|Stock photo from Planet Bike|
To start with let me say that the Beamer 3 feels great. It feels heavy and well constructed. I realize that heavy isn't a word that one normally wants to associate with biking, but it just feels like it is well crafted. The components fit together tightly and feel secure. In regards to design, it looks sleek and stylized, though it doesn't exactly scream "vintage". The button also feels like it is high quality and works well. The bracket that attaches to the bike is also of a handy design that requires no tools (which is good, because I have very few).
|Bracket without the light mounted|
|Fancy mechanism to open and close for the batteries|
|The lever at the bottom is lowered|
By lowering the lever, the pressure is released on the bracket and it is able to spin and loosen.
|The bracket released from the bar|
Once loosened, the rear piece of plastic can be pulled free from the metal bar (as it contains a slot the bar slides into)
I have used this light for about a year, and overall I am quite pleased. Even when I take rides in the middle of the night, it provides a good amount of light to not only let me be seen, but let me see what is ahead of me. As for the life of the light, it does seem to be fading to me, but I am probably approaching the 100 hour mark, so it is probably fairly accurate.
The one negative experience I've had, is that occasionally the bracket gets loose and swings upside-down on my handlebars. Truthfully, I think this is probably my fault/the shape of the handlebars, and not the fault of the light bracket. I am planning to love the light from Margaret to the Sanwa, which will probably help me figure this mystery out a little better.
Overall grade: A
|Beamer 3 mounted on Sanwa Classic 2210|