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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.

Joshua’s Sparse-Edition Icarus Steel and Carbon Road

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Joshua’s Sparse-Edition Icarus Steel and Carbon Road

Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames is no stranger to uniquely-constructed bicycles. His Leviathan is still, to this day, one of my favorite concept bikes I’ve seen. When Josh from Sparse lights contacted Ian about doing a fillet steel and carbon tubed road bike, Ian took the challenge… and the result is amazing. After fillet brazing the sleeves and shaping the ends, he bonded ENVE carbon tubes to complete the frame.

The final result was painted by Brian Meyers at Fresh Frame, with Sparse branding and fit with Mad Fibre wheels. Personally, I think it’s one of the most unique frames to come from Ian since the Leviathan… See for yourself in the Gallery!

Lucetta Magnetic Bicycle Lights

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Lucetta Magnetic Bicycle Lights

This is a pretty clever idea for simple, minimal, stick anywhere bicycle lights. Lucetta’s magnetic lights will stick to anything that’s steel on your bike (that seatpost in the video is steel). See more at Lucetta!

Knog: Blinder Road 3 Lights

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Knog: Blinder Road 3 Lights

The latest from Knog is now available at your local shop. The Blinder Road 3 lights dance the line between your normal blink light and a lamp. 300 lumens of light, weights only 105g, 100% waterproof and is USB rechargeable. Oh and it comes in purple. Head to Knog for more information!

Knog: The Road 2 Seeing Light

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Knog: The Road 2 Seeing Light

At this point, no light should need replacement batteries, especially when USB charging is so easy. I’ve gone through dozens of lights and I keep coming back to Knog‘s Blinder series. This isn’t meant to be a review, just a “stoked” meter reading for the new Knog “seeing” lights. Last week at Frostbike, Knog unveiled the Road 2. I can’t wait to see more.

Blink / Steady Lights

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Blink / Steady Lights

At this point, I get at least a dozen emails a week from people regarding Kickstarter projects. I usually sift through the ones I like and this week’s pick are the Blink / Steady Lights. I can get behind all of this. If and when they develop a USB-chargeable version, I’ll support it even more. Regardless, these look great and are made in Brooklyn, NY but are not cheap. Check out more here.