This is a long term, 16 month review of the Exposure Flare which has lots of favourable reviews online.
From my experience this light has some serious quality flaws that make it too unreliable.
It is half way through my second winter with this product and the light has broken twice in the last three months, my 15 mile commute in the dark requires a reliable alternative back-up light to keep me safe. My early review of this product was favourable even though I noted that I’d had to return the light for repair within its first 3 months of use.
I bought my light in September 2013, however it was showing signs of unreliability – switching off caused by road vibration – by late October. This fault was repaired in January 2014, it was then returned again to Ultimate Sport Engineering for a second time September 2014 for the same fault and now for a third time in January 2015 the light turns off when riding on the road caused by vibration again.
See this short video-clip to observe the vibration induced switch off:
I like Exposure products, I have a fabulous MaXX D front light which has served me well, and even with my frustrating experience I would buy more USE / Exposure products.
I wonder if other owners of the Exposure Flare have had a similar experience to me or I’ve just been unlucky.
I was cheered to read on the British Cycling website that the campaign to cause a review of the position taken by U.K. justice system to cycling accidents has succeeded. This is the first step in changing the way the law is interpreted on cases involving injury or death of a cyclist.
As I’ve written before, the law does not currently enforce the correct attitude to injuries or death of cyclists by other road users. British Cycling is seeking to correct this attitude by making the distinction between accidents (as they are currently termed) and incidents. The connotations around ‘accident’ infer that no one is to blame whereas an incident will have a more serious and targeted blame element.
Having just blogged about cyclist safety in February, I was just made aware of a new Scottish campaign, Pedal on Parliament whose manifesto is posted on their site pedalonparliament.org. They have a second ride, targeted at Holyrood on 28th April 2012. The manifesto they’re compaigning for goes like this:
- Proper funding for cycling.
- Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
- Slower speeds where people live, work and play
- Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
- Improved road traffic law and enforcement
- Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
- A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
- Improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy
Admirable though this is, I think its missing something. I believe that a media campaign whose purpose is to sell ‘cyclists’ to other road users through targeted education would mitigate a number of the safety issues we see today. Positive stereotypes and popular figures can do a great deal in this regard – as I’ve said before about Mark Cavendish’s fantastic success story, he’s raised the image of cycling in the UK, just as Lance did in the US.
Putting it another way, perhaps using the media to improve the public’s prevailing view of your average cyclist-in-lycra is a second and equally important target. We need to sell a positive image of ‘the cyclist’ as your average law abiding joe because its true.
The Think-Bike Think Biker TV campaign has adverts named after people to promote motor-cyclist safety and aims to make the ‘object-in-the-road’ not just an object, not just a bike, but a human being on a bike. We need something similar.