Does the Cycliq Fly 12CE Really Suck That Much?

I’ve been riding with a Cycliq Fly 12CE bike camera for a few years now. When I first got it, Facebook served up a suggestion that I join a Facebook group about Cycliq and its cameras.

I did, because it’s always good to know what’s up with your gear. Especially when it’s a niche item like the Fly 12CE — think of it as a dash cam/headlight combo for bikes. It automatically records a loop as you ride, recording 5-minute segments. It can detect a crash, which makes it automatically save two adjacent 5-minute clips. Riders can also manually trigger it to save clips. Clips that don’t get saved get recorded over when the camera’s onboard media card hits capacity. (There’s also a rear camera/light called the Fly 6.)

Sounds great, right?

Most of the time, it is. But when it’s not … boy, do cyclists in the Cycliq Fly User Group love to complain!

So What’s to Complain About?

The complaints are legion.

Riders in wet climates complain about getting water into their Cycliq, causing all sorts of glitches and bad visibility.

They also go off on customer service, especially with delayed orders. Being an Australian company, Cycliq operates on different hours than most of the world, which can make these problems seem a lot worse.

There are plenty of stories about difficulty getting refunds for pre-orders, firmware updates causing problems, the stock mount is a bit flimsy, short battery life … you name it.

My Experience with the Cycliq Fly 12CE

In my years of riding with the Cycliq Fly 12CE, it’s been overwhelmingly beneficial. The headlight catches the eyes of drivers, and it’s caused more than a few to stop before making a right turn in front of me that would’ve been dangerous.

It’s recorded some great footage.

Honestly, there are a few minor quibbles.

First, I’ve experienced the weirdness of Cycliq customer service. I had a question about software for editing video, including the Cycliq desktop app. I went around with a service person for months, with about a week between many emails (sometimes more). Often, they seemed to forget the question or the earlier threads of the conversation.

They finally did release the desktop editing app, which has cool features with some overlays. But you can only edit one clip at a time versus a real editing suite, where you can easily work on multiple clips at a time. The moving map feature and elevation data is amazing, though.

What I’d Improve About the Cycliq Fly 12CE

With some minor tweaks, the Fly 12CE could be even better.

First, they should do a firmware update to shorten the length of the recorded clips from 5 minutes to 30 seconds. That would make it far easier to edit clips and require a lot less searching. And 30 seconds is more than enough time to find evidence in a crash situation – that’s the length of triggered clips from most dash cams for commercial vehicles. That means it’s more than enough for a bike.

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It’s possible to get decent stills from the cycliq fly12ce, as you can see from this shot to a driver blowing right through a signaled crossing. Note the Walk signal.

I’d also recommend a new flashing mode that strobes less often and with a more random pattern. A slower blink would preserve battery life, and the randomized pattern would catch drivers’ attention more effectively.

I can’t speak much to the problems with moisture getting in — I live in Arizona, and I can see how a Scottish or Kiwi cyclist would have to worry about this more. I’ve also been fortunate that I haven’t broken a mount; I’d be more than happy if they released a new Fly 12CE with a GoPro-style mount.

I’ve probably had it glitch on me 5 times — where it isn’t recording during a ride, and I need to do a hard reset at home.

Should You Get a Cycliq Bike Camera?

If I had to get a new bike camera/light combo, I’d get another Cycliq Fly12 CE, no question. I know they’re not cheap.


But they seem to offer more of what I want than other competing cameras, especially with the integrated light and looped recording.

I recommend you check out the user group, consider the complaints and the responses, and compare it to similar cameras. Maybe you’ll be lucky like I’ve been!

One last thing: Plenty of users say things like “why doesn’t somebody just make a better camera?” Right, then. It would be soooo nice if making a better camera and offering better customer service is really just that magically easy. The fact is, it’s not. Especially during the late stages of a global pandemic where supplies are hard to come by.

What’s Up with the Pyramid Peak Mountain Bike Trails?

The Pyramid Peak mountain bike trails are not in the Top 10 of most-talked-about places to ride in Arizona. Really, probably not in the Top 50.

Not appearing on and having little presence on Strava will do that. I didn’t even know about Pyramid Peak before catching an off-hand reference to it on Facebook.

As an East Sider, I rarely get to trails out west (though that’s been changing lately). I’m also hesitant to spend time driving someplace that might not have great trails.

But I got tired of wondering what’s out there. Late in April as the temperatures were steadily rising, I headed west to see what is going on with mountain biking at Pyramid Peak.

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Checking out the bouldery bits and a downhill that is only for god-tier riders.

I found some interesting, lightly traveled trails. The few riders I saw were pretty friendly. It also wasn’t the stupidly expensive bike parade you’ll see at many other trails, which is also cool.

Let’s just say I liked it so much that I returned 7 days later with Stan, my longtime riding buddy. Though I usually ride alone, I figured he’d have a lot of fun … and would also tell me when I was exaggerating the fun factor.

As an added bonus, Stan possesses excellent geology knowledge. With all the signs of volcanic activity around, I figured he might share an interesting fact or two.

Where are the Pyramid Peak Mountain Bike Trails?

Pyramid Peak is just west of Interstate 17 and south of the Loop 303 freeway. It’s best accessed by grading west on Happy Valley Road; take that west to 51st Avenue and head north. You can park at the end along the road or at a park with some soccer fields.

Good news for those who have to drive a long way — there’s a portable toilet just before you have to hop over a concrete barrier to hit the trails.

Where to Ride at Pyramid Peak

With its lack of presence on and only a bit of Strava segments, it’s hard to know what’s up with the Pyramid Peak mountain bike trails. Where are the good trails? What’s best for who?

Let’s see what I can do to help there.

When you first cross the barrier at the end of 51st Avenue, look to your left. There will be two singletrack trails that stand out. So far, I’ve headed out on the left one.

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I Want My Mummy

For about 4 miles, you’ll be on a monorail of fun that is perfect for singlespeeds. It dips, dives and ducks its way through the desert, with a few steep drops into washes followed by equally steep climbs out. I’ve named this I Want My Mummy on Strava. (Everything I’m naming out here gets an ancient Egypt-themed name because we’re at Pyramid Peak.)

Resist the urge to turn left/south as you get toward the west end. That will lead you to a trail along the CAP canal. I can’t imagine you’ll like it much.

Pyramid Peak Mountain Bike Trails

Fun Among the Boulders

OK, if you have a bike with a dropper seatpost and a long-travel fork, you’re in for a treat. The area circled in blue on my map is a maze of trails that weave around a bunch of granite boulders.

There are drop-offs and short steep climbs, not to mention all sorts of tight turns around said boulders.

Stan’s Pivot was perfect for this sort of thing. I haven’t seen Stan this happy since a guy in a blue muumuu tried to sit on my lap when we were at a bar in Flagstaff.

Solving the Eastern Conundrum

Going back east in any fun fashion is a bit of a challenge at Pyramid Peak — especially if you want to pile on mileage. My typical mountain bike ride averages about 30 miles. That’s hard to do at Pyramid Peak without either repeating — or dealing with some sandy, drab, desolate stretches of jeep road.

You could also swing a bit further south and look for a Strava segment called Hill Hugger, which is good fun in either direction.

But I see that big northeastern area, and I wonder what sort of goodies are hidden out there. For one, there are some amazing jumps (see the area circles in purple at the bottom right) on the northeast side of Pyramid Peak. I’m a bit too cowardly for most of it – I’m an XC singlespeed guy, after all.

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These are some sweet jumps – Napoleon Dynamite approved!

But if you have decent big-air skills, these jumps are worth a look. And they weren’t crowded on a Sunday in April.

Best Singletrack to the North – so Far

After a dull slog on jeep roads, we found a nice singletrack (and we encountered some motorcycles here, too). It led straight to the jumps via a slight gain in elevation.

It was a nice change-up after the jeep roads. I hope that we find more like this on future visits.

Following my Egyptian theme, I called this one The Pharaoh. (Let my people ride!)

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Other Good to Know Bits

While taking a quick break, Stan and I noticed something simultaneously and uttered in near unison something along the lines of “what the hell is that?!”

“That” was a huge amount of broken quartz scattered over a low hilltop. Spoke of it was milky and opaque, with other bits more shaped like shards and extremely clear. The density and amount made it look like the hill was covered in snow.

We found several other piles like it, along with a large quartz knob popping out of another hilltop. There are also plenty of signs of volcanic rock around – you can definitely see signs of lava flows.

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The snowy mounds of quartz look better in person.

We ran into some serious hike-a-bikes on the central (when viewed east to west) bits to the north. There were also a few sketchy downhills.

Also, there’s a trail that wraps around Pyramid Peak to the west. It’s pretty challenging. Know what you’re getting into.

One last thing: for some reason, it’s easy to get turned around a bit on the Pyramid Peak trails. There’s a weird concrete chute that heads up toward Deem Hills as you cross the canal. Remember where it is and use it as a reference.

Final Thoughts on Pyramid Peak Mountain Bike Trails

The big mystery, for me, is why there’s not more buzz about these trails. Apparently, some people feel bad naming them since they didn’t build them.

Really, that hasn’t stopped anyone at other trails. My advice – find the trails you like and get them into Strava and Trailforks.

There’s already plenty of videos on YouTube of the Pyramid Peak mountain bike trails, so it’s not like you’re really divulging any secrets.