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Old 01-12-06, 08:40 PM   #1
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clip-on rear blinky recommendations

so, i lost my favorite red blinky light somehow, and it looks like it's not made anymore, so i'm turning to you, my fellow forum-members, for assistance in finding a replacement.

i THINK the one i had was a cateye and it had two great features; the clip that held it on was pretty robust (although not robust enough apparently), and the switch was activated by pressing the bottom of the whole light assembly. it wasn't some fiddly little button that you couldn't get to with gloves on.

the only things that i could find that were close were these: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4322 and http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4322, and i don't like either of them.

i want something with a good clip, so i cna take it on and off my bag, clip it to my pants or my collar, and then clip it back on my bag again, and not have to worry about it falling off, and i LOVED the switch on my old. it was genius design.

so, whatcha got?
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Old 01-12-06, 08:42 PM   #2
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i had a cateye similar to that, but it had a clip for my bag instead of the part for your seat tube. someone stole it though.

it seems like cat eye is pretty gangster in anything they make
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Old 01-12-06, 08:44 PM   #3
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shants has some fancy-smancy light that has a MAGNET you have to use to turn it on and off.

it's the stupidest thing I've ever seen.

that being said, i use the cheap $5 on sale blinkys from performance, 'cause I seem to go through about two of them a month.
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Old 01-12-06, 08:44 PM   #4
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Vistalite supernebula 5. Go to pricepoint.com and you get a pair of them for 12 bucks.
It's pretty much industry standard.
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Old 01-12-06, 08:47 PM   #5
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Check out the Blackburn Mars 3.0. It's not too too big and has a nice beefy and easily adjustable clip with 7 Led's, one constant and two different blinking patterns. I really like it so far. The only complaint I have is the on/off button is almost flush with the body so may be hard to find with gloves while riding until you figure out where it is without looking, but once you know where it is I haven't had an issue. http://www.blackburndesign.com/lights.html#mars_3
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Yeah, those two blinkies you linked to are ugly as sin. They look like evil mutant pods.

I am EXTREMELY loyal to my planet bike blinky. Pleasing smooth curves, a raised button that, for me, is easy to find and press, bright. Partial charity proceeds, etc.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?s...1&srccode=1067
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does the planet bike one clip on to your bag? it doesn't look like it from the pics...
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Check out the Blackburn Mars 3.0. It's not too too big and has a nice beefy and easily adjustable clip with 7 Led's, one constant and two different blinking patterns. I really like it so far. The only complaint I have is the on/off button is almost flush with the body so may be hard to find with gloves while riding until you figure out where it is without looking, but once you know where it is I haven't had an issue. http://www.blackburndesign.com/lights.html#mars_3
i did chack that one out, but it didn't seem like the clip would hold onto the buckle-strap on my bag very well (but i'm willing to be convinced).
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^yes, you can clip the planet bike blinky to your bag. i have 2 of em. they have a decent plastic clip and an extra plastic lip to prevent it from sliding off your bag/pants/belt. i rock one on my seatpost and one on my bag. they're only like $6 and come with batteries. . . i didn't know about the charity thing- thats cool.
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Go to Freewheel and ask for the Lollypop light.

It is made by cateye and is a little blinky (white or red your choice) on an elastic that wraps around your seatpost, handlebar or loops through your helmet or bag, etc. Many of options. Very sturdy too - have had mine for 2 years now. Batteries last well (LED). Has 3 different settings - blink, steady, weird blink. You turn in on and off by swiping the magnet that is attached to the end of the elastic across the light.
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Old 01-12-06, 10:02 PM   #12
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Go to Freewheel and ask for the Lollypop light.

It is made by cateye and is a little blinky (white or red your choice) on an elastic that wraps around your seatpost, handlebar or loops through your helmet or bag, etc. Many of options. Very sturdy too - have had mine for 2 years now. Batteries last well (LED). Has 3 different settings - blink, steady, weird blink. You turn in on and off by swiping the magnet that is attached to the end of the elastic across the light.
i have that one. i hate it. the switch, while cool, is teh suX0r
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46x17 - Freewheel also has the turtle (they come in red too)
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Check out the Blackburn Mars 3.0. It's not too too big and has a nice beefy and easily adjustable clip with 7 Led's, one constant and two different blinking patterns. I really like it so far. The only complaint I have is the on/off button is almost flush with the body so may be hard to find with gloves while riding until you figure out where it is without looking, but once you know where it is I haven't had an issue. http://www.blackburndesign.com/lights.html#mars_3
i've been using this one for a couple months, and i think it's pretty good. the on/off button does seem like it'd be kind of a pain, but i've had no problem with it, even with my huge and obnoxious gloves.
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i have a planetbike blinky that serves me well. its on this page, third one down (the brt 7). the clip is decent, its bright, there are only two settings though, which isn't that big of a deal anyways. it comes with the mounting bracket for your seatpost too, and clips in/out really easy. my only complaint is how easily it can come apart if you drop/hit it, but that hasn't happened yet while riding. also good for clipping on you bag, which is what i did for a while.
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My new blinkie is also a Planet Bike. I dig it. Works well, comes with batteries, and was cheap.
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i have a planetbike blinky that serves me well.
+1. i have this same light and love it...as much as you should love a red blinkie anyways. i have some friends who go over the top with their blinkie love but i won't go into that here.
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... also good for clipping on you bag, which is what i did for a while.
that part is really important for me.
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I just got that cheap one from perfomance...and the GF just got the MARS 3.0 light. The cheap ass one has a decent seat tube anchor thing and clips on really well to bags. But in all honesty i think you should judge it on whether or not it has the Knight Rider, Kit setting...
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+1. i have this same light and love it...as much as you should love a red blinkie anyways. i have some friends who go over the top with their blinkie love but i won't go into that here.
+2 same one here.
Clip works fine.
you push the entire bottom bit to turn it on and switch modes. The on/off button is actually inside the housing and you have to flex the housing to make it work. sounds weird but it works.
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I have this one from Nashbar. It is about the size of a pager, has a clip like a pager and clips to the small strap on my seat bag. It has 5 led's and 5 different flash patterns. It's bright. The button is a little small and each push cycles through the whole range of flash patterns before reaching the off position. It was 2 dollars more when I got mine. . . . that's the way my luck usually runs

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Check out the Blackburn Mars 3.0. It's not too too big and has a nice beefy and easily adjustable clip with 7 Led's, one constant and two different blinking patterns. I really like it so far. The only complaint I have is the on/off button is almost flush with the body so may be hard to find with gloves while riding until you figure out where it is without looking, but once you know where it is I haven't had an issue. http://www.blackburndesign.com/lights.html#mars_3
I had this one for about 9 months before the clip on the back side of the light broke. Now it's held together by scotch tape (feh) and lives on my desk. The $3 veloswap zefal piece-o-crap from many years ago is back on my bike. And I don't care if anyone steals it-- 'cause the stupid worm tension screw is made of plastic and nearly stripped.

*to Blackburn's credit, they've promised to backorder a new clip and ship it to me.
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I now melt faces with the Planet Bike BRT5:
http://www.planetbike.com/rearlights.html#

clips nicely to the straps of my bag or the belt for my jeans. worth the ducats.

I actually picked one up tonight after realizing my other one was buried in one of the seatbacks of Southwest flight 2412Q.
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I actually picked one up tonight after realizing my other one was buried in one of the seatbacks of Southwest flight 2412Q.
So you made it through security with a blinky light dangling from your ass? Too rich.
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