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Knog’s Quick Start with the PWR Road/Trail

Knog is a name that’s been historically synonymous with bicycle lights and over the years, I’ve tried just about all of their offerings. While they get the job done, I’ll admit, I haven’t ever been as impressed with anything as I am with their new PWR lights. Imagine a USB bank that runs a high lumen bike light, and a modular package that allows you to customize the amount of light you need, be it MTB or road. The Knog PWR is the most impressive lighting system the brand has ever put out and it’s in stock now. Expect a full review shortly…

Ride with an Awareness Bell? Check this Out

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Ride with an Awareness Bell? Check this Out

I try to ride with an awareness bell on our front-range trails here as much as I can, but I’ve found myself always having to slide it back into position since its strap is just a piece of velcro and handlebars are tapered. Last night, I removed the strap and mounted it directly to my Light and Motion Urban 500 light – I also run a 800 lumens light on my helmet.

The bell stayed put and didn’t move at all, allowing it to resonate down the trail to alert runners, hikers and other cyclists. This time of year, our trails are very crowded at sunset, with athletes trying to soak in the last bit of light, and running an awareness bell just makes it safer for everyone.

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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.

Blackburn Central 700 and Central 300 Lights

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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.

Lighten Up

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Blackburn Central Smart Light Review – Kevin Sparrow

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Blackburn Central Smart Light Review – Kevin Sparrow

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.

Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp

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Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp

A couple of people asked about the lamp that’s on Erik’s AWOL x Poler tourer. Earlier this year, when we rode the Outback, it was his sole light source for when the sun set over eastern Oregon. It’s best described as a “super-wide and super-bright beam.”

The Flux uses a Cree LED with a patented reflector for bright and wide light, much like you’d find in the automotive industry.

Powering the Flux are internal rechargeable 5200mAhr Lithium Ion batteries and there are three nighttime modes with power resulting between 1,200 and 400 lumens. You’ll get 1.75 hours at 1,200 and 6 at 400 lumens and it’ll recharge from zero to full in just four hours.

The Flux will hit shelves at your local Specialized dealer shortly.

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Knog introduces the Qudos Action Light

Knog has branched out from the world of cycling lights and lamps to the [qudos] action lighting system. In short, it’s a light for your GoPro, but it can do much more:

“The [qudos] action is designed with GoPro HERO® aesthetics in mind. But it also works with other action camera’s like Sony Action Cam and Garmin VIRB that have conversion mounts. And with a cold shoe adaptor you can use it with your DSLR and tripod. Even in the day, the [qudos] action provides a great fill light for all cameras.”

For you GoPro enthusiasts and professionals, head over to Knog for more!

Blackburn Introduces the Central 100 front and 20 Rear Lighting System

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Blackburn Introduces the Central 100 front and 20 Rear Lighting System

I was using my Central lights for a few months now, on multiple bikes before I lost them in all my travels. I particularly liked the rear, because I run a generator lamp on my tourer and it wasn’t annoyingly bright for people riding behind me. I even found the front to be exceptionally bright for what many would consider a “blink light”.

The Central lights mark a new push for Blackburn as they will slowly be releasing new products over the next few months, most of which I’ve had hands-on experience with and all of which I’m anxiously awaiting more testing time.

See more on the Central 100 Front and Central 20 Rear below!

Win a Knog Blinder Arc Light #NoOrdinaryRide

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Win a Knog Blinder Arc Light #NoOrdinaryRide

With the release of the new Blinder Arc 1.7 & 5.5 lights Knog put together a social media contest where fans have the chance to win a brand new Blinder Arc bike light.

All you have to do is submit a photo of you and your favorite place to ride with the hashtag #NoOrdinaryRide via Twitter or Instagram, or enter via Knog Facebook.

The best four entries will be chosen on March 10th and will win a Knog Blinder Arc 1.7 or 5.5 light.

Full details of the competition can be found here.