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Old 08-07-09, 02:43 PM   #1
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Is There A Better Uncomplicated Tail Light Than The PBSF?

I'm someone who is not mechanically inclined. In the interests of being easy to use, mount, brightness, and performance is there a better tail light available than the Planet Bike SuperFlash (PBSF)?

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Old 08-07-09, 03:27 PM   #2
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The big advantage of the PBSF are the multiple mounting options. Most other solutions I have seen are most often only good for seatpost mounting. The PBSF comes with two mounts and you can also get a rack adapter.
Other than that there are now multiple PBSF more-or-less clones available which will serve the same purpose ... and the brighter Vetta light which has a separate battery pack and the red Ultrafire flashlight which is much brighter.
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Old 08-07-09, 06:11 PM   #3
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How about the Blackburn Mars 4? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GAOR2U
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How about the Blackburn Mars 4? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GAOR2U
Agree - because I've got one on order from Wiggle. It's 1 watt vs PBSF's 1/2 watt. This will be my 5th rear light. Nothing wrong with the old ones -- I just keep coming across better ones I'd like to own.
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How about the Blackburn Mars 4?

Best tail light I've ever owned. It places a large pool of red light on the ground and from the side a yellow lense is lit up. Well worth the price.
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Old 08-08-09, 05:31 AM   #6
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The Mars is very bright initially but suffers from short runtimes.
If you don't mind charging/changing batteries every 10hrs its a very good light.
I run mine on blink and the LD1100 on steady.
Blinkie testing: PBSF vs MARS 4.0 vs Cateye LD1100
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The PBSF only has one button. How complicated can it be? Maybe you should bring your bike into the shop and have them mount it/change the batteries when needed.
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I like the PBSF because it clips onto my seatpack, has never fallen off and has worked like a charm everytime..
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I have a BB Mars 3.0 but the clip broke and the light went flying, but survived. I can't use the light without a clip, so it sits around. One hassle about the BB Mars, you need a tiny screwdriver to remove 3 screws to pop the lens cover off to get to the batteries.

I've used PBSF the last couple of years. One clips to back of a Bell helmet, one clips to the BPSF rack mount attachment (very secure). The PBSF clip is pretty beefy, and if something breaks, PB has good customer support (easy to contact also) and will replace it for no cost. I've had motorists tell me that I can be seen easily from half a mile back, so it seems to do the job. I use re-chargable batteries with PBSF. Just use a large coin to pop off the lens cover, and snap the cover back on. Quick and easy. Between October and March I always wear a reflective vest on my early morning and late afternoon commute rides, and that helps a lot also.

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Old 08-08-09, 09:47 PM   #10
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The PBSF is totally easy to mount and use. You can even clip it to your jersey neck back or rear pocket top seam.

Now, if you want a real driver-alert light, sunshine, fog or rain, day or night, look to your neighbors in New Hampshire: DiNotte. Yes, they're expensive. But people using PBSF's ask me, "What kind of light is that, I've never seen anything that bright!" Last week on a club ride on a busy road, I had it off. I had to get somewhere, so I broke away. Since I was alone without pack cover, I turned on the light when I was about a quarter mile ahead of the other riders. They said, "What the hell is that?" (I was later informed on the next ride.) You can't use flashing mode in pack riding because it's uncomfortably jarring to people's retinas.

Drivers roll down their windows, "That's a really nice light, I saw you a mile back," and they change lanes waay back and give you plenty of room: car honks by impatient cagers are rare. What DiNottes do is give drivers TIME to calculate avoidance, and smoothly pass you instead of frustratingly seeing you late, and getting boxed in, thus having to go at your speed until traffic opens up.
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