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Bendable bike light made to give cyclists some space

Bendable bike light made to gi...
The L-Bow tail light is currently on Kickstarter
The L-Bow tail light is currently on Kickstarter
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The L-Bow puts out a maximum of 130 lumens
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The L-Bow puts out a maximum of 130 lumens
The L-Bow tail light is currently on Kickstarter
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The L-Bow tail light is currently on Kickstarter
The L-Bow's magnetic breakaway connector
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The L-Bow's magnetic breakaway connector
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In order to keep drivers from passing too close, some cyclists use bike-mounted foam "noodles" that extend out horizontally toward the traffic. The L-Bow takes that concept a step further, by applying it to a tail light.

Created by London-based product designer Sean Whiffin, the L-Bow features a flexible articulated body with a reflective strip running along it lengthwise, along with a row of waterproof red LEDs on the end. Utilizing button controls, those LEDs can be set to eight different flashing/intensity modes, putting out a maximum of 130 lumens.

The main device is attached to an included seatpost or under-saddle mount via a magnetic connector, reinforced by two silicone retaining bands. This setup reportedly keeps the tail light firmly in place when going over bumps in the road, yet allows it nondestructively pop loose if whacked by the rider or otherwise abused.

The previous version of the L-Bow (the first-generation model) lacked this feature.

The L-Bow's magnetic breakaway connector
The L-Bow's magnetic breakaway connector

And yes, the whole idea with the thing is that it can easily be bent to extend out to the left or right – whichever side the traffic is on. It can also be bent straight up, for situations where a more traditional tail light is called for.

It's powered by a lithium-ion battery, which should reportedly be good for up to 45 hours of runtime per charge.

Should you be interested, the second-generation L-Bow is presently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of £25 (about US$35) will get you one – that's 40 percent off the planned retail price.

It's demonstrated in the video below.

Source: Kickstarter

L-Bow bendable tail light

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7 comments
7 comments
Trylon
There was something similar and simpler back in the 1970s. A red reflector on a rigid plastic boom that stuck out on the side. I believe the boom was on a hinged mount, so if it was hit, it could flip forward.
BeholdersEye
It needs to be longer, it is only shoulder width.... Cars need to be a meter+ away...
I use a 1.2 m driveway marker!!!
madsci
To bad many folks with their eyes fixed on the phones while driving will notice this light. Smart cars are the only hope for many.
Bob Flint
Might try a "T" giving room on both sides, personally going the direction of travel as you could forget it's there, and clip or catch on something sending it tumbling off.
May the BIG RIGS tractor trailers have the right idea with the spiked front wheel bolts "aka chariots of past" to potentially damage anyone getting too close...
Rann Xeroxx

madsci May 7, 2021 09:26 AM
"To bad many folks with their eyes fixed on the phones while driving will notice this light. Smart cars are the only hope for many."

Why do you think Smart Car tech will help with anything? Already all you have to do is pay attention and actually drive your car instead of doing all the other BS people do while driving. This is not a tech problem to be solved, this is a people problem.
Ryan Moore
Sadly, like seemingly every bike accessory ever made, it only comes with two mounts, both on the seat post. Where’s the imagination and forethought to add a rack mount? You’re talking about a commuter item, no carbon race bike is going to sport this. My seat post is crammed full of bags, radars and cameras already.
ljaques
I have a multi-patterned light with dual laser lines projected onto the roadbed beneath me for about six feet. The effect is to box me in wider than my human or bike frame. These look nice and bright, but not wide enough.