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Hands On First Look : Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light

Commute By Bike received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light that we previewed last week and it quickly took the place of the TL-LD610 that we’ve openly loved before on Commute By Bike.  Our initial spin around the block is that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully.  Something I didn’t realize I was missing in a light.

Cateye TL-LD570

For now the light is mounted on the Salsa Casseroll seat tube but long term will be mounted and tested out on a rear rack.  The light looks very much like a rear reflector, very little styling but it gets the job done.  In fact, I enjoy that it looks like a boring over-sized reflector as it may not be stolen due to this!

Once we get longer rides and feedback from cars behind, I’ll check back in with a better, true, review.  For now, check out our initial preview of the light.

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2009 Top Commuting Products : Lights

It seems weekly I’m modifying one bike or another, trying out the newest or greatest product.  Most of the time it is on my own dime, working in a bike shop I get to see all the cool things, and crave all the cool things too.  Here are some of my favorite things I’ve tried out personally, reviewed for the site or Bike Shop Girl.

Starting off with my favorite niche of riding, bike lights! One of my goals for 2010 is to research and expand my knowledge of generator lights.  In the past weeks we’ve talked about bike lights so continue on with the conversation.

Light & Motion Vega 200 Light & Motion Vega Lights


We’ve had an introduction to this light before and my long term review is in the works but I love the ease of use.  Rechargeable lights that are all enclosed with batter and light in one unit.  The mount needs some work, but you can pick up an older style Light & Motion handlebar mount that works well with the light. Waterproof, quick charge time, various light settings (high, medium, low and flashing) gives you a long run time if needed.  In various locations they are on sale right now, so it makes this light an even better bang for your buck.

Planet Bike Superflash/Blaze LightPlanet Bike Superflash/Blaze Combo

The front light is a 1 watt LED that has a low, high and flash mode.  The flash mode is very crazy mode, nothing like I’ve seen and could easily distract or blind drivers if you aren’t careful..  The rear light claims to be able to be seen from 1 mile away with multiple LEDs.

Cateye TL-LD610 Rear Light

Cat Eye TL-LD610The bees knees for rear lights.  This is my go to rear light for racks running it horizontal, or any bike that has a good amount of seatpost showing for the light to run vertical up the seatpost.  The only qualm I have with the light is the new mounting bracket it changed to last year, using a turning knob the band through.  This does two things, sticks out the side when mounted on your seatpost (be warned if you have bigger thighs) and can leave a sharp end when you cut the band to size.

Reelight Battery Free Bike Lights

ReelightThe Reelights have been talked about before on CommuteByBike and other places.  The points easy, we love these lights.  They run off magnets attached to your wheels, blinking off as the wheel goes around.  You install them, and forget them.  It helps often when I forget my messenger bag, or my battery is running low.  It is a good feeling to know that no matter what there are no batteries and others can always see me.