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Old 09-01-06, 10:43 AM
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cheap blinkies

yes, it is that time of year already...

i need a few big red ones that clip to the bike and maybe some others to adorn the body and bag.

cheap AND bright if possible but if theyz cheap enough i'll just buy a few.

any good deals out there?
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Old 09-01-06, 10:59 AM
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http://autolumination.com/bike.htm

Give the page time to fully load as it's chock full of many different designs and types. Cruise by the other pages as well as there is very good stuff you may want on them as well!
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Originally Posted by max-a-mill
yes, it is that time of year already...
i need a few big red ones that clip to the bike and maybe some others to adorn the body and bag.
cheap AND bright if possible but if theyz cheap enough i'll just buy a few.
any good deals out there?
I perfer brightness over cost. Cateye TL1000.
The TL600 is also very bright and less expensive but the TL1000 is like two very bright lights in one.
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Has anyone tried the planet bike blinky superflash yet? That looks like a pretty bright light for the price tag. The cateye can be found here - not cheap but bright, with free shipping too. http://www.agees.com/CateyeTL1000.htm

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Old 09-01-06, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by tuolumne
Has anyone tried the planet bike blinky superflash yet? That looks like a pretty bright light for the price tag. The cateye can be found here - not cheap but bright, with free shipping too. http://www.agees.com/CateyeTL1000.htm
Bekologist got one and gave it very good remarks. I've ordered one as well. For $17-$20 with a 1/2-watt Luxeon main emitter, slim and lightweight, with what Bek describes as an "emergency-vehicle" flash pattern, it could be an all-around champ. I'll try to post some beam comparisons against my NiteRider superblinkie, which is similar in pattern & output to a Cateye LD-1000, other than the 90° side-firing LEDs on the LD-1000.

The Superflash would probably benefit from a steady diet of Lithium cells, rather than saggy Alkalines.
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[QUOTE=mechBgon]Bekologist got one and gave it very good remarks. I've ordered one as well. For $17-$20 with a 1/2-watt Luxeon main emitter, slim and lightweight, with what Bek describes as an "emergency-vehicle" flash pattern, it could be an all-around champ. I'll try to post some beam comparisons against my NiteRider superblinkie, ...QUOTE]

That would be great. I have an old blinki that does OK. I want one that will be visible in daylight, especially when the sun is low. Now that it is nearly dark when I begin the morning commute I actually feel safer. The cars get clear into the other lane, which tells me that they saw me a ways back. In the daylight they never budge from the lane. I don't think this is due to lack of consideration, but rather lack of visibilty.
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Def, Cateye blinkies is where it's at.

I'm a fan of the blinkie/reflector combo lights. I have bought several of them for my bikes.
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cool i just bought 2 of them cateye td-1000 dealies (saftey is good even if it costs a little $$$$).

i look foward to being blinded by it's blink while riding behind my girlfriend!
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I have one of these on my bike http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=19647

and it is extremely bright compared to anything else I saw at the stores I went to. Too bad I paid $29.99 for it...doh.
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M.E.C. sell those for $3.75 CAD. They are bright, not overly so, but not dim by any means. And cheep enough that you can christmas tree your bike, belt loops, helmet, and pet cat if you wish. The on/off button has 3 functions, flash, solid on, and off. The image is not quite 2/3's the size of mine.

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The light on the bag is a vista light blinkie that came with a road toad headlight (which was awful). It's ok as far as brightness, but it has a built in reflector as well. Paid $16 for both. I don't know if the blinkie is sold seperately, but I'd recommend it. The light on the rack is a cat eye LD-600...nice and bright.
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Originally Posted by max-a-mill
yes, it is that time of year already...

i need a few big red ones that clip to the bike and maybe some others to adorn the body and bag.

cheap AND bright if possible but if theyz cheap enough i'll just buy a few.

any good deals out there?
If you happen to have a drop handlebar, Nashbar has the bar-plug blinkies for $9.95 per pair, last I checked. As a supplemental blinkie, those could be nice since they show the width of the bike. There's mountain versions of those as well, now that I think of it.

If you ride where there's lots of other lights to compete against, then it might be wise to get at least one "big gun" blinkie like the Cateye LD-1000 or perhaps that Planet Bike Superflash. Against a background of 3 lanes of car taillights viewed through a rain-covered windshield, for example, your little dinky-blinkies could get drowned out.
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