Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Product Review - FlashBak
Do you know what cool people do?
They make cool, smart, and innovative bike products.
That is what Mr. Brad Beneski did. I met Brad at the social cycling rides. He always had some snack (frozen grapes!!!) in his rear rack and always up for a fun ride.. Soon, I noticed his new invention. The FlashBak.
Check out this link for some background on the man and the story behind FlashBak:
When I saw this revolutionary (really it is) light system, it just made sense.
Versatility: The four alligator clips and a separate battery unit are awesome. The clips make it possible to mount it to a back pack, pannier, or right on your jersey. The battery unit can be placed in a jersey pocket or back pack pocket.
Amber light: In chatting with Brad, he told me how optometry studies show that amber is much more visible than red. Why are bike lights red? I dunno, but I'm guessing it is simple tradition. People figure whats good for cars is good for bikes. Ya I know the law says "red", but I understand Brad looked into this and was reassured that this technicality would not be a problem. Amber makes sense.
Beyond visibility, I think there is another advantage to amber light. Call me weird (it happens all the time), but I think people may react differently to different colors. I think amber is simply a less disruptive/annoying/aggressive color, and that it may affect the actions of drivers.
Lights: There are a ton of VERY bright LED's on this bad boy. Ive seen a trend it commuter lights where the concentration is on one very very bright LED with a fancy pants lens on it. Depending on how well its mounted/worn sometimes your 1 watt of power is going into the ground or is being used to signal aliens.
You know who you are...
Simple is better sometimes. These LED are on a fabric strip that is flexible and conforms to your body/backpack. This make is so the LEDs are basically shining many various directions.
I also really like the unique hiccup pattern of the flash, and I'm sure it helps with visibility to some degree.
Remote control: Never ask "is my light on". Never try shining your light at the ground to see if its on.
The remote on/off button can be put somewhere easily accessible and visible to the rider.
I've seen/tried quite a few lights in my time.
I can say with confidence, this is the best light yet.
Buy one here: http://flashbakonline.com/
Or East Side Pedal Pushers.