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Old 01-17-11, 07:15 PM   #1
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Anything comparable to the Knog Frog?

Not hatin, or flamin'. I can only speak from personal experience, but I'm on my second front frog light that won't turn off. You click through the cycle, but it never shuts off. It'll shut off for 5-6 seconds, then kick on the cycle all over again. The LBS replaced the first one, but now after 2 months the replacement is doing it.

I cycle through a relatively lit area at night, and the frog was an awesome addition to the wal-mart bell lighting kit I have (never failed me, but the lumens the frog has was far far superior).

Is there anything relatively close? Perhaps another brand biting off the frog style? Some googlefu has revealed that I'm not the only one with the trollface.jpg, frog not wanting to turn off hootananny.
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Which knog frog was it? There's been a revision rather recently. You can give the revision a try if you're using the old style.
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Frog lights are complete garbage. Just get a Planet Bike super flash red LED light and clip it on your belt. As for the front, the 3LED cat eyes are good. If you mount them upside down they don't look as lame either.
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I don't remember the first one, but the second one I have says "batch JUN/JUL 2010".
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I don't remember the first one, but the second one I have says "batch JUN/JUL 2010".
No look at the style:

The newest model is called the frog strobe and looks like this:


The old one is the normal "frog" and looks like this:

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Both of them were of the newer style.
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Why do people use these, I cant see poo with them.For my front i have a harbor freight light with lithuim batteries from brother and its bright as heck

For rear i have a super flasher.
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Why do people use these, I cant see poo with them.For my front i have a harbor freight light with lithuim batteries from brother and its bright as heck

For rear i have a super flasher.
I'll look into those. For my it was just price and lumens really.
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Why do people use these, I cant see poo with them.For my front i have a harbor freight light with lithuim batteries from brother and its bright as heck

For rear i have a super flasher.
More importantly, people can't see you. Knog light suck, the batteries die fast and are expensive to replace. And if you live in a city that is at all bike savvy, knog frogs/strobes don't exactly cut the legal requirements for riding at night. I know this first-hand.
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Old 01-17-11, 08:35 PM   #10
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Axiom 3.0 http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1097529_-1___

It suprised me with how bright it was, and it uses a similar mounting system. The battery doesnt love the cold, but I've never had it go dead on me when i wasn't ready.
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I second the Planet Bike Superflash, had one for a couple years and it has never failed me, bright as hell, too.

As for front lights, cannot really say. After having a few fail on me, I gave up on front lights.
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^^ Not running a front light is bad. Good way to get doored/have car pull out in front of you/expensive ticket.
I've had this guy for a year and it rules.
http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/343
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Yeah, I know. Most of the areas I ride in are pretty well-lit for the most part, plus a lot of my riding down here in Monterey are when there is next to nobody on the street. D:

I will check out that CatEye, though, thanks for the link.
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You never know, man...
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i notice cars can actually see me at night now. there's a usb-rechargeable one too. i wanted that one but it wasnt out yet when i bought mine.
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I second the Planet Bike Superflash, had one for a couple years and it has never failed me, bright as hell, too.

As for front lights, cannot really say. After having a few fail on me, I gave up on front lights.
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Lol, faceplam isnt a emotocon ):

Harbor freights light is 7 dollars. Its probally around 60-70 lumens. Because my brothers night rider 400 lumen is just over kill. And he has two...

But thats cause he rides in the forest at night.
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I use a PB superflash in back and a PB blaze 2 watt in front. The blaze is great, especially if you need to actually see the road on your ride. The only thing I don't like about the superflash is it craps out if you ride multiple days in the rain and it doesn't have a chance to dry out. Though when it does dry out it works again. You can find good deals on both on ebay.




But if you want something comparable to the knog, this?


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I use a PB superflash in back and a PB blaze 2 watt in front. The blaze is great, especially if you need to actually see the road on your ride. The only thing I don't like about the superflash is it craps out if you ride multiple days in the rain and it doesn't have a chance to dry out. Though when it does dry out it works again. You can find good deals on both on ebay.
I have never had this issue, and I used to ride in the rain all the time.
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Not hatin, or flamin'. I can only speak from personal experience, but I'm on my second front frog light that won't turn off. You click through the cycle, but it never shuts off. It'll shut off for 5-6 seconds, then kick on the cycle all over again. The LBS replaced the first one, but now after 2 months the replacement is doing it.
The simple solution is to take the battery-led capsule out of the rubbing casing and wipe the little black contact under the button, and top silver metal contact on the top of the led/battery capsule with rubbing alcohol and something CLEAN, re-assemble problem solved,
love my knog frogs as front lights, i use random PB flashers on the back, i've experienced this problem with many different kinds of blinkies, at least with the frog the contacts are easily accessible. and not glued or screwed down.

I admit they are a little over priced, but i don't care they're bright for their size and i get cr2032s 4 for a 1$!


are a remedy for dirt getting into this sort of contact switch many lights have replaced these in favor of small micro-switches (as knog did with the frog strobe). they are theoretically more reliable, but if they do go wrong you are SOL, Double irony: many of the first shipment of frog strobes had defective micro-switches.

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I have never had this issue, and I used to ride in the rain all the time.
Yeah, the only time I've really had a problem was on a tour riding in the rain for 2-3 days+ and at night it never could dry out. It's a minor gripe in the end, they're great lights.
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