Friday, November 30, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Planet Bike Superflash Turbo

A little while ago, I won a Planet Bike Superflash Turbo rear bike light--it was a draw prize for completing a Momentum Cycling survey. I already had an earlier model of the light & really liked it. If you've been reading the Sprog for a while, you might remember that I included it in my list of Ten Autumn Cycling Must-Haves.

I think Planet Bike is kind of awesome. Making great bike gear isn't enough for these guys. Did you know that they also give 25% of profits to cycling advocacy work? So I decided to contact Planet Bike to see if they'd be interested in giving away other of these great lights to my lovely readers. Before I get into the contest details, I'll give you more info on the Superflash Turbo.

The key to being safe on the roads is being seen. When darkness falls before 5pm, you need a bright light that gets the attention of the drivers around you. Planet Bike Superflash Turbo lights are extremely bright & with an irregular flash pattern, including a one-watt power LED, they're visible for hundreds of metres. They'll make you more visible & thus safer, even in daylight.

The vertical design is compact, weatherproof & durable. I attached my bracket to my seatpost, but you can also attach it to your bicycle frame or rack. I often clip one light to my jacket or purse then the second on our child trailer.

Planet Bike advertises the light as running for up to 100 hours on two AAA batteries. I don't really keep track of the hours I've used these lights, but I don't think I've needed a new battery on my older model yet. Whether you use the steady or flashing mode, it's a fairly energy efficient light.
    The Planet Bike Superflash Turbo light retails for about $34. You can find it at most bike shops. UPDATE: You can pick up a Planet Bike Blinky Superflash Turbo 1W Tail Light for just $20 on Amazon.ca! (affiliate link)

    Now for the contest: Planet Bike is giving away one Superflash Turbo. You've got until 11:59pm Thursday December 6 to enter. You can get multiple entries for following me & Planet Bike on Twitter & Facebook, as well as tweeting about the giveaway (daily if you like). The more of those that you do, the higher chance you have of winning. :) Just make sure to do the action (tweet, comment, etc) AND tell Rafflecopter that you did it in the form below so your entry will be counted! If you have any questions at all or something isn't working for you, please email me (lisa.corriveau AT gmail.com) & I'll help sort it out. :)

    Good luck!


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    16 comments:

    1. Biking to Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge is always a favorite after dark ride!

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      1. I swear, EVERYONE I know is talking about NYC these days... I really need to go. & I'll put biking the Brooklyn Bridge on the to do list. :)

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    2. I remember biking home from beach parties in the summer (when I was a teenager), and there were a couple of flat open stretches where the riding was nice and I'd be able to look at the stars, and even see the Northern Lights a couple of times. It was very cool.

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      1. Ooh, what a great memory! Though I ride a lot now, I didn't bike much as a teenager. Had a cheap bike that never worked too well & lived in a really hilly area.

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    3. I don't bike anymore, but my husband does to and from work - he tells his German colleagues about his route around the seawall to the office and they are very jealous.

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      1. The seawall ride is scenic... but I usually find it frustrating during sunny summer days when it's full of tourists walking on the bike path. :P It's lovely at 5:30pm on a chilly late fall evening though. :)

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    4. My husband bikes from North Van to central Burnaby most days and this light would make me worry less for sure! He is quite well lit but I don't think it's ever enough!

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      1. Awesome! Bike commuting is great--I loved getting that blast of exercise first thing & burning off the stress of the workday right after. :)

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    5. This is by far, the best light we've ever used! I just lost mine today :( Since we don't drive anymore, our bikes are our sole means of transportation. Since it's getting darker these days, we use our lights a lot! My favorite place to go after dark is home! I love riding along the quiet, empty streets late at night.

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      1. Yes--heading home in the dark & quiet is lovely. I particularly loved riding back 'home' to where we were staying on Galiano & Saltspring Islands a few years back. The roads there are empty most of the time (except just after a ferry) & it's very dark at night. Looking forward to doing that bike trip again soon.

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    6. Well, it's not really related to bicycling, but I just went back and re-read your car-sharing experiences. I am using Car2Go (although we have one Modo parked very close), for the availability of one-way trips. (For my last outing, the prices would have been comparable - difference of less than $1.)

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    7. Car2Go is great for one-way trips if it's just one or two adults or older children. But when you have a car seat to deal with, one-way trips are way more hassle.

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      1. Actually I used the car2go with my almost 6-years old; I carried his (small) booster seat in a shopping bag. But you are right, this wouldn't work well with a regular car seat.

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    8. We don't really bike in the dark, mainly because we don't have a light or proper reflective gear! I guess we have gone to the park a few times and biked back in the dark by accident though. :)

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      1. It's hard not to bike in the dark these days--we've only got, what, 6 hours of daylight at this time of year? ;)

        You can get a set of red & white lights for under $10 that are tiny & easy to pop in a pocket or even loop into a zipper pull. I use MEC's turtle lights for that--we've even got one on the stroller. :)

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