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    SAFETY - blinking red or white SuperFlash taillight?

    The Planet Bike Superflash seems to get great reviews. I bought one. After 5K miles it popped apart over a nasty bump and I couldn't find the missing part.

    Now I need to buy another Superflash (or something else?)

    But it occurs to me that maybe the clear one would be better. RED is the official color of taillights and stop lights, but it seems my main interest is in having drivers see me - I don't care if they think "rear" or "tail light", I just want them to think "person on bike."

    Or am I wrong?
    Wouldn't clear be slightly brighter and more attention-getting?

    PS - I'm also planning on adding a "Planet Bike Blinky 3H 3-Led Rear Bicycle Light with Self Leveling Helmet Mount" to my helmet.
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    White is not legal for a tail light.


    This one is brighter then the PBSF and has three modes.

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    The "clear" PBSF has a bright red LED, or at least mine does.

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    You can now get the "Turbo" superflash, twice as powerful (1W vs 1/2W) as the original superflash. I have both. Either one is a good light but the turbo is indeed brighter.

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    They are both red lights.
    White light is a bad idea for the rear, and not legal in many/most places.
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    I run PB Superflashes on all my bikes. Haven't gotten the turbo...yet.

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    If white light was more attention grabbing, tail lights would be white. It isn't, and they aren't.

    Buy another Superflash and maybe wrap an o-ring around it to make sure it doesn't pop apart.

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    To keep the Superflash from popping off of your bike again, only an old piece of inner tube is required.



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    Superflashes are known for popping apart and falling off. It's almost a characteristic.

    Instead, try the Portland Design Works Radbot 1000. About the same size and price, but twice as bright and has a reflector to keep you legal.
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    One thing to consider, I don't think I'd use a Superflash Turbo when in a group of bikers at night, probably too bright for the person behind you. If I go full tilt on wanting to be seen, I've got my Superflash, then my Bell helmet has two flashing LEDs built in, plus places for a Blackburn front and rear light, then my Blaze 2. My wife has spoke lights, I haven't gone that far yet.

    And of course reflectors and reflectivity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Superflashes are known for popping apart and falling off. It's almost a characteristic.

    Instead, try the Portland Design Works Radbot 1000. About the same size and price, but twice as bright and has a reflector to keep you legal.
    I went over some railroad tracks at about 18 mph on Friday, and had a pannier fly off for the first time. The superflash stayed on, I must have been luckier than I thought.

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    It's been mentioned already, but yeah, the 'clear' superflash tail light actually has a red lens, it just looks white when it's off. Clear tail lights are illegal in most places.

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    Thanks all! Great feedback - my experience was almost "normal," clear isn't really clear, but would be illegal even if it were, "very" bright is bad on group rides (I agree - I don't use my flashers on group rides), and "turbo" is an effective Superflash upgrade. And, lest I forget, the famed $200-300 Dinotte actually are better.

    I'm going to do a Superflash Turbo, "seal" it somewhat with Vaseline, and use a retaining strap or rubber band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Instead, try the Portland Design Works Radbot 1000. About the same size and price, but twice as bright and has a reflector to keep you legal.
    I got that light and I love it. The only thing I dislike is the need for a screwdriver to change the batteries (if I'm remembering correctly, I don't see one in the picture though).
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    I would like to get a clear-lensed PBSF and change the red LEDs to amber. I know that one of the three LEDs inside is 1/2 watt and the other two look like typical low-powered 5mm ones, but I don't know what else I need to know before buying replacement LEDs.

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