Quick Take: Blink Steady Bike Tail Light

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Why You Want: You’re looking for a quality taillight that is as clever in operation as it is in looks.

Pros: Use of an accelerometer means you never have to remember to turn on your light, or more importantly turn it off. Secure install means it won’t easily get stolen from your bike. Designed and manufactured completely in-house at a factory in Brooklyn.

Cons: Manufacturing in the USA does not come cheap — neither does this light. At this price point, you should also expect USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion and some side visibility, both are absent.

RoadBikeReview Take: The Blink/Steady bike light started out as a project on kickstarter. The idea was to design and manufacture the world’s smartest light that would be waterproof, theft resistant, and could turn itself on and off.

The Blink/Steady light offers two modes of operation, a blink and a steady based on the orientation of the light. No buttons to fuss with, since an onboard Accelerometer and Photosensor, can sense when the bike is in motion tuning itself on, or when the bike is no longer in motion and turns itself off.

The installation process is pretty straightforward, the light is made up of two solid pieces of aluminum, both CNC’d out of solid blocks at their facility in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. A bracket mounts to your seatpost via a small 2mm allen bolt that holds it in place. The larger aluminum block which houses the two AAA batteries, circuit board, and two half watt LEDs is then connected via two security screws or standard allen bolts (both options are provided). A thief with an allen key could potentially still steal the light, but it would take much longer than the standard snatch and grab.

The Blink/Steady is waterproof, with tight tolerances and a rubber seal between the two connecting pieces creating a pretty durable light. Total weight is 60 grams with the batteries installed. Run time is said to be about 200 hours on blinking mode and 80 hours in steady mode.

We love that this light was designed and is manufactured in Brooklyn. The simplified operation and gorgeous design will appeal to some cyclists, but the price tag and limited brightness will be hard for most cyclists to justify.

Price: $125
More Info: www.blinksteady.com

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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  • Mark Wynn says:

    That’s the result when non-bicyclists attempt to engineer bicycle products.

  • Margie says:

    You don’t make any comment on how effective this light is when it comes to being visible from the point of view of a motor vehicle driver, and lighting conditions. Some lights are not very effective till you are almost upon the cyclist….

  • froze says:

    Great idea but bad implementation. Why would anyone want to buy that light for the price their asking? It’s too dim and it’s not rechargeable. You can get the Light & Motion VIS 180 (not the Vis 180 Micro model) light for less money, be 10 times brighter, and be rechargeable. There are even lights like the Serfas TL60 Shield that’s at least 5 times brighter, rechargeable, and costs half the price of this light. That light makes no sense to me unless you’re too lazy to push a button to turn on the light.

  • Jim says:

    It looks like I would hit the back of my legs since it sticks out so far.

  • Howard says:

    If there is an accelerometer that turns off when you stop, what happens at traffic lights, stop signs,…??

    • thien says:

      It’ll stay on at traffic lights and stop signs, it won’t turn off unless it’s completely idle for more than 60 seconds.

  • Doug says:

    While it looks like a well made product, the cost is high. Also it is made to fit a round seat post which is great for a lot of riders, however personally this will not fit my Giant TCR.

  • aawil says:

    I got one of these through kickstarter and found it to be a lot brighter and attention getting than the topeak light I had before. Most idiots in my little town run with no lights at all. I do rather like that I don’t have to take it off and carry it and it looks a lot better than the plastic ones I typically see.

  • francois says:

    What if you don’t want it turning on during the day? This light is too dim anyway. Is there an override switch?

  • Joe Holbrook says:

    good idea, but as with most kickstarter projects, it’s meant more as a money maker, than a great product. Too dim.Non adjustable. Needs to be usb chargeable. Skip the motion sensor and make it more user friendly. good luck!

  • Thomas P says:

    It has a photo sensor so it won’t turn on during the day. It only needs to be installed, after that, it just works. how much more user friendly can you expect it to be?

  • Gerald F says:

    Let me get this straight … this is a tail light only, correct? What about a headlight? Having TWO lights in the picture gives the impression that this is a headlight/taillight combo. If I still have to remove my headlight, what’s the point in having a tail light that I can leave on the bike? I’d buy this if it were the combo for under $100.

  • jmck says:

    I have one and love it. True, it’s not any brighter than a small $20.00 light, but the doesn’t-fall-off factor is key for me. I can justify the cost because I’ve lost about $80.00 worth of rear lights from having them just fall off or get stolen. It’s also super small, and the fact that you don’t have to turn it on and off yourself is nifty.

    That said I am thinking about a 2nd light on the bag to increase illumination, which then kind of begs the question, why not one bigger light?

    Battery life seems to be quite long so far.

  • SombraCycle says:

    One night, I was cruising the bicycle lanes in central London, when another cyclist flew by me. He had one of those blinking, bright-red taillights, and in the dark it played some nasty tricks on my eyes.

    The light was so intense that even as the cyclist pushed further away, I kept feeling disoriented. With cars on my right and the sidewalk to my left, I was forced to stop so I would avoid diving head first into the curb. Needless to say I was annoyed, but my annoyance quickly turned to irony when I realized I had the exact same type of taillight, and that I was probably annoying other cyclists too 🙂


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