With the days getting shorter as Fall approaches, I've been looking for a new tail light for the bikes I bought this past year. However, my brain has this issue with pretty much every tail light I've looked at: They aren't very aesthetically pleasing when it's not dark out.
I know, I know... most of you are probably already thinking, "Who cares?!?!" Well, it's my thought that as a roadie, we spend a ton of money on beautifully sculpted bike frames and aerodynamic components, and then we are forced to stick an ugly red brick on the back of our seat pack because that's all they sell.
Here's an example:
There's no way a goofy light like that is going on my bike.
Another issue I have is that I have a seat pack on my bike so mounting a light on the seat post isn't an option anyway. I mounted a clip-on light I already owned to my seat pack, but it ended-up being angled downward and didn't look much better than the photo above.
I think I came up with what is a ' less aesthetically offensive' tail light solution using a gift I got earlier in the year. I was given a NiteIze Marker Band which is supposed to be strapped around your arm; used mostly by runners. Not wanting anything strapped around my arm (my arm isn't my 'tail' anyway), I decided to take the strap off the light and put a clip on it and clip it to my jersey pocket. I usually have my cell phone in the center pocket anyway, so I don't even notice the light is there.
I'm really liking the idea for the following reasons:
- It's inexpensive at only $12
- It's waterproof
- It lasts up to 100 hours on a single battery
- It's light weight
- It doesn't mount on my bike at all, so I can use it on any bike
- It's possibly an aero solution?
Here's what I'm talking about...
It's not as bright as the sun like some of the tail lights are, but I'm not looking to blind drivers, I just want them to see me.
Another non-dookie tail light solution that looks interesting are the Nathan LightSpurs. They're U-shaped lights that grip the heal of your shoe. Since they're made for runners, I can image they'd fall off when cycling or be very noticeable. The one disadvantage appears to be that they're not cheap.
Have you found an aesthetically pleasing tail light solution? If so, post-up your lights!