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Planet Bike SuperFlash Stealth rear blinky

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:49 pm    Post subject: Planet Bike SuperFlash Stealth rear blinky Reply with quote

just picked up one of these and wanted to pass along a quick review.

I'd read many things about how awesome the original SuperFlash was, but honestly, I never cared for how it looked. I've always thought that if you're going to add something to your bike, it should at least look good no matter what other purpose it serves. The original version was white with a red plastic lens cover. Yuck! Looked cheap, but worked excellently. (in the bottom photo you can see the original version on the bike in the background)

Now they've come out with the "Stealth" version, which looks a million times better in the black and clear lens cover. While not obvious, the LEDs are still red, of course.

The light has two modes; flashing and steady. The flashing mode creates a super-spastic pattern that will send you into a seizure if you look at it for too long. One big ass, bright 1/2 watt LED and two smaller, flashing LEDs that are visible for up to 1 mile. Believe me when I say that this thing is CRAZY BRIGHT.
Light comes with a built-in clip for bags, plus two brackets that work for either your down tube, your seatpost or even your seat stays.
Runs off two AAAs... can't get much easier than that.

Retail price: $20. It's also important to note that PlanetBike donates 25% of their profits to bike advocacy.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



I recently picked one of these because it got the brokebike seal of approval and then he goes and switches it up on me. I can't handle any more positive rear light reviews.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually Drew, I got the new one as an auxiliary clip-on light for my bag. I still use the cuberider lights on pretty much every bike we own.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lights have come a long way since AA honkers that were basically seat post reflectors that glowed.

Is this light focused too narrowly? The Sigma cuberider series has a staggered array of lights, so it's visible over 180 though not as brightly I'm sure. I've been looking at lights recently so I'm curious.

hey mcrib, you're in study, so your head is a red-hot frothing furnace...easily seen, so no worry about artificial lights.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

roller wrote:
Is this light focused too narrowly?


You need to see this thing when it's on... I doubt there would be any worry of focus. The way the clear cover extends to the sides of the housing, and the assortment of reflective surfaces molded into the lens allows it to distribute light in a wide array.

While I'm willing to bet that this SuperFlash blinky is more obnoxious and effective for visibility than the CubeRider mentioned above, one thing I would consider when purchasing is how permanent you want the light to be attached to your bike. For example, the only mounting hardware that comes with the SuperFlash is the kind that you need a screwdriver to tighten the collar - requiring a bit more effort if you should ever want to use it on another bike. Still, the light slides off the mounting bracket easily and will clip to your bag or your pants pocket.

When it comes to the ease of switching between different bikes, or if you're the kind of person who worries about someone stealing your bike light, the type of lights that attach with rubber or silicone bands (like the CubeRider) are a no-brainer.

Another factor is the type of battery the light takes, and how easy it's going to be to find either a replacement, or a rechargeable option. The CubeRider takes those little stubby cells that may or may not be as easy to find depending on where you look - and the SuperFlash takes AAA.

So Boyd, I would consider how affixed you want the lights to be on your bike, and go from there.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Lights Reply with quote

I first bought the superflash blinky when I got my bike rolling. I thought it was very large and ugly, so I replaced it with a nog light. The superflash blinky sticks out and is ugly, but it is the most efficient rear light that I have ever seen. I have come to the conclusion to just keep the nog light on my bike and attach the superflash to my messenger bag. I feel safer by having two lights on anyway. Once the sun goes down then the drunk and stupid cover the roads, gotta be better prepared.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuberider II uses 2xAAA. Agreed Ben- I admired the Planet Bike red blaster flasher for its impressive brightness, but it was just too big and it requires a screw down, though as mentioned it does have a belt-clip. If cuberider had a belt-clip, that'd be cool. I think the general assessment is that you can't have too many lights...but one can easily look like a dork, some more than others of course.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait til you fools see the new tail light I've got on my townie. It's 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall (seriously). It looks like a car tailight from a distance, its older than I am.
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