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Blazing Amazing – First Look Blaze Bike Laser Light

It is no surprise that some of the most exciting cycling innovations are reaching us courtesy of crowd funding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo; if you have a cool idea and can convince the netizens (internet citizens) that you can deliver, you have good chances of getting funded. The Blaze “bike-lazer” fits in this category and since its successful funding via Kickstarter, founder Emily Brooke has attracted additional investment and is even planning her next wave of innovative bike products.

So what makes the Blaze laser light so special? You guessed it, the laser is the highlight feature, a green laser symbol of a bicycle is projected onto the ground in front of the bike rider. Emily suggests that 79% of collisions involving cyclists (in the UK) occur when vehicles maneuver (i.e. turn or merge) into them. Projecting the laser symbol ahead is said to increase the awareness of other drivers. Whether I can be convinced that this helps bicycle safety is yet to be determined… so this will first be revealed after reviewing.

Blaze Laser Light

But you would be mistaken for thinking that the laser alone is the whole story, the Blaze is beautifully designed and manufactured. The packaging and the unpacking experience reminds me of Apple products with the ’brand experience’ reaching beyond pure functionality. In your hand, the Blaze is reassuringly heavy (176 grams and 225 grams with the mount). The quality of the finish of the sandblasted aluminium casing and the attention to detail really set it apart most bike lights, this is a product with style… and you probably don’t want to scratch it.

Blaze Lazer

Blaze Packaging

Blazer Bike Lazer Light

The light has a unique mount which allows the light to be detached and also doubles as a safety mechanism. The laser can only be turned on when it is properly fastened to the mount so this ensures that the using the laser is only really practical while bicycling (and less appealing to idiots).

Package Contents

Lazers are dangerous

To charge, a USB cable magnetically attaches to the top, while there are nice colourful lights on the charging cable to indicate charging and charging complete, I found it fiddly and unrefined. The magnetic charging attachment had the tendency to move easily away from the designated charging area.

Magnetic Recharging Cable

Operating the light is fairly intuitive, yes I saw the warning sticker for the laser, but there was no need to open the manual to discover that the light and the laser can be controlled independently and each have a steady and flashing mode. The laser projection of the bike is ‘corrected’ so that a properly proportioned bicycle symbol appears to lie ‘flat’ on the road. This would give the effect of creating your own personal bike lane, a splendid idea if you are in one of the states in Australia where the Government has started removing bike lanes.

Prior to a complete review, my key unanswered question surrounds the actual safety benefits of the laser. Does it actually increase my safety on the bike? As an example, when I cycle with brighter lights (dipped of course) other road users seem to be more aware of me and show more care. Will the laser also have the effect? Will motorists notice it and will they drive safely? Stay tuned for the full review, (follow BNA on twitter or ‘like’ us on facebook)

The Blaze retails online for £125 from blaze.cc

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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