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Broken 2002 Niterider Taillight(6 posts)

Broken 2002 Niterider Taillightbafry
Oct 9, 2002 4:14 AM
My 2002 NR taillight seems to have broken. The past few rides, it frequently shut off and I would have to rattle the cables to get it started again. Yesterday, the pin connecion fell off. Is there any way to fix this at home? I really don't want to send it back to Niterider (as I use it every day), and I'd also rather not buy a new. I'm not sure, but I would guess these new, stupid sur-lok connections are to blame... They are impossible to use and frequently require excessive force to make and break connectiosn, especially with the taillight. Or maybe, I'm just an idiot... Brad
why do people use these?ColnagoFE
Oct 9, 2002 6:17 AM
I mean are there any advantages to using a proprietary taillight rather than one of those $10 blinky lights that run forever on 2 AA batteries? I can see the powerful front light(s) but are there advantages to the rear light over a simple blinky?
They are much brighter than simple blinkies...PdxMark
Oct 9, 2002 6:26 AM
The difference is significant and discernible, as seen by the many different rear lights I see on my commute. With year-round, frequent dark commuting, I assume the brighter I am the easier it is for motorists to see me. Many small blinkies are reasonably visible if you're paying attention. The NR taillights are visible when you're not paying attention.
I figured there had to be some advantage (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 9, 2002 1:47 PM
why do people use these?B2
Oct 11, 2002 7:26 AM
I don't own one, but I did roll down my window one evening at a stoplight to ask the rider next to me "what kind of tail light are you using?". I think you know the answer. I had NO problem seeing that rider.

Some of the cheaper blinking tail lights provide a reasonable alternative, but the ones I've seen are still not even close to the same visibility as the NR.

Bryan
re: Broken 2002 Niterider Taillightbigdeal
Oct 9, 2002 8:22 AM
Have the tail light myself, I agree with you that it's the brightest around therefore the light of choice for commuting. You'll have to send the light in, my older NR light experienced the same problem. Make sure you keep track of EVERYONE you talk to and follow up with them REGULARLY, the support experiences (yes, plural) I've had with them have been attrocious.