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salsabike
05-07-2006, 06:53 PM
Does anyone know where to order blinkies? We only seem to get them from promotions, rides, etc., and have never been able to find any place that actually sells them, which seems totally weird. We wear them on the backs of our helmets. Thanks for any help you can offer!

SadieKate
05-07-2006, 06:54 PM
You mean like these?

http://www.roadid.com/

mellic
05-07-2006, 07:15 PM
Just out of curiosity what is a blinky?

KnottedYet
05-07-2006, 07:19 PM
Whoa, I just posted begging folks not to use strobing blinkies! Synchronicity! From the website, it looks like the RoadID ones don't strobe. Just nice slow blink. I hardly ever see strobing ones anymore. Maybe companies have stopped making them because they're so dangerous.

I get free blinkies at fun-runs, bike expos, etc. They don't last very long, but they're free!

I have a Nite Ize LED glowstick I bought at REI. Item 713306. (Ack! I tried to post a link, but it didn't work!) It does a steady glow or a reasonable blink and the battery is easy to replace.

I'm quite pleased with it. Nite Ize makes some other cool stuff, too. I clip this to my waist or helmet strap when I'm riding. Clips to my dog's leash when I'm walking him in the dark.

salsabike
05-07-2006, 09:01 PM
A blinkie is a round, flat reflector with a little LED blinking light in it. It's not very bright but is just enough to maybe catch someone's attention when it's on the back of your helmet, just in case the rear light on your back is for some reason blocked from their view. It's an el cheapo thing, and while in theory you can keep them going by replacing the little watch battery they run on, ours always seem to die regardless.

DeniseGoldberg
05-08-2006, 03:36 AM
A blinkie is a round, flat reflector with a little LED blinking light in it. It's not very bright....
Actually, the blinkies from RoadID.com (http://www.roadid.com) are small but are also very bright. I wear them when I walk in the winter, and I had a woman on a dark road tell me she thought I was a police car from the lights!

--- Denise

Geonz
05-08-2006, 08:45 AM
Lots of LED head and tail lights are blinkies (or have a setting that way).

I have the first one described here (the second one I found looking for the first one, 'cause I couldn't remember which syllable mangled the spelling).

http://www.reallite.com/RLHome.htm
http://www.reelight.com/animation_pop-up.html

You can get "regular sized" ones at nashbar or performance or the LBS... yea, far as I can tell, just about all of 'em are made in China...

mellic
05-08-2006, 06:27 PM
OOoooOOOOOh now I know what a blinky is. I think here we just call them a flashing light.

We get these georgeous little lights here called a frog. They are made by a company called Knog and they are like these little rubber things that you simply clip on. The light itself is a small LED with a couple of different settings to make it flash. They make a few different coloured lights, including red, white, and blue. Check them out:

http://www.knog.com.au/

The company is quite new, but I think they are starting to take off world wide now.

salsabike
05-08-2006, 07:01 PM
Thanks, all. We already have the standard rear and front lights, which can be made to blink. I meant only the little, cheap, round reflectors that emit a fairly weak, small blinking light so that they don't hurt eyes but make your helmet more visible when you clip them to the back of the helmet. They seem to be a promotional thing and we have never found them for sale anywhere--no website, no LBS.

KnottedYet
05-08-2006, 07:15 PM
Those frogs sure are cool. What a great way to light up a seat stay! I want 30....

Trek420
05-08-2006, 09:05 PM
whole lotta blinky things right here

http://www.teamestrogen.com/categories.asp?catID=55

DeniseGoldberg
05-09-2006, 03:55 AM
Hey Trek420 -
Thanks for remembering... I was going to celebrate by commuting to work by bike today, but the weather forecast isn't really cooperating. If I can, I'll hop on my bike after work. If it's raining, well, I guess my celebration was this past weekend's 2-day ride to Maine and back. I'll post a reference to my journal as soon as I finish uploading the pictures.

Oh, and I have one of those Fun Source LEDs from TE - very cool light...

mellic -
Those Frog lights look sweet. And for those of us in the states, I found that Knog has a US site for purchasing: http://www.knogusa.com/index.html?target=dept_6.html&lang=en-us.

--- Denise

mellic
05-09-2006, 07:21 AM
Yes the knog lights are pretty sweet. They are excellent if you need something to make you stand out to motorists when it is getting dark. I also find that the white LED is bright enough to give you good visibility when you get stuck in the dark riding home. I have had mine for over a year and they are still going strong. I haven't even changed the battery yet.

TsPoet
05-09-2006, 11:31 AM
Found this Knog USA site

http://www.knogusa.com/index.html?target=dept_6.html&lang=en-us

Why do I feel like there should be a poem somewhere

Got my Frog
from Knog
Such a cool light
Always within sight
It's bendy
and handy
Ode to the knog/frog
think I'll start a blog

I think I may order myself one or two and see how they work.

Geonz
05-10-2006, 01:18 PM
They're going to have to rename this forum... "Women's Cycling Discussion Forums and Writing WOrkshop" - but they REALLY should add that apostrophe!@!!!!!!

(And regarding a certain other punctuation-free post -- welp, there's always poetic license! I figured there was an e.e. cummings among us. Or, to metafforize, if I'm being a grammar cop, sometimes you figure somebody is driving that way because their wife is in labor or something so you just escort them along first and ask questions later :-))

DirtDiva
05-10-2006, 02:16 PM
Womens'?!?!? :eek: :eek: :eek: Someone needs to turn in their Grammar Grinch badge... ;) :p Sorry, couldn't resist.

KnottedYet
05-10-2006, 06:08 PM
Gregg's Greenlake Cycle has Frogs lights for $9.99.

I won't mention how I meandered in there for 15 minutes in the middle of a weekday (and then left) without a single staff person asking if they could help me, or how there were 2 sales chickies chatting at the register, or how I reminded myself why I don't like Gregg's anymore....

Independent bike shops ROCK! www.recycledcycles.com www.ticycles.com

Geonz
05-11-2006, 05:34 AM
Hmmm... what mistake??? (Ah, the edit button!... It pricked at my memory when I was riding home, actually...) Or, um... womens' means plural to the second power because we are so exponentially STRONG!

DirtDiva
05-11-2006, 01:38 PM
I might forgive you, if only for the nice use of "exponentially"... ;)

salsabike
05-11-2006, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the Gregg's info. I feel much the same way you do about Gregg's, and could make long speeches about why I'm not wild about them either (e.g., approach, or lack thereof, to bike fit). We actually got our tandem at Recycled Cycles, and also use R&E sometimes. Go indies!

KnottedYet
05-26-2006, 07:34 PM
REI has Knog Frogs.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=48066214&parent_category_rn=4500822&vcat=REI_SSHP_CYCLING_TOC

Raindrop
05-26-2006, 09:39 PM
Another place that has tons of different flashing lights is:

http://www.flashingblinkylights.com/

I actually ordered a gross of the bicycle lights and gave them out as Christmas gifts to the members in my various Spinning classes. However, they can be annoying, so I only slap them on when doing speed walk training in the evening or early mornings.