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Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that make the most sense. Case in point: Blincclip, a simple, double-sided flat card of reflective material that’s designed to blink while you ride. It uses no batteries, has no mounts to affix to (or break), and weighs less than a dollop of chamois cream.
The Blincclip simply attaches to the rails of a saddle, and is designed to swing freely to efficiently reflect light shining on or near it. It sways as you pedal, moves quicker as you accelerate, and becomes static as you stop. And it’s that movement that aims to make it a more effective passive light than traditional fixed reflectors.
Flippable for day (white) and night (red) visibility, the Blincclip is made of a 1mm thick 3M “Diamond Grade” retroreflector material which is commonly used for signage along highways. It’s said to weigh just 3 grams, and is extremely easy to install and unclip. It’s also about the same size as a credit card, making it a great emergency backup to a rear light that’s run out of juice.
In many ways, the Blincclip achieves the same thing that reflective wrap bands, wheel reflectors, or other moving reflectors do, but it seemingly does so with a simpler approach that could prove more effective at gaining awareness from motorists.
Whether day or night, I’m personally a big fan of battery-powered active lights. Still, the Blincclip looks to be an effective backup, especially for nighttime commuting. And if paired with something like Flectr wheel reflectors, you’ll surely be hard to miss. However, I do expect a few fitment issues where saddle bags and/or high-end carbon-railed saddles are concerned.
There’s a big market out there that will find this basic product appealing. And at US$12.50, or US$9.90 as a preorder on Kickstarter (postage costs unknown), it’s certainly not a big investment. The Blincclip will launch on Kickstarter on November 13, 2019. Our global tech editor, James Huang, currently has one inbound to test.