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Old 03-06-14, 03:52 PM   #1
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Best rear taillight available on Amazon for $20 or less? Looking for opinions

I've got an amazon gift card so it's gotta be available on amazon.

Just looking for the best "bang for my buck" in a taillight for $20 or less....


Ok, go!

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Planet Bike Blinky "3" looks like a good, cheap option

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Old 03-06-14, 04:06 PM   #2
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I picked up the Cygolite Hotshot when it was reduced to $20, but it's now at a usual $27 price.
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NR Cherrybomb 0.5w- http://www.amazon.com/NiteRider-Cher...cle+rear+light. Looks like if you go with Bike Mike (under more buying options), you'll have a couple of pennies to spare after shipping. I have this light- it is decent.

Edit: By "decent", I mean it is better than the 2 PBSF clones that I have- which is why I'm hesitant to suggest any of the myriad of no name knock-offs.

Whichever light you decide, just avoid the ones that mention "laser" in the description.
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The Portland Design Works Radbot 1000 is currently $23.66: http://www.amazon.com/Portland-Desig...ks+radbot+1000

This is much much much better than the blinky 3. Definitely worth the extra money. (I own both).

P.S. I do like the Planet Bike tail light mounts. They're simple, secure, and durable. They're also quite inexpensive if you want to buy more (like if you want to switch the light between multiple bikes). Portland Design Works uses the exact same mount, by the way.

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Old 03-06-14, 06:49 PM   #5
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I picked up the Cygolite Hotshot when it was reduced to $20, but it's now at a usual $27 price.
Yes, it's worth the extra $7.00

It's really bright, but it can also be dimmed down (on steady mode) for riding in a group.

The older version had a badly designed seatpost mount. This new version is good.
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I'd pick up soda cans on the side of the road until I could afford the extra $7 for the Hotshot.

I'd really like to like the Niterider Solas - same power as the hotshot but better beam pattern. However, by most of the reviews, the mounts are absolute ****e and break easily. I'll probably buy one anyway, I don't seem to be able to resist trying out taillights.
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Old 03-06-14, 10:14 PM   #7
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@AceFahrenheit my recommendations are 1. Don't go with a Planet Bike Blinky mine fell off three miles into my first ride with it. 2. Go with the Portland Design Works Danger Zone Tail light. http://www.amazon.com/Portland-Desig...ngerzone+light Yes it's $6 more but trust me it's worth more then that. I've never seen a taillight as visible during the day as it.
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I have a number of these, $18.50. They're quite bright and I think them sufficient, though agree brighter is generally better. The mounting system has worked very well for me on a number of different bikes and makes it quick and easy to install and remove the light or move it between bikes.

http://www.amazon.com/Princeton-Tec-...on+tech+swerve
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I'd say all of the lights here are probably better than the planet bike blinky 3. Don't be stingy about an extra $9 or less.

I have the cygolite hotshot, and it might be too bright. Also, it is USB-rechargeable. For me that's great. Much better than disposable batteries and still better than batteries I have to remove to recharge.
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From 6 to 14 on Amazon.
Great stuff. I use a blue one and you can tell people are slowing to check out what it is.


Rechargeable and comes with USB cable.
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I'd say all of the lights here are probably better than the planet bike blinky 3. Don't be stingy about an extra $9 or less.

I have the cygolite hotshot, and it might be too bright. Also, it is USB-rechargeable. For me that's great. Much better than disposable batteries and still better than batteries I have to remove to recharge.
Definitely too bright.. I've nearly blinded myself more than once with mine.
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Edit: By "decent", I mean it is better than the 2 PBSF clones that I have- which is why I'm hesitant to suggest any of the myriad of no name knock-offs.
That said, the PBSF and its clones go well beyond *decent*, even if they're not the new hotness any more.

Nobody is going to go wrong putting a PBSF or clone (or two!) on the back of their bike. Just remember to tape it closed with clear tape or use a zip tie or something ... they do have that nasty flaw where the back can pop off if you don't. (And that's probably their biggest flaw, though it is easy to work around.)
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If only the original post would have moved the $$ to $30, then it would be worthwhile.
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If only the original post would have moved the $$ to $30, then it would be worthwhile.
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I like the Blackburn Flea, but it is $27. The thing is bright, tiny, and USB rechargeable. I love mine.

http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Flea...blackburn+flea
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That said, the PBSF and its clones go well beyond *decent*, even if they're not the new hotness any more...
Agree. The Princeton Tech light in my first post uses two of the same LEDs (so called 1/2 W) and is similar in brightness.

I prefer AAA blinkies to rechargeable. I get ~60 hrs a set in a PBSF, PT Swerve, etc... I check the light when I get home and if it's starting to get dim, I replace the batteries. Easier for me than keeping one charged.
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I agree, jumping from $20 to $30 opens up a world of excellent lights. Forcing the price below $20 really excludes almost all good lights. Going up to $30 includes a ton of good lights.
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I think the Blackburn 3.0 can be had for less than $20. It's a good light with side visibility.
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I think the Blackburn 3.0 can be had for less than $20. It's a good light with side visibility.
I do like that the Blackburn Mars 3.0 (MSRP $18.99) and Mars 4.0 (MSRP $24.99) include amber side lights.
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Just not a reviewer for amazon . so IDK their inventory . got this one thru my local shop.

the Cateye Reflex LED Tail Light

seen here Universal Cycles -- Cateye Reflex LED Tail Light

fresnel prism scheme spreads out the light and the whole thing can be seen from 180 degrees +
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This will leave you with a few $ for something else.

Amazon.com: BikeGearz(tm) High Intensity Red 5 LED Bike - Bicycle - Cycling Flashing Rear Safety Tail Light with 6 Modes: Sports & Outdoors

Mine clips very neatly to my saddle bag.
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From 6 to 14 on Amazon.
Great stuff. I use a blue one and you can tell people are slowing to check out what it is.


Rechargeable and comes with USB cable.
Highly illegal in most places, and for sure in Michigan...Don't ask me why I know that so well lol
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Highly illegal in most places, and for sure in Michigan...Don't ask me why I know that so well lol
I think only cops can use blue in Illinois. But who makes those? Is there a link? I like the small USB rechargeable lights.
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Not $20, but close, at $24 ... CatEye Reflex AutoAmazon.com: CatEye Reflex Auto Bicycle Rear Safety Light TL-LD570-R: Sports & Outdoors ... and free prime shipping, if you have that.

I got this light a few months ago. It is excellent — the best-built light I've ever had.

One nice thing — the lens is bigger than most taillights.

You can find brighter lights, I'm sure, but the size of this one's lens makes it highly visible.

The light also cuts itself off in daylight or when the bike stops moving (after 60 seconds or so). You can override the cutoff function, if you like.

Runs on 2 AA batteries.

I'm getting another one for my other bike, which I use on commutes every now and then.
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Not $20, but close, at $24 ... CatEye Reflex AutoAmazon.com: CatEye Reflex Auto Bicycle Rear Safety Light TL-LD570-R: Sports & Outdoors ... and free prime shipping, if you have that.

I got this light a few months ago. It is excellent — the best-built light I've ever had.

One nice thing — the lens is bigger than most taillights.

You can find brighter lights, I'm sure, but the size of this one's lens makes it highly visible.

The light also cuts itself off in daylight or when the bike stops moving (after 60 seconds or so). You can override the cutoff function, if you like.

Runs on 2 AA batteries.

I'm getting another one for my other bike, which I use on commutes every now and then.
This looks Ok, but these days I would not get a light that was not USB rechargeable.

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