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General Category => Freewheeling => The Dark Side => Topic started by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 05:13:09 am

Title: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 05:13:09 am
I am a long way behind modern cycle lights.
I've seen that a lot of cyclists out training in the local lanes keep a very visible rear flashing light running in the daytime.
There will be a usb outlet from my motor's battery so I'd like recommendations for suitable usb rechargeable, high visibility, flashing rear lights, please.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: PaulF on May 16, 2019, 05:46:18 am
I use one of these https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-lights/bike-rear-lights/bontrager-flare-r-city-rear-bike-light/p/14241/?colorCode=black USB rechargeable but I don’t know if it supports pass through charging?

It’s compact and bright, no much more to say.

Just noticed this is in the Dark Side so don’t know if that gives any issues with mounting it? I’ve got mine mounted on seatstay and seat rails
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 07:47:50 am
I use one of these https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-lights/bike-rear-lights/bontrager-flare-r-city-rear-bike-light/p/14241/?colorCode=black USB rechargeable but I don’t know if it supports pass through charging?

It’s compact and bright, no much more to say.

Just noticed this is in the Dark Side so don’t know if that gives any issues with mounting it? I’ve got mine mounted on seatstay and seat rails
Thanks PaulF
That's a clever link: it tells me the three nearest stockists and not an unreasonable price!
Making mounts is easy enough.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: citoyen on May 16, 2019, 07:49:31 am
The Flare lights get my vote too - I have both the ‘City’ and full fat versions. Very good. The flash modes include a low frequency pulse, which is about the most acceptable form of flashing light on a bike IMO.

What might be of extra interest on a recumbent is the RT version, which comes with a wireless remote switch for handlebar mounting.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 09:50:35 am
The Flare lights get my vote too - I have both the ‘City’ and full fat versions. Very good. The flash modes include a low frequency pulse, which is about the most acceptable form of flashing light on a bike IMO.

What might be of extra interest on a recumbent is the RT version, which comes with a wireless remote switch for handlebar mounting.
Thanks for that Citoyen
I'll take a look at the remote control version.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: T42 on May 16, 2019, 10:06:16 am
Excellent for riding solo. Bloody impolite when riding with others.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 10:49:32 am
Excellent for riding solo. Bloody impolite when riding with others.

This particular light or rear lights in general?
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: fd3 on May 16, 2019, 11:43:33 am
Flashing lights.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 11:49:20 am
Flashing lights.
?
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: FifeingEejit on May 16, 2019, 12:58:10 pm
Excellent for riding solo. Bloody impolite when riding with others.
Flashing lights.

Indeed at night they are, I had to drop off a group on the Auld Alliance because one was causing havoc with my eyesight.
During the day never had a problem
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: Kim on May 16, 2019, 01:09:39 pm
Some suggestions in this thread: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=111184.msg2372707#msg2372707
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 16, 2019, 02:15:29 pm
Some suggestions in this thread: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=111184.msg2372707#msg2372707

Thank you.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 20, 2019, 05:05:52 pm
Some suggestions in this thread: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=111184.msg2372707#msg2372707

In this thread there was mention of the Smart 1/2W lights.
They are available on eBay as 1/2W or 1W.
Are they a good 'be seen in the daylight' rear light? If so, which one for preference?
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: Kim on May 20, 2019, 06:56:37 pm
While they're certainly useful in gloomy wet weather, I reckon they're the bare minimum of what would count as visible in daylight.  If you care, you want something brighter.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on May 20, 2019, 09:14:23 pm
While they're certainly useful in gloomy wet weather, I reckon they're the bare minimum of what would count as visible in daylight.  If you care, you want something brighter.

Thank you
I do care. Having entered my eighth decade I find myself determined to do all I can to get to the ninth.  ;D
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: freeflow on May 21, 2019, 02:56:08 pm
Please don't do that. You are just training car drivers to look for flashing lights rather than cyclists.
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: Kim on May 21, 2019, 02:58:13 pm
Please don't do that. You are just training car drivers to look for flashing lights rather than cyclists.

It's okay, this is The Dark Side.  Normal invisibility rules don't apply.

(As discussed in that fog thread, I think a daylight-visible rear light is a thing that's worth having for the odd occasion that conditions justify its use.  Most bike lights have more than one brightness mode.)
Title: Re: Daytime rear light
Post by: nobby on July 01, 2019, 05:35:37 pm
So I goes to Leisure Lakes my local stockist to buy a £50 Flare thingy rear light to find that they have moved eight miles and are no longer local.
I goes to Fred Williams instead and was recommended an Exposure Trace R for £40.
'Only' 75 lumens rather than 90 but after swapping abuse with Mick Williams I got a 10% discount 🙂 which made it a must buy!
 1.8 lumens per pound at LL's. but two lumens per pound at Fred's..Bargain..