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Rear Bike Light For Gransson's Bike ?

Old 06-10-19, 12:19 PM
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Rear Bike Light For Gransson's Bike ?

Hello,

Grandpa type of question, as I don't do biking anymore due to age.

Have a really bright white led headlight for Grandson's (age 8) bike for the front.

Very, very confused over what to get and put on for rear.
Should be Red, I guess, and have a blinking mode.

Zillions avail. at Amazon, but which one ?

$ not an object.
Want the truly brightest, and I would think large, to put on rear.
Really should be bright.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks, appreciate the help,
Bob
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$ not an object.
Want the truly brightest, and I would think large, to put on rear.
Really should be bright.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
DiNotte Quad Red.

I don't do biking anymore due to age.
Wow. Just how old are you?

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Also zillion threads on this most end up "i bought am X and I like it"

amazon will be the death of civilization... villages reduced ghost towns..


too bad you don't support small businesses that are your local bike shops ..

I bought a planet bike "Grateful Red " through my LBS..







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Some light manufacturers, including Bontrager, Blackburn, Cygolite, Light & Motion and NiteRider, offer head/tail light combinations. Those are all good.

For the headlight, get a minimum of 300 lumens. Up to a certain point, more is better. I need only 300-500 to see well, but having a more powerful light lets me run it at low or medium and get more runtime per battery charge.
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Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post
Hello,

Grandpa type of question, as I don't do biking anymore due to age.

Have a really bright white led headlight for Grandson's (age 8) bike for the front.

Very, very confused over what to get and put on for rear.
Should be Red, I guess, and have a blinking mode.

Zillions avail. at Amazon, but which one ?

$ not an object.
Want the truly brightest, and I would think large, to put on rear.
Really should be bright.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks, appreciate the help,
Bob
You are correct, lights need to be bright and have patterns designed to grab an unobservant drivers attention. Stay away from “marker” lights as they do not put out enough light and are only visible if you are looking for it or know it’s there. I see this all the time riding in groups. An unobservant driver is not going to see it. Yes the front should be white and the rear should be red. I use Cygolite Dash pro for the front and Cygolite Dice TL50 for the rear. Although my rear light does the job, you can get brighter ones. Visit https://cygolite.com/product/dash-pro-600-usb/
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Old 06-11-19, 11:37 AM
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thinking about what I did for my son's bike, it should be easy to operate & take regular, common batteries like AA or AAA. regardless, you can't make them turn them on!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Regardless, you can't make them turn them on!
Reelights: never need batteries and you can't turn them off.
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Reelights
brilliant!
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From the Reelight website "The lumen output depends on how well the Dynamo is mounted and the speed you are driving.
For the front light you can expect to get about 60 lumen at 30 km/h and 30 lumen for the rear light."
That's pretty wussy for a daytime bike light.
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For an 8-year-old? Get an inexpensive light that takes AAA batteries.

Why not wafer batteries? Because AAA are easier to pick up just about anywhere, and hard to mistake for the wrong one, and because they generally have a long running time.
Why not USB rechargeable? Because it's an 8-year-old. He'll forget to charge it. With AAAs he will be good to go for a few weeks or even a few months.
Why not a high-end light? Because he's not riding major roads at 10pm. He's tooling around the neighborhood and in bed by eight or nine (at least mine is).
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
That's pretty wussy for a daytime bike light.
Absolutely...but brighter than the light on the 8 y.o.'s bike that she forgot to turn on, or left on and ran the battery dead.
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Yea Basic Relight has a spoke magnet that, as it passes by the coil of wire in the light,
induces a pulse of electricity.. making an LED blink

light mounts by the axle


does the kid throw his bike on the ground ,,

or treat it like he has to work to buy a new one , if he breaks stuff? ...

light is vulnerable to maltreatment..






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I use the Nite Rider Solus 250. If you want a battery operated instead of rechargeable, the Nite Rider Cherry Bomb 35 is nice. I have one of those, too. It's not as bright as the Solus 250 rechargeable, though.
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Rechargable via USB is the only way to flay.

Cygolite Hotshot 150.

SUPER bright. It can be see from well over a half mile away. It blinks. It recharges so it never needs batteries. It lasts a VERY long time in blinking mode.

https://www.amazon.com/Cygolite-Hots...gateway&sr=8-1

You can find them cheaper on eBay.

I also just noticed Cygolite now makes a 200 lumen rear light. Holy cow that'd be bright. You would not miss it, for sure.

But....big side note....they directly the light in a small cone backwards. If you are next to the bike you won't see the light. If you are at a 45 degree angle behind the bike you will see it but it won't be super bright.

If you are 100 yards away behind the bike it will be VERY noticeable.

These lights are designed to be used on a bike being ridden on the road. The goal is so a car sees you from behind or from in front from a long distance away. They aren't designed for an 8 year old riding in circles around the neighborhood who might dart out into the road and present the side of the bike to traffic. If that it what you are looking for you might try something a little less conventional like these....

https://www.amazon.com/Akale-Recharg...3622&s=gateway

(And I mean IN ADDITION to the super bright front and back lights)

Get something like this, probably both in white, and aim them outward from the sides. That way a kid riding in circles in the street always has a light aimed in both directions up and down the street no matter which way the bike is pointed.

These are cheap. They are rechargeable. They blink. They are not good enough to be using as a daytime running light for an adult riding in traffic on a busy road. They are bright enough to be used on a kid's bike riding around the neighborhood as outboard lights. I use something like this on my kid's bike just to make sure she's seen from the sides.
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Originally Posted by daoswald View Post
For an 8-year-old? Get an inexpensive light that takes AAA batteries.

Why not wafer batteries? Because AAA are easier to pick up just about anywhere, and hard to mistake for the wrong one, and because they generally have a long running time.
Why not USB rechargeable? Because it's an 8-year-old. He'll forget to charge it. With AAAs he will be good to go for a few weeks or even a few months.
Why not a high-end light? Because he's not riding major roads at 10pm. He's tooling around the neighborhood and in bed by eight or nine (at least mine is).
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