Category Archives: lights
Portland Design Works: The City Rover

Remember when 400 lumens required a battery pack? We’ve come a long way in terms of on-the-bike, self-contained lighting and the The City Rover from Portland Design Works looks like a great option for those looking for a high-powered urban commuter light.

Available in 400 and 200 lumen models.

See more at Portland Design Works.

Oct 28, 2015 12 comments
Blackburn Central 700 and Central 300 Lights

For the oncoming autumn commutes, Blackburn has two new lights to offer a wide range of illumination both on and off-road. The Central 300 is a 300-lumen lamp that’ll get you home safely on the street and still offer enough light to navigate off-road riding, while the 700-lumen Central 700 is a trail-capable head lamp. Both are USB rechargeable and hitting shelves at your local Blackburn dealers this fall.

See more specs below. (more…)

Sep 9, 2015 Comments are OFF
Lighten Up

A few people have requested photos of the lighting setup on my Geekhouse Woodville tourer. My view on lighting is pretty simple: throw a big beam where you illuminate not just your bike but the road around you. The Portland Design Works Aether Demon USB light is mounting via the included seatpost clip, but I removed the ring and just attached the clip straight to the rack mount on my bike. Most all lights come with a seatpost mount. I’ve found this method to not only be more secure than a seat stay mount, but much more successful at lighting the surface of the road, increasing visibility.

This position puts the light low and to the inside of the road, assuming cars are driving on the right of the road. If I were in Australia or UK, the light would be on the reverse. The same goes for my Edelux front lamp, which is under my Wald basket.

Apr 3, 2015 26 comments
Knog Launches the No Ordinary Night Video Competition

Here’s an interesting competition from Knog:

“We’re looking for the best night-time videos from around the globe. Whether it’s midnight snowboarding, festival crowd surfing, or any weird wonderfulness we couldn’t even dream of, we want to see it.

Enter for your chance to win a range of prizes, plus a worldwide screening of your video at the global festival in June.”

Read more about this competition at Knog and see some of the initial video entries at their No Ordinary Night Gallery.

Mar 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Augur Wolf Lights

Yeah, the market is surely saturated by USB charging blink lights, but the Augur Wolf has a functionality that I’ve yet to see. If you’ve ever been in a paceline on a road ride, brevet, or group ride, the rider in front of you most likely has a red blink light that can be distracting.

The Augur Wolf has a system that detects front lights behind it and automatically dims the light from a 3-LED, 35 Lumens, to 1-LED. Now that’s innovative.

See more from the Augur Wolf at their Kickstarter.

Nov 17, 2014 11 comments
Portland Design Works Lars Rover™ 650 and 450 Lights

Portland Design Works introduces their new USB charging commuter lights, the Lars Rover™ in 650 and 450 lumens. Each light has five modes, depending on how you want to use them. For me, a 2 hour battery life on light like this seems pretty good, especially coming from a lamp without an external battery pack. That takes it out of the strictly commuter, blink light mode into some trail romping.

Looking good, PDW.

Oct 14, 2014 4 comments
Portland Design Works: Full Metal Fenders™ + Fenderbot™ Special

The team at Portland Design Works have been waiting all summer to unleash this deal. Right now, you can get the Full Metal Fenders and a Fenderbot for $125, that’s 15% off MSRP. I have a set of these fenders and they are great, but it never rains in Austin!

At any rate, I’m sure it rains where you live, so check out more at PDW.

Oct 7, 2014 Comments are OFF
Blackburn Central Smart Light Review – Kevin Sparrow
The side safety lights are nice and bright as well.

Blackburn Central Smart Light Review
Words and photos by Kevin Sparrow

Tis the season for summer to come to an end and the days to become shorter. Having a good light is the key to riding all year round, especially if you are a commuter who ends your day at 5 or 6 pm. Over the last month or so, I’ve been testing out the Blackburn Central Front Smart Light. “What makes this light so smart?”, you may ask. Well, Blackburn has developed a light with a sensor that measures how much ambient light there is around you. The sensor then auto adjusts the brightness accordingly. This not only saves on battery power but is also really nice when you are riding through a city where light is constantly changing.


Sep 19, 2014 11 comments