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post #1 of 23 Old 09-25-2016, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried this?

http://get.gearbrake.com/

It flashes the brake light as you gear down giving the car behind you more warning before you stop.

Here is a video they put out on facebook.

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Interesting idea but pretty redundant this is what rear brake for.
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I don't see it that way.

I was rear ended at 35 mph about 2.5 weeks ago. Fortunately I was in my truck. If I had been on my motorcycle it would have been a very different experience.

I'm thinking about utilizing the gear brake and the high intensity LEDs discussed in another thread around here somewhere.
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You can also gently pull the brake lever to illuminate the brake light. I sometimes 'flash' the brake light a couple of times before actually braking, just to get the attention of the driver behind. No cost, no complication.
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You can also gently pull the brake lever to illuminate the brake light. I sometimes 'flash' the brake light a couple of times before actually braking, just to get the attention of the driver behind. No cost, no complication.
Yep, that's a good habit to get into. It doesn't always matter though, I have brake flashers and have still been rearended at a complete stop, and almost rearended numerous times. If you put enough miles on in heavy traffic, there is a good chance you'll be hit eventually. Lane splitting helps, but isn't always an option.
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I don't see it that way.

I was rear ended at 35 mph about 2.5 weeks ago. Fortunately I was in my truck. If I had been on my motorcycle it would have been a very different experience.

I'm thinking about utilizing the gear brake and the high intensity LEDs discussed in another thread around here somewhere.
I would have to agree with you.
While leading a group ride through the Sierras on small twisty two lane roads, we had one of the wives in a chase car who's only complaint was that it was hard to tell when we were slowing as there were no brake lights. Many years ago, but it was the first time I'd given any thought to it. I'll generally depress a lever now if a sports car is behind me wanting to play, but a unit a you describe could only help.
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(Note: The two posts above were made while I was writing this one.)

The first indication that I had of what happened was when my head bouncing off the head rest. It even took me a second or two before I realized what had happened. The poor kid who ran into the back of me was probably in more shock than I was.

I may be an outlier here, or it may be like an automatic oiler. Yes you can remember to oil your chain routinely, but that kind of discipline doesn't come to many naturally. Having it happen automatically, every time I stop without having to give it a thought is what I'm after. For me, that is the only way it is going to happen every with certainty. I would much rather have the higher assurance of an automated feature.

It would be nice to combine the features of the back off brake hold module and the gear brake module. Brake Light Modules - AdventureTech, LLC.

Bright flashing LED add on, gear brake, and brake hold. Looks like a project for a cold winter day.

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Some of the new BMW's have this from the factory. Senses slowing down from braking or just rolling off the throttle hard when in a lower gear. Some of these bikes have a LOT of compression braking.

I don't have that thing, but I do have auxiliary lights on both bikes that flash a certain way for a couple seconds before going full bright when the brake light is applied. The higher you can mount these, the better in my opinion. Follow someone with a good set of these and you will be a believer.

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I've always been in the habit of showing a little brake (by tapping the rear lever) whenever engine braking. It's become habit.

My friend and I were ridding behind another rider on some dirt roads recently and we noticed he had some red led lights that seemed to be randomly flashing. For the next 30 minutes or so we were conversing via intercom on what the heck they were. As I had heard of these led's that light upon deceleration, that was my first guess. But, they did not seem to coincide with his deceleration. Sometimes they did, but just as often they didn't. I concluded that they were just set to randomly light up - to keep a driver behind alert maybe. Anyways, when the guy stopped I asked him and sure enough they were deceleration lights. Decelerometer is what he called it, I believe. So i'm guessing his type works on some kind of tilt sensor (mercury switch?) that detects the forward tilt on deceleration. As I mentioned, we were on dirt roads and they were a bit rutted as well as hilly. All that bumpy and hilly stuff was just sending the sensor into a tizzy. Did not seem like a worthwhile product. Led flashing brake lights combined with showing some brake is much better/safer IMHO.

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