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Flashlights for Bike Headlights?

14 Days Eczema Curen-bottom: 10px;” title=”Flashlight used as bike headlight” src=”http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/2010-04-16-Flashlight-for-bike-headlight-500×373.jpg” alt=”” width=”500″ height=”373″ />Kid Matt shot this picture in front of a local supermarket the other night with his cell phone. He was questioning whether or not this was better than no light.

I’m going to have to vote for low-tech over no-tech any day. What I DIDN’T see in this or any of his other photos was a taillight.

Quick-and-Dirty bike lights

Here’s what I keep in my Surly LHT’s Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag for backup and loaner lighting.

I like riding at night and I particularly enjoy introducing newbies to the experience. You can read about my lighting choices here. My failsafe lighting equipment consists of a generic flashing taillight, a Maglite, and a spiffy Velcro strap device to hold the flashlight onto the handlebar.

Here’s what it looks like with the Maglite attached

The mount is simple to set up, holds the light securely and has never failed on me. My LBS used to have a jar of them next to the cash register. I’ve bought half a dozen over the years for less than $5 each. I guess a significant number of my friends have liked them better than I did, because I’m down to my last one.

I’d love to tell you where to find one, but my LBS said they haven’t been able to buy new ones for quite a while.

Don’t underestimate the tiny Maglite

I used to keep one attached to the side of my helmet to read my computer in the dark, shine at cars who looked like they weren’t going to stop and to act as a handfree flashlight. The pinpoint of light is an effective be-seen light. It also does a pretty good job of lighting up the road right in front of you if you don’t have anything better.

Review of Flashbak coming

I’ve been putting off writing a review of the FlashBak since the Fall because I could never shoot a video that does the product justice. I promise I’ll have it up in the next few days. This may be one of those cases where a picture ISN’T worth 1,000 words. The darned thing works much better than my pictures show.

1 comment to Flashlights for Bike Headlights?

  • Hi Ken

    The mounts appear to be TwoFish Lockblocks (I personally think they are rubbish :) , but then I ride in the rain and hence find the hook and loop fastener quickly looses its effectiveness.

    Anyway I believe you can still get them or something very similar from http://DealExtreme.com (free postage into the US) for US$2.50 each. Just do a search for product code SKU 31871.

    Now days I normally use wrist bands to mount my Fenix L2D lights. having given up on the last set of mounts (Universal Bicycle Swivel Mounts) that I tried.

    That said I am currently using a few ponytail hair band things as a mount as I couldn’t find any wrist bands locally. Haven’t tried them in the rain, but they are working really well in the dry. I think I paid around $3.00 for a packet of 24.

    My experience with the Fenix L2D and mounts is detailed at http://www.aushiker.com/2008/06/fenix-digital-l2d-black-premium-q5-torch-owner-review.

    Regards
    Andrew