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Portland Design Works RADBOT 1000

Old 02-08-10, 04:57 PM
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Radbot 1000s are back in stock. I just got one and it puts PBSF and Radbot 1000 to shame. Get one, that's all I have to say.

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Old 02-08-10, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The only problems I have with the Dinotte is the cost and the mount. I use a rack trunk and my seatpost is usually obscured. The Radbot is easier to mount on a rack as is the Superflash (which is now riding on my Camelbak).
The PBSF is a very directional light even with the side diffuser. I don't think it's much use if you don't mount it and point it precisely. I was running a Cateye TDL1000 on my pack and it was doing a good job before it spontaneously leapt from its mount. I ordered a Red Planet along with my Radbot 1000 and I'm pleased with it's complete diffusing lense as well as the side firing LEDs.

For the road bike, I think the PBSF will get mounted to the seatstay and pull backup duty. I really love that PBSF and Radbots are mount compatible. I can't wait to see what Planet Bike responds with!!!!
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Old 02-21-10, 08:49 PM
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The Radbot 1000 whooped the PBSF in the wet. At the end of my ride tonight PBSF was down for the count with water infiltration. Radbot 1000 was still going strong.
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Old 02-21-10, 10:04 PM
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Underneath your rack platform, you should have two stays that extend down to each side's respective mounting bolt. Zip tie a piece of 1" OD conduit horizontally between the two stays. Each end is zip tied to the each stay with about a 1" gap between the top of the piece of conduit and the bottom of the underside of the rack. Now you have a mounting place for a DiNotte. I bought a 10 foot stick of 1" OD conduit for $1 at my local hardware store. It is the perfect diameter for DiNotte mounting. Anywhere you can mount this either horizontally or vertically, you'll have a perfect DiNotte mount.

Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The only problems I have with the Dinotte is the cost and the mount. I use a rack trunk and my seatpost is usually obscured. The Radbot is easier to mount on a rack as is the Superflash (which is now riding on my Camelbak).

I have reached a point in my life where $120 for a tail light is somewhere between "You've got to be kidding!" and "Maybe." If the mount were easier to McGuiver, I might go for one...What am I saying?!

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Old 02-24-10, 07:24 PM
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Good news from Portland Design Works:

"Mountain Equipment Co-op should have them in stock by late April"
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Old 02-24-10, 08:43 PM
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Just got mine thru Amazon...Arrived DOA. I purchased the 1000 after having had and enjoying my Radbot 500.
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Old 02-25-10, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclefreaksix View Post
Just got mine thru Amazon...Arrived DOA. I purchased the 1000 after having had and enjoying my Radbot 500.
Drop them an email and they should get it taken care of. I think I'm ready to send in my own RB1k for a swap... I had success using it as a helmet-mounted light (soft ride up there), but I put it on my mountain bike's seatpost for a cross-city dash to my off-road ride, and it turned itself off repeatedly (on the street). I'm glad it works as a reflector, but I'd really prefer one that stays lit
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Old 02-25-10, 04:00 AM
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Originally Posted by erlebo View Post
Good news from Portland Design Works:

"Mountain Equipment Co-op should have them in stock by late April"
Thanks erlebo!!!
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Old 02-25-10, 09:06 AM
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Does anyone know what this light weighs? Is it heavier than the Superflash?

I keep a Planet Bike on the back of my helmet. It is light enough to not be noticeable.

I might be interested in putting one of these back there ... but not if it is a brick.
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Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
Does anyone know what this light weighs? Is it heavier than the Superflash?

I keep a Planet Bike on the back of my helmet. It is light enough to not be noticeable.

I might be interested in putting one of these back there ... but not if it is a brick.
It's heavier than the SF but I'd be surprised if you noticed the difference when helmet-mounting it. I'll try to get you a weight tomorrow, my scale is at work.
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Old 02-26-10, 09:26 PM
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It's heavier than the SF but I'd be surprised if you noticed the difference when helmet-mounting it. I'll try to get you a weight tomorrow, my scale is at work.
SuperFlash 53 grams, RB1k 63 grams (both with batteries)
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^^^^great, another light I have to buy!
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Originally Posted by cyclefreaksix View Post
Just got mine thru Amazon...Arrived DOA. I purchased the 1000 after having had and enjoying my Radbot 500.
Have you tried holding down the switch for 2 seconds? We made a running change to the switch. Instead of a soft touch (that would constantly turn on in your pocked or bag if you took the light with you) we now have made it so the Radbots require to you hold the switch down a bit longer.

If that still doesn't turn the light on, let me know and we'll get a replacement sent out to you.
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Old 03-07-11, 04:38 AM
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late to the party, but some observations i'd like to share...

i've been using one of these for about six months (in windy/rainy wellington), no problems. if it got lost/broken i'd replace it. if my other rear lights were lost/broken i'd replace them with more of these radbots.

according to my kitchen scale it's about 38g without batteries. not all of us are weight-weenies (at least not with all of our bikes), so it would've been really nice if this worked with both AA and AAA (like my ni-mh chargers). the case seems large enough to hold a pair of AA.

i keep it mounted to my rear rack on my commuter bike, using the included bracket. it also fits in the smart/bspoke bracket under my seat.

theHumble Cyclist reports that "Unlike other blinkies, the Radbot 1000 speaks closer to the language that drivers understand universally, warning drivers not only of the hazard but also warning them to slow down." interesting.

some people have reported a low-battery shut-off feature, but based on my observations it very quickly goes from super-bright to super-dim which seems to indicate very good current regulation, NOT a low-battery shut-off. the problem of quickly going dark can be mitigated by using multiple rear lights.

some people complain about the screw used to keep it shut, but the goal is to keep it shut, and it works. i always have a philips-head screwdriver in the multi-tool kit packed up with a spare tube etc, so it's not a problem. it's a captive screw so it won't get lost but i do wish they used the kind of screw that worked with both philips and flat-head screwdrivers.

i also wish the newer models had four-modes, instead of getting rid of the "zZz POP" and replacing it with "cornea blitz" (which resembles "super flash"). the mode-memory is awesome - i wish all of my bike lights had mode-memory so i wouldn't have to tap-tap-tap every time i turn my lights and and off.

day or night this increases my conspicuity more than any other rear light remotely close to the price. i'd hate for someone to eulogize me by saying "i didn't see him".

overall, this is awesome. it's worth repeating: if it got lost/broken i'd replace it. if my other rear lights were lost/broken i'd replace them with more of these radbots.
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