The Fibre Flare is a bike light with a difference.
For a start, it looks like one of those glow sticks you snap in half in a nightclub. This was also the first thing I was tempted to do, and according to the manufacturer you can safely bend it up to 45 degrees. In fact their website even shows a horse shoe bent Fibre Flare working perfectly.
It also offers 360 visibility, something that most other bike lights can’t match. Although in practise, one side will be inevitably blocked somewhat by the frame.
It costs £26.99 on Amazon and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The “Shorty” version comes in blue, green, red and yellow and is great if you are trying to bolster your side visibility. However, I want to be seen from the rear, and therefore I’ve been testing the full length tail bike light version.
- Super bright
- Should fit all frame sizes (if you get creative)
- Really effective when attached on a backpack
- Can be seen by cars from the side
The Fibre Flare looks great. It’s the sort of bike light you want to proudly attach to your bike or to your backpack. It also offers a great deal of light. It made my normal bike light look dim in comparison. In the flashing mode, it would make it a lot harder for a driver to claim “Sorry mate I didn’t see you”.
The company that makes this actually claims a 300 meter visibility. I didn’t want to walk 300 metres away from it, as I’m sure someone would pinch it, but let’s just say it is very visible!
You can get pretty creative with the attachment style. Thanks to the silicone straps, you can attach to anything sized between 10mm to 60mm. If you can’t fit it on your seat post due to a mudguard, you could still shape it around the saddle. You just have to be careful that it is tightly secured, as it will slip off otherwise.
- Not rechargeable
- Need to be careful this doesn’t over bend in your bag
- Can’t really fit it in your pocket when you get to the pub
In flashing mode, the light should last around 75 hours on a pair of AAA batteries, according to the manufacturers. This is a lot of commuting time. On my previous commute it would have lasted me over two months.
It would be great to perhaps one day see in built charging functionality, so you can cut down on the number of batteries you are buying. Of course you can always buy rechargeable AAA’s.
Whilst the Fibre Flare is bendable, I do imagine there is a limit to how far it can bend. Therefore, you’ll need to be careful when placing this in your bag.
The only other downside I can see, is for those who cycle without a backpack. The Fibre Flare is rather long (292mm) and that means it won’t fit in your pocket.
Fibre Flare Review
The Fibre Flare is an excellent bike light. Bright, visible from many angles and perfect either on your frame or attached to your backpack. The only reason we can’t give it five stars is that it isn’t chargeable, this means trips down to the corner shop to pickup new batteries.
You can buy the Fibre Flare for £26.99 from Amazon.
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