Rear Light

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  • 10-22-2011
    lgh
    Rear Light
    I need a very powerful rear light for my commute through the countryside. I must be seen by milk trucks, pickup trucks and others not expecting a cyclist on the road. I already have aNiteRider for the front. Anyone have recommendations?

    Larry
  • 10-22-2011
    Ranger Radon
    two lights, one on the bike, another one on the back of the helmet.. getting it up higher, makes you way more visible
  • 10-22-2011
    BrianMc
    See this thread:

    This thread

    The last pages of this thread

    Lights not tested but worth mentioning:

    Dinotte 140R - expensive but powerful, well warrateed (ask Mtbxplorer) side output minimal, separate battery pack Thread, also 200R, 400R


    MagicShine Tail light : inexpensive, unknown reliability, separate battery pack. Thread.

    Cateye LD1100 mentioned in this thread also nice Dinotte 400 pics.

    Hope this helps. Don't forget redundancy. One light fails and....

    BrianMc
  • 10-23-2011
    lgh
    Thanks, guys. My bad on not using the search engine. I thought my situation was unique but I guess not. The Dinotte is just what I need.

    Larry
  • 10-23-2011
    CommuterBoy
    I live in the country and I use a Planet Bike Superflash. I've had people I know tell me that they can spot me from 3/4 of a mile back. It's different when you're not competing with any traffic lights, street lights, very few brake lights, etc.
  • 10-23-2011
    Mr Pink57
    I would think 2 or 3 superflashes would do the trick and the battery will last for quite some time, that and some nice reflective tape.

    It's strength in numbers.
  • 10-25-2011
    Straz85
    How are you guys attaching them to your helmets? have any pics? I can't find an easy way to attach mine.
  • 10-25-2011
    Toff
    I have a Superflash on the seatpost and a Portland Design Works light on my Camelbak.

    Seems to be enough.
  • 10-25-2011
    CommuterBoy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    How are you guys attaching them to your helmets? have any pics? I can't find an easy way to attach mine.

    My helmet is a Bell Metro. It has a strap on the back just for clippping on a light. It works great with my superflash, but I only use it when I'm on the mountain bike, becuase I don't have a seatpost mount on that bike.
  • 10-25-2011
    rodar y rodar
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    Bungie
    Mini bungie cord.
  • 10-25-2011
    Straz85
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Mini bungie cord.

    Yeah, I was thinking something like a bungee cord or zip ties, I was wondering if I was over-thinking it and there was an easier way.
  • 10-25-2011
    CommuterBoy
    Depending on the vents in the rear of your helmet, you could probably do loose zip-ties and make it easily removable...leaving the zip ties there for easy on/off.
  • 10-26-2011
    Maximus_XXIV
    I like the magic shine rear lights. I own a Dinotte too but I can have a spread of the MS lights on the bike and helmet for less than the Dinotte. I also have multiple lights in case one fails. I ride in the dark and usually in fog so rear lights are extremely important to me.
  • 10-26-2011
    Dann C
    Speaking from experience, get the DiNotte 300R or 400R. I hear that they are very similar in brightness ( I think they are the brightest rear light in production ), it just depends on if you want to get one with the battery pack, or with the internall battery. I have the 300R (Internal battery) and on the very first day of having it, a car rolled by slower just to say "Turn that sh*t off a**hole!". Its really bright, has many patterns, and a great life for the charge.
  • 10-26-2011
    Shalom
    Hope District 3 Rear Light

    Works well and is bloody bright. Otherwise, follow above advice and just get multiple lights. Cateye are always good as well.
  • 10-26-2011
    kitsapken
    Fire Eye 2.0 from Illuminated Cycling
    LED bicycle lights-Welcome to Illuminated Cycling
  • 10-26-2011
    J_Hopper
    I know DiNotte makes good lights. I have a 140R and it's fantastic. I bet the 300R and 400R are excellent as well.

    Others to consider (I have no experience with them, just read about them on-line):
    1- Design Shine, 500 claimed lumens, $51
    2- Hahn Tronix BRL2010, 280 to 300 lumens depending on which LEDs you order, $125 (+$25 for the brighter LED); the nice thing about this light is it runs off of user-replaceable AA batteries, is nearly as bright as the Design Shine but $100 less.

    Keep in mind, the DiNotte 140R is about 120 lumens (per DiNotte), 400R is 240 lumens (2 of the 140R's LEDs), and the 300R is somewhere in between.

    I've thought about upgrading, but the 140R is so good, I haven't seen a need to.
  • 10-27-2011
    lgh
    All your replies are great. If you ride in the country, you know the dangerous situations - vehicle not expecting a slow moving bicycle and upon it too quickly, fog, vehcile from front and back at the same time at night, riding at dusk, etc. I will be going with a redundant system of some sort. I had not thought of a rear light being overpowering and so will take that into account.

    On a related note, I will also notify the nearby dairy/cheese factory that I will be out there so the drivers anticipate me.

    Larry