Cateye make some great value lights that perform well, and the Omni 5 (or TD-L155-R, to give it its catchier name) is one of them. There's a lot to like about this rear blinky. It's not the most powerful or the sleekest, but it's a great all-rounder.
I have been eagerly looking forward to the release of the new Cateye Stealth 50 GPS unit because it seems to offer everything I've been looking for (Strava-friendliness, heartrate/cadence measurement etc) in a neat-loooking and affordable package.
It is now available and I was actually looking for the best place to buy it this morning when I noticed a write-up on some website or other which said it struggled to communicate with Macs in the UK (although it had no such problems in the US and Japan, allegedly).
Two of my favourite bike lights got spoilt recently with battery leaks (stocked with that white salt-like deposit inside).
Any tips on how to clean that recover that white residue and recover the lights? Or are they gone for good?
The Cateye Rapid 3 rear light is rather like a good party guest - charismatic, confident but never brash. Bucking the trend for USB recharging cables, those not wanting to be tied to technology can pop a spare AA cell in the seatpack and be ready to go in a matter of minutes.But beware - in constant mode the battery will drain eye-wateringly fast.
Cateye's Nano Shot Plus front light is the bigger, brighter sibling of the Nano Shot we reviewed, and liked, last year. Amazingly, it manages to kick out more than twice as many lumens for the same price the Nano Shot was then (it's around £60 now).
It's the purity of delivery that separates Cateye's Rapid 3 front light from a wealth of similar blinkeys. I don't like watts as a measure since it's concerned with consumption, rather than output. However, ours has saved my blushes (possibly my life too) when a high power main system packed up ten miles from the nearest stretch of street lighting, let alone my front door.
The Omni 5 is a brand new front light from Cateye and offers a near full 180 degree range of visibility making it a a very good commuting light in its own right or as an emergency backup light to a brighter main beam.
Inside the new lens are five LEDs and the light they produce is reflected through prisms carefully placed to split their beams. This ensures there is a healthy amount of light reflected sideways as well as straight ahead, and really seems to work.