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View Poll Results: What Rear Blinkie do you Prefer?
Flashing
65
57.02%
Steady
7
6.14%
Both
42
36.84%
None - Ninja & Proud Of It
0
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Blinkie Poll

Old 01-22-08, 09:58 AM
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Blinkie Poll

Due to all the recent discussion, a poll would appear to be in order.
This is for Rear Blinkies.
What do you favor?
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Old 01-22-08, 10:00 AM
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PB super flash for "flashing"
Wired tailight w/ standlight for steady. DT Multi (Dynohub powered)
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A blinking light prevents depth perception for most, especially if the driver of the vehicle is looking your way through glass. Never blink your only taillight after dark. It's best to run two taillights. One on steady for depth perception and a second blinking to make you more visible.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:10 AM
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2x PB Superflash. One blinking, one steady.
When I get my dynohub, I'm adding a SuperNova E3 3-LED tail light, too.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:13 AM
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I personally like running both steady & flashing, plus reflective on wheels & frame so hopefully oncoming / overtaking low-on-coffee, sleepy drivers will recognize me for what i am.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:20 AM
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Usually both. If only one, then it's a flashin'.
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Rear: planet bike 3LED blinky
Front: Nite Rider ultra phazer 3.0 On blinky
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Rear: homebrew 90-LED blinkie with steady and flashing lights
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Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
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Now that you have a poll ( I guess I hit thread too quick ), I see what you are getting at.

I have two PB superflash that are blinking (one on back of trunk bag, other on my backpack), and a regular 10-LED red tail light that is steady.
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Originally Posted by jeff-o View Post
Rear: homebrew 90-LED blinkie with steady and flashing lights
Awesome.....got to see a pic of that. Do you have any pics?
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Awesome.....got to see a pic of that. Do you have any pics?
Yes, at home. I'll try to post when I get a chance. I also have parts to build 15 more...
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Originally Posted by jeff-o View Post
Rear: homebrew 90-LED blinkie with steady and flashing lights
Holy center of the sun, Batman! Do you have to haul that around on a Burley Flatbed?
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Daytime flash.

Nighttime steady.
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PB on flash FTW
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Old 01-22-08, 11:54 AM
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These buggers are surprisingly bright:
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I run three of them on a homemade bracket, at the rear of my rack. I set the two outside ones on steady and the middle one to blink.

Having said that, my wife passed me one night and said that once she got fairly close, the headlights illuminated my reflectors and drowned out the blinking effect of the middle light. So, I feel that the reflective material is just as important as the lights, (I mean their "power" comes from a car's headlights which is much brighter than any blinkie).
First I cut the reflective tape into strips and wrapped it across my fender. Unfortunately, it doesn't flex all that well and it started coming up at the corners and breaking off. I got some more reflective tape and turned the kids loose on it with a 3-hole punch. These reflective dots gave me a much better way to cover more surface area.
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Flashing.

My ideal setup (for the nighttime) would be a SuperFlash on flash and a Dinotte on solid. The problem is, one of my two commuters has seat stays too large to mount the Superflash to. I did put the stay mount on the fixie, but I've yet to remember to mount a light to it.

So, the Dinotte blinks away - day or night.

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I've mentioned this before, but if I had it to do over again, I'd take two superflash any day over one dinotte. I'm not entirely sure why I insist on using the dinotte now... I should just put it back on ebay.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Holy center of the sun, Batman! Do you have to haul that around on a Burley Flatbed?
Nope, it all fits into a 12" long piece of 1" diameter PVC tubing. It draws only 250mA. It's bright, but not as bright as the 120 LED version I built before it. The 120 LED light was too long though, I kept smacking it on things. 12" is a much better compromise.
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Old 01-22-08, 12:46 PM
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dinotte 140L on medium solid


PBSF as a backup
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I use the NR Universal Taillight on steady under seat bag and two generic blinkies. One high(helmet) and one low(on the end of the rack). 2 Standard driveway reflectors(red) on rear of bags and 2 (white) on the front. Reflective outerwear. ie jacket, pants, booties, gloves, etc. All kinds of reflective SOLAS strips on the frame, rims, etc. And, unapologetic Fred that I am I still have the spoke reflectors in both wheels. Deal with it.

During the holidays I had 2 strings of lights from Walgreen's. One steady, one blinking, multi colored. Got alot of honks, thumbs up and once a whole group of roadies asked me where I got 'those too cool lights'. Walgreen's should cut BF a check for royalties or something.
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I have a PB SuperFlash on flash and another one on steady. The PB is on my bag and the steady is attached to the rack.
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superflash helmet flash
ld1000 bike bag flash
pb 3 led seatpost solid
superflash seatpost (flash day, solid night)
ld 1000 rear rack flash
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I use a PB SF on blink most of the time now, I carry a spare in cases of need.
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On my normal commute I leave work while it's still light and I just use the steady (dynohub powered) light on my fender. If I'm riding later or in bad weather I have a TLD-1000 on my helmet and I set one bank to chasing and the other on steady. I also use a vest if I'm riding in the dark/dim since my coat is dark. Mainly though, I picked out roads to ride on that don't see a lot of high speed traffic.
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Flashing.

My ideal setup (for the nighttime) would be a SuperFlash on flash and a Dinotte on solid. The problem is, one of my two commuters has seat stays too large to mount the Superflash to. I did put the stay mount on the fixie, but I've yet to remember to mount a light to it.
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Do you have a rear rack? That's where I mounted my PBSF, using the rubber strips as shims to make it snug.
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