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Old 04-02-16, 06:25 AM
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Both directions of my commute this time of year is directly into the rising or setting sun.

A bright, correctly aimed blinky is essential in this situation.
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Old 04-02-16, 06:50 AM
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I was going to buy the new Bont Flare but, two guys in my club have them and we have asked eveyone which is brighter, the flare or the Planet Bike Turbo Flash ( half price of Flare). Everyone agrees the Turbo flash is much more noticeable in bright sunlight than the Flare. We have not done any dusk,dawn or dark comparison yet.
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Old 04-02-16, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Isn't it too bright for group rides?
Yes. I stopped riding with my Dinotte for that exact reason.
It's just way too bright for someone to comfortably ride a few feet behind you.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Yes. I stopped riding with my Dinotte for that exact reason.
It's just way too bright for someone to comfortably ride a few feet behind you.
Our group all have Dinotte's..

Not a problem..
Just don't look at the light.
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Old 04-02-16, 09:07 AM
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have you set your hotshot on the brightest setting? .... Some people are unaware that you can set the brightness
I do indeed. The Flare-R just seems to concentrate the light better for daytime running.
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Have the Bongrager Flare R and NiteRider Sentinel. Flare is a bit brighter but I think the Sentinel is brighter from the side. I use both at low sun. Often one goes on the bike and the other on my backpack or jacket or a quick loop of Velcro and it can go on the helmet. I set them for different flash patterns to be more noticeable. Can't go wrong with any of the suggestions here.
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Old 04-02-16, 10:21 AM
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Some great suggestions here, everyone.
I will position it carefully with consideration to proper angle.
I am leaning towards those with rechargeable battery.



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Old 04-02-16, 10:48 AM
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Red Zone 8 or 4 anyone? them's be bright too.
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Old 04-02-16, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Yes. I stopped riding with my Dinotte for that exact reason.
It's just way too bright for someone to comfortably ride a few feet behind you.
Yeah, I had the same issue - at least with an older 140L. No problem for cars behind me, but to bright even on low/steady for other riders on a group ride.

I thought their new quad red might be a wide enough surface area to not make that a problem:
NEW Quad RED Taillight with built in battery ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store

But you know...rather outside the OP's target price range.
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My Dinotte 300R (precursor to the Quad Red) is over three years old and still going strong. I still think it's the best light you can buy if you don't want to run an external battery pack. The Bontrager Flare R and Cygolite Hotshot are pretty good if you don't want to spend $200. Last weekend there was a guy with a Cygolite Hotshot on the bike path and I could see it from a good 1/2 mile back (the sun was out too.) My only criticism of that light is it's very directional so the brightness rolls off steeply once you get off axis.
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Absolutely. I've had this light for over two years. It comes with mounts for just about anything. It's not cheap, but if it has a problem, they'll repair it for $25.00.
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Thanks for the link but it looks like the list is about a year out of date.

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Old 04-04-16, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
WF-501A or WF-501B (longer, larger battery). $10 on ebay or dx.com. Strap to your left drop and turn it on/off as needed. Get the 5-mode with blinking.

I tried one like that and it would change modes (including turn off!) whenever I hit a bump...
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Old 04-04-16, 04:12 PM
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just refresh me here ....

do people actually use back lights (or any lights) in a group ride during the day? .... I ride lots, but ride solo. I often see groups of riders here in the UK, (sometimes up to 20-30 riders riding together) but have never seen any with lights on during the day
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do people actually use back lights (or any lights) in a group ride during the day? .... I ride lots, but ride solo. I often see groups of riders here in the UK, (sometimes up to 20-30 riders riding together) but have never seen any with lights on during the day
It depends on the size of the group. Large groups no, smaller groups you will see people using their rear blinkies. I would never turn my Dinotte on flash mode in a group. I would turn on the steady-low setting or leave it off. Frankly, I don't see the point of using a blinkie light in a large group.
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Old 04-04-16, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
I tried one like that and it would change modes (including turn off!) whenever I hit a bump...
I've never had an issue like that with either my WF-501A or WF-501B, but I would imagine the quality control could be sketchy for a $10 light, so I wouldn't be surprised. Of all my cheap lights, these are the only two still in use. The rest are junk.
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Old 04-04-16, 10:34 PM
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just refresh me here ....

do people actually use back lights (or any lights) in a group ride during the day? .... I ride lots, but ride solo. I often see groups of riders here in the UK, (sometimes up to 20-30 riders riding together) but have never seen any with lights on during the day
I don't run lights when riding with a group unless I'm on the back and it's a poor visibility situation. That's one reason I prefer my rear-facing light on the bars, so I can see if it's on or not, and it's really easy to switch it off without fiddling around behind my seat.
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Originally Posted by Up North View Post
I was going to buy the new Bont Flare but, two guys in my club have them and we have asked eveyone which is brighter, the flare or the Planet Bike Turbo Flash ( half price of Flare). Everyone agrees the Turbo flash is much more noticeable in bright sunlight than the Flare. We have not done any dusk,dawn or dark comparison yet.
I run the Planet Bike light as well and it's fantastic even midday. I also put a little rubber light on my seat stay to make myself more visible in different scenarios but it isn't nearly as bright. I would recommend the Turbo Flash to anyone who asks.
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If is isn't USB rechargeable it ain't worth squat...
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+1. Dinotte there is no substitute, worth every penny.
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I had a Dinotte taillight and in my opinion its too bright and high profile, got tired of people asking me what brand of light I had. I'm running a Light and Motion VIS 180 now, and its bright enough to be daytime visible by motorists but does not make you stand out.
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I'm using a Serfas Thunderbolt.... I'm told it's pretty dang bright on high-blink mode but I know there's way brighter. I have two so I can stay blinkin' for long rural rides. Won't leave home without them.
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Old 04-06-16, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Slackerprince View Post
Looking for a rear light that is visible in bright daylight.
Bontrager Flare R looks pretty good, with rechargeable battery.
Would prefer it to have a clip so I can attach it to my Topeak saddle bag.
Would appreciate any suggestions.

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Not sure if you got a response yet but the Falre R is a GREAT light. I switched from a Cygolite to the Flare R because of it's more intense day flash mode. As for the clip, it does come with a metal clip that you slide the light on to it from the side so you can use on saddle bags or backpack etc. My first ride was on Christmas day, 86 miles and about 6.5 hours. The light hadn't even hit the low power mode that gives another 2 hours of a less intense flash. You won't be sorry with this light. Oh, also it provides a wider beam of light than the Cygolite.
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Old 04-06-16, 09:38 AM
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I have had multiple Flare Rs and loved them while I lived in Ohio.

However, after moving to Seattle I am MUCH less satisfied. I commuted by bike all winter and in the rain and three(!) Flare Rs have stopped working due to moisture getting inside. At first I thought that the seal covering the charging port was bad, but then I tried covering it with electrical tape and moisture still got inside.

Strangely, the specific issues that I've had varied on each light, but here they are:
1. Light wouldn't turn off at all. Recharged after the battery fully discharged, then it wouldn't turn off after the next use.
2. Main (red) light wouldn't turn on at all. Amber lights continued to work as expected.
3. Main light works as expected, but amber lights never turn off. This leads to constant battery drain while not using the light.

TLDR; Flare R has been terrible after moving to a wet city. I liked it a lot for dry riding.
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Originally Posted by KonaRider125 View Post
I had a Dinotte taillight and in my opinion its too bright and high profile, got tired of people asking me what brand of light I had. I'm running a Light and Motion VIS 180 now, and its bright enough to be daytime visible by motorists but does not make you stand out.
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