Recommend me a rear light.

andy46
andy46 Posts: 1,666
edited August 2012 in Road buying advice
Hi everyone

My Cateye TL-LD610 has stopped working after the batteries corroded. I've cleaned it out and replaced the batteries but it only works for so long then switches off.

I've looked at all the Cateye lights as most places stock these, but are they any others I should consider? It would be on my seatpost on short rides and on longer rides clipped onto the saddle bag.

Looking to spend no more than £40 if possible, thanks :)
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  • Supergoose
    Supergoose Posts: 1,089
    Exposure Flare.
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  • MattC59
    MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Nite Rider Cherry Bomb !!
    It runs on 2x AAA batteries, lasts for ages and is painfully bright (apparently visible up to a mile). Extremely good light !
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  • andy46
    andy46 Posts: 1,666
    MattC59 wrote:
    Nite Rider Cherry Bomb !!
    It runs on 2x AAA batteries, lasts for ages and is painfully bright (apparently visible up to a mile). Extremely good light !


    MattC59

    Which one is the better out of these two, is one a newer model?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NiteRider-Che ... 331wt_1270

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nite-Rider-Ch ... 500wt_1054


    Also do you use one? They do look good for the money.
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  • Hoopdriver
    Hoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    I like the Cateye 1100. Had mine for a couple of years now, it's survived several unpleasant falls off the bike, works well, is extremely bright, shines to the sides as well as the rear, and gets a lot of life out of a single set of batteries. Best rear lights I've used yet
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    Supergoose wrote:
    Exposure Flare.

    +1

    Nothing comes close at the price and size
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  • andy46
    andy46 Posts: 1,666
    I've gone for a Smart Lunar R2 from Wiggle

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/smart-lunar-r2-rear-light/

    It looks decent enough for the price with some good flashing modes. I do like the look of the Exposure Flare but it doesn't seem like you can fit it to a saddle bag, and I don't have enough seat post on show with the bag fitted.

    I still may get a Flare at a later date though.

    Thanks for the replies :)
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  • northpole
    northpole Posts: 1,499
    The cherry bomb is a great light and as noted earlier, the batteries last for an age.

    I have just bought a replacement hope district as an extra safe precaution, but really the cherry bomb is excellent.

    Peter
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    smart half watt at a tenner is the cheapest and best there is.
  • Scrumple wrote:
    smart half watt at a tenner is the cheapest and best there is.
    Isn't that the one which turns.itself off in the wet though. I have to wrap mine in cling film! It wasn't nice to get to work one evening to realise i'd been riding with no rear light at night in the pouring down rain.
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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I dont trust any one light - Always go with two on the back if you're riding at night !

    I have the Cateye Holy Hand grenade, and the Smart superflash. Although the handgrenade died recently after years of loyal service - so I'll be getting a new one soon.
  • daxplusplus
    daxplusplus Posts: 631
    cougie wrote:
    I dont trust any one light - Always go with two on the back if you're riding at night !

    +1

    It also helps if your rear light is so bright that you can see whether it's on just be looking at the back of your bike while your riding along - I can see my magic shine reflected off the rear brake. Very reassuring that it's still on.

    I have two magic shine Mj818s (long story) that are mega bright (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfEheW4Dtms) and last ages on their rechargable battery pack but they were not without issues.

    2 design flaws:
    1 they don't come with a suitable mounting kit (I bodged mine to the seat post with some strategically scupltured cork) and
    2 they can break depending on how you turn them on and off! It meant I needed to solder one of them up to fix it.

    However I love mine and will replace them if they fail. I use 'em in the daylight too.

    Also got an old Cateye holy hand grenade as backup - it's got led's pointing sideways - gotta be a good idea.
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  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
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  • daxplusplus
    daxplusplus Posts: 631
    How long does the Flare's battery last?
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  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    20 hours or so on flashing. 15 or so with the rechargeable set.

    I picked up shedloads of normal batteries on Amazon for a tenner.
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  • apreading
    apreading Posts: 4,535
    +1 on two lights, both front and read. If you only have one light and it fails or battery runs out, you could have a serious problem, and at the rear you wouldnt even know.
  • Eyorerox
    Eyorerox Posts: 43
    Portland Design Works
    http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/lights/dan ... e%E2%84%A2 For night and day
    and for night time
    http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/lights/rad ... 84%A2-1000

    buy from http://www.westernbikeworks.com/

    But only if you have an address in the USA,or are on holiday in US and can arrange delivery to your hotel as the postage outside is eyewatering
  • andy46
    andy46 Posts: 1,666
    I use a Hope vision 1 upfront and my newly purchased Smart Lunar R2 (which I am impressed with) on the rear.

    It's a good point though about having 2 sets of lights for night time riding, is there any people would recommend as a second set? Does anyone use Knogg frogs for this purpose?

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/knog-frog-strobe-led-twinpack/
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  • apreading
    apreading Posts: 4,535
    I found the Blackburn Mars click much better than all the other button cell lights - its really good. Got mine cheap on ebay. All the bikes in our household have one on the seat tube as backup to the main light. When its winter and I am out in the dark alot on roads, I and my son also put a Smart mini on our helmets, really cheap here: http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/LISMRTMINI/ ... _light_set

    I have the Smart 1w or 1/2w lights on some bikes in the family fleet and they are really good. I have a cateye on mine but only because it fits the bracket on the pannier rack which I havent bothered to change yet. I have a Blackburn something or other waiting to try out though, which looks really good.
  • ilm_zero7
    ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    MingMong wrote:
    brilliant light - in every respect
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  • MattC59
    MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    andy46 wrote:
    MattC59 wrote:
    Nite Rider Cherry Bomb !!
    It runs on 2x AAA batteries, lasts for ages and is painfully bright (apparently visible up to a mile). Extremely good light !


    MattC59

    Which one is the better out of these two, is one a newer model?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NiteRider-Che ... 331wt_1270

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nite-Rider-Ch ... 500wt_1054


    Also do you use one? They do look good for the money.

    Hi Andy,
    Sorry, haven't been on here for a few days, so missed this. I've got the 1Watt version, I believe that this is the newest, but they're both still available. Great light if you're still in teh market for one.
    Matt
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  • matt-h
    matt-h Posts: 847
    i've been eyeing up the Flare, but the fact it keeps turning off from a hard bump puts me off
  • DrLex
    DrLex Posts: 2,142
    FWIW, I've been very pleased with the Moon Shield 60 - USB rechargeable & can be found for £35 (£45 RRP).
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  • mingmong
    mingmong Posts: 542
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    Hope 2 up front and Hope district at the back running off 1 battery. Not cheap but it is the win. Reliable, well made British kit.
    Use the District all year around, great for still being seen when the sun is low etc.

    I've had so many Smart/blackburn/other cheap bright lights die I could pay for the above rig all over again.

    For less money the exposure flare setup is hard to look past. Don't get fooled by cheap lights, they make good secondary lights but tend not to live long in my experience.*

    *If you are a fair weather rider they should be fine!