- It's dark – so it's new rear light time… suggestions for this year?
I’m tempted by the rear light from DX, looks a bit mental! And would free up a batery as a spare.
Other than that I go for the “more the merrier” approach.
If you buy the cheep cateye LED sets wehre the frotn and rear are identical in all but colour, then swap the lenses over you get a red LED in a clear case (Lexus style innit!) and a white LED in a Red case, turn them on and it all looks the same. One of those either side of the big reflector on the back of the pannier.
A blackburn Mars on my seatpost angled slightly up from horisontal.
And I usualy have some small white LED’s on my bags sternum strap to illuminate me a bit.Posted 7 years agoIanMunroMember
Smart Polaris for me. Smallish, always seem to work and the batteries last forever, neither of which has been true of some of the more expensive ones I’ve had.Posted 7 years ago
Plus I don’t think super bright rear lights help with visibility anywhere near as well as reflective clothing does.
I’ve donated a few surplus rear lights to friends (a couple of old LED cateyes and a Plant Bike/Smart Superflash) so it’s time to invest in some new rear lighting for the dark times ahead.
I’ve got a Mars 3.0 at the moment but would really like something more noticeable.
I could get another Superflash, but I quite liked the look of the Exposure Flare, cheapest I’ve seen it is a nudge over £30 delivered.
Any thoughts on what’s good this year/bargains?
TVMPosted 7 years ago
Best I’ve found is ~£32.39 from Shiny Bikes
Would love it if they were cheaper anywhere else!
I think one of these and a Fibre Flare would do the job nicely…Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Fibre Flare here as well, again on discount from my LBS (£25), that usually lives on my rucksack where it’s very noticeable to drivers of higher vehicles looking down on it.
Got a Cateye 5-LED job on the seatpost and I’ve just supplemented it with an Exposure Flare (thread about the Flare/Flash here: http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/exposure-flash )
The Flare is bonkers bright. The other light that always gets good marks is the Smart Lunar R1 which is about £18, that’s a 1/2 watt LED which is also blindingly bright.Posted 7 years agoangryratioMember
The smart half watt is a stupid design.
Anyone who rides in real “weather” will experience the water ingress problems. They’ve put the switch right in the line of fire of most back wheels.. fair enough some folks run a mudguard.. but not all of us do.
Way round it of course is just a piece of tape over the switch every time you change the batteries as it is an effective bright flasher.Posted 7 years agorightyMember
I have the magicshine mj818 rear light and loved it, extremely bright, I use it in daylight too.It is well made but needs a little fettling to make battery and light unit totally waterproof and you need to fashion something to clamp onto to get the angle right, see mtbr forums.Posted 7 years ago
I was unlucky as mine gave up the ghost after 30 hours use and I am waiting for a replacement.ScienceofficerMember
Smart have got a couple of good ones:
They have a strobe effect setting syncronised with the more standard LED’s that are also in the unit. Very visible, yet still low profile.Posted 7 years agoMisterTSubscriber
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L & M Vis 180 Here, Kin Awesome
how awesome and why? – I’m looking for a properly reliable all winter/wet capable light… all the normal options pack up to easily with water ingress imo, and become unreliable in the cold (switching themselves off at random)Posted 7 years ago
what level of use have you had from this new £90 bit of rear lighting kit? – how capable in the wet?
I’m prepared to shed out for it if it’s upto the job, but not convinced the USB recharge port isn’t going to be it’s downfall for wet ingress.jadMember
Strangely enough my Vis 180 has been returned due to water ingress. Being a sealed unit, there’s no way the water can drain.
I suspect the rubber cover over the USB port is to blame. Oh, and the rubber clamp is an awful design and allows the light to rotate 90 degrees when it’s raining.Posted 7 years agoMental MickeyMember
This one from the USA looks looks powerful from the videos I’ve seen on youtube and on the Amazon buying page.
The price on Amazon is $23.99, I assume they ship to the UK? Not sure what the total price would be though.Posted 7 years agoDibbsMember
L & M Vis 180 Here, Kin Awesome
And a Vis 360 on the lid.
Same here, I’ve had trouble with water/condensation in the 180 but the LBS just exchanged it without question (as you’d expect for something costing over £80), I’ve not experienced any problems with the clamp though.Posted 7 years ago
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