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Old 10-09-13, 08:09 AM
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Who among you runs a blinky?

My sweetie is committed to keeping me alive so she wants me to run a taillight blinky, in my choice of either blink or solid mode, I think. I can't argue against motherhood and apple pie like that but it violates a sense of purity for the aesthetics of the bike. Okay, it makes sense for late autumn commuting. But whenever I see a blinky on another bike it really bothers me. When I'm driving they irritate me . Also I'd worry that a driver would be so distracted he/she would miss seeing something else. Online reviews comment on noticeability vs. visibility but never on whether it is actually a good idea.

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Old 10-09-13, 08:13 AM
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I run at least one blinky and usually two if riding in low visibility.

If my blinky irritates a driver, well at least the driver saw it which is a good thing.

The aesthetics of a bike crumbled around a cyclist in a pool of blood is much worse then a blinky on a bike.
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I use a Planetbike Superflash Turbo on almost all of my rides.
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Hi Jim - I roll with a blinky. I usually use the Turbo Super Flash and that thing is NOTICEABLE. I also have a rechargeable rear Blinky, but I don't think it's much better and wasn't worth the price, or recharge hassle. The super flash works like a charm. Toss it on your belt, or a bag, if you don't want to hurt the aesthetics. Depending on where I'm riding, I also may use the Light and Motion 360 VIZ - which has a helmet mounted rear blinking light. It is very noticeable and eye catching, especially in conjunction with a turbo super flash.

Finally, I have solid lighting by Busch and Muller attached to the rear rack on two bikes...I like them, but I like them more in conjunction with a blinky. I'm much more interested in being seen than I am worried about annoying other drivers (and I think they're more annoyed if they can't see you and suddenly find you in their path).
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Old 10-09-13, 08:18 AM
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Never had them bother me when I was driving. I typically run a couple at once and I could see how they'd get annoying to my OCD if they get out of sync, but they're behind me so I don't see that when it happens (probably always).
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Old 10-09-13, 08:23 AM
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Cygolite hotshot on my main workhorse bike, works great.
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That's what I have - the cygolite hotshot. It works fine, but I don't think it works much better than a super flash and I prefer batteries and not worrying about the recharge. It was also a little pricier. I'd recommend the superflash over the cygolite (though the cygolite works fine too).
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Absolutely, if I'm going to be out dusk/night. IMHO, rather foolish not to!
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Actually riding with lights only in blink mode isn't the greatest thing. It gives the driver no sense of depth perception as to where you are, how fast you're going, etc. Think of how hard it is to determine how something is moving under a strobe light, same effect. I've seen it recommended to have one light blinking for noticeability and one light solid for depth perception. Preferably having them physically separated by some distance on your bike.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
But whenever I see a blinky on another bike it really bothers me. When I'm driving they irritate me .
I'm just curious. Can you explain why, Jim?
When I see them I think they're sort of annoying too. But can't put my finger on why.
Flashing strobe is non-calming, maybe?
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If they see the blink, they know you're there and, hopefully, proceed with caution until they know where you are. I do agree with using solid AND blinky in an ideal world.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
That's what I have - the cygolite hotshot. It works fine, but I don't think it works much better than a super flash and I prefer batteries and not worrying about the recharge. It was also a little pricier. I'd recommend the superflash over the cygolite (though the cygolite works fine too).
Interesting opinion, I actually really like that I can unclip it and throw it on the same charge cable as my phone and that I also don't have to remember about batteries. What kind does the superflash use? (Batteries that is)
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Old 10-09-13, 08:39 AM
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. What kind does the superflash use? (Batteries that is)
Two AAA batteries.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Two AAA batteries.
How do you like it as an owner of one? And how fast do you have to swap batteries? If you don't mind me asking...
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Better safe than sorry. A car running behind a bike and then passing is only a few seconds event, so whats the annoyance? Bike tail lights are so tiny to begin with that the depth perception is nil anyway.

Try navigating a harbor at night; now there's a real depth perception problem.
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How do you like it as an owner of one? And how fast do you have to swap batteries? If you don't mind me asking...
Rarely. It gets a LOT of hours.
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The few times I'm out after dark, I run two large blinkies, but not on my bike. I hang them on a wire looped through the vent holes on the back of my helmet. This gets them up higher where they are more noticeable.

When not riding at night, I unclip them and stash them in my bag to get the extra weight off the helmet.
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Would you drive a car at dusk or in the dark with the lights off? I'm actually astounded by the number of cyclists I see riding without any lights at all, in situations that warrant them.

+1 on the Superflash.

I do know that in some European countries, blinking is unlawful, I guess because it's seen as a distraction. But there are no rules against a solid tail light afaik.
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How do you like it as an owner of one? And how fast do you have to swap batteries? If you don't mind me asking...
I think I go through 3 sets of batteries yearly. I've people comment positively on how far away they could see me, even in daylight. You have a choice of solid or flashing modes.

I like it alot.
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I want to be seen......especially from behind. I run rear blinkies on all my bikes.

I also run front white flashing light....... pretty small one on my good road bike and city bike, bigger one on my commuter

If i ride at night use both a solid white and flashing white, my commuter is set up that way and I can add to the other bike if needed.

A single blinkie on the seat post is pretty unobtrusive aesthetics wise. the flashing white up front less so. I use really small ones during the day on the road bike and it is not too bad.

I look a bikes all the time when i drive and having flashing lights of any sort give a about 10000000% more visibiliyt than no lights...even in day time and espcially from dusk to dawn.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
The few times I'm out after dark, I run two large blinkies, but not on my bike. I hang them on a wire looped through the vent holes on the back of my helmet. This gets them up higher where they are more noticeable.

When not riding at night, I unclip them and stash them in my bag to get the extra weight off the helmet.
I sometimes do this too, with a second blinky (one is generally hanging off my saddle bag). A piece of elastic shock cord works great for the loop and keeps everything snug. I'm not sure it's more visible though, unless you have a very upright position on the bike.
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I always ride with front and rear lights when visibility is low. But never in blinking mode. It annoys me. In the same way that "baby on board" stickers annoy me.
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I mounted a Cygolite to the seatstay rack boss on my '83 Trek. Looks a bit more 'integrated' that way. I always use steady mode and leave it there unless I lock it up outside (rarely). Still need to install my dynamo-driven Spanninga Pixeo on my rear fender. I also use a Superflash on my backpack if I'm wearing it.

In the front I'm running an IQ Cyo on the Trek, and use a doublefish velcro mount to do a 180 lumen CREE light on other bikes.

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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I use a Planetbike Superflash Turbo on almost all of my rides.
I like the "undulating flash" of a taillight when I am a driver observing a bike rider at night so that is what I went with. The metronome flashing of a plain on/off taillight reminds me of the scene in the Andromeda Strain where the scientist missed the critical no growth petri dish. I also use a constant on taillight too.
With this combo drivers give me a comfortable berth while passing.

For the front, a solid on flame thrower of a light and a flashing one for me is the ticket. the flashing headlight does get a drivers attention. The flamethrower of a headlight really does help one see the road.

The above is not cheap, I think I have about $200 invested, but they are USB rechargeable.
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Back to the aesthetics thing OP, I don't find it so bad on my bike and I didn't try to blend it in but my bike is very utility and has a rough paint job
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