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Old 05-23-06, 06:08 PM   #1
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Anyone know of a non-stupid-looking red light I could hang from my messenger bag?

I want to be able to ride my bike home from work in the dark without getting run over by a car, but I don't really want to mount a light on the back of my bike, as every red light I've seen for bikes is pretty tacky looking.

I'd ask in the commuting forum, but those guys would probably recommend that I pull the landing light off an air force jet and carry around a diesel truck battery to power it or something. I just want a small light that's inconspicuous when it's off, and is bright enough to let cars see me.

Let me know if you guys know of anything.
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Old 05-23-06, 06:10 PM   #2
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i'm tryna get me one of these

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Old 05-23-06, 06:11 PM   #3
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If I had one of those I'd spend less time on the bike. Not that I'd be complaining.
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Old 05-23-06, 06:14 PM   #4
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oh and planetbike 7 is what you need.

it doesn't have tits, but it's ok



you can take off the seatpost clamp and it has a clip for bag or belt loop or nipple ring
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getting hit by a car because they couldn't see you in the dark because you can't have a light that might possibly be construed as "tacky" looking is, in my opinion, tacky.
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Old 05-23-06, 06:47 PM   #6
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getting hit by a car because they couldn't see you in the dark because you can't have a light that might possibly be construed as "tacky" looking is, in my opinion, tacky.
Yeah, so did you read the topic at all? You know, the part where I said I was looking to buy a red light so a car didn't run me over? Maybe you should go read it again.
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Old 05-23-06, 06:48 PM   #7
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yeah i just put the seat post mount on my bike cause i was convinced clipping the light to my bag or pants was visable enough. it desnt look great, but who cares
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I had pretty crappy luck with a Planet Bike light. But then, I just have pretty bad luck in general.
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serfas makes a light that's almost as bright as one of the air force jet tail lights but pretty inconspicuous and clips onto your bag. it's called the tl-2000. a little expensive though at msrp of $35.
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Yeah, so did you read the topic at all? You know, the part where I said I was looking to buy a red light so a car didn't run me over? Maybe you should go read it again.
yep, read it. just saying that the having a light part might be more important than the eternal quest to find one that looks cool.
didn't mean to sound like a jerk, just got **** thrown at me from a car for the second time in a week.
so maybe that makes me a jerk. today anyway.
my apologies.

here's a more productive reply.
this is what i use, i like it.

http://www.cateye.com/uk/products/vi...d=7&subCatId=4
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both of these are less than $5


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Old 05-23-06, 07:09 PM   #12
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yep, read it. just saying that the having a light part might be more important than the eternal quest to find one that looks cool.
didn't mean to sound like a jerk, just got **** thrown at me from a car for the second time in a week.
so maybe that makes me a jerk. today anyway.
my apologies.

here's a more productive reply.
this is what i use, i like it.

http://www.cateye.com/uk/products/vi...d=7&subCatId=4
well, yeah, having a light is probably more important than having one that looks cool, bu I'm trying to find the best of both worlds here. Hence this post. There's got to be at least one decent looking light out there I can buy
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I think that maybe you should go to the bike shop or sports store and look at the bike lights, then buy the one you think is "coolest." Nevermind that they all do the same job with the same amount of efficiency because hey, when you're out there doing something you love you FOR SURE have to look great.
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I think that maybe you should go to the bike shop or sports store and look at the bike lights, then buy the one you think is "coolest." Nevermind that they all do the same job with the same amount of efficiency because hey, when you're out there doing something you love you FOR SURE have to look great.
Do you post this crap in every thread where someone talks about painting thier bike, or getting colored rims, or makes 700 different comments on how they feel about the way lugged steel looks, or anything about vintage anything?

Probably half the posts in this forum are about the way bikes look. Why am I taking so much flak for caring about the same thing?
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Old 05-23-06, 07:22 PM   #15
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planet bike light w one large zip tie through the strap eyelet and two smaller zip ties
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You're right. I don't call everyone out and it wasn't fair of me to be a jerkface and I'm sorry. But really, just go to the bike shop and check 'em out.
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So that's 2 people talkin about Planet Bike. Did I just get a bad one? The batteries fell out at the drop of a hat.
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Old 05-23-06, 07:31 PM   #18
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How about a battery powered lava lamp powered of a generator hub?

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Old 05-23-06, 07:33 PM   #19
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How about a battery powered lava lamp powered of a generator hub?

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That'd be cool for critical mass or something.
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My friend took a few LEDs and installed them into the flap of his bag. Looks pretty damn cool.
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I put two of these on my seatpost. One down by the seatpost binder and one just under the saddle. I figure they probably get some attention for blinking out of sync from each other. Never been hit so I'm guessing its working.

Oh, and it takes about a second and a half to take it off if you don't want to look silly during the day.

http://knogusa.com/en-us/dept_6.html

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Old 05-23-06, 08:04 PM   #22
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i've got some of theose knog frogs too. they rock. i slap a couple or three on my bike and hang one off my bag. insta rolling xmas lights.
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yeah i just put the seat post mount on my bike cause i was convinced clipping the light to my bag or pants was visable enough. it desnt look great, but who cares
+1 on bike-mounted light
clipping to your body or bag is a sure-fire way to have the light aimed straight up in the air where it is pretty much useless.
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i have a blackburn mars on my bag. it has lights on the sides so even if its not pointing straight backwards its still visible.
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I've got a Mars on my bag as well, and this one:



...on the back of the bike (when I remember )
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