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Old 21st November 2011   #551
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i believe the fibre flare has a few detractors, one of the problems reported is that they are not much good in the rain

and why do i keep seeing people with the wrong colour of lights on their bikes, white on the rear or red at the front?

and recently a spate of blue rear lights
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Old 21st November 2011   #552
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Second. Had a front and rear light but the front one was pointing backwards. Maybe it was to light up her fluro gear so people could see her more easily....
I've seen this chick!!
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Old 21st November 2011   #553
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Google around. They test on fleas and Rabbit blood. They have a "strict ethical code" but they're not as green as people assume they should be.

Whether that actually matters is for you to decide.
They tested on
Daphnia

Weird. I typed '"Water Fleas" but lfgss has autoscobled me with the latin name. Anyway, I fail to see how a company producing an eco product can assert their claims without some form of testing - and as for using rabbit blood, animal rights activists have been arguing for tissue testing instead of animal testing for years. This particular controversy seems to be being against something for the sake of it, if you ask me.

I saw a woman wearing dark clothing on a dark bike, with no lights, so I unhooked a rear knog I had on mine and gave it to her. Turned out that her previous light had been stolen, so I could have probably been a bit less smart-arse about it. But she was very happy to have a light.

It's a pity those Lezyne lights are so gash, as they appear to have pretty good build quality. I'm sick of lights being made out of the sort of plastic that really disappointing toys from the 80s were made of.
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Old 21st November 2011   #554
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On-one glow in the dark




This is it. Me totally wants that frame now ! I would feel like in a 80's great movie on every night ride !
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Old 21st November 2011   #555
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This is it. Me totally wants that frame now ! I would feel like in a 80's great movie on every night ride !
That's intense!
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Old 21st November 2011   #556
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i believe the fibre flare has a few detractors, one of the problems reported is that they are not much good in the rain

and why do i keep seeing people with the wrong colour of lights on their bikes, white on the rear or red at the front?

and recently a spate of blue rear lights
F Flares are good tied on the o/s seat stay and seat post. Mine fell of when I clipped it on the back of my rack bag though...:(

Currently rolling with a smart superflash thing which seems bright enough.
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Old 21st November 2011   #557
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i believe the fibre flare has a few detractors, one of the problems reported is that they are not much good in the rain
I compared the one I got with an earlier one that my colleague had - the 'on ' button on his was exposed - a little cutout in the silicone end cap, whereas mine had a little bubble there instead. Mine seems to be holding up in the wet all right. Had it a bit less than a year though, so we'll see. Annoyingly, one of the little straps on mine sort of half-snapped, which makes it a bit less secure.
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Old 21st November 2011   #558
Bus Dodger
I agree with the light comments, but driver get a bike!
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Old 21st November 2011   #559
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I think the main problem with Flares in the wet is poor visibility. They seem to be very dim in any condition except dry. Probably something to do with it being a large light with low power.

In other news, I've been using the Blackburn USB lights and have been impressed with their performance so far. Front is very bright and the rear is excellent on my bag or frame.
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Old 22nd November 2011   #560
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Me, too, roboto. I like them except the low threshold for "needs charging" to "oh fuck it". I finally figured out that the flashy light on top changes to yellow and then red as it drains.
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Old 22nd November 2011   #561
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Ha! Yeah, my commute is considerably shorter these days so I can get away with not charging for an extra day usually. Then I know I've got to find the the USB connector. Wherever I left it!
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Old 22nd November 2011   #562
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Full length coat, high heels, no lights and smoking is the most ridiculous thing I have seen this week on a bike
Smoking whilst cycling is a dying art. Srsly though, I think it's AWESOME and sexy.

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Sanctimonious, self-righteous pricks
hahah nice one.

I have decided it's fucking stupid to attempt to talk to anyone about lights except to say 'stop giving me an eppy with your ultalumen superstrobe death flash: this is fucking a Richmond Park, it's pitch black, wouldn't you rather actually see what's on the road in front of you all the time rather than four times a second?
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Old 22nd November 2011   #563
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Link? Is this the spoke light things?
Yes, these are the ones http://www.niteize.com/collections/l...ducts/spokelit
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Old 22nd November 2011   #564
BobBanana
nice lights:




...for boys of a certain age - how good was QED by the way?!
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Old 23rd November 2011   #565
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Ha! Yeah, my commute is considerably shorter these days so I can get away with not charging for an extra day usually. Then I know I've got to find the the USB connector. Wherever I left it!
I keep mine in a little coin purse that has the shraeder to presta valve converter needed for my mini pump. Win!
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Old 23rd November 2011   #566
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Although this is dodge right?

http://www.zoarsaddlery.co.uk/-M32779



I mean, they're basically trying to fool people into thinking they are police (from a distance), such that they slow right down.

Not a bad idea, except for the bit where you fool people into believing you're police.
Just remembered the same day this was posted I spotted one in the wild on tooley street. the guy wearing it was brought to my attention when he roared in disapprovement at a bus that pulled away from the lights as he was trying to squeeze up the inside of it. his impotent rage and extremely poor road awareness all but made him the poster child for the vest, you couldn't find a better example of their target market (except maybe the banshee).
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Old 23rd November 2011   #567
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Those 'Polite' vests have been around for ages. I remember seeing them at Critical Mass in the 90s. The police generally thought they were good fun, I think.
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Old 23rd November 2011   #568
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Get some f**king batteries

For all those that have finally got the message from the 'Get some f**king lights' thread this goes out to you.
Those new lights run on batteries. Batteries are not perpetual motion and they do sooner or later run out. When you turn your lights on check that they actually do come on and that they are indeed bright enough to be seen more than 5 paces away! Furthermore, when you get to your destination and before you turn your lights off, check that they are still on and working. If they don't meet these exacting standards, get some f**king new batteries!
Seriously this is particularly important on these cold, damp and misty mornings. Car windscreens do not clear easily in these conditions and you could be damn near invisible until it's too late. I don't want you on my bonnet conscience.

#Pre-merged with the get some f**king lights thread to save Hippy's fingers.
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Old 23rd November 2011   #569
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For all those that have finally got the message from the 'Get some f**king lights' thread this goes out to you.
Those new lights run on batteries. Batteries are not perpetual motion and they do sooner or later run out. When you turn your lights on check that they actually do come on and that they are indeed bright enough to be seen more than 5 paces away! Furthermore, when you get to your destination and before you turn your lights off, check that they are still on and working. If they don't meet these exacting standards, get some f**king new batteries!
Seriously this is particularly important on these cold, damp and misty mornings. Car windscreens do not clear easily in these conditions and you could be damn near invisible until it's too late. I don't want you on my bonnet conscience.

#Pre-merged with the get some f**king lights thread to save Hippy's fingers.
True.

although shouldn't be setting off if you can't see proper.
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Old 23rd November 2011   #570
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True too but this is the real world where drivers do not always abide by these rules. It's also the time of year when drivers discover they need new wipers as the old ones are just smearing the windscreens rather than clearing them completely.
My main concern is about cyclists maintaining the upper hand and staying safe.
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Old 23rd November 2011   #571
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Riding down Gower Street about 5.30pm a panniered hybrid was rocking three Smart Lunar R2s on flash mode. He didn't think it was a problem.
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Old 23rd November 2011   #572
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great deal for these superb re-chargable lights
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/exposure-fla...ble-batteries/
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Old 24th November 2011   #573
catfood
76 quid?

and they look like fleshlights...

/i saw one when i accidentaly clicked on a link whilst i was searching for pictures of cats.
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Old 24th November 2011   #574
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Riding down Gower Street about 5.30pm a panniered hybrid was rocking three Smart Lunar R2s on flash mode. He didn't think it was a problem.
He's ahead of the game
Nuclear_photonic_rocket
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Old 24th November 2011   #575
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http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/LISMRTR2..._r2_rear_light

bright and cheap
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Old 7th December 2011   #576
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See Any Bikes?

http://bikeyface.com/2011/10/26/see-any-bikes/
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Old 20th January 2012   #577
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if thats Impersonating a police officer, then there are a lot of hen do's that are in deep trouble
Excuse me linking to the daily heil but:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...g-officer.html
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Old 23rd January 2012   #578
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Since I got neg repped twice in this thread I'd like to state that I have had for some time some fucking aka good aka non-knog lights. And that also I couldn't be more for equal rights.

This is months too late but as this is the Internet I figure people we're concerned and probably still thinking about my earlier posts.
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Old 23rd January 2012   #579
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^Neg'd
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Old 23rd January 2012   #580
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Doh!
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Old 24th January 2012   #581
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Found a Schmidt SON28 (old model) in germany for €162, which I think works out a good 30 or so cheaper than the best UK price I could find (Spa Cycles). I'm on the way to Getting some Fucking Lights!

I'm thinking that:
http://www.longleafbicycles.com/wp-c...28-silver1.jpg
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http://www.sjscycles.com/supersize/21399.jpg
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http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/...1e298810cf.gif
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Old 26th March 2012   #582
aggi
It seems that now that spring is officially here you don't need to bother with lights, even if you're cycling when it's dark. I reckon 50% of the bikes I saw on my ride home tonight didn't have lights.
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Old 27th September 2012   #583
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Winter is officially on it's way. I know this because there's a lady I see almost every morning, around 6:30, cycling the opposite way to me. I've seen her cycling to work for the last 3 years or so. In that time I've never seen her using lights. She relies solely on an orange flouro jacket for visibility.
Winter must be on it's way as she's started wearing it again.

I am actually tempted to buy her a cheap pair of lights as an early Xmas present.
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Old 30th September 2012   #584
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Anyone run a light mounted on their helmet?

I have a 300 lumen one on my bars (that I run on low) but thought
the higher place might be a good addition for a secondary less powerful light.
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Old 30th September 2012   #585
OmarLittle
I just bought an Abus helmet and it turns out it has an led mounted on the size/fit adjuster on the back. Very cool.

Also polite notice to hipsters on the spice route 1. Those tiny single led button light are not enough. I cannot see you amongst 3 lanes of traffic in the rain whilst you cut through traffic like a dick at the old st roundabout. 2. Laydeez on your sit up and pretend you are Parisian bikes if your long wool coats dangle over your rear lights you might as well not bother and 3. If you can afford an italian lopro or NJS frame with matching spoks then you can afford some form of fucking lights!

Sorry, had to drive way out west and back everyday last week so saw the other side of the arguement.
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Old 30th September 2012   #586
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I just bought an Abus helmet and it turns out it has an led mounted on the size/fit adjuster on the back. Very cool.

Also polite notice to hipsters on the spice route 1. Those tiny single led button light are not enough. I cannot see you amongst 3 lanes of traffic in the rain whilst you cut through traffic like a dick at the old st roundabout. 2. Laydeez on your sit up and pretend you are Parisian bikes if your long wool coats dangle over your rear lights you might as well not bother and 3. If you can afford an italian lopro or NJS frame with matching spoks then you can afford some form of fucking lights!

Sorry, had to drive way out west and back everyday last week so saw the other side of the arguement.
What possible argument could anyone have for not using lights?!
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Old 30th September 2012   #587
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I do use a good set of lights and do not condone anyone not using them. But now and again you do get caught out with out them, extra drink with friends or something over runs.In the winter no excuse due to short daylight hours there is no point taking them off.
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Old 30th September 2012   #588
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I do use a good set of lights and do not condone anyone not using them. But now and again you do get caught out with out them, extra drink with friends or something over runs.In the winter no excuse due to short daylight hours there is no point taking them off.
Take them off when you go into the pub.

I got caught out last year when some scumbag stole the lights off my bike.
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Old 30th September 2012   #589
neilp
I would never leave my lights knowing on my bike, to easy for anyone to make off with 70+.

But what I am saying is you leave the house in the daylight, plan on returning in the daylight but get caught out with something unexpected with no lights. It happens you have three choices then; leave your bike locked up some where, get a taxi or cycle home.
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Old 30th September 2012   #590
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What possible argument could anyone have for not using lights?!
Did not mean argument really more the fact that many cyclists do not drive and if they ever saw what drivers have to go through when negotiating busy central London traffic and how invisible cyclists with inadequate/no lights are then they would get some good ones and also change their riding styles.
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Old 30th September 2012   #591
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I would never leave my lights knowing on my bike, to easy for anyone to make off with 70+.

But what I am saying is you leave the house in the daylight, plan on returning in the daylight but get caught out with something unexpected with no lights. It happens you have three choices then; leave your bike locked up some where, get a taxi or cycle home.
Yeah it happens, I just don't think it's happening to the hundreds of people I see every week with no lights!
Even a shitty little one that you can leave on the bike on the rear only would be better.

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Did not mean argument really more the fact that many cyclists do not drive and if they ever saw what drivers have to go through when negotiating busy central London traffic and how invisible cyclists with inadequate/no lights are then they would get some good ones and also change their riding styles.
Ah right, fair enough - I would have thought it's pretty obvious to anyone but as you say, apparently not!
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Old 30th September 2012   #592
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I can imagine the logic though..

"I paid 50 for this piece of shit to get me to work. It's cheaper than the Tube."
"How bloody much do lights cost?!"

Even the cheapest set is gonna be what 20? That's gotta be the same value as some of the shitters I see people riding to work.

Obviously I'm not justifying it and often call people out for it but just thinking that's what people without lights are thinking. More expensive bikes without lights though.. hmm.. not sure. Accident or stupidity. I've done it myself though so I'm never too harsh on 'em. "Your batteries are flat" suffices.
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Old 1st October 2012   #593
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I can imagine the logic though..

"I paid 50 for this piece of shit to get me to work. It's cheaper than the Tube."
"How bloody much do lights cost?!"

Even the cheapest set is gonna be what 20? That's gotta be the same value as some of the shitters I see people riding to work.

Obviously I'm not justifying it and often call people out for it but just thinking that's what people without lights are thinking. More expensive bikes without lights though.. hmm.. not sure. Accident or stupidity. I've done it myself though so I'm never too harsh on 'em. "Your batteries are flat" suffices.
You can get perfectly decent lights for a couple quid.

Poundland even does decent lights for 1 a pair. They are the same kind that used to cost about 6 on ebay a few years back. I used a set for ages, they were fine but the batteries died a little quicker than quality lights and they were slightly less robust. But still good.
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Old 1st October 2012   #594
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Just done the de-rig at a rave in shoreditch, while waiting in the van for the load out saw all the punters go, at least 50 on bikes, all utterly off their chops on pills, coke, balloons and overpriced RedStripe and not a single light between any of them. Scary times...
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Old 1st October 2012   #595
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hmmm lights, I have some, but I always seem to lose the brackets during the summer and then can't find them again, then they seem to be tied onto my bag with string and tape mostly.

Can someone recommend an adequate set of lights which attach to the bike without the need for brackets. Pretty please because I find it really hard to be interested by bike lights.
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Old 1st October 2012   #596
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Get some moon lights.
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Old 1st October 2012   #597
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Knog blinders - too small, right ?
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Old 1st October 2012   #599
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Knog blinders - too small, right ?
Sumo just got me a pair of these. They are quite wee but after charging them they throw out a lot of light, and they're USB charged not battery so you can keep the charge topped-up which is nice.
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Old 1st October 2012   #600
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Does anyone else find lots of lights get darker over time irrespective of having new batteries? I'm talking about cheap and mid priced lights... I tend to end up buying new lights every year.
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