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    choosing a taillight

    Last night my Tuesday eve group ride ran a bit long, and we got caught out at dusk. Mandatory "blinkies" for next weeks ride are required. I went through a few reviews on the net, and wonder about "obnoxiousness" of the newer strobe effects during a group rides vs. safety of them when riding alone.
    Also it seems that the USB rechargeable units are not reliable. Any comments wrt group ride situations, long term reliability, mounting (so it doesn't fall off & break) etc. etc. are most welcome to help me decide. I'm thinking about either the Bontrager Flare 3 Taillight, or the Blackburn's Mars 3.0.

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    I bought one that uses a AAA battery. I don't need another rechargeable item (iPad, phone, mp3, etc. where does it end?). I dont have to worry about a dead light right before a ride. It was $15 and it's plenty bright. Mounted on my seat post.

    And btw, I use my light in the daytime too. Additional visibility can't hurt.

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    Planet Bike's Super Flash (AAA battery) is a great light and we have them on a couple bikes.

    I also have a CygoLite Hot Shot, which is a USB rechargable unit. It has been okay, but did have an issue when I got caught in rain. It required opening the case and spraying with WD-40 to get working again.

    I ride 3 days a week with a group at 5:15am. 1/2 the year it is dark when we ride. Strobe effect is not bad.

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    Old Cateye has been durable

    The models you mention are probably very good products.

    I know this might sound hard to believe, but I have been using the same Cateye seat-post mounted rear light for over 14 years. I am amazed that the snap-on red plastic reflector has never popped off when hitting potholes and other bumps in the road. It uses a pair of AAA batteries and has never failed me. I do not recall ever changing the bulb.

    It has been in use riding more than the circumference of the earth.

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    I like this one:

    Serfas TL-ST Seat Stay Rear Bike Light - Black/Red at REI.com

    Super bright and obnoxious (which is what I'm looking for in a light). Also super easy on/off which is also very important to me since I don't like keeping a light on my bike all the time.

    I either attach it to my seat post (Roubaix) or mono-stay (Ridley). Only thing to be aware of is you don't want to leave it on your bike if you keep your bike in your hot car during the day. The little bungee straps don't respond well to high heat.
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    I'm a fan of the Cherry Bomb by Nite Rider. It's very bright and runs on AAA batteries.
    When a cyclist in your area is injured or killed by a motorist, make an extra effort the next day to go for a ride. It doesn't have to be an organized ride, or even a long ride. Hell, ride a 15 minute loop around your neighborhood if you want.

    Just be seen riding your bike.

    Do it to make people aware we're out there. Do it to honor a fellow traveler. Do it because you're lucky enough to still be able to.

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    The Planet Bike Superflash and it's variants are all very good except that they crap out when they get wet. I've been through a few of them. The Portland Design Works Danger Zone is much better in this regard, as is the Cherry Bomb. Both of those are about as good as cheap blinkies get. The others I've tried are either a lot heavier or a lot dimmer or both.

    If you absolutely want to be seen no matter what, get a Dinotte. Not cheap, but durable and a whole other category of visibility. Certainly in the category of "obnoxious".

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    I bought a head and tail light from Torch Lighting Systems today because I am planning on doing a few early morning test runs. Not sure of the quality, but they were reasonably priced and they seem bright. Plus it gave me the chance to support my LBS with a quick cash sale.

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    I bought the mars 3.0 14 bucks shipped off amazon - how can you beat that? That and the bell ipulse for 18 shipped.

    Thye only thing

    save the seatpost mount for the blackburn and use it on your handlebars for the ipluse. the ipulse mount is too small for road bike handlebars

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    i wonder how people adjust saddle bags and tail light together. any tips?

    Hint: "A picture is worth a thousand words"
    Thanks in advance

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    There is a little tab on the back of my bag that the light clips on. No pic's s- sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    There is a little tab on the back of my bag that the light clips on. No pic's s- sorry
    Mine too and the Mars has a clip that fits right onto it.

    http://media.performancebike.com/ima...LK-MOUNTED.JPG

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    ok, thanks for your replies..will check mine.

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    FYI, I use both the Planet Bike Superflash and a PDW Radbot. I opened each case and put silicone vacuum grease on the seals where they close to keep the water out. They've held up good in rain, never had the problems other people had with water infiltration.

    I also have one of the Magicshine tail lights which is much brighter, but the mount for it stinks so I rarely use it.

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    I settled on the Mars 3. Clips right onto my saddle bag and has a good choice of flashing styles.

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    okay, thanks. I checked mine.. it does have a place to hook tail light too.

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    tony - do you ride with goodales on thursdays?

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    knog frog, light and simple, easy to throw in your pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
    FYI, I use both the Planet Bike Superflash and a PDW Radbot. I opened each case and put silicone vacuum grease on the seals where they close to keep the water out. They've held up good in rain, never had the problems other people had with water infiltration.

    I also have one of the Magicshine tail lights which is much brighter, but the mount for it stinks so I rarely use it.


    I, too, use the Portland Design Works Radbot 1W and also have the PB Superflash

    Both are excellent! I do however prefer the PDW Radbot.

    I feel it is much brighter and the patterns are much more obnoxious... More obnoxious patterns... The more likely you will be seen by motorists

    Portland Design Works 1W Radbot

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    I use the 1 Watt Cherry Bomb, uses 2 AAA, you may either leave it on solid or flash mode, It is a bright light.

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