mount but I modified it to fit single hole on rear rack. Also have a small blinky on my helmet.
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Old 04-29-07, 11:47 PM   #11
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I love the Planet Bike Superflash taillight. The Superflash uses a 1/2 watt LED plus 2 regular LEDs. Seeing the 1/2w next to the regular LEDs shows how much brighter the 1/2w is. I use the Superflash because I think it's a good combo of price and brightness. If I had the money to drop I'd go with the dinotte...3w LED in a taillight is pretty cool.

I currently have one Superflash mounted on the rear loop of my trunk bag...I think I'm going to buy 2 more to mount to my rear rack for redundancy. I also use an old Schwinn 4-LED blinky that I duct tape to my helmet for higher risk night rides (3am on a 2 lane road with no shoulders) in conjunction with a tigerlight (my work flashlight) with a red mag lite lens held on top of my trunk bag by the elastic strap.

Along with taillights I would recommend high visibility/reflective clothing of some kind. I use a bright yellow vest with 2 large white reflective stripes that go horizontally around it (got it for $4 at Harbor Freight Tools). I also have a yard worth of 1" red reflective tape on my rear rack and fender, and I have some white reflective tape on its way in the mail.

Schwinnrider...how'd you get the Superflash mounted to your helmet?
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Old 04-30-07, 01:12 AM   #12
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My Cateye TLD-1000 has been phenomenal for me... Has two rows of LED's, top and bottom. Each row can be used independently, and in different modes from the other row. I tend to use the bottom on a steady mode, so that traffic can easily judge their distance from me, but one of the flashing modes on top to catch thier eye, and break up the monotony of solid red lights that night drivers are used to seeing... Check out the Cateye TLD-1100, only avail in the U.K. as of now, but is advertised as being %80-%100 brighter than the 1000... I use mine during broad daylight if the situation fits, and it is plenty visible... Battery life has been great. Have used it for months daily, and still puts out a ton of light... I'm going to try the superflash myself on my recumbent trike if the 1100 isn't in the states yet in about a month... Good luck!
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+1 Planet bike Superflash. Very bright for the money.
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My Lighting

Cat Eye makes a great tail light too LD 1000 Waterproof 10 LED Taillight $35 @ speedgoat.com

Princeton Tec Switchback 2.0 Light $250.00 well worth the investment bright with amazing battery kit even survived my trip over the handle bars the first ride on my 29er Princeton makes a single, double & triple light combos
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Old 04-30-07, 04:06 PM   #15
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I like the Cateye TLD-1000, or whatever it's called. I was mainly in the market that used AAs (instead of AAAs) because I have a set of good rechargeables that I wanted to use in the light. It's bright and highly water resistant.
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Another SuperFlash fan here. I have mine ziptied to the back of my helmet. I have another blinkie (cheap Trek thing) on my saddlebag.
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Try this on for size...er for light, it's way brighter then the SuperFlash: http://www.powerflare.com/
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The Blackburn Mars is excellent. But if you want to spend more money, I gues you could find something that would meet that criterion.
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Superflash. plus a PB Blinky 3.
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I use the PlanetBike SuperFlash almost exclusively on my bikes without the onboard generation system. I run one in Blinky mode and one in Steady On mode and they do the job very well. They aren't what I consider particularly pricey and use standard rechargeable AA batteries. So in a pinch you can pickup batteries at the corner store.

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I also use the PlanetBike SuperFlash. I don't really ride at night often enough to bother screwing around with rechargeable batteries or generators though. I really only need it a couple months during the winter and when riding when it's foggy in the AM.

Oh, and there is no such thing as too bright.
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I was looking for a tail light recenlty. I called many bike shops and REI's around the bay area and a trend recomendation seemed to be the Blackburn MArs, 3.0.
It has 2 diffrenent flash modes with side orange LED's too.
On flash mode it last 150 hours. Pretty good!!

Named after a bright red planet visible from afar, the Mars 3.0 has seven super-bright red LEDs inside a sleek water-resistant case.
Lens optics increase visible distance and side LEDs provide 180-degree safety-boosting visibility
Two AAA batteries included ($16.00)
And it's not nearly as bright as the SuperFlash. I have both and since I bought the SuperFlash the Blackburn has gone into backup duty.
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+1 for the Superflash. It costs $14.95 CDN which is cheaper then what the USA stores are selling them. I've got mine at MEC which is like REI's in the US of A in a way.

Good price IMHO. I'm considering getting another one for my other bike or just for keeping on the body if the car breaks down or I need to help someone on the side of the road at least I have a beacon for safety.

The Luxeon Rebels are out now in a VERY small package. 85lumens @ 700mA ( 3.57hours run time) brightness if you're not to shy to be a little geeky. Luxeon Rebel they look smaller then the AA battery. 40lm @ 350mA ( 7.15hrs run timeat 1 watt).
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yeah, go geek! i made a prototype in a couple of hours from a no name 1w power led, over priced at a local electronics shop, the whole light cast maybe $12 and is about 5 times brighter than my best blinky - and it was very rough around the whole lens/reflector issue.
i'd takea photo but i gave it to my girlfriend who lost her light on the weekend.

i've got a few 1w leds and collimators on order so might post some shots once i've made em up...

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And it's not nearly as bright as the SuperFlash. I have both and since I bought the SuperFlash the Blackburn has gone into backup duty.
Well, I believe this discussion ends there. You'd have to be Dick Cheney to refute logic like that.

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