Aug 31st, 09. One of RoadCycling.co.nz's favourite bike accessories from Ausbike has just won a Eurobike award. Fibre Flare is an innovative Australian designed fibre optic cycle light.
Fibre Flare at Ausbike, the light doesn't show up very red in daylight, but in the dark - wow! (c)RoadCycling.co.nz
At Ausbike we met Xavier Jablonski, the director and inventor of Fibre Flare. He runs an innovative, funky company, even his booth was one of the best we saw - hand sprayed.
The Fibre Flare bike light is an update of the great LED lights we've come to love and trust. The benefits of this bike light ahead of others is its flexibility and ability to be seen from the side, unlike traditional lights.
Jablonski told us he's done the research and 70% of bike crashes that occur at night are from bikes being hit from the side rather than behind. He hopes his product will go some way to halting these crashes.
The flexible Fibre Flare unit has high intensity LED lights at each end and a fibre optic core. When the LED's are on they illuminate a flexible fibre optic core that lights up all around in every direction (Omni-Directional) which can be seen at distances over 300 metres.
The Fibre Flare tail light is a world first in bicycle safety lighting, in more ways than one; The world's first truly Omni-Directional bike light and the world's first Fibre Optic bike light. Jablonski also claims Fibre Flare to be the world's most versatile and most stylish bike light available today.
The flexible rod can easily be clipped on the back of the bike, or on the helmet, backpack etc with its fabric and silicone slings.
With two lighting options, strobe light or permanent on, and a battery life of approximately 75 hours (strobe on, 2 x AAA) this Melbourne designed product is a great addition to the lighting market.
One other benefit of Fibre Flare is that its omni-directional glow will not intrusively blind cyclists behind, unlike standard bike lights that can blind riders behind you with their high intensity focused beams of light. This should make for happier bunch nighttime riding.
Even better news is that it is already here in New Zealand, distributed by Cycletech NZ Ltd.
Success at Eurobike
Open to designers and manufactures worldwide, the Eurobike Award is organised and endorsed by the International Forum Design, Hannover (iF). The annual award is held as part of the Eurobike Trade Show in Germany (this week) which is the largest International Bicycle Trade Exhibition in the world. The Eurobike Award is given to products that demonstrate excellence in design, quality and functionality.
The Eurobike Award is split into 18 distinct categories; of which Fibre Flare has been awarded in the ‘Electronic Components/Components' category.
Fibre FlareTM will now compete against the other awarded products for the overall honors in its category, known as the Eurobike GOLD Award 09'.