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surprised the Cateye TL - LD1100 hasn't cracked a mention... so it has now. I have 2 (on different bikes) and have bought them for other people... They seem to work, and I like the fact you can set the 2 rows of leds to different flashing patterns.
Battery life is good, no complaints, but now I have upgrade envy... and the dollar is good. Dinotte you say...
I'm currently using a Cateye 5 LED light (the long ones, not sure which?) attached to the back of my helmet and 2 Superflash knockoffs that I got from Velogear. Not sure on their longevity by time will tell. When all are flashing I think I'm pretty noticeable. Though those Dinotte lights look pretty good, especially with the $A at the moment.
Anybody have the front lights from Dinotte? I was looking at DealExtreme but now there's another option to consider.
I also saw someone with one of those Fibre Flares (I think that's what their called) today on my drive to work this morning (someone ran up the back of me the other week so now I have to run around getting quotes! Another reason I hate driving to work!). They had is strapped to their back pack and it looked pretty good, very noticable. Anyone else have them?
Norco VFR1 Disc, Merida 903, Mofo Single Speed, Giant MTB, soon to be vintage Gazelle fixie
A guy had one on our bunch ride this morning. Light output was average, much the same as any other light. May be an advantage in the places/ways you can mount it.
some measured it to be 600 lumen in practice. Still very good for that price.
How long did you have to wait for the Dealextreme parcel to arrive though?
I got one, not completely sure on them yet. You can only really mount them on the tubes of your bike, I found I just stuck to my old superflash on the back of my bike because it gives you better visibility from all angles. The amount of flashing surface area of the fibreflares is good, much larger than a normal taillight though.
Perhaps the ultimate in overkill for a bicycle headlight:
Low mode is 700 Lumens (6 hours)
High mode is 2200 Lumens (70 minutes)
Strobe 2200 Lumens (2.5 hours)
With those sorts of specifications, let me put it into perspective for you:
I wants one to strap to me helmet for the commute
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
I'm using a Sturmey Archer 6v Dynohub with a steady beam front and rear, while you are moving, otherwise off. I am thinking of upgrading now as the unit has paid for itself, I think it cost 1`6 in 1952. Besides the globes blow when you pick up too much speed.
I put two of those Blackburn mars 4.0 tailights onto a tubus cosmo.
Only had them a few days and been on one ride but im very happy with them. They are small, bright and look to be well made. Run on two AAA's. I also like the idea of redundancy which is why I went for two smaller lights instead of one large[B&M or something]. The purpose built rack mounts that come with them dont fit the 50mm spacing of tubus racks, allthough I was able to mount them using one half of the mounting system. Used extra washers and it seems solid.[I can take a photo if anyone is really keen]
For about 25bucks each I think they are great value. Got mine from wiggle.
My Cherrybomb was nicked in Gawler on my recent holiday. Forgot to take the little bugger off the bike before I put it on the rack on the car. And the bike was right outside the bike shop. I bet someone went in and asked for a mount only.
Nice light for dry conditions, but from experiecne those clamps are rubbish unfortunately. The screw that tightens the hose clamp is soft plastic and strips easily. Becasue of the distance from the seatpost the fitting suspends the light, you do need to have them done up firmly to get them to stay in place.
The casing design as sold is not going to survive that many good dunkings in heavy rain - although using mudguards may help extend its life by reducing the amount of water kicked up onto it, and a bit of clear packaging tape around the perimeter may stop the water.
Couple of posts mentioned kathmandu. Just a word about their stuff...it's rubbish. Well to clarify, their clothing seems OK but bought a cheap bike computer for my son and took 3 of them back, none worked, until I lostn patience and got my money back. Those little lights are totally unwaterprrof and not bright at all.
Sure the stuff's cheap, but there's a reason.....why add to landfill.
Not so much a cyclist...more of a sit down comedian
Don't know about weather proof, but I've been using my Kathmandu 2LED jobs on my helmet the past few nights and again found them invaluable. Heading towards an intersection I flick the front one onto flash and find cars take notice straight away. Can't comment to much on the rear one, but can't complain either. I'm sticking with them for $10 when paired with my other front & rear light .
Also got a Cateye LD1100 this week. Damn that is a chunky and bright light, but unfortunately the mount doesn't fit on my bike so I have to order some spare parts from Wiggle. Thus yet to test it on a ride.
Note: The Kathmandu 2LED jobs are just re-badged. I bought the same lights from Torpedo7 last year and they came with Route7 logos. They are identical to the Kathmandu ones.
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