Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Fibre Flare – a versatile red light?

Posted by Matt | February 18, 2009 | 1 comment so far

Fibre Flare rear light
Speculating before the long winter nights I thought the thing that would keep me going best over the months of darkness would be decent bike lights. And I put my money where my mouth was, with a new Exposure MaXx-D front light and more recently a Blackburn Mars 4.0 1w LED rear light. Both these lights have drawn unprompted responses from people.

A van driver, seeing me riding at about 8:00am in daylight slowed his oncoming vehicle, wound his window down down and complimented me on it’s effectiveness. Robustly; as in ‘Oi!! Turn that f**king light off you c**t you’re f**king blinding me!!!’

At least he saw me… As for the rear light, my riding buddies are more restrained but no less emphatic about it’s effectiveness when they’re following me at night, to the extent that I tend to use it only for road sections. It’s seriously bright.

All that as may be, as you can see from the photo above there’s a new rear light on the market called the Fibre Flare which uses – well, I’m not sure really. I think it’s LEDs shining down some specially designed optical fibre which refracts the light out to seeming great effect. It’s definitely bendy as the Fibre Flare pics and details tell over on BikeRadar and it has two crocodile clips at either end so you can attach it to just about anything including clothing and backpacks.

Looks worth a bit more investigation I reckon but seems a bit pricey at a penny shy of £30.

Filed under 2009, News in February 2009


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There is 1 comment on ‘Fibre Flare – a versatile red light?’

We love to get comments from our readers - if you've spent a few moments to comment, thank-you.

  1. John Gargan says:

    I have had three of these lights! they look great, but they all failed eventually, they are not waterproof! STAY AWAY… real shame, cause they look great! the alternative is to NEVER USE THEM IN THE RAIN!.. which is not very practical if you commute regularly like me!:-(

Leave a comment…

Have your say – we'd love to hear what you think.

If you have something to add, just complete this comment form (we will not publish your email address).

*Required information.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.