Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

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Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

These magnetic bicycle lights by Copenhagen Parts turn on as soon as they come into contact with the steel frame.

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

The magnets mean it's easier to take the lights with you when leaving the bike chained up and also enable them to be positioned anywhere on the frame.

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

They contain battery-powered LEDs and come in machined aluminium or coloured silicone finishes.

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

You might also like the Bookman LED bicycle lights that attach with elastic bands, especially if your bike's made from anything other than steel.

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

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Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

Here's some more information from Copenhagen Parts:


Steel is real – magnetic bike lights

Scandinavian Winters are dark, cold and long so we get the importance of good bike lights. The trouble is that there are hardly any good looking bike lights. We wanted something that looked good, worked well and, most importantly, could be fitted and removed instantly. The answer was obvious – magnets.

‘We had the idea some time ago and have spent the last 18 months getting them right. We now have them perfected and will soon be ready to launch this patented innovation’ says Copenhagen Parts co-founder, Lars Thomsen.

Mads Kjøller Damkjær, co-founder in the company, adds ‘magnets and steel tubes are an obvious match but we’ve spent a lot of time working on selecting the right components and perfecting the details so that they will fit to different tube diameters and stay there’. And the cleverness doesn’t end there. The lights turn on when placed on the bike and automatically switch off when removed.

 

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

‘We have been riding with the prototypes for 6 months. They are so easy to fit anywhere on the frame and they stay put – regardless of the road surface. And they just pull off to keep them out of the grasp of thieves’ says Anthony Forsyth, bike-geek and one of the designers for Copenhagen Parts.

Ok. They only work with steel frames but with the vast majority of people still riding steel-framed bikes there’s an ample market. For steel frames, they work outstandingly. For other materials, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Sorry, but that’s physics for you.

We are launching two versions – Randonneur and Lode. Randonneur has a body of machined aluminium and is polished to give a very classic finish. Lode has a silicone rubber outer, available in a range of striking colours.

Magnetic Bike Lights by Copenhagen Parts

‘Both versions come in a small and cool package, made from recycled materials, that can be used to store the lights and to display them in-store’ says dis- tributor and production partner from Cph Odd, Jacob Guldager.

Both are extremely compact and use battery-driven LED light sources. The lens is designed to illuminate from the sides as well as straight-on to increase visibility. The fact that they can be placed anywhere on the frame without fittings also makes it possible to use multiple sets to further aid visibility to other road users.

  • Adrian

    …and if they fall off you wont be able to find them!!

  • Sherlock Holmes

    @Adrian. Good point. I think another problem would be an aluminum frame which is less magnetic and the radius of the tubes is almost double compared to steel ones. So definitely not something to buy over the internet. You would have to test it at your trusted bike store.

  • P..

    in the Era of carbon-frame bikes.. is this really what we should design?

    • Waynetta Slob

      Steel frames are still uber popular and always will be as carbon cannot recreate the classic styling.

      However there is a problem with this design… The slightest bit of grit on your frame will ensure that these lights rub off that perfect paint job!

    • Andy

      What are they playing at, obviously they should focus all of their attentions to designing lights for the 1% of people whose town ride has a carbon frame.

    • Martin McCully

      They should work with most carbon bikes as well, after all your seat tube and handle bars, even on a carbon frame, are usually steel.

  • memyself

    @P. Only a tiny percentage of cyclists ride carbon-framed bikes. These are meant, as I understand it, for more regular use – cycle commuting, for example. Sure, they won't work on carbon or aluminium but for the vast majority of people riding steel bikes they'll work no problem.

    @Adrian …. as for falling off, have you ever tried to prise a rare earth magnetic off, say, a fridge door? I don't think this would be an issue if you selected the right magnets.

  • http://cargocollective.com/arcalign ArcAlign

    These are superpretty. As an owner of an Italian racing bicycle I appreciate the low-impact aesthetic. Modern accoutrements can spoil the lines of a classic frame but these lights are the business.

  • Eric

    Angle of attachment?

  • Steve Shaw

    Another critical design flaw – head tube angle. In this design the head tube angle determines the light's projection angle. Not good. Have a look at the elevation of the Bianchi, the light aims UP.

  • memyself

    I think the idea with these isn't so much to light your way but to make yourself visible to other road users. The majority of smaller lights fall into this category and they these don't purport to do otherwise. So the exact angle isn't so important. And these have the advantage that, if you want, you can mount several without fittings.

    I also have a classic, steel bike. I resent having to fit cheap-looking plastic jobs. So these are perfect

  • sam

    That's fine, but then you might as well buy one light that does both functions, one that lights the road ahead and also makes you visible to other road users.

    You'll end up having to buy another light to attach to the frame to light the road.

    Thats two lights on the front …

    • memyself

      Like any product, it depends on your needs. Some people will cycle in poorly lit areas and will need a different product. I cycle on well-lit city roads. My only concern is that other road users can see me. A large number of bike lights on the market are for 'being seen' rather than lighting your way.

      Just because a product doesn't suit your particular needs or circumstances doesn't make it a bad product. If you need more illumination, then buy something else. If you need something for urban cycling, I think they're great.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    How much candela power do they produce?

  • Mindy

    Looks fantastic to me, I know a LOT of people that this answers all their bike-light problems

  • markj

    I think the magnetic on/off switch is one bit of cleverness too far I'm afraid.
    You take the light off the bike, put it in your pocket and your keys/small change turn it on again!
    When it is off the bike, don't be tempted to keep it on the fridge either, as it will wear the battery down. Just needs a neat push button switch instead.
    Apart from that – nice idea!

  • http://twitter.com/erik_14778 @erik_14778

    I want 'em, where can i buy?

  • http://www.elbutikken.dk Jesper S

    Great invention and actually very simple. I'll have to buy a set for my new bike. Thanks for great post.

  • MikDee

    If the attachment face were to be angled, the light would aim horizontal on the head tube and, by flipping over, would also be horizontal on the seat tube. Put a bi-color led in there and add 'right-side-up' and 'upside-down' sensing and you have front/white rear/red lighting!

  • http://www.bikelightsuk.com/ Adam Jackson

    Well, I wish it had a tiny little button to turn it off even when it’s fixed on a steel bar.

    Bikers will need to carry these otherwise wonderful alternatives to expensive bike light units in their pockets during the day time.