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Old 11-30-08, 09:41 PM
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Anyone try these before? LED bar plugs

https://cgi.ebay.com/2-LED-ROAD-BIKE-...QQcmdZViewItem

Just wondering if anyone has tried them. How was your experience? Gimmick?
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Old 11-30-08, 09:50 PM
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They look pretty cool but I doubt their effectiveness, since your legs will probably be blocking the view at certain angles. That's just a random thought though, I've never seen them in use.
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I know the Nova Bull led taillight guy on here uses a pair.
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Not sure if brand was the same, but I knew a guy who had those installed on his road bike.
Seemed to be decently visible from, say, 25 yrs back. Simple push on/off of LED bar plug
toactivate. Although his may have had steady on as wellas the blinky mode.

Of course, depending one's location behind his bike, you could not always see the
the right side bar plug since they are on the forward end and due to rider body position.
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Old 11-30-08, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Ricekilla View Post
https://cgi.ebay.com/2-LED-ROAD-BIKE-...QQcmdZViewItem

Just wondering if anyone has tried them. How was your experience? Gimmick?
I use some like that - maybe not the exact model - but road bike LED bar plugs. I like them. Here are some thoughts:

1. You can't have too many lights.

2. I would not use them as my only source of rear lighting.

3. Unless your roadie bars are adjusted so that the drops are horizontal with the ground, the brightest part of the LED won't shine directly behind you.

4. You are going to see them blinking while riding. Does not bother me - I sort of like feeling like a jet plane on my road bike.

5. You can't have too many lights.
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Old 11-30-08, 10:45 PM
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They should be red and green for port and starboard
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Old 11-30-08, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
I use some like that - maybe not the exact model - but road bike LED bar plugs. I like them. Here are some thoughts:

1. You can't have too many lights.

2. I would not use them as my only source of rear lighting.

3. Unless your roadie bars are adjusted so that the drops are horizontal with the ground, the brightest part of the LED won't shine directly behind you.

4. You are going to see them blinking while riding. Does not bother me - I sort of like feeling like a jet plane on my road bike.

5. You can't have too many lights.
+1 - I've had them for a couple of years now. Nashbar I think. I agree with all the points above. I mean, why not? I like them and I'd recommend them.
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Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
I know the Nova Bull led taillight guy on here uses a pair.
I do, and they work pretty well if the tips of the handlebars are aimed level, so the hotspot of the light beam is aimed at traffic.

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDhwTV229E0 That's a DiNotte 140 in the center, so the fact that the bar-plug lights show up is commendable.

The ones in this video are the Trek version, which use one AAA on each side. I think AAA is better than the ones that use two LR44s on each side, because you can use rechargable AAAs and save money in the long run.
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^That's the guy I was talking about.
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Anybody try the ones for flat bars?
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Anybody try the ones for flat bars?
I have the Trek flat-bar models on my winter commuter, and they're even better than the drop-bar version because they have two LEDs aimed backwards on each side, plus they are visible from any side angle as well! Not only that, but they splash some light on my jacket sleeves, which are light-colored, so there's another dose of side visibility: lighted coat sleeves EDIT: and they use one AAA on each side, so you can use rechargable NiMH AAAs instead of button batteries.

And unlike on a drop bar, you don't have to aim the whole handlebar to get the lights aimed at traffic, just rotate the lights themselves.

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Old 12-01-08, 01:10 AM
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Now that's awesome, good video.

You can definitely see them from quite a distance.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:01 AM
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I have a pair. They are fun. The batteries don't last very long, though. A couple of rides and the batteries are cashed.

If you shop the dollar-stores, you can find a whole card of batteries for a buck - about 24 batteries. They don't last a long time, but for a buck, what the heck.

After a couple of rides the novelty wore off and I just left them burned out.
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Old 12-01-08, 08:24 AM
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batteries? what? not recycling and using rechargeable? hmm.... not very green to dump all those batteries out there.
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Old 12-01-08, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Anybody try the ones for flat bars?
My commute buddy has them on his flat bar bike. There bright, but you have to be in the right spot to see them.
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Old 12-01-08, 10:35 AM
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I bought those exact same LED bar end plugs from the same dealer about a month and a half ago. They were a real tight into my handlebars - I had to screw them in continuously which rubbed a bit of plastic off of the housing for the bar end plugs. Not a big problem - at least it ensures that they're secured nice and tight.

So far I'm pretty happy with them - as everyone has already said you can't have too many lights on your bike. I've used them for about 20-30 hrs so far on blinking mode and they're still going strong. The batteries will most likely last much longer on blinking mode rather than steady.
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FYI,the ones Trek sells use AAA batts instead of button cells. Cheaper to feed,plus you can use rechargeables.

I used a set of Knog Tadpoles for awhile:
https://www.bikemania.biz/ProductDeta...=Knog_DDBarend

They were bright and had front and rear lights,but kept slipping out of the bars.
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I saw another rider using them about a month ago, not only were they bright and visible from a good distance but, they made such an unusual and unexpected pattern (in combination with a blinkie on the seatpost), that they really caught my attention. I think that anything that increases your visibility is a good thing. It's so dark on my commute that I've thought of installing a pair.
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personaly i don't really trust those single or 5, or 128led lights. the light is so dim and doesn't go very far. also what others said about angles, but you can never have to many lights, cause we are all so fred just for being commuters and riding bikes.

what about the mtb led lights?
https://cgi.ebay.com/ALUX-XRL-LED-MTB-HANDLEBAR-BIKE-BAR-END-LIGHTS-NIB-NEW_W0QQitemZ300273827073QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCycling_Parts_Accessories?hash=item300273827073&_trksid= p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318
i was thinking of using them on drop bars and have the facing the side, for added side visablitiy, however they are red and yellow/amber would be alot better. dunno maybe i'll get the dropbar ones and use them, already bought spoke lights...god i hate being this fred.
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