Review: Planet Bike Superflash Stealth – Three Years Later…

Three Freaking Years Later…Well, I haven’t lost it which is a win for me.  Still looks pretty new despite being dropped/kicked/thrown on most surfaces and below a few wet ones.  I tend to do a good deal of riding at night and I haven’t been hit by a car since I have owned this which makes it effective as a rear blinky.  It is on it’s 3rd set of batteries(It really doesn’t eat batteries, I just use it a lot) as of yesterday and at $30 retail its cost per year is rapidly approaching $10(batteries are expensive!).

Here lies my biggest problem.  Planet Bike came out with a new super duper blinky.  The Superflash Turbo.  My gear lust may get the best of me this fall, I do enjoy newer hotness.

I give the Planet Bike rear blinkies my highest rating, a full 12’er.  If you are on the fence about which tail light to get you can’t go wrong with one of theirs.

Here is the original review from a few summers ago:

Aug 6, 2008

 

Review: Planet Bike Superflash Stealth

Planet Bike Superflash Stealth

Link: Superflash Stealth

After getting my Surly CrossCheck I decided I needed a better rear flasher for commuting, beer running, grocery getting. I asked around and Scott mentioned he had the Superflash and really liked it. So I stopped by Hiawatha Cyclery on the way home from work one night and picked one up. Thanks Jim! Went home, ripped the packaging open and went to work. It comes with all sorts of mounting options and the clip on the back works great on a the back of your pants if you are riding another bike without the mount. I wound up attaching it to my seat post right below my seat. Easy in, easy out, easy on.

Test Ride:
So I tossed in in my bag and rode to Buster’s on 28th. It was pretty bright out when I left the house and sat down at the bar. I took the light out of the bag to check it out a bit more. It is bright as hell in the daylight. I couldn’t wait to see what it could do on the ride home. Fast forward through a few pints and I was set to go. Darkness. Check. Light attached, away we go. Holy hell, this light is bright. I could have used it for a headlight. No problems on the way home, cars went way around me and no one hit me. I consider that to be a good night since I have been hit twice now.

Ongoing:
I have been using it for a couple of months now biking back and forth to work, beer, etc. It has worked well in the rain, in the water(fell into a puddle x2), and every time I clicked it on. I have crashed once with it on and it did its thing and didn’t rocket away from the bike like my old one use to do. No, it just stayed on and illuminated the trees above me while I tried to get out from under my bike and a 24pack in the pannier.

Other Info:
Although I haven’t had to replace the batteries yet I it is pretty easy to open with a coin and Planet Bike has info on how to do it on their website.

$ and Where:
MSRP is $29.99 and you can find it online or at your local bike shop.

-pr

Whiskey and Whisky

 

My bicycle named Whisky resting outside Whiskey the horse’s grave site at Fort Snelling.  33 mile loop, at sundown the bugs were a bunch of fucks.  Old married guy slow road ride tomorrow at 8pm, 30 miles or less with a beer stop, start and end near Lake Nokomis, South MPLS.  Post up on the MORBID FaceSpace+ page if you are interested in joining us. I’m out.  -PR

We’re Baaaa-aaaccck!

We went underground for a bit, but are back now.  You are probably thinking:


Can’t blame ya.  We let you down on the news front.  We did kinda keep up the MEAT-UPs.  We saw you there, we hugged.  It was glorious.  We’ll see ya on the trails or in the bars.  -PR