Best And Brightest Value
I had a budget, did my homework and this is where I arrived. While I did expect good marking for the front beam, I did not expect it to be so weak that I would want to supplement with a helmet light, but this was the case. My morning commute is in the dark. Trails provide little if no light, so it's important to have a wider spread on the beam, flashing or not. The Blaze will light well enough, but the area is just too confined to rely on completely in my opinion.
The rear SuperFlash, on the other hand, exceeds expectations. It is both very bright and flashes in a pattern that pulls your attention to it. I just don't see how motorists could miss this. It's so bright that looking directly into it will leave you seeing spots for a few seconds. It's even bright enough to burn and be seen during the day.
I had no problem with either mount. Those that have issues with the front bracket may not be reading the instructions, as I can see how having the tensioner reversed might make it seem like you can't get it tight enough.
Battery life is excellent. Just be sure to invest in rechargeables.
SUPERFLASH, SUPER LIGHT
I bought this product based on a cycling magazine review. One reason was because I could use AA rechargeable which I use for my camera.
I mounted the tail light on the left seat stay. It pretty much stayed there through over 100 miles of riding on Maryland's Eastern Shore and N. Carolina's Outer Bank none of which were overly rough.
The headlight put out a terrific light, in fact good enough for 8 of us to ride by as we dashed to the ferry in a pre-dawn sprint.
However, I couldn't seem to get the handlebar mount tight enough on my carbon fiber so the light would kinda start to droop. Even so, I managed to keep it pointed over my handlebar bag.
The tail light is difficult to mount on the left seat stay because the screw head is on the right side of the bracket (if one mounts it white light up. It just occurred to me I could mount it, "upside down")which means one has to either mount the bracket with the rear wheel off, or work around/through the rear wheel.
A great pair.
Great product...Great value!
These lights are terrific for the price!
The headlight emits a nice, bright bluish white light. It has both flash and solid modes.
The rear safety light is very bright with 3 LEDs. It also has a flash mode with a crazy flash pattern that really can't be ignored and really gets noticed. It also has a solid on mode. I have 2 of these, one which I put in flash mode to help get noticed and the other I put on solid to help indicate my position to motorists.
The only cons I would say with these lights is that the batteries aren't rechargable and they don't have any sort of battery life indicator.
However, for the price, these lights are fantastic! Top-notch product! I'm actually about to purchase these for my son. I would recommend them to anyone seeking some good safety lights that won't break the bank.
great light set
I bought this set when I had my first p.b. rear tail light fall off. I did end up getting the same tail light as before because simply put, it is the best rear light for visibility that I have used. The front light is great also. After almost a year I finally replaced the batteris in the front and was amazed at how bright it really is. You can tell is going dead by how fast the light flashes... slowly means time to replace. I use rechargeables in it now. Over all great lights for use during the day or night. Just pick up a nice full beam rechargeable light for your helmet and your ready for the worst seattle can through at you!
p.s. put a piece of electrical tape around the tail light just to be sure it wont fall off.
Which Superflash set to buy ????
You will find (currently) REI offers two different sets of these lights. Both are EXCELLENT !!!! The rear light is the same in both sets. Only the cost and front light are different -- For [$] you get 1 watt in the front[$] gives you a 1/2 watt front light. I picked the less expensive set because:A) Battery life for the front light is only 20 hours with the more expensive 1 watt version, but is FIVE TIMES as much (100 hours) with the cheaper 1/2 watt version.B) The light given off by the front lamp isn't that different between 1 and 1/2 watt (look at them both. Observe the beam patterns also. Again, the rear lamp is the same in both sets (and has a 100 hr battery life).C) I like saving money ;)
Red blinkie fantastic, front is suppleme
Rear blinkie is brilliant in every sense of the word. I have it on my messenger bag for my daily commute (together with other blinkies on my bike and helmet from other companies that "pale" in comparison). Battery life is very good.
I would not rely on the headlight as my single source of light for my rides. Half a watt is not very much light. Instead, I use it as a supplemental blinkie with my much more powerful Night & Vision light (w/ separate battery) in an effort to create additional attention...
I am not using the bracket for the rear blinkie but the bracket for the front, while perfectly fine when installed, has this little screw that will pop out and disappear very fast during installation if you don't watch out.
Great lights, ok mounting
The rear light is excellent. It is bright, easy to turn on/off, works in inclimate weather and has good battery life. It mounted easily on my 27.2 seatpost.
The front light is pretty good. It can be seen by others but is not that bright. It has worked well in rain/cold as well, and the battery life has been ok.
The one issue I had was the mounting clamp on the front light (25.4 handlebars). I had a difficult time getting it tightly closed after I installed it once and then tried to move the light. It wouldn't close without pliers, or if it did the clamp was not tight. The clamp is made out of rubber/plastic, so the durability may not be great.
Great Light Set to let drivers see you.
I use this light to make me more visable to drivers. I mainly ride roade in the evenings and some times late night. I only recommend this light set as a safety light and not a light to light up the road. I use a second light on my helmit for lighting the road. The tail light is super bright and batteries last a very long time on flash. I only use both lights on flash. I hightly recommend this light to make your ride safer. Both lights mount securly on my bike. I see no way to lose this light unless you mount it wrong.
Good Value, But Not Perfect By Any Means
I went into the store to get the tail light part of this set. I was following a bike that had one and was impressed that it darn near blinded me!
I got the set as I didn't have a headlight either and together they were at an attractive price.
The headlight is really only useful for safety, as a device to get other people's attention.
When using it as illumination, it basically lights up the pothole you're about to fall into!
Still, if one is aware of its limitations, I give it a "thimb up.!
Planet Bike Lights - a great value
I needed a solid headlight/tailight set for commuting with my old Bianchi Tangent. This pair offered everything I needed at a great price. The headlight is bright enough to see dark country roads with. The tail light can be set to flash or run on steady and is quite brilliant. The hardware for attaching both units makes it easy to switch both over to another bike in moments. There are brighter headlights out there but few that operate this well at this price.