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    What's a good 'no-tools' rear light?

    I want something easy to fit & transfer along the lines of the Blackburn Mars Click and Niterider Stinger Bug, but more durable and able to cope with having mud/water flung at them regularly.

    Not too bothered about CR2032 vs AAA, as long as the light is bright..

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    This has built in Li-ion:

    Cygolite HotShot Review

    Can be sen in daylight for over a half mile.

    A review:

    2012 taillight review

    The Planet Bike Turbo:

    New Blinky King? >25 lumens?

    The pricey but wide angle RedZone 4 (nearly indestructible sealed case):

    Review: The NiteFLUX RedZone 4

    There may be other newer lights.

    BrianMC

    Some videos of some of the above:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/commuting/ano...-585603-7.html

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    Thanks, I'm sure they're all fine lights. One problem I have with all those lights is the fragile plastic mounts, (that also require a screwdriver)... My mtb nightriding usually involves a bit of crashing, so the less brittle the light mount the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Thanks, I'm sure they're all fine lights. One problem I have with all those lights is the fragile plastic mounts, (that also require a screwdriver)... My mtb nightriding usually involves a bit of crashing, so the less brittle the light mount the better.
    The Planet bike mounts are fairly robust, and inexpensive (available separately). The light snaps in so you leave the mount in place. No tools needed. More than one bike? Buy another mount. Mounted under a seat on a set post, is a fairly safe place, not unassailable, but pretty good. They are light you could premount a spare. Hardware could be changed out for a wing bolt that could be hand tightened without a lot of ingenuity.

    The HotShots Mount shaved off too much weight. I was thinking of adapting an old PB Superflash's clip to the HotShot. It did not make it home though I was sure it got into the car. So I did no do that. ;( Great light. Mount stinks.

    The Red Zone 4's mount is a steel clip that you cinch to the seat post with buckle style velcro strap and a rubber pad. Since it is a wide angle light it is fine at the set post angle making it low profile. Because it is a stainless steel clip, a metal bracket could be made for it to clip to, (so could the other lights but their clips are plastic). It's $100 price is daunting, but it is almost as bright as a Turbo from straight back and many many times brighter to the side, more the wider the angle. Truck drivers and low sports cars will all see this light. Cross street drivers will see this light sooner than your reflectors will light up. Run time of about 8 hours on top power flash mode but four other flash settings with longer run times and three steady with the highest having a 6 hour run time. The internal battery is an issue as they have a 2-3 year life. Forcing a trade-in or factory rebuild, or 'just' a new light. It is waterproof to a fair depth, though.

    If you need the lights to also whistle dixie and make you ride much faster, sorry.

    BrianMc

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    Nr cherrybomb. Cheap and bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aintnothang View Post
    Nr cherrybomb. Cheap and bright.
    Agreed, Not as bright asa the three I suggested judging by run time.

    The mount looks no better than the Turbo's, and appears to have more leverage to break the mount if the light is shoved sideways in a fall:

    NiteRider CherryBomb Lights Reviews

    Your choice, of course.

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    Knog

    No tools.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    The planet bike lights come with a seat-stay mount and a seat post mount. When you take the light out of the mount the clip comes with it for a 3rd option. Mount one to each bike. They are also only around $15 so... buy 2 so you don't have to swap them back an forth and you have more mounts than you know what to do with.

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    I got the magicshine tail light to match my magicshine headlight. Can run them both off the same battery. They are super bright. Attach with rubber O rings. I got them through geoman gear but just found out they are out of business. I think you can get them elsewhere though.

    I also have an older Knog that is easy to throw on but isnt that bright.

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    Good job!

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    Knog

    No tools.
    +1

    I just don't see how I could have a better tail light than Knog Skink.

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    I have the PB superflash, and multiple seatpost mounts. I think additional mounts were like 3 bucks online. Easy peasy.
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    An update: picked up a Moon Gem 3 rear light which serves the purpose. really good rubber mount with angle adjustment & QR, 4 flash modes, USB rechargeable and weighs only 20g. Riding mates complain about the brightness so it's plenty bright enough.

    I had to reseal the body, but since then it hasn't missed a beat. I spray a little contact lube on the USB socket occasionally to keep the contacts shiny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by machinetwelve View Post
    I got the magicshine tail light to match my magicshine headlight. Can run them both off the same battery. They are super bright. Attach with rubber O rings. I got them through geoman gear but just found out they are out of business. I think you can get them elsewhere though.

    I also have an older Knog that is easy to throw on but isnt that bright.
    I use a MJ-816 with a MJ-818 taillight as well. Excellent value. Action Lights carries them for same prices as Geoman did, and have excellent customer service.
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