Planet Bike Blinky Super Flash 1/2-Watt Blaze LED Plus 2 eXtreme LED Rear Bicycle Light
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- Rear bicycle light with flashing and steady modes
- Offers 1/2-watt Blaze LED and 2 eXtreme LEDs
- Lightweight, ultra-compact, weatherproof housing
- Attaches to almost any bike via bike mounts and clip mount
- 1-mile visibility; runs for 100 hours on 2 AAA batteries
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|Item Weight||0.31 pounds|
|Package Height||2.01 x 3.39 x 5.51 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
|Size||1/2 Watt Led + 2 Leds|
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 biking home from school or on a long training ride, the Planet Bike Superflash rear bicycle light will keep you visible to passing cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists. The Superflash is equipped with a 1/2-watt Blaze LED and two eXtreme LEDs, with your choice of flashing or steady modes depending on the situation. The light is also built for long-term use, with an ultra-compact vertical design that's weatherproof, lightweight, and durable. Best of all, the Superflash attaches to almost any bike, with bike mounts and a clip mount included in the package. Offering visibility for up to 1 mile, the Superflash runs for up to 100 hours on two AA batteries (included) 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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Top customer reviews
The light's very interesting blink pattern commands attention when compared to other products I have tried that only emitted the same, constant blink rate.
I even considered turning the white light into a blue one so that this would blink into a red/blue Police-like pattern, but even though it's legal to do so where I live, I decided against it in fear some anti-police individual would try to run or gun me off the road thinking that I was a Police officer.
Highly recommended product
I have a shoe box full of different lights......I will always keep a couple of these handy. I feel that they keep me safe and they last a long time.
There are a couple of problems I have with it, however.
I tried mounting it on the rear of my toppeak bag but the design of the clip and the fact that the rear of my toppeak bag is not completely perpendicular with the ground means that the light ends up pointing down at an angle of 20-30 degrees, limiting its effectivness since it doesn't have great of axis visibility.
The included seatpost mount is too small to mount to frame just below the seatpost, which is the only place there I can mount it because of my saddle bag.
That leads us to the final flaw: the seatstay mount. The way the mount is design it only really can be installed on the right seat stay. Otherwise you'd be trying to screw the mount on through your rear wheel. Additionally, the attachment point on the mount for the light is not centered so if you try and mount the light on the left seat stay the light would be inboard of the seat stay and uncomfortably close to the wheel. The problem with mounting it on the right side is that as cars pass you the light becomes obscured by the wheel. The light also has a tendency to flip up when you hit bumps in the road. Since my bike is carbon I don't really want to have to overtighten the mount to try and keep this from happening.
I really want to like this light and it would work great as a clip on for a helmet but I'm going to be looking for alternatives.
While I still owned this light, I occasionally would set off riding and realize after a few minutes that I had forgotten to turn it on. Unfortunately, there's not a nice mechanical style switch that provides much feedback when you toggle the light between "on" and the few different modes it offers, so you may be left guessing whether it's actually on, if you're like me and you just reach back and push the button once firmly.
So, while it's bright and reasonably inexpensive, it's not so inexpensive that I'd consider it disposable. I'll be looking for a light that will more securely attach to my bike bag (I have a small saddle bag that makes a light attached to the seat post not useful).