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Old 01-15-15, 04:58 PM
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Question Bike Tail Light with Laser lane marker gimmick or useful?

I see more bike tail lights that are now including two laser lights that mark a lane width for the bike. Looks good on paper and in a photo but in real life would a driver even see it? I suspect they are really nothing more than a gimmick as I think the driver of vehicle would never even see the laser markings on the road due to how small of an area they mark and the speed difference of a vehicle and bike. About the only ones who would see them would be other people riding bikes.

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Old 01-15-15, 05:00 PM
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Gimmick
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Every review I've read says it's very dim and the promotional photo is BS.
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I bought a rear light for my wife that has these, while they are not dim they aren't of much use. I call it a gimmick. The lights are decent overall though.
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utterly useless gimmick. In any kind of ambient lighting I'd bet that you couldn't even see it from a vehicle, or if you could you're probably already committed to how close to the cyclist you will be.
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My wife got me one of these. Not only was it gimmicky but it only last for a couple of uses.

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What models did you guys have trouble with?
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What models did you guys have trouble with?
I got a cheap laser light (China no brand) for US$15 and it was great - good-looking, nice and bright with clear lane markings - for all of 2 months. Ultimately the connections had problems (the light worked when I tilted it a certain way) and I guess if I was an engineer, it could have been fixed, but I ended up throwing it away.

Would buy again for 10 bucks, possibly.
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I just picked up the NiteRider Sentinel from Brands in Mineola on sale. It has all the features of the Solas plus it indicates battery level when turning off plus has the path lazer lights. Went for a quick ride last night and I love them. With street lighting, I feel they were still easily seen plus the USb rechargeable Li batteries will last something like 5 hours (even longer than the hotshot ) and has excellent side and oblique brightness. Something the Hotshot doesn't. With a discount, I ended up getting it for $36. I ended up getting one for each member of the family.
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What happens when the cars headlights hit the beams? Do they totally wash them out?
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Now what will happen is the motorists that have heard about these laser marking lights will be coming close enough to the bike, ( closer than normal ), in an attempt to actually see these laser lights if you have them. Sounds like a gimmick to me at this point in time. I guess the manufacturers have to start somewhere, but do the testing in a laboratory under all conditions. The bike rider doesn't need to know their lane is marked, it's the driver of a vehicle 300 feet away that has to be made aware of a bike riders "space." I'm betting a red laser light on a dark surfaced road isn't very noticeable from a modest 50 feet away in the dark, much less in a vehicles headlight beam area. This sounds like a useful tool for group rides at night, but that's about it. Improvements are bound to be made.
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If anyone's judgement is so flawed as to require a LANE MARKING to help them, they shouldn't be operating a vehicle of any kind. Additional lines isn't going to help a drunk or distracted driver see you any better.

It's a gimmick, period.
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