Title says it all: I’m looking for recommendations for a new rear light and bell.
I currently have the Knog Cobbler Mid taillight. I love the light, but it has the worst mount design. Getting it back on after charging is a 50% - 50% proposition, so I don’t use it all the time, which I really should.
Bright with at least 6 hours, and ideally 8+ hours run-time in a flashing mode
a mount that works - duh requirement, but see above - with a round seat post and the ability to get a second mount so I can cover both my road and gravel bikes with a single light
On the bell: compact design, but loud. Use case is going over the Golden Gate Bridge and warning clueless tourists to pay f^*$&cking attention and stop selfying
I run a See.Sense Ace rear light. Super bright, small and reliable.
I’ve not had a huge amount of luck getting it working well with my Garmin - you’re supposed to be able to get it turn on and off when you press start and stop on the Garmin. Other than that though its fantastic.
Yet another +1 for the Garmin Varia. When I first bought it, my friend teased me a bit for running a rear light that size. I told him to add it to his Wahoo, so when we ride together, he gets the benefit of the radar. We literally went out for two rides, and then he ordered one for himself. If mine were to fall off and get lost, I would order a replacement the same day. We use the RTL511, which is the German version that has one light mode, constant on (blinking/flashing isn’t allowed here technically). Plenty bright, good battery life, and I personally like that it doesn’t flash. If I were riding in the US again, I’d get the flashing one (drivers here are more attentive). Comes with a mount that fastens with a thick rubber band, I bought the optional clamp mount that’s more secure. Once you ride with the radar giving you a heads up of stuff approaching from the back, you won’t want to give it up.
I pick up one of these and it’s pretty compact and gives decent sound. On a windy ride with a buddy he couldn’t yell loud enough over the wind on your left. But the bell I’ve got pierced through it like a champ.
I came here to suggest the Varia as a great tail light - looks like I’m not the only one. I never thought of letting other riders connect to the Varia and get the benefit of the radar alert. That is brilliant. I’m the only one in my group with the Varia and I’m definitely going to make them connect to it.