A new light was recently released, the Reflex Auto TL-LD570, from Cateye. What is so unique about the light? It turns itself on and off utilizing optic and motion sensors.Â If this system really works, I’ll save myself a handful of batteries per year by leaving my light on at night when I leave the bike.Â My only concern about this light is that it uses darkness to help detect when the light goes on, personally I like to run my light all the time.
We have a test light on the way for review, will report back once I have more details.
The Reflex Auto tail light has both optic and motion sensors to determine when to automatically activate the light.Â When darkness and motion are detected the light turns on instantly!
The combination of active and passive safety help provide even more visibility.Â The active safety refers to our standard tail light technology, perfected over years of development.Â The passive safety component refers to our outstanding CPSC reflector design that has exceeded highest governmental standards for many years.
The 5 super-bright modes, over 180 degrees of visibility, and various mount options will help you stand out from the crowd and guarantee you’ll be noticed at night! – Cateye.com
This category is called a variety of things in the bicycle industry right now. It seems to be the target commuter audience for mainstream companies. Room for fenders, a rear rack and often disc brakes for all condition riding.
Rain jackets are one of those pieces that many companies haven’t figured out yet. Some companies, like Gore or Showers Pass, have the jackets nailed down but you’ll also have a hard time finding them in your local store it seems.
Here is a list of my top 5 budget friendly rain jackets and why. Take note that you can get by with one of the cheap <$40 rain jackets. They are made out of plastic and you will end up wet from all the sweat that forms inside of the jacket.
This past week I took delivery of a couple large boxes from Civia Cycles.Â Inside was a very well packagedCivia Loring, a rear rack and pretty cool fenders.Â This Loring is in for review but is still waiting for its very large front basket so for now there are photos and your basic details from Civia themselves.
One our new sponsors, Planet Bike, had a pretty incredible new product hit the cycling market in the past week.
Planet Bike has a new light called the Blaze 2W. The Blaze 1W has been somewhat of an industry standard for affordable LED or go to product in bike shops. If you want a reliable, durable light that is bright enough but doesn’t go over $50 you would get the Blaze 1W.. Combing the forces and tech heads at Planet Bike, there is now a Blaze 2W!
Gary Fisher introduces the Gritty, styled after the freestyle fixed gear bikes that are the new trend in the fixed gear scene. The price tag at $439 isn’t a bad place to start for your freestyle-esque bike but as a commuter I see huge potential.