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Old 11-16-12, 08:03 AM
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Cool new bike light concept on Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...bicycle-lights
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Old 11-16-12, 08:09 AM
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4h running time is way too low.

Not automatically turning on in the dark/off in the sunshine isn't so good.

Meh at best (overall rating includes a fair bit of props for an interesting design).
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Old 11-16-12, 08:26 AM
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Awesome, only have to take my handlebars and seat off every other day to charge my lights.
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Old 11-16-12, 08:30 AM
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^^^ ha.

USB rechargeable, but you need to remove your seatpost and stem to bring them inside to charge them?
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Old 11-16-12, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by kickstarter
"Both lights are fueled by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery like the one in your phone. We're designing for a 4hr charge - enough to get you to and from work for a week, before you park the bike in the vicinity of an outlet and refill the battery. We're shipping the lights with a 6' micro-USB cable and wall-adapter to supply the power."
Still pretty dumb.

And what does this have to do with SSFG?
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Old 11-16-12, 08:32 AM
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Says they're gonna be shipped with a 6' usb cable and wall adapter.
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Old 11-16-12, 08:40 AM
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At only 220 lumen that's not really a useful headlight, either. Certainly not bright enough to justify the effort needed to mount and unmount the dumb thing.
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Old 11-16-12, 08:46 AM
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Old 11-16-12, 08:48 AM
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I like the idea.
I particularly like the front light.
The taillight wouldn't work on my bike, with rack, paniers, and a saddle bag the reflector that's already on the seat post is irrelevant.
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Old 11-16-12, 09:32 AM
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I think it is a cool concept, however the fact that it is permanently mounted to the bike is a double edged sword.

It is convenient in that you don't have to worry about removal every time you ride as it is a little annoying to remove my lights every time I stop somewhere. No fumbling around your bag for your light after you buy a weeks worth of groceries.

On the flip side, I don't always store my bike near an outlet, at my last residence it was locked up in a garage with no power, and it is now locked up in an underground garage, not near an outlet.

Definitely geared towards urban cyclists.
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Old 11-16-12, 09:43 AM
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Getting there. The notion that they are difficult to steal is a good one. That said, charging them is probably an issue if you have to keep your bike outside AND with the short battery run time.

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Old 11-16-12, 09:59 AM
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I like it! I need to be able to change the batteries though, those li-ion batteries won't outlast the LEDs.
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Old 11-16-12, 10:33 AM
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4 hr runtime and needing to plug in a non-removable light would be a problem for me. I like that it deters theft, but charging it would be impossible in my case (no power in my garage).

Still, it's a start in the right direction.
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Old 11-16-12, 10:39 AM
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I'm not a fan of this light. As others have noted, it's hard to justify moving a bike close to a plug to charge it. In fact, I could argue that it defeats the purpose.

This is also geared toward urban cyclists, but I take issue with the statement,
"This integration makes it extremely difficult to steal. Indeed if someone is stealing the light, they have already stolen your bars, brakes, shifters, and stem."

I used to live in the Bay Area, and I'm familiar with the problems of riding in San Francisco. That said, it has nothing on NYC. This is my bike last September after spending the afternoon in the main library at 42nd and 5th.
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Old 11-16-12, 11:06 AM
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I also merged the thread in commuting here.

I like the looks of these lights, but I am more worried about my bike getting stolen than my lights. I'm going to all dyno lights, so they are bolted on anyway. Doubt anyone is going to casually steal them.
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Old 11-16-12, 11:19 AM
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Another solution to a problem that already has plenty of solutions.
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Old 11-16-12, 01:42 PM
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One can only visualize the person leaving on their morning ride after brining it inside and charging the light to find out their stem is lose on a steep downhill ride.
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Old 11-16-12, 07:28 PM
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Actually I thought it was OK until they brought up the part about using a proprietary custom made battery. Where do you get one of those 5 years down the road?

Sort of like getting to third base before a foul ball is called.
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Old 11-17-12, 10:57 AM
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I went with the front light just to see how it comes out. I infrequently ride at night and hate carrying these flashlights with me. I already have the blink steady on the back and it works great for me. I think they might run into trouble waterproofing these things, but I rather enjoy watching things progress.
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I kinda like the concept, but the tail light is dubious. It's automatic and includes a stand light feature for "those long lights", but it's only for a minute- which isn't long enough, IMO. Also the front light is not for the types who like to run front baskets or bar bags.

If it comes to market, I might consider getting the front one for flash duty.
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Old 11-17-12, 11:17 PM
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I'm afraid some thief will steal the bike just because he likes the light and can't take it off!
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