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Old 08-19-07, 12:58 PM   #1
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thanked by a driver, and a trucker

I had a great conversation with a motorist the other night. I had the Dinotte taillight on, pointing straight back and i was riding in the pissing rain at night. A car passed in the far left lane then pulled back in beside me at the stoplight. rolled down the window and thanked me for having such a bright light. He said his biggest beef with cyclists is half the time you cannot see them , even with the tiny blinky lights. Driver said my light was very bright, and he was able to spot me right away, from over three blocks away, giving him ample time to pass safely.

I had have transport truck drivers thank me too, the light is visible from high up in the truck cab, unlike the smaller blinky lights. As a truck driver myself (albiet a lightly smaller 5 ton) i can relate. I notice that when i'm biking on the freeway (we're allowed to here) trucks change lanes when passing me, then change back into the right lane once they've passed.

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Old 08-20-07, 03:57 AM   #2
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Keep the PB Superflashes as extra security. They're small and good as a secondary light on flash.

Also tonight I had a little problem with my bike while riding and I was in the bike lane. Those PB Superflashes are just thr right size to carry 2-3 on the body and if you need to fix the bike I laid the two Superflashes on the bike lane in blink mode like a standed motorist would with thier reflective arrow stands to let drivers know of them there. The reaction I got was some cars slowed down to see WTF I was doing while passing and a trucker driving (this is a two lane road) saw me about 1/2 a block away and signaled to the outside lane to give me space then signaled back into the inside lane.

So for those riding out there it's a good idea to keep two Superflashes handy. They are small and light enough to carry. When on the ground they point slightly up which works as a warning road flasher as well. I'm working on thinking of a way to carry small foldable triangles that could fit into a seat bag and allow you to clip the Superflash on it when you're on th side of the road.
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Old 08-20-07, 09:18 AM   #3
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That's cool stuff to hear, Bushman. Comments like that are exactly why I'm looking into the DiNotte's right now. They're actually quite a bit out of the range I was intending to go with lights, but the overall safety issues are pretty compelling. Whatever final decisions I make for my personal night-riding needs, I don't want to have to look back and say, "I wish I had gotten something better than I did." (Or even worse, have someone else look back and say, "If he'd only put a bit more consideration into his lights...").

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Old 08-22-07, 07:30 AM   #4
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think i'll put the PB superflashes on each pannier when i tour, and the dinotte in the center. (triangle effect)
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Old 08-22-07, 03:58 PM   #5
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There's a guy who drives a van delivering stacks of newspapers to stores each morning at the same time I ride into work. About a week after I switched to a Dinotte tail light we were both stopped at a draw bridge when he rolled down his window (and turned down his radio) and yelled to me that my new light was much better, at first I thought he was talking about my headlight (a Lupine I got three months before) but when he said he sees me much sooner now, I knew he was talking about the tail light as he passes me from behind. I keep mine pointed towards the faces of drivers, angled to the left a bit and slightly up.
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There's a guy who drives a van delivering stacks of newspapers to stores each morning at the same time I ride into work. About a week after I switched to a Dinotte tail light we were both stopped at a draw bridge when he rolled down his window (and turned down his radio) and yelled to me that my new light was much better, at first I thought he was talking about my headlight (a Lupine I got three months before) but when he said he sees me much sooner now, I knew he was talking about the tail light as he passes me from behind. I keep mine pointed towards the faces of drivers, angled to the left a bit and slightly up.
Do you have an image of your setup?
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I can get a photo early next week of my setup. One bike uses an adjustable conduit pipe hanger the other uses a non adjustable conduit pipe hanger like the one pictured.
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Old 08-24-07, 08:37 AM   #8
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Argh! My PB Superflash didn't even last one round trip of my commute. I put one on yesterday to supplement the dinotte. When i returned home at night, i found that only the white portion was left. Damn NYC streets! I remembered I had to bunny hop twice to clear two deep tranches dug by utility companies. I thought my rear wheel hit an empty plastic bottle when I heard a pop sound. Apparently, the sound was from half of the Superflash hitting the pavement.
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One driver came up to me at the lights and said the Dinotte was too bright and this was during the day time.
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Old 08-25-07, 12:27 AM   #10
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Argh! My PB Superflash didn't even last one round trip of my commute. I put one on yesterday to supplement the dinotte. When i returned home at night, i found that only the white portion was left. Damn NYC streets! I remembered I had to bunny hop twice to clear two deep tranches dug by utility companies. I thought my rear wheel hit an empty plastic bottle when I heard a pop sound. Apparently, the sound was from half of the Superflash hitting the pavement.
I've ran over a lot of stuff and jumped curbs. I don't know. Perhaps PB had a bad batch of thier superflashes? I got both of mine from MEC.ca and both worked fine for the year. Hell they even survived a few waist hieght drops, ~30kph drop, bounce, then re-hit on curb corner and still is kicking. I've never had it in a submerged puddle but I have been in a thunder shower before and it still works just fine.

Just my 2cents on it.
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These photos show the Dinotte mounted to my road bike. Fall through spring and on rainy days I ride my commuter rig to work, it has a rack and the Dinotte is mounted to the rack with an adjustable conduit pipe hanger (hard to find those).
In this set of photos I have it on my road bike. I mount it two ways on my road bike. I have a Detours QR bag and one way I mount it is to the bottom of the bag. In these photos I have it on a Detours bag mount that I modified after removing the bag itself. I like this set up as I can just clip it on when I want to.

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Once again today while stopped at the draw bridge someone mentioned my Dinotte tail light, he said "Thats' one bright light" as I coasted by his car. So I thought I'd ask him if it caused him and problems as he passed me back up the road. He said "it was impossible to miss seeing me but he understood completely why I had it". I pressed a bit more to ask if caused him any discomfort, at this point I think he thought I was being weird and he said "hey its just a light".

I mention this because I point my tail light directly at drivers and that seems to be an technique that some bicyclists have a disagreement over.
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For me, tail lighting should provoke a "WTF is that?!?" reaction from motorists. If the driver reacts like that, I know he's seen me. Head lighting is a little less important in that regard. If the lighting is bright enough to see the road by at speed(>15mph) it is definitely bright enough for car to notice it.
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Old 09-04-07, 03:53 AM   #14
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I mention this because I point my tail light directly at drivers and that seems to be an technique that some bicyclists have a disagreement over.
I don't know why there should be a disagreement over this so long as they don't have some sort of epileptic attack it's all good.
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Old 09-04-07, 10:36 AM   #15
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I know it's not even in the same luminance class, but I've been using the MARS blinker, which seem really damn bright to me, but not blindingly bright; which I like. Any opinions on using this vs the Dinotte?
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Old 09-08-07, 08:04 AM   #16
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Once again today while stopped at the draw bridge someone mentioned my Dinotte tail light, he said "Thats' one bright light" as I coasted by his car. So I thought I'd ask him if it caused him and problems as he passed me back up the road. He said "it was impossible to miss seeing me but he understood completely why I had it". I pressed a bit more to ask if caused him any discomfort, at this point I think he thought I was being weird and he said "hey its just a light".

I mention this because I point my tail light directly at drivers and that seems to be an technique that some bicyclists have a disagreement over.
Both of these took place during the daytime.

Talk about weird, I had this old guy today named Jack pull into my driveway behind me just to find out what light I was using. After talking with him, I asked if he has Internet access. He said yes, I said wait here went inside and wrote down the dinotte web address.

From talking with him, He just had a close call the other night/twilight while riding his bike. He thanked me several times. I told him not a problem.

The day before with overcast skys this guy in a big Ole dodge pick up pulling a trailer. He pulls up and says what kind of light is that I thought you were the police. I just gave him the thumbs up.
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