We try to avoid cycling in the dark but sometimes it can’t be helped.
Unexpectedly long days, bad weather and tunnels all create situations where you’ll need a light on your bike.
Which one to get? Our first lights were from the well-known manufacturer Cateye and we were initially pleased with them, but then we spotted another cyclist using the Planet Superflash bike light ($25 from REI or $22.90 from CycloCamping).
We were stunned at the brightness of the Superflash light. You can see it up to a mile away and when it’s in ‘flash mode’ the pattern is really eye-catching. Drivers can’t miss it. Even in full daylight it’s noticeable. This video from another keen user shows just how the Planet Superflash light compares to a standard LED bike light.
What we like almost as much as the light itself is the attachment system. It comes with a seatpost clip (as all lights do) but the clip is also versatile enough that you can hook it over other things like cords, straps and loops on your bags. This means that on a loaded touring bike, where rear luggage often obscures the seatpost, you can attach the light to your back bag or even the collar of your jacket, for full visibility.
The price is reasonable and the battery life is good as well: 100 hours of light from the 2 supplied AA batteries. You won’t need to replace the batteries often, and when you do they are commonly available, everywhere in the world.
Put this light into our ‘favourite equipment’ list. We can’t find anything bad to say about it.
This review is based on Planet Superflash Bike Lights that we bought with our own money. We were not paid or bribed to give this review and it reflects our honest opinion of the products concerned.
12th July 2010 at 10:19 am #
Have used Cateye and still do on the back end(on the back pack)but Busch and Muller on rack, but opted for helmet and handlebar lights from local aussie company Ayup.They are expensive but run for hours in any one of three modes (high/low /flash) can also be used as rear tail light with a clip on red lens.Designed for those crazies they ride endurance races at night and day.Young blokes bah! humbug!
19th July 2010 at 11:47 pm #
I have always been a fan of the Super Flash, but recently my wife and I found a great new light that we use instead. It is called the FlashBak Personal Safety Light. This thing is great! Unlike many other rear lights we have used in the past, it cannot fall off. It uses 4 alligator clips to hold on, so even if one or two do come off, there are still two others there to make sure the light stays where you put it. I’ve had it securely attached to my backpack, panniers, even our trailer. We had learned to keep checking each other back, to ensure the lights are still attached, and operating properly. We rarely ride at night but, Safety First! The FlashBak has a lighted remote switch, so a quick glance from the riding position, lets you know that the FlashBak is blinking. This is a very cool and innovative idea for a safety lights. We love ours! You should check them out. Plus, the amber is a real eye-catcher.
4th August 2010 at 6:34 pm #
I love these, but have lost two because I simply clipped them onto a pack, plus i’ve seen several of these smashed to bits on trails/roads.
The bike mount is secure, but the clip is *far from secure*. Use the mount or, if you’re putting it on a bag, zip-tie it in place after clipping it on.
12th August 2010 at 4:00 pm #
Brendan….that’s funny. Lately, I have passed alot of smashed red blinkie lights on the pavement also. I hadn’t noticed them, until you mentioned it and now I keep my eyes open for the debris. Ride on and ride safe.
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