NiteRider CherryBomb Blinkie
NiteRider is known primarily for their headlight systems, making a name in the bike world back when mountain biking was booming and high powered light systems were just coming into their own. These days NiteRider has entered the urban and commuter market with a line of smaller headlights and blinkies. The CherryBomb is the latest half-watt LED based rear blinkie out there, with a pair of smaller LEDs lending some side visibility and flicker to the flash.
The light is a simple unit with just the three modes you need, off, blink and steady. Pick your poison with a rubber button on the back of the light and no need to cycle through 25 different blink modes just to turn it off when you get home. Forget to turn it on in the first place? The CherryBomb incorporates a small reflector in it’s design, so even if your batteries are dead or the light is otherwise off you have a fighting chance at some rear end visibility. This is a really good idea, and something tells me it will trickle to other manufacturers over time.
The CherryBomb is shaped roughly like an orange slice, which while nice on the eyes it makes the light hard to solidly attach to a bag or the bike. As with many of these lights, the clip is fairly delicate and doesn’t hold solid enough for me to trust it with keeping a $30 blinkie mine. I prefer to attached lights with zipties, both to ensure they stay put bumping around and to prevent the local kids from swiping it out of convenience. This is where the shape of the light becomes a problem, as the light housing is curved and the clip is not notched there is no way to securely tie the CherryBomb onto a bag or seatpost without drilling a small hole in the clip for a ziptie to pass.
The CherryBomb is bright, which is the main concern, and comes from a manufacturer that has a history of standing behind their products. As it is, it is on par with other high end blinkies available today with a unique reflector built in for the forgetful folks. Give it a more solid bike attachment or a hole for a ziptie to fit and this blinkie would be that much better.