Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

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Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Widget » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:10 pm

Hi guys,

I had a 'Lifeline' brand usb rechargeable (see pic below), unfortunately, somehow, it managed to fall off my bike whilst riding. I rode the same route home to see if I could find it, but no luck, either I missed it or someone picked it up :(.

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Now, I need to buy a new one, though was hoping to get some suggestions on decent inexpensive lights? I had a quick look and came across these,

http://www.wiggle.com.au/cateye-rapid-micro-rear-light/

https://www.pushys.com.au/azur-30-lumen ... gIlG_D_BwE

thoughts? hoping to keep the price <$20 (need to factor in shipping)

I not really keen on separate battery powered units, I always find they run out too quick, or when losing charge, light becomes too dim.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby RobertL » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:41 pm

I think that most rear bike lights are all much of a muchness. They are all bright enough to do the job, and all have several steady/flashing modes. They're all attached by rubber bands these days, so they will fit any seat post.

Of the two that you've linked, the Azur seems to have better water resistance and that may be a factor. Also, it's from Pushy's so delivery will be quicker than Wiggle.

On the other hand, the Wiggle one has a low battery indicator - but I find them to be not much use on the rear light.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Ross » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:15 pm

The Cateye one from Wiggle is only 15 lumens which is quite low but probably ok if you are just going to pootle along bike paths but IMO not good enough for mixing it with the traffic on the road.

The Azur is rated at 30 lumens, which doesn't make it twice as bright as the Cateye, but will be "noticeably" brighter (I can't recall the "formula" for lumens/brightness, someone else here may be able to help).

There are some brighter and cheaper lights on eBay but quality is often unknown and they can take weeks to arrive from overseas. Also "Chinese lumens" are usually ~half that of more reputable brands. They aren't all crap, it's just a bit of a lottery. Caveat Emptor

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/120-Lumens-B ... SwXYtY3haf

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AZUR-superbr ... SwSypZAAbE

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AU-Super-Bri ... 0Bd2iM934g

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Tim » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:58 pm

Still can't fault my 8 year old Radbot 1000.
http://www.cellbikes.com.au/PDW-RADBOT-1000-Rear-Bike-Light-The-Best

I only replaced the rechargeable AA's about six months ago.
Better value long term than throw away cheapies or patent lithium battery rechargeables and I don't have to take it off and recharge after every ride. About 10 hours continuous use on good quality Eneloop NiMh.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby defy1 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:07 am

cyclo hotshot 2W is a good one.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby vinski » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:09 am

Ive had the hotshot for a few years now. Its plenty bright, last forever (usb charging) and has a number of different modes. Ive been wanting to buy a new light when it dies but it just keeps going!

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby caneye » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:23 am

+1
Been using the Hotshot for a couple of years now. I get very good run time from it. (eg well over 6hrs from brightest flashing mode). Cygolite have released a newer Hotshot SL (with claimed 150 lumens) so you might be able to find the older models at a better price.

There's also a cheaper and smaller Hotshot Micro.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Cardy George » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:00 pm

You can get a USB rechargeable, DiamondBack branded rear flashy for $20 from Big W. Not a huge amount of light at 90 degrees but ridiculously bright at other angles. Rubber band attachment, goes on whichever bike I'm riding.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Ross » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:59 am

defy1 wrote:cyclo hotshot 2W is a good one.


vinski wrote:Ive had the hotshot for a few years now. Its plenty bright, last forever (usb charging) and has a number of different modes. Ive been wanting to buy a new light when it dies but it just keeps going!


caneye wrote:+1
Been using the Hotshot for a couple of years now. I get very good run time from it. (eg well over 6hrs from brightest flashing mode). Cygolite have released a newer Hotshot SL (with claimed 150 lumens) so you might be able to find the older models at a better price.

There's also a cheaper and smaller Hotshot Micro.


Except Hotshot is over double the OP's budget... :roll:

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby SheikYerbouti » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:00 pm

I know its double your budget but I use this and it's brilliant https://www.bikebug.com/moon-comet-x-pr ... 70655.html
Extremely bright (if you want it to be) with 20-40-80 lumen settings - the daytime flash at 80 lumens last for 19 hrs off 1 charge and gives me a lot of confidence that I am ALWAYS very visible. Also fits aero seat posts nicely, comes with saddle rail bracket too.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Mububban » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:00 pm

Just released list of front and rear lights:

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/produ ... ide-141811
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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby Humphrey1957 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:30 pm

I bought front and rear Knogg USB rechargeable LED lights.
https://www.knog.com.au/bike-lights/be- ... =knogcomau

They work great But I left the rear one attached to my seat post
The rubber strap broke and was not replaceable. Grrrr So now it lives in the clear part of my backpack.

The model I have has been redesigned and now have replaceable straps.
https://www.knog.com.au/bike-lights/bli ... -eyes.html

I contacted The manufacturers who offered me a discount if I bought the new version.
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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby CKinnard » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:04 pm

I think the minimum power you want is 2 watts which some lights throw out 30 lumens.
I've had a 2 watt Cygolite Hotshot for ~3 years and it's been faultless. Still holds a great charge though I only use it for 3-5 hours a month.

My view is the longer, busier and faster the routes you ride, the brighter the light you want.
Cygolite's range is impressive now, which as others note go to 150lumens.
Obviously the ideal is to have a light with variable brightness so it's appropriate for urban and country rides, rain or shine.

If I was in the market now, I'd probably buy a couple of 100s.
BTW, I seriously believe in using more than 1 light.
Two or even three lights especially when at least one is flashing I believe is more likely to be seen and cause motorists to give you more space.
I place on my helmet and seat post. The higher the better imho, but at least 30cm apart. On backpacks is also good I think.

Tonight I was on a busy 6 lane Brisbane arterial in the dark. I don't do it all the time but I put an 800 lumen front light on flash mode on riskier sections. The flash really bounces back off road signs and advertising boards, and I think this draws the attention of rear motorists more than tail lights.
Brighter flashing lights I think for most drivers are strongly associated with accidents, hazards, or police.
Though one should dim their lights for the conditions. There's nothing worse than being on a very dark path and some galah riding towards you has his front light on full beam.
I often just put a couple of fingers over mine briefly out of courtesy.

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Re: Rear Bike Light, suggestions ?

Postby peter » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:21 pm

I have the Aure Alien 2 if you also want to change the front, the set is currently on special at Cellbike ($35):

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Azur-Alien-2-USB-Lightset

They are very bright and rechargeable through micro USB, both front and rear can be mounted horizontally or vertically. I actually paid $50 for the set at Cellbike not long ago, so $35 is exceptional value.

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