REVIEW: 2016 Knog Blinder Lights Part 1

Last week, I’ve received the new Blinder lights to test from Knog Malaysia. I have been a fan of Knog’s lights for their clean design, USB rechargeable and 100% waterproof! Find out the improvement they made compare to the previous models in this review.

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The MOB family. From left, Kid Grid, Eyeballer, Four Eyes and The Faces. Both front (white) and rear (red) are available but the rear Eyeballer which is not in the photo.

So what’s new? The new Blinder MOB are sold with three interchangeable straps to suit any handlebar and seatpost, and available in 5 different light designs with beam angles ranging from focused to wide. With the max lumens of 80 for the front and 44 for the rear, the Blinder MOB will definitely fulfill your “be seen” needs for night riding up to 1.2 kilometers away.

R0003415 (1200x795)The small button for on/off still need a press-and-hold of 0.75 seconds which helps prevent accidentally activating the light. I like the new off mode which immediately turned off exactly after 0.75 seconds even if you are still pressing the button, unlike the previous model that will only turned off when you released the button. It will also indicate in red if your battery is weaknext to the button.

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I have mixed feelings about the USB plug design. One, I felt that it might get fractured if we are careless. Two, it can be tricky getting the plug into USB ports if there isn’t enough room around the port. I tend to have a lot of USB devices plugged in, and it’s tricky getting the Knog lights in between.

R0003418 (1200x795)And yes, Knog also sell their USB extension to solve this problem. 

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The new interchangeable straps so you can swap the lights between bikes with different sized seatpost and handlebars – including aero seatposts and oversize bars. My small issue is you have to keep track where you keep these small straps, but if you lost them, at least Knog are selling the replacement parts.

The new mount:

The previous mount:

Its quite similar but a bit different. The advantage of the new mount is you can change the straps, depending on your handlebar and seatpost size. The new USB plug design have more reach to USB ports but still need an extension cord if not enough space between other USB devices.

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Waterproof test:

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I put a front light inside a glass of water for about 2 hours and its still working!

The Blinder MOB Family

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Kid Grid (front)
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Kid Grid (rear)

The Kid Grid containing 16 SMT (surface mount) LEDs as well as a reflective faceplate, making it the widest beam among all Blinder MOB design, with angle of 90°.

Eyeballer (front)
Eyeballer (front)

The Eyeballer containing 1 LUMILED as well as a reflective faceplate, making it the most focused beam among all Blinder MOB design, with angle of 15° and has the longest run time on low steady mode which is 8 hours.

Four Eyes (front)
Four Eyes (front)
Four Eyes (rear)
Four Eyes (rear)

Similar to The Face, but without alloy faceplate, the Four Eyes containing 4 SMT LEDs, with its focused 35° beam, and reflective faceplate.

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The Face (front)
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The Face (rear)

The Face containing 4 SMT LEDs as well as an alloy faceplate, with its focused 35° beam.

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Mr Chips V

Mr. Chips V is my favorite for the rear with 64 COB (chips on board) LEDs and flash options. It have a large illuminated surface area, which helps the light be seen even from a long distance.

The Blinder Mob series has 5 different light modes (2 constant & 3 flash) flash patterns depending on the type and layout of LEDs, but they all share similar characteristics. All of the lights have both high and low steady-on modes, and a fast simple flash which uses all LEDs on the light. The best part is the light remembers your previous mode when you turn it off!

Stay tuned for the next part of this review. To learn more about Knog products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

 

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya

REVIEW: Montague Navigator Foldable Commuter Bike

The Navigator by Montague Bikes, a brand from Massachusetts, USA, is a full size bike with 700c wheel size that also folds! Its simply can be described as a bicycles that sacrifice nothing in performance and still provide the folding benefit for space saving convenience.

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Took this city navigator out and about in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. Its a very comfortable ride with a relaxing reach to the handlebar, great for commuting or weekend riding at the park. You can’t go wrong with 27 speeds and 700c wheels for a commuter bike. Sometimes I forgot this bike was a folder!

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The Navigator also make a perfect bike for your bike-to-work plan, where you can ride from your house to nearest train station, because they allowing a folded bike on a train. But not at peak hours, so plan your trip wisely.

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The Navigator frame is designed around a patented folding system. This design eliminates the need to break the frame in order to fold the bike. Not only does this make folding easier but it makes this bike the strongest folding bike on the market.

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Its come with SR Suntour crankset with 48T, 38T and 28T chainrings. I used 38T all the time because of less hills in Port Dickson and I’m just chilling.

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The Shimano Sora 9 Speed is just perfect for the purpose of this bike.

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The first thing I want to upgrade is the saddle. Not because its not comfy enough but we human has different sit bones width.

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The Octagon offers all the benefits of an angle adjustable stem without shortening “reach” when raised. This unique design allows for handlebar height to be changed while preserving the way the bike handles and rides. Also, with the octagonal shape of the post, steering remains engaged while raising or lowering the stem.

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My other issue with the bike is you have to take out the front wheel in order to fold it. However, it come with CLIX™ quick release for the front and rear wheels, making it easier to do.

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Formula hub, Alloy sealed with CLIX™ quick release.

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For your information, I didn’t ride on these rocks. Impossible!

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The patented folding system is unique to Montague bikes and makes them the strongest folding bikes on the market. Put them inside Perodua Kelisa (backseat) and Honda City (boot) and it fits perfectly!

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My favorite part of the bike is the clever integration of CLIX™ technology, allows for the Navigator to be folded in under 20 seconds without the use of tools. A flip of the CLIX quick release lever on the top tube and the bike folds to a compact size. If you forget to re-tighten the quick release after unfolding, a secondary lock prevents the frame from folding. Genius!

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The Bikefun’s Crank Buddy with Kickstand, a brand from Taiwan, made a stand for Montague Bikes when folding, in order to protect the bike, especially the chainring. Its function like a camera tripod, so the bike can stand on it own when folded.

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Now, if you want a practical, fast, space saving, car/train-friendly commuter bike, full size bike, this is the one for you. The Navigator actually come with a rear rack and fenders. I also highly recommend you to buy the Crank Buddy as well. Thanks to VUBC for giving me credence to review their products. If you’re wondering, I’m 5’9″ (175cm) and riding size 19″ (available in 17″, 19″ and 21″).

To buy or learn more about the Montague’s Navigator and Bikefun’s Crank Buddy, head on over to Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

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– Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya.

Brompton UK

Handmade in England: Built to last

The Brompton was conceived as a product that increases people’s independence and freedom, and this concept is still at the heart of everything we do; so we make bikes that our customers can rely on wherever and whenever they use them.

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Interested in a Brompton, please call Van’s Urban Bicycle for more information at 03-7866 0311 or email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com

 

 

VUBC Rumble Cycle Challenge 2013

First time ever, Van’s Urban Bicycle Co is organizing a 3 series event starting from April till June 2013. Its going to be a fun, exciting and team building challenge and each team gets to be involved in Alley Cats, Hillchasers and Scavenger Hunt.

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With this bombastic and exciting event, we managed to get more than 12 teams to participate. Although its a small team and its the first and challenging moment for the team and community.

Come join us to support the 12 participating teams and it will be a great and interesting event for the year with Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

If anyone who is interested to participate, you can still register latest by 10 April 2013 at the shop. Or you can email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com / call us at 03-7932 1311 for more information.

Long weekend Ride

3 March 2013, 7am – A beautiful Sunday morning, a total of 19 riders from roadie, foldie and mini velo cyclists gathered at the car park of U8/21 Jalan Serambi, Bukit Jelutong for a 65km ride.

It was a fabulous and sunny morning and we started our point at Bukit Jelutong and all the way to IJOK for breakfast. At 9am, we reached our destination for breakfast and had roti canai and nasi lemak @ Kundang. After breakfast, we ride all the way back to Guthrie highway and back to our starting point.

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At 11:15am, we reached back to the point where we started at Bukit Jelutong. Everyone was tired and exhausted after the ride but it was a great and exciting long ride.

We hope to organise another exciting route to cycle with all the cyclists within our group. Those who miss out the ride, can join us for our coming ride the next time.

OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2013

Sunday, 20 Jan 2013 – About 5,000 people took part on Sunday and plans are afoot to raise the bar, begins with an ‘early bird’ registration drive for the OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2014 that will be held again next year from Jan 17 to 19.

Held at KLCC in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the event kicked off with a 48km challenge covering four loops around some of the busiest roads that were closed to traffic.

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This was followed by a 24km community ride that saw a higher number of participation by individuals, families and cycling clubs.

Cyclists from all over the country, including foreign participants from road bikes, mountain bikes and folding bikes took part in both categories. It was a fun and exciting event for all cyclists and believe everyone enjoyed the ride whether its 24km community ride or the 48km challenge.

The Star featured VUBC Charity Ride @ ULC

KUALA LUMPUR: While some people may not be feeling too charitable during this season of giving, a group of cycling enthusiasts pedalled some 16km just to raise funds for refugee children.

Twenty cyclists from the Van’s Urban Bicycle Co community rode from Section 16, Petaling Jaya, heading for the United Learning Centre, a school for Myanmar refugee children, in Jalan Imbi.

The group raised about RM5,000 from their community members, which was used to buy essentials such as rice, powdered milk, stationery, clothes and blankets for the school’s students.

“We felt we needed to help these unfortunate children. Some of their parents are away working, at far places, while some of them are abandoned. “We came here to bring them food and cheer them up while their parents are away,” said Vanessa Cheah, the founder of Van’s Urban Bicycle.

About 30 students were present at the school and they were treated to breakfast.

The children, aged between four and 16, also had a fun time as they were given free rides on the bicycles within the school area.

“This is the first time our group organised a charity ride like this. It is really amazing to see children so happy. It is, after all, a time for giving,” said Cheah.

The school’s founder Jonathan Tanhla thanked the group.

“We appreciate all the people who have come and helped us in our cause,” said Tanhla, who established the school in 2008.

The children, who are mostly of the Chin ethnicity from Myanmar, are taught English, Mathematics, Science and Bahasa Malaysia.

 

VUBC Join Veemer Motor X Aids Ride 25km

Sunday, 30 Sept @ 7am – Van’s Urban Bicycle Co with the Racun team joined the Veemer Motor in support of Aids Foundation to raise fund and organize a charity ride @ the showroom, Old Klang Road.

There’s four hundred cyclists from MTB, Roadbikes and folding bikes supported the cause and believed everyone had a great fun ride yesterday morning. With the support of other sponsors like GH SpeedBikes, Thule, Tern and Baikbike.com, Veemer Motor also invited Miss World Malaysia 2012 joined the ride with the rest of the cyclists.