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Old 02-23-11, 10:42 PM   #1
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what flashing bike lights do you use?

I currently have a $20 light from walmart. I'm not a fan of it because the first one fell off the bike while I was riding. Had to buy another one

Another time, I bought a bike light that also came with a rear light. this was on ebay and it only cost $3. However, it was obviously made of cheap materials because on a 23 degree day, the plastic snapped when I tried to take it off.

It would be nice to have reliable front and rear bike lights without having to spend $50+. That said, what bike light do you use?
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Old 02-23-11, 10:46 PM   #2
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I use cateye front lights and have a superflash blinky rear light.
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Old 02-23-11, 10:55 PM   #3
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Dinotte 140L and of course the superflash which IMO is a great light. I understand very soon there will be a superflash turbo for not that much more
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Planet Bike Superflash on the rear. Head lights and tail lights are permanent mount LED powered by generator hubs. Most of them are from B&M. If I feel I need a front flasher (I normally don't) I will run something from Planet Bike.

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Old 02-24-11, 06:36 AM   #5
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Planet Bike Blaze 1W or 2W headlight on flash mode. Princeton Tech Swerve or Night Rider Cherry Bomb 1/2 W taillights.
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Old 02-24-11, 07:56 AM   #6
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I use a PB Superflash and a PDW Radbot 1000 depending on which bike I'm riding. Superflash is great and long running, Radbot 1000 is brighter but eats batteries quicker.

I believe I paid $26ish for the Superflash from REI a couple years ago. The Radbot 1000 is a new acquisition and it was $25.20 shipped from Ebay.

This is not my video, but here is a comparison of the two:

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Old 02-24-11, 02:38 PM   #7
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Radbot 1000 on the back of the seatpost. PB Spox on the back of the helmet.
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I use a Dinotte 140 with regular AAs for my rear and a Radbot 1000. If I had to have only one blinkie it would be the Dinotte. Pricey at around $120 but the thing is so bright you can see it during the day at a distance! If you are paranoid like me, you'll run your lights all the time for max protection. The peace of mind I have with my Dinotte is well worth it.

Also, if you think $120 is supadupa expensive, it really isn't when you consider that cheaper lights just are not as durable. I tallied all the cheap lights I bought in my lifetime (many of which either died on me, or fell off due to cheap mounting hardware) and it is well above the Dinotte. The Dinotte should last a long long time and the brightness can't be beat. You'll get a top notch light which will outperform all the other lights.

If you have multiple bikes the Dinotte can easily be swapped from bike to bike.

Spend more for quality on the things that you use all the time especially if it keep you from getting killed!!!

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I have a Dinotte and it really is worth the money. People that are driving always asks me where I got it. and It's super bright and rechargable.
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I was really enjoying my Planet Bike Super Flash until it flew off my bike two weeks ago.
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the only thing is that i wish i could put the dinotte light on my bag but that might blind everyone on the road
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Old 02-24-11, 06:25 PM   #13
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Lately, I'm using a new Cateye model, the Reflex. Eye-catching and a reflector, too. Several quite different patterns.
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Old 02-24-11, 06:40 PM   #14
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the only thing is that i wish i could put the dinotte light on my bag but that might blind everyone on the road
Me too. Will a Dionette mount to the loop on the back of many bags?
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OP in #1 needs to stay away from WallMart. only then the crap level
of the stuff can improve , patronize your neighborhood Independent Bike Shop.

it's a which bike? question ..
Took off the rear reflector, and fitted a Cateye 3 LED light
that is also a reflector and fits on the same mount.

The other bike has German stuff on it.. Busch ans Muller 4D toplight
on the rear rack ..
they require Taillights to be steady, there,
it runs off the hub dynamo, wired to the headlight..

2 other bikes have a fender mounted ..
Spanninga 1 led light .. only on or off.

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I know this is cheesey but I bought 10 cheapo chineese rear flashers off ebay 5 years ago for a buck each. It cost me another 10 bucks in shipping but for $20 I have rear lights forever(?) Im on my 3rd now. something like this
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Me too. Will a Dionette mount to the loop on the back of many bags?
I eventually took the light and looped a head band into it and tied it to my sealline bag.
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I use the Blackburn Flea set. Bright - rechargeable - small - and light
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I'm really sensitive about the price. The 80s road bike that I currently own cost me just $80.

I'm curious though, what makes the difference between a walmart bike light and a cateye?

Also, is it necessary to have a rear bike light?
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I would just say go to a bike shop or REI and play around with the lights. I guess it also depends on where you live depends on the type of light you would want. I also like reading reviews on lights. A lot of people here have a Planet Bike rear light. I have a blackburn mars 3.0 along with my dinotte.
I think being seen is necessary. I don't wanna get hit :[ But now that you asked if it's necessary to have a rear light I wonder if you even have a front light!
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I'm really sensitive about the price. The 80s road bike that I currently own cost me just $80.

I'm curious though, what makes the difference between a walmart bike light and a cateye?

Also, is it necessary to have a rear bike light?
I've noticed Schwinn and Bell lights at WalMart recently. The more-expensive Cateyes or others may be brighter or with better flash patterns. Varies.

A rear light is required by law in Indiana and other states. (After dark)
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If you want a budget rear light that's also a reflector, the Planet Bike BRT-5 is worth a look. It's brighter than any of Cateye's light/reflector combos, including the new LD-560/570. They're around $15 and come with both frame/seatpost and rear-rack mounts: http://aebike.com/product/planet-bik...t7355-qc30.htm In many states, you must have a red rear reflector visible under specified conditions to be street-legal after dark, so cover your bases one way or the other.

For a powerful budget front light, consider a 2AA Romison flashlight from ShiningBeam, some NiMH rechargeable AA's and a charger (if you don't have them already), and a TwoFish LockBlock.
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I don't use any flashing lights,they are for emergencies.I don't have any flashing running lights on any of my cars either.
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I've noticed Schwinn and Bell lights at WalMart recently. The more-expensive Cateyes or others may be brighter or with better flash patterns. Varies.

A rear light is required by law in Indiana and other states. (After dark)
Correction: A rear light or a reflector in Indiana.
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PB Superflash on my fender and helmet and a PDW Radbot 1000 on my seatbag. Just a crappy 800 candlepower cateye up front, but I think rear lights are more important when it comes to avoiding being hit than front lights.
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