|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.9 x 2 x 5.9 inches|
|Item model number||LT3028|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Battery Cell Type||Alkaline|
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Planet Bike Beamer 3 LED Bicycle Light with Quick Cam Bracket Mount
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- Made using sustainable methods
- Made using high quality materials
- Tested to ensure quality and durability
- LED bicycle light for illuminating path on the road
- Includes 3 white Nichia eXtreme v2.0 LED lights
- Quick Cam bracket mounts attach securely to handlebars
- 100 hours of runtime on 2 AA batteries (included)
- Offers flashing and steady modes; lifetime warranty
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With interests in bike touring, commuting, trail riding, back country exploration, camping, rock climbing, and a plethora of other outdoor sports, Heath's weekends are packed with what he calls "product testing." This works out well for both Heath and Planet Bike since he directs product development and takes every opportunity to indulge in product field testing. Heath comes to Planet Bike with 12 years in the bicycle industry; dabbling in everything from sales to national bicycle advocacy work, product development to working in a shop and building trail. "Cycling has always been a big part of my life starting with my first bike, a 16 inch fixed wheel bike my dad retrieved from a muddy river bed," says Heath. "Whether it's hitting the trail, going to work, or going to the grocery store, sustainability and my impact on the environment are top priorities for me. I'm proud to be a part of Planet Bike where these priorities are both shared, and promoted."
Whether you're a 24-hour racer or a super commuter, the Planet Bike Beamer 3 bicycle light will keep your path well lit. The Beamer 3 is equipped with three white Nichia eXtreme v2.0 LEDs, which not only illuminate your way after the sun has gone down, but also make you visible to passing cars or pedestrians. In addition, the light attaches securely to your bike thanks to the Quick Cam bracket mounts, which adjust or remove in seconds without tools. The Beamer 3--which offers up to 100 hours of runtime on two AA batteries (included)--boasts both flashing and steady modes and carries a limited lifetime warranty.
About Planet Bike
In November of 1996, Planet Bike was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment that dedicated itself to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.
Despite being a simple machine, the people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose which seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25% of company profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, they strive to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short ten year history, they have made important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the 4-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that ten years ago started as a one man operation. Today, while still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve their product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, they have made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.
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My main complaint is the handlebar bracket. To tighten the bracket on the handlebar you have to advance a strip with raised notches through a slot (a common method for bike lights). On the Beamer 3 the notches are spaced out a bit too far, making it impossible to tighten the bracket in small increments; so it might be too loose or too tight depending on the thickness of the handlebar. It was frustrating to have the light droop down whenever I hit a bump and not be able to really tighten it. This was resolved with a few layers of masking tape around the handlebar to reach the correct level of thickness. I had a couple of Bell iPulse front lights which could be securely attached to pretty much any standard handlebar.
Secondly, the opaque housing shields the light source in such a way that you cannot tell if the light is on/off/blinking unless you hold your hand in front of the unit. So when I'm riding in fading light but not truly dark conditions, I have to periodically reach in front of the light to make sure it's on. I admit that this is very nitpicky of me, and might actually be seen as a positive for cyclists who don't like the distraction of seeing the hint of light in their peripheral vision. I personally like to know that the light has gone off unexpectedly, which does happen.
On the whole, this bike light does the job. Hopefully Planet Bike will make a few tweaks in future models to address these issues.
1. They aren't waterproof. I had two of them mounted on the turn blinker stalks of my motorcycle for about a year, before really needing them when the low beam on my headlight went out. Neither light would work, because the battery compartments were flooded with water (it was pouring rain at the time).
2. During the next year, both lights disappeared. I suspect they fell off due to failure of the plastic lock. but maybe someone thought they needed them more than I did. One lasted months longer than the other, and I had turned them upside down so any water that got into them would run back out, so who knows what caused their loss.
CONCLUSION Don't leave this light on the handlebars. Carry it in a water resistant container, and only mount it when you need it.
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I just got one of those, too, and am very happy with it, so far.
The quality seems to be on par with lights costing two or three times as much. This light is probably the heaviest component I've added to my wife's bike, although I can't tell you the exact weight. The function is very simple, press the button on the top of the light once for flashing mode, twice for steady on, a third time for off.
The mount is designed to stay on your bike with a quick release allowing you to quickly release the light for storage or to take with you. The release on my particular light is very loose, and I am able to simply remove the light by grabbing it and pulling it forward. This could be some cause for concern, but so far I haven't lost the light in normal street riding.
The mount itself is not designed for smaller handlebars. I had to loosen the quick release as far as it would go, and after mounting it on the handlebar basically force it closed. It comes with a rubber cushion for the inside of the mount around the handlebar, and removing this made it much easier to mount around the handlebar. So far it has held up well.
I wish it had an option to have one of the three LEDs flash while the other two remained on, but I can't complain for the price.
-Bright enough for your amateur biker (I wish it were brighter)
-Easy to install
-Quick release so it doesn't get stolen
-I wish it were brighter
-Loose quick release
-Mount not really designed for large diameter handlebars