Posts Tagged ‘rechargeable bicycle lights’

Then there was light

Monday, December 1st, 2014
Fits to virtually any seatpost or seat stay

Fits to virtually any seatpost or seat stay

One of the biggest developments in cycling equipment over the past few years has been the evolution of high-power, rechargeable lighting in a compact size.

A rear light which has become a favorite with the guys in the shop is the Cateye Rapid-X.

Plenty of lights in stock ...

Plenty of lights in stock …

Unlike many rear lights the Rapid-X is easy to fit to an aero seatpost or, if seatpost real-estate is lacking, will readily adapt to a rear seat stay. Also, unlike many lights of this type, the Rapid-X has excellent 180 degree visibility, so maintains conspicuity even from the side.

Of course, rechargeable lights do cost more than regular battery lights, but factor in the cost of dozens of Duracell batteries and they don’t seem so expensive.

And finally, a bright year light is also useful in the summer and many’s the time when I’ve dived under the tree canopy along a Sourland country lane, listening to a monster SUV bowling up behind and felt some reassurance that, the driver can see me.

We have a great stock of these lights as well as other fine lights and electronic accessories by Light & Motion and Blackburn as well as Cateye.


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Alan That British Bloke


Today It’s Mostly Front Lights …

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Time was when bicycle lights would cost you $2.00+ per lumen. Modern LED lights will more likely cost you 20¢/lumen.

The Cateye Volt300 - $59.99

The Cateye Volt300 – $59.99

Today’s bike light is now very bright and effective for its size and will most likely have the advantage of being rechargeable and switching to several lighting modes.

The package includes a helmet mount

The package includes a helmet mount

We’ve just taken delivery of the latest Cateye Volt300 front light with a claimed output of 300lumen for 3 hours on full beam and up to 11 hours on Hyper-Constant.

Hyper-Constant Technology is a true first among the cycling industry. LEDs maintain a solid beam while simultaneously flashing, allowing cyclists to “See And Be Seen”.

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

Kit includes helmet mount, handlebar mount and charging cable

The light can recharge on any USB port or USB phone charger and the battery is easily removable with spare batteries and an optional charging cradle also available for long trips and commutes.

We have a range of Cateye rechargeable and regular battery lights as well as high-end units by Light & Motion and Knog. We also stock effective budget lights by Blackburn and Giant.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Yes!!! More Lights!!!!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I know … Lights again … but let’s face it, if you’re going to be riding this time of year you need to be seen, especially in those last few minutes after sunset while you’re dashing for home.

Make sure they see you, right?

Make sure they see you, right?

So we’ve just taken delivery of a ton of Knog Blinder rechargeable LED rear lights.

Minimalists will love the Blinder 1, just one very bright red LED which can be switched between several strobe patterns. Very small, yet very effective.

Cateye Rapid 1 rechargeable rear light - fits most aero seat-posts

Cateye Rapid 1 rechargeable rear light – fits most aero seat-posts

We also stock two versions of the Blinder 4, a 2×2 and a 1×4 pattern. Both utilise four very bright red LEDs and one of them or the other will fit on your seat-post to help make you super conspicuous.

Knogs are a little difficult to fit onto an aero frame/seat-post, but we’ve found the CatEye Rapid 1 has a fixing which securely fits on most aero sections. It also looks like HAL from 2001 from the back …

The Cateye is also rechargeable via a USB cable.

These rechargeable LED lights vary between $30 and $45 which makes them rather more expensive than an AA or AAA battery version, but they’re rated for 600+ recharges, which is a lot of Energizer bunnies compared to the cents it costs to charge these lights up again.


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Alan That British Bloke | OldCranksCC Forum


Be seen and not hurt

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

It almost goes without saying, that being seen by other road users is one of the greatest aids to cycling safety.

Any cyclist will agree that an effective rear light is essential when it's dark

Any cyclist will agree that an effective rear light is essential when it’s dark

Many strategies contribute towards the overall aim of riding safely on the road. Helmets, conspicuous clothing and your own awareness and tactical riding skills are effective ways to avoid harm on your journey. And most riders will also accept that effective lighting also is essential when the day starts to wind down and changes into night.

But a good rear light can also be a life-saver at any time of day, even in the summer where brightly lit roads dive into deep cover under trees and bridges. A flashing blinky light will draw the attention of the motorist, approaching from the rear, from behind their tinted windows and designer sunglasses, to cyclists already immersed in the Stygian gloom.

The Blackburn Mars 3 - uses two AAA batteries to provide 50 hours steady light and 140 hours flash

The Blackburn Mars 3 – uses two AAA batteries to provide 50 hours steady light and 140 hours flash

Virtually all modern bike lights have a number of modes from a steady bright light to various patterns of strobe, pulsing or flashing. Most modern lights are starting to include a pulse pattern. The early strobe pattern – ONOFFONOFF – is thought to make it difficult for other road users to interpret and predict the motion of a bike in the dark. Expect to see a pulse mode – ONOFFONOFF – where the light is always on but varies in intensity, on the latest offerings.

Good basic rear lights cost from less than $20. One of the best battery powered lights available is the Blackburn Mars 3. This inexpensive yet very effective light has a number of flashing modes, is visible over 180 degrees and is excellent value for money. It’s designed to fit on your seat-post but can also be adapted to fit to frames and racks, as well as clip to clothing and seat packs.

If you’re intending to use a rear light on every ride then really a device which can be re-charged from a USB port/phone re-charger is the way to go.

The Light & Motion Vis180 Micro

The Light & Motion Vis180 Micro

Modern USB charging means there is really no excuse not to run a rear light on the road, even through the sunniest summer’s day. The cost of the charge is minimal, even infinitesimal, so while initially more expensive, you will save on batteries over and over again.

The Light & Motion Vis180 Micro ($49) has a number of effective modes as well as an extremely bright rear LED. It also has a pace-line mode which means it has a less bright, non-strobing mode so that when you’re riding in a group you don’t induce a fit in the riders behind you.

The Vis180 Micro also has one of the most effective 180 degree modes which aids visibility from the side, an essential feature for the regular bike commuter.

Light & Motion are a US company which makes virtually all its products here in the US. This also means L&M are very quick to react to consumer and dealer comments when improving their lights.

Knog rear lights - available in several formats with integrated USB connector

Knog rear lights – available in several formats with integrated USB connector

One of Halter’s favorites is the Knog Blinder line of rear lights ($35 and up). Available in several formats including 4×1, 2×2, and a very bright single LED version, these lights mount on the seatpost using what amounts to an elastic band and charge up using an integrated USB connector.

The lights are built on a chassis of anodised aluminum and available in several colors to match any bike. Look out for a new version of the 4×1 with a superbright LED and pulse mode later in the summer.

Knogs aren’t so effective from the side, but their minimalist design means they look cool on even the most lightweight road bike. Knogs have about the biggest sequence of flashes and strobes of any brand. Expect up to 50 hours off one charge in strobe mode.

Blackburn Flea 2 rear light mounted on a helmet

Blackburn Flea 2 rear light mounted on a helmet

Another Halter’s favorite is the Blackburn Flea 2 rear light – about $30. While it has generally been superseded by devices from other manufacturers it is the best helmet carried light there is. Held in place on a velcro strap it occupies a prominent and effective high point in the cyclists silhouette which aids other road users to assess the cyclist’s speed and direction in the dark more easily.

Modern bicycle lighting is not just effective when it’s dark. A good rear light will help you negotiate your ride more safely, even in broad daylight. Modern lights are effective, inexpensive to run and only add a few grammes to even the most avid performance rider’s bike.


Halter’s stock a range of excellent lights from Blackburn, CatEye, Giant, Knog, Light & Motion, PDW


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Alan That British Bloke


 
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