Things that I don’t hate: Knog Blinder

by M

Around three years ago I bought a Knog Skink rear light, because it looked sort of cool and could be swapped between bikes with a minimum of hassle, requiring no separate mounting parts:

knog-skink-rearPhoto: Knog

It worked flawlessly – for about two rides.

A sniff of moisture had it behaving erratically and it expired completely in short order. Being highly organised, I never did get around to returning it, but I did swear that I would never again allow one of Knog’s cheerfully marketed rubber appendages to darken my portal, or enlighten my bicycle.

Come Christmas 2012, my ever-interfering family had other ideas, and amongst the trinkets and baubles of holiday cheer lurked a Knog Blinder rear light.

blinder500 (2 of 2)The giant misshapen hand was a gift from my parents too.

The main appeal of these is that in addition to the rubber strap mounting system, they are charged via USB, meaning that even the most resolutely forgetful cyclist need only remember to unhook the light from his ’pede and ram it into the nearest computing device. Given that most cyclists spend more time blogging about their bikes than actually riding them, this turns out to be eminently practical.

blinder500 (1 of 2)It also saves countless trips to Poundland in search of toxic triple-As.

I liked the Blinder enough that I bought the Geophysicist one. And she bought me a front to match the rear, so I’ve forgiven Knog for the aberration that was the ill-fated Skink.

Is this one light to rule them all? No, it is not. The Blinders are lights for being seen, not to see by, and while battery life is perfectly adequate, it is better suited to rides spanning cities rather than counties.

For the lazy urban cyclist in need of reasonably priced, convenient illumination however, they are hard to beat.