Submitted by: DiabloScott – Road bike rider, commuter, blogger.
DiabloScott reviews the Cycliq Fly6 Tail-Light Camera
– a combination rear blinkie light and HD video camera with some smart features.
This device is designed for riders who take safety seriously, but also want video evidence of close calls and dangerous moves from behind. Retail price is about $170.
Inside the package you get the Fly6 itself, plus a mount, an assortment of straps and shims, USB cord, Micro SD card with adapter, and the instruction manual.
Mounting the Unit On Your Bike
There’s really only one way to mount this, and that’s on your seatpost. The straps and shims make it so pretty much any seatpost will work. It really doesn’t look much different from a regular blinkie light – hopefully that’ll fool the thieves.
Mounting is easy.
But if you’ve got a saddle bag, you probably won’t have enough room.
And if you use a rack and trunk bag, there’s no way it’ll work.
So my only gripe is that there ought to be some options to mount the Fly6 on your rack or your pack or maybe on a seatstay or something.
The mount interface is really tight so the Fly6 won’t bounce off – they want you to undo the straps when you need to take it off and just leave the mount attached to the light all the time. It’s a little awkard but it is also very solid.
The Camera and the Video
This is one aspect of the Fly6 that really impressed me. It’s not intended to compete with GoPro or other action cams, but the video quality is quite good. Here’s a photo snip from a test drive video through my neighborhood:
Also you’ll notice that the video is stamped for date and time… nice feature if you’re providing it as evidence to the cops. You set the time from your computer once, and then the Fly6 keeps track.
On one side of the unit, you have the USB and Micro SD card slot, and the dimmer button. On the other side is the power button that begins recording and cycles through the various flash modes.
Generally the folks that buy this device are going to just leave it on their bike and only take it off to charge or if there’s some video they want to transfer to their computer. Here are a couple really intelligent features:
- Every time you turn it off, you’ll hear a series of beeps that indicate battery status: 4 beeps means fully charged, 1 beep means almost empty.
- The device records continuous video files of half a gigabite each, or about 10 minutes. Recording continues until the SD card is full, and then it records a new video file over the oldest file. The 8 GB card that comes in the box will hold at least 2 hours worth of video, and the unit can accept 32 GB cards if you want more.
- If you happen to crash, you’ll want to make sure the most recent video is safe; the Fly6 knows to shut itself off if it gets tipped sideways so it doesn’t overwrite the video of whatever happened.
- You can upload the video files either with the USB cord or by taking out the SD card and reading it directly.
The video files are ordinary AVI format that you can copy to your hard drive and edit in most video software programs. When you plug in the cord or the card you get an easy set of directories to navigate.
Here’s my instructional video
And here’s my demonstration video investigating if the Fly6 video quality is good enough to recognize license plates of passing cars – that’s really what you’d want to know, right?
The Fly6 is a very nice little device for riders who want video documentation of what goes on behind them. Easy to use, reasonably priced, solid mount, and surprisingly good video quality. Just make sure you have room to mount it on your bike.