Best taillight ever?

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Lyle
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I like the built-in reflector on the radbots.


reddan
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For those with an interest in dynamo hubs, without the scratch for a Shimano or a SON hub, Velo-Orange is selling their Novatech dynamo hubs on sale for $35 right now.

Yeah, it’s a lower-end hub, but would be a fine way to get into the dynamo thing cheaply.


Pierce
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Does anybody have the Radbot here? It’s spec sheet says it has a 1watt bulb, while the superflash only has a .5watt bulb. I would be interested in seeing them side by side on the street

Found some videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxnYHRINovU


scott
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Any LBS carry Portland Design Works products? Someone stole my Princeton Tec Swerve light off my bike a couple of weeks ago and I’m not that into the one I’m borrowing from my girlfriend.


Pierce
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http://www.ridepdw.com/dealers#pa

Iron City Bikes- 331 Bouquet St, Pittsburgh PA 412.681.1310


scott
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thanks for googling that for me ;)


Pierce
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Bah, just called them, they don’t actually have it


Vannevar
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I just got a Radbot 1000 a few days ago, ordered it from PDW on their website, had it 5 days later. Very bright. On the third setting (freaky flashy mode) it’s remarkable.

If you hold it in front of you and look at it for more than a few seconds, I have trouble looking at anything else.

They’re currently shipped version 2.0 of the Radbot 1000. I’ve read that the switch is now less susceptible to bumping on/off, but some owners of the 1.0 say that their flash pattern is more obnoxious (in an attention-getting way).

I’m real happy with the Radbot 1000, it’s way better than my Cateye 1100LD.


alankhg
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I have a Radbot 1000. Very good. Screwed together, so you can’t lose half of it like you can with a Superflash. And significantly brighter than the Superflash, too.

Less than a Superflash (or a Radbot 500, for that matter) on Amazon, too:

http://www.amazon.com/Portland-Design-Works-Radbot-Light/dp/B0030BS30K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1290392668&sr=8-1

PDW also recently came out with the Danger Zone, which I tried in a store. It has 2 .5W LEDs of >= brightness than those in the Superflash with an obnoxiously discordant flash pattern.


Noah Mustion
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holy freaking crap. i already have a superflash, and flashpoint. now i need to get this thing to complete the trifecta.


Ohiojeff
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i already have a superflash, and flashpoint. now i need to get this thing to complete the trifecta.</em<

Then you’ll have to change your handle to

The Flash!


Pierce
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Which makes sense because isn’t Noah the person always asking people to flash him? ;)


Vannevar
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I took a photo today of my rear lights – I’ve attached a PVC kludge to the back of the rack to attach the lights. On the left is a Lightman strobe, in the center is a Cateye TLD1100, and on the right is a RadBot 1000.

http://www.thirdwave-websites.com/bike/night-rear-bike-light.jpg


Italianblend
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I’m back again – the thread hijacker!!! Mwahahahaha!!

I am buying a new citi helmet and I was looking at bike lights for commutes to work in dark mornings and evenings.

Any clue as to why this is so cheap?

Amazon is “suggesting” these:

light

blinky


StuInMcCandless
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Those are decent lights at a good price. They’re a little lower than what you’d pay in a LBS. I’d pay the extra few bux to keep the LBS in business.


Pseudacris
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I used to have the planet bike headlight shown in your link. It was a good light except that I dropped it a few times and the impact broke off the tiny tabs that held it closed. Now I have the Cateye opticube. Both are good, inexpensive blinking front lights: mainly meant for cars to see you.

There are a few other threads here RE front and rear lights. I wear a bright orange safety vest with reflective stripes, too!


Drewbacca
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“Any clue as to why this is so cheap?”

You get what you pay for most likely. I religiously narrow down my amazon research by the number and quality of user reviews… zero reviews on a light that I can’t see in person is a non-starter.

I like to use amazon to decide what product to purchase and then throw my money at a local bike shop (assuming they have what I want). Of course, the support the LBS mentality hurts a bit more when you are paying $195 for a touring wheel that you can buy for $25 less online (but there are other advantages to buying local, especially if you end up with a defective product).

Go check out a few bike shops, most of have a display where you can actually compare the lights and get a better idea what you want and what you are willing to pay.


Marko82
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I have both of those lights, and they function mainly as my backups. The quality of both is rather low, but they do a decent job of making you visible front and back after dark. The headlight beam doesn’t project very far, but I have other lights for that, so this one mainly just stays in blinking mode –belts and suspenders.


Noah Mustion
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TRILED for front

Planetbike Superflash for back

You’re good to go for like $40. boom


Italianblend
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Hi Guys, I got my lights and I’m happy with them. I just took an early morning ride to test them out.

When you lock your bike somewhere, do you bother to take off your lights, or do you just leave them on? Is “light theft” a problem? Noob question, but I was curious. Thanks.


StuInMcCandless
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I just leave mine. This is the other side of cost. The more pricey the light (IMHO), the more likely it is to be swiped. If everyone had a simple $25 light, there’d be little market for swiping someone else’s. But there will always be an aftermarket for $200+ lights.

I suppose you could strap a piece of electrical tape around it, to make it a little more difficult to swipe it in a hurry, but the downside of this is that that then makes it harder to replace batteries.


Steven
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I leave my $25 taillight, my backup $1 taillight, and my two $20-30 “being seen” headlights, and take my $90 “seeing” headlight (MiNewt Mini-USB) if I’m using it. Likewise for when I load my bike on a bus rack.

Partly because my $90 headlight is much easier to detach than the cheaper ones.


Noah Mustion
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i take ’em. people will have their $25 lights swiped, and have to go pay $25 again or ride in the dark. i would rather spend that $25 on food and beer, thanks.


salty
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i always take my lights, and computer. but paradoxically i usually leave my saddle bag which probably has $50 worth of stuff in it (tools, tube, batteries, bus tickets, etc).


Noah Mustion
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makes sense. it’s much easier and faster to swipe a quick release taillight or computer (and those are electronic i.e. more attractive) than to rifle thru a saddle bag or unstrap it.


robjdlc
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I take my $10 headlight, leave my saddle bag with fancy tire levers, spare tube, quickshot and co2. Usually leave my pump too. The stuff I carry has very little re-sale value to the average thief, is my wager.

Noah, I still have two chunks of magnesium alloy in my seatbag with your name on them.


Noah Mustion
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ehhh? no clue what you’re talking about… i’ve been out of the mix for too long i guess.


robjdlc
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You asked for them ages ago on a ride (may have been the ride to light up night, if you were on that), I cut them a week later and haven’t seen you since, haha. You wanted to use them for making sparks, or some such.


Noah Mustion
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hmm… i don’t think that was me…


edmonds59
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OH, I think that was me! Forgot about that. Flock ride this Friday?


robjdlc
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I know it was you, but alwell.

Anyone want some quarter inch thick, one inch diameter chunks of magnesium alloy?

Good for making sparks. Not too great as a tail light, but great for visibility.


jkoutrouba
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I saw the Planet Bike Superflash Turbo the other day. They doubled the power of the LED to one watt from a half watt. I’m guessing it’s pretty bright since the old Superflash was good already.


humblesage
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I take my lights cause people like to play with them and drain my batteries. :(

But the Superflash line rocks! I have the headlight, but will buy the taillight as soon as the cash frees up. :)


mr marvelous
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I have the super flash turbo and it is ridiculously bright. I mount it lower on my bike so not to blind anyone on group rides, (even though I’m usually last in the group)

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