Bontrager Flare R: Daylight Visibility

Daytime running lights

I’ve been running daytime lights in Seattle for a couple seasons now on my rain bike – the choice varies depending on what we have in on test and that’s currently the Flux from Spesh (more on those in another post). With gray skies, changing weather, and traffic I’m usually blinking most days, and early evenings, until the sun sticks around for more than a few hours during the Summer.

Today Bontrager announced their all-new Flare R, designed for daylight visibility. As their PR says

While using a light in the daytime may seem counterintuitive, studies have shown that 80% of cycling accidents occur during the day(1). Additional studies on accidents resulting in the fatality of a cyclist show that in 40% of all bicycle vs. car accidents, the victim was struck from behind(2). Bontrager engineers began developing Flare R to combat these staggering statistics, with the ultimate goal of increasing confidence and safety with a lightweight, sleek, compact product that is relevant to every type of cyclist, from recreational to racer.

The Flare R is a 65 Lumen CREE LED (brighter than a car light) with four distinct patterns, two for daylight-riding and two designed for nighttime usage.

  • Day Flash mode will utilize all 65 Lumens in a strategically placed random flash pattern designed to draw a motorist’s eyes.
  • Fully charged run time is 5.75 hours.
  • Day Steady mode uses 25 Lumens of steady illumination and is great for group rides.
  • Fully charged run time is 4.25 hours.
  • Night Flash mode uses an irregular flash pattern punctuated by short pops of increased intensity.
  • Fully charged run time is 23 hours.
  • Night Steady mode provides 5 Lumens of steady light great for consistent nighttime visibility.
  • Fully charged run time is 21 hours
  • MSRP $59.99.

Like the Volvo Light Paint I mentioned in our social channels last week, critics will tweet

And sure, but I’ve been talking about the lack of a safety emphasis from the bike industry for years and welcome these new products. As road sales flattened and decline, marketers are figuring out the needs of everyday biking and how fear keeps people from riding.

1 Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2013: Main Results”, Department for Transport, 2014 “Collisions Involving Cyclists on Britain’s Roads: Establishing the Causes”, TRL Report PPR 445, 2009; 2 Every Bicyclist Counts, League of American Bicyclists, May 2014



A Short History of the Bike Toss


In honor of Jack Bauer’s performance at #GentWevelgem, here’s an updated version of The Bike Toss (A Short History). Di2 failed on me once and hard, jolting the whole bike. I didn’t have a camera crew nearby on a moto or overhead in a chopper, but I sure threw that bike….



A Rattling Cage

A rattling cage

A couple weekends ago, three of us roadies stopped on the ship canal trail to fix a loose bottle cage and none of us had a tool or a pump…plenty of C02 cartridges though, enough to fill the tires on a semi.

The things we’ve learned over the years got discussed during the pause in the ride, and we talked about the early season crashes.

Our own injuries came up, how life sidetracked us from a sport we love for a season, and how the fastest cyclists we know don’t race anymore.

As Snake Hawk bullet points here, “Racing is optional,” like when the mood is right, or when it suits our fancy again.

After hand tightening the bolt, the rattling cage didn’t fall off before I got back to the garage, and I thought about the sounds on that ride.

The noise didn’t bother me as much as it once did. Also made sure there’s a multi-tool in my roll before the next ride.

Sounds we hear when riding, like a rattling cage, is the topic of our current issue. Available now on iTunes and the Web, Issue 22 Sounds cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription. 23 Momentum drops next month.



Antidepressor

Back on the bike is the antidepressor.



Like a Minivan

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Shawn’s cargo bike

Shawn O’Keefe was explaining to me how he bought a cargo bike to take his kids to school, but the convo was really about getting old, being responsible, and two friends that don’t ride together as much anymore.

“It’s like your minivan,” I said.

I think he secretly hated that bike, like you hate a minivan for being so practical, and the right thing to do for the wife and kids.

“When you kids get older, they’ll weight too much for it, so you can retire it then.”

That’s what I did and got a race bike, like this one.

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An unrelenting bike

Getting your groove back on the bike, experiencing that momentum once again, and immersing yourself in the ride is the theme for the next issue of our magazine, number 23. Our back catalog is on iTunes and the Web and cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription. The current issue, number 22, in is about Sounds, like the one the chains and huge lock made when Shawn unlocked his cargo bike from that tree.



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