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Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
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    1. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on January 27, 2014

      @Matt @Gordon @Brian, We're sorry you're disappointed with the light. I can't speak to the other light you're referencing, but I can speak to our own design process.

      For these lights we sourced what we found to be the optimum components for our use-case - The batteries are Lithium-Polymer currently one of the highest energy to volume batteries available, and are pretty resistant to jostling, and temp fluctuation (these are most commonly used in cel phones). The LED's are made by CREE, output 200+ lumens at the point source and have the highest efficiency that we could find. And our switching is, we hope, actuated in the most intuitive and easy-access way possible.

      Based on our own assessment of city riding conditions, bicycle construction, and the routine of daily commuters, we made a light specifically for city riding. As such, the Spacer Light has the dual role of illuminating the path of travel as well as alerting traffic to the presence of the rider. A significant amount of the light is directed to the sides of the biker - the “right hook” of a car is more deadly than the pothole 25' out. Because of this split role, lights with commensurate specifications and a beam focused in on particular spot will indeed be brighter in that spot. We deliberately chose a different solution. Illuminating a particular point at a distance is a good goal for night riding on quiet roads; city riding is a set of complex circumstances and the most harmful of those involve other humans with intersecting paths of travel. The focus of beam was just one (very difficult) element of how we could make your commute better.

      We think our solution is a pretty good one. But we might be wrong about how this light intersects with your particular needs. In the future we'll be releasing tools to tune these lights. Indeed the LED can be made brighter or responsive in other ways, but doing so comes at the expense of run-time. By our estimation, a 4-hour run-time was the shortest acceptable cycle and became limiting factor in our designs. Charging the lights once a week for a daily 20min commute was the typical use-case we found. A 1-hour run time isn't uncommon for many of our competitors, which seems to us like a recipe for a long ride home in the dark.

      We're around if you have questions or ideas, in this thread or at

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      Matt Lyon on January 26, 2014

      I agree with Gordon and Brian's comments, I am also very underwhelmed with the Spacer headlight. It doesn't really seem any brighter than my MEC Turbo Turtle light, which is rated at less than 10 lumens (and cost $5). There's no way the Spacer light is over 130 lumens. Colin, any comment on this?

    3. Kyle Sundby on January 22, 2014

      Have all lights been sent? I'm still waiting for my Clear Anodized set.

    4. Hwang Gwang Yeon on December 30, 2013

      Sparse Bicycle Lights start shipping? Not having yet received ...

    5. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on December 22, 2013

      @Andrew- I can't comment on specific situations over comment because it depends on what you backed, and where you live. I'll cover you in email. And, reminding everyone if you need info on your siutation, email me at I'm inundated but will get back to you.

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      Andrew Addison on December 22, 2013


      Can you give me an update? International shipping, and not received it yet. As for Lumens, I thought these lights were more about being seen by other traffic, rather than being able to see where you're riding (I use my lupines for that kind of stuff).

    7. Brian Ng on December 7, 2013

      @Gordon I feel the same way. Minimum lumens for the spacer light was claimed to be 130 (quote: "130-220 Lumens depending on how you measure it"). I don't have a way to measure lumens at all but my spacer light is not as bright as the 50 lumen light it's replacing on my bike. Maybe there's something wrong with the ones we got?

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      Gordon Hanson on November 27, 2013

      Received mine today. Charged them and mounted them. Must say that I am underwhelmed by the headlight. Completely useless for lighting up the road. Does this thing have multiple light levels? No where near 220 lumens. Any one else unimpressed?

    9. Alex Unger on November 26, 2013

      Got mine today. So excited to bike with them soon! Thanks Colin and team!

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      Kevin Enox on November 20, 2013

      Received mine a few days after posting here. Great lights. Thanks!

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      Andrew M on November 20, 2013

      A month since things started shipping ... No tracking numbers ....

    12. Gareth Husk on November 11, 2013

      I truly hate to "me too" but it's a year and a day since I backed this project, which would put me somewhere around #150 in the line if KickTraq is accurate. Back in early October we were told the black were shipping and that we'd receive tracking numbers when they ship.

      Having received neither; shipping is either very slow or shipping to Canada is being delayed vs US fulfilment.

    13. paul thomas on November 6, 2013

      Any news on international shipment? I am still waiting for my black set to be shipped to my son in Spain. Thanks, Paul Thomas

    14. Jon Moss on November 4, 2013

      Hi Colin, have the international orders shipped yet? Thanks very much. Look forward to hearing from you, Jon

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      Kevin Enox on October 31, 2013

      Still waiting, and just down the coast.

    16. Aaron Williams on October 24, 2013

      Got mine today. They really did come out incredibly nice.

    17. Sean Murray on October 19, 2013

      What's the angle of the headlight? Wondering if it will match my stem angle.

    18. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on October 18, 2013

      @Maximus, Send us an email to with your updated address.

    19. Maximus Hardee on October 18, 2013

      Hey Colin. I clicked the link "Click here to respond" but it just sends me to your kickstarter page. I never got a chance to send you guys my updated address. Thanks.

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      Lou Doctor on October 17, 2013

      Just received mine. Great job! Looking forward to years of safer riding.

    21. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on September 16, 2013

      Hi Camilo- I can't comment on any specific individual, but we expect to get out all KS backer rewards shipped by the end of the month. Units are slowly moving out of the factory. We don't have all units as the factory is ramping slowly, but they are on their way.

    22. Camilo Serna Zamora on September 16, 2013

      Hi, any news about shipping date for the BLACK anodized set?

    23. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on August 19, 2013

      @jeffrey - You can take a look at the sizing chart here. The shirts are a slimmer fit.

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      Jeffrey Wilson on August 19, 2013

      Can you tell us the shirt manufacturer for sizing info (or if you have a sizing info chart/link)?

    25. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on August 18, 2013

      Hello all - We just sent out the form for everyone to reply with their shipping address. Check your inbox to make sure you've received it. The subject line is "Response Needed! -- Get your reward for backing Sparse Bicycle Lights by Colin Owen + Sparse."

      -The Sparse team

    26. Steveoath on August 18, 2013

      Got the mail asking for address. Where do we send our addresses to?

    27. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on August 16, 2013

      @mathew - We just posted an update. Almost there - we're into production and shipping in September.

    28. Mathew Rice on August 13, 2013

      Would love an update on the status of things.
      Last update was July 8th and two milestone dates from your Jun 10th comment have already passed with no word from the team.
      Please keep us in the loop as we are interested in knowing how things are progressing.
      Thank you,

    29. Mathew Rice on August 4, 2013

      Decided not to ride home last NIGHT (August 2nd) after work because I refuse to buy inferior lights for my bike in the interim..., and safety was also important :-P
      How we looking team? Still on schedule...?

    30. Kirk Honour on July 16, 2013

      You guys should check out if you are going to do iteration work on this lights. They are a good wholesome USA based company. And you can find out fast what your molds will cost and how they could be better.

    31. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on June 10, 2013

      Hello Sean - Just wanted to make sure you saw our last update which has our updated schedule - which currently looks like:

      06.20 - first off-tool samples
      07.12 - second samples
      07.26 - pilot run - 100 pieces
      08.02 - begin mass production
      08.09 - parts leave the factory

      Colin is at the factory now (so I am manning KS communication). He'll be back in a week and we'll have a more substantial update then if not before.


    32. Sean Murray on June 10, 2013

      It's almost halfway through June. I think you owe us an update.

    33. Kat Ferr on April 15, 2013

      While waiting for the lights to come I've been debating which of my two bikes would be worthy to wear them... I couldn't decide, so I bought a new bike that will get them! WEEEEOOOOO!

    34. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on April 11, 2013

      Hello Erick and Hugo - Just posted an update and as soon as we have firm dates, we'll let everyone know.

    35. HUGO TELLEZ on April 9, 2013

      Cmon !!! I want mine lights already!!! When will u start shipping 'em ????

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      Erick B on April 2, 2013

      Any update on the latest happenings and timing of when shipments will go out?

    37. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on March 14, 2013

      Thanks Lucas, We'll make sure they ship out together and we just posted an update on shipping schedule.

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      Lucas Harris on March 7, 2013

      Finally getting warm enough to get back to biking to work - how's the march ship date going? Any idea yet of a more specific timeline?

      Also - I preordered a second set (clear anodized) on your website. I wanted to add it here, but didn't get it in time. If there's any way we could shift that preorder to the Kickstarter set (black), that'd be awesome!

    39. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on February 19, 2013


      You are indeed an outlier.
      the lights do ship with an internal shim that get it down to 27.2.
      (we only get about 3mm of compression in the clamp - every bit of that light is tightly toleranced).
      The good news - a few wraps of electrical tape (while not ideal) should get you enough volume to clamp down.

    40. Ross Lafontaine on February 17, 2013

      Did I hear on the video that the tail-lights only fit from 31.6 to 27.2? Will you be including rubber moldings for the crazies out there (like me) with 25.4's? I can't imagine this would cost much (if anything) - but would make customers super happy (myself included)!

    41. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on January 12, 2013

      Hi Richard- Tshirts have shipped and should arrive any day. We are still on track to ship lights in March.

    42. Richard Kuan on January 11, 2013

      I'm just curious when are we supposed to expect these things to be shipped out?

    43. Jonathan Kok on December 19, 2012

      Well, I'm looking forward to seeing these on my bike. I hate my current lights. These are pretty. :-)

    44. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on December 8, 2012

      That's great. Benjamin. We'll make sure you get the appropriate lights. Thank you. -Colin

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      Benjamin Chan on December 8, 2012

      Hi! I'd like 2 sets of 2, so i doubled my pledge. is that okay?

    46. Ben Rosenthal
      on December 8, 2012

      Big 19 to go!

    47. Ben Rosenthal
      on December 7, 2012

      $65,000, here you come!

    48. Ben Rosenthal
      on December 5, 2012

      Nice going John. Lets see if we can get funding over $60k before the campaign ends!

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      John Ray on December 5, 2012

      Just became a backer. Can't wait to get these on my Bike. Shared the page with friends at the local shop and they are interested as well.

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