There are many different types of bicycle lights for night riding, but they all serve the same purpose: to help you see and be seen while riding at night.
The most important thing to remember is that you should always have at least one light on your bike, and it should be white (or another light color) in the front, and red (or another dark color) in the back.
This will help you see where you’re going, and also make sure that drivers can see you.
There are all sorts of different lights available, from simple LED lights to more complex systems that can even include a headlight and taillight. You can find lights that are powered by batteries, or even by dynamo hubs that generate power as you ride.
No matter what kind of light you choose, make sure that you test it out before heading out on a night ride. That way, you can be sure that it’s working properly, and you’ll be able to see and be seen all night long.
The NiteRider Lumina 1200 Boost provides enough light that it can be used in just about all riding conditions, whether it be on the road, on your favorite mountain biking trail, or hand-held in Walk Mode.
Specifically designed to meet the needs of riders in all cycling categories, the Lumina 1200 Boost features the Boost Mode light setting. Simply double click the power button, giving you the option to operate your light at maximum light output! And utilizing a CREE LED at 6000k, means youll get what most consider to be the best LEDs available on the market today.
These high performance LEDs are extremely reliable, with no filament to break or burn out. With the all new custom engineered collimator optics, the Lumina 1200 Boost projects a beam pattern that provides a generous widespread and even beam pattern of 1200 brilliant lumens! The high-strength head light body casing is comprised of lightweight aluminum and Dupont Fiberglass reinforced nylon that is highly durable.
All New Collimator Lens, distributes a generous even widespread beam pattern Boost Mode, double tap power button to unleash maximum LED output at 1200 lumens! 5 Light Levels plus 1 Daylight Flash Mode FL1 Standard IP64, dust and water-resistant Secure on and off-road capable handlebar mount Fits standard and oversize 35mm handlebars Perfect for helmet mounting (Helmet Mount sold separately) IntelliCharge Reduce charge time in half! Convenient USB rechargeable Low battery indicator Lock Mode, perfect for use during storage and transporting the light.
Press and hold power button for 7 seconds to lock out operation of light.
I purchased the NiteRider Lumiina Boost 1000 from REI using my end of year dividends. I noticed that this model was on sale in a number of other cycling stores, including about 40% less cost on Amazon.
I paid REI full retail for this, $30 – $40 dollars above what I could have paid otherwise – but I wouldn’t have upgraded my existing NiteRider 600 headlight if it wasn’t basically a free purchase via the dividend.
The OLED 600 is still going strong – I wanted more lumens and duration. Light and mount are solid – I already used an older OED 600 so I know the functions. The new light is brighter at all levels, and has significantly more duration at the lower lumens levels.
But, to get “boost” mode – the full 1000 lumens – a “double click” on the single toggle button is prescribed. The toggle is supposed to turn from “blue” to “red and blue. ” I am not able to make this happen, no matter how many double-clicks I try.
So now it’s an overpriced 750 lumen headlight. Perhaps there’s a reason prices were slashed on this specific light at other retailers.
In my testing, I found that the battery life does not seem to match manufacture advertising. Big surprise right?! I also wasn’t blown away by the amounts of light it put out for the price point. With that being said, it is pretty light.
I’m not sure if it’s light enough to be used as a mounted helmet lamp, but it isn’t too heavy even for that application. I was super disappointed to find out that in order for NiteLink to work you need to purchase a controller to link all of your lights that are compatible with that technology which in my opinion is just flat out greedy.
I would have prefer if I was just able to link my front light with my tail light without the need for an additional accessory which also clutters your handlebar. Last thing I want to note is that the USB Type-C charging is also pretty slow despite the advantages of Type-C charging speeds over micro USB.
Overall it’s a good lamp, just a bit overpriced. I would just get the one without the NiteLink if I could do it all over again and save some cash.
The light itself has been excellent. Has survived rain, snow, mud and quite a few drops on ice. very bright, excellent battery life, reasonable charging time. the beam pattern is a little too round for the road.
the little flap that covers the charging port is kind of fiddly, but it’s never fallen open. the mount, however, I have some gripes with. with the clamp fully tightened, the light (which is fairly heavy) vibrates and bounces around.
it takes quite a few miles on rough ground for it to start pointing at the ground, but expect to be readjusting it at least once a week, probably more often if you frequently encounter rough roads or trails.
I like the ability to adjust the aim of the light side to side though, and the quick detach mechanism has never come loose.
Engineered for the ultimate road cyclist, the Hotrod 50 unleashes a powerful 50 lumens of flashing output for unprecedented night and day cycling safety. Its cluster mounted array of LEDs work in unison for an extra wide and powerful output, maximizing your presence on the demanding roads.
Be seen all the time with 24/7 safety technology, an exclusive set of solid and flashing modes to increase your safety when cycling, night and day. Every bit the road cyclists tail light, the Hotrod 50 uses a versatile flexible mount compatible with most seat posts including Aero styles.
This is a simple, but effective light. I bought this light to replace a similar light by the same company that was five or six years old and no longer lasting for long rides. I also thought the old light would not work with a new aero seat post.
The clerk at REI suggested that I double check because the synthetic band generally will stretch enough to accommodate an aero post. He was right. I generally use the light as a daytime running light and have alway been happy with it.
I have used it at night a handful of times and it has been fine. It gets used one to three times a week.
I have a Hotrod 50 lumen rear, 90 lumen rear and 110 lumen front. All 3 have the same case, switch and attachments. They aren’t prefect but they do many things right, which might be just what you need.
They have multiple settings, are rechargeable, have decent but not amazing battery life, but the real reason I like these is they are narrow. I don’t have room on my seat post on one of my bikes for a light.
This one is so small it will fit on very narrow seat stays. Serfas Thunderbolt was another that comes close to this but not nearly as narrow to solidly stay put. And I realized it will fit on a head tube w/ a separate XL strap (not included).
So if you have aero bars w/ no straight cross section of bars to mount a light or hang one off your heat unit’s mount, this too might be a novel solution for your ride. It does work fine on a seat post too.
I like my Knog Cobber for that as it has wider angle visibility. I also like my Serfas, Lezyne and NiteRider lights. This isn’t a smart light; it won’t tell you it’s running low or drop to a lower power setting.
IT won’t flash faster as it senses traffic behind you. It won’t record your ride with a rear view camera. It’s just an inexpensive light. Also the rubber USB cover may work its way out and a small Phillips screwdriver will assist you in reinserting it.
Great upgrade from the Cygolite Hotrod 50. Also appreciate the attachment strap that is easy to move between bikes without having to screw brackets onto your seat post…huge plus if you have multiple bikes.
Only drawback was that there seems to be only one option for noncontinuous lighting mode, which does great on battery. On the continuous lighting modes battery seems to drain fairly quickly (still several hours).
The Blackburn USB light can serve as a front or rear light for your bicycle or other equipment. The handy USB charging option allows you to charge it up from your computer or other device, making it ideal for cyclists on the go.
The 180-degree visibility ensures that the light reaches the maximum space, and there’s no tools needed to mount it to the front or rear, making it extremely convenient to use no matter where you’re headed.
Thanks to its small profile and simple operation, the Blackburn USB light is a great choice for people who enjoy riding without having to worry about complications. Get ready to hit the trail in confidence.
I bought this light and the back plate broke off accidentally when I attempted to put it on the bike. I called Blackburn and spoke to Stephen. He advised that he would be shipping me a new light in a couple of weeks.
Its great that Blackburn provides a lifetime warranty on their products! I will definitely buy this light again and any Blackburn products.
The ability to change the light color from white to red (and back again) with a simple press of the button (even for small hands) is a real plus. Additionally, it was easy to install on both handlebars and bike frames with the flexible band, and quite bright whether in steady-state or flashing mode.
That, and the ability to charge these via a USB port makes replacing batteries a thing of the past. Great product and not that expensive given its features and flexibility of use!.
Give yourself and fellow road users extra assurance by using NiteRider’s TL-5. 0 Rear Safety Light during day or night rides. Tiny but powerful, the light emits up to ten lumens to help alert motorists to your presence on dimly lit roads and during traffic-filled commutes.
For this year’s model, NiteRider added amber lights to the sides of the TL-5. 0 to provide you with 180 degrees of visibility. You’ll have the option of one steady and four flashing modes, and the light will last for up to 100 hours per set of batteries.
Product Description: Know as the best bike lights in the industry Field tested to be durable and functional Always innovative and is the top choice for professionals and amateurs alike.
I own the Solas 250 and found it almost too bright in some situations. It also drains its battery a bit quickly for my taste. But there is a lot I love about it. So I got a couple Solas 100s for my wife and son.
They are still very visible even in daylight, but the battery seems to last a lot longer. Both the 100 and 250 have a single button to select flashing and turn on/off, but oddly the sequences are different.
Both are small and light, strap easily to a seat tube and are pretty easy to remove for charging. Both provide plenty of visibility in just about any light conditions short of direct backlighting by the sun.
My on caution: make very sure the light has snapped solidly back into its mounting bracket if you charge it off the bike. I was careless about that and my 250 came loose when I hit a bump in traffic.
(Sad crunching noise as a car ran over it. ) I ordered a new one that night, and mooched my wife’s 100 until it arrived. For any conditions short of commuting in, fog or snowstorms (I do that), the 100 is plenty of light and gives you a good run time per charge.
I charge the light at home. I cycle an hour in the morning to work with the light on fast flash (4 hr run time). I cycle home an hour at night with it on steady low (40 hr run time). When I turn the light off it indicates that it needs to be recharged.
The light is only a month old so should be at optimum battery performance for holding its charge. Very annoying to have to charge it every day. Would be good if it had a flash mode that wasn’t as bright so that it didn’t blind cyclists behind you at night.
Both the pulse flash and fast flash are very bright to following cyclists at night. Great for the day but too bright at night. The extreme/pulse final flash of the fast flash seems to use up the battery life so eliminating the pulse would also extend the run time so that it lasted longer.
Great light for urban commuting. Provides solid visibility both in daylight and at night. At daytime, I only use the regular light, no laser lanes. Laser lanes at night give me reassurance that idiot drivers know how much space to leave (doesn’t mean they respect it, but at least they know).
Battery life leads a bit to be desired. I have a 20 minute commute each way (about 2 miles with lights) and I’m charging the battery after 2-3 days of commuting roundtrip. Also, my light is not even a year old and the charging port has failed.
I’ve reached out to NR for assistance and am awaiting a response. If it weren’t for the lousy battery life and the premature charging failure, this would be a perfect light.
Dark roads are no issue for the Cygolite metro plus 800 headlight & hotshot pro 150 taillight USB combo set. You will be riding all night and day with this combo set, featuring a night and day mode for 24/7 usage, a micro USB rechargeable battery with charger included.
Lights also include an enhanced cycling optics feature, casting an extra wide and longe range beam. 9 headlight lighting modes, boost, high, medium, low, SteadyPulse, triple flash, zoom, day flash, walking, and 6 taillight lighting modes steady, zoom, SteadyPulse, triple flash, daylighting, random flash.
With a sleek design making it easy to mount on any bike, and a water resistant body perfect for all types of weather conditions. Make your bike safer both during the day and night with the Cygolite Dash Pro 600 lumen headlight & hotrod 50 lumen tail light combo set.
The light is very bright, has many modes (solid and flashing) that I found easy to use after reading the directions once, it holds a charge for multiple rides, works well in the city and on bike trails, is easy to install on your handlebars and can easily be removed if you lock your bike and step into a restaurant, and is easy to charge with a USB charger.
I have now purchased two of these lights after a lot of research. Some reviews said they are hard to use but I have had no issues even when I am riding my bike. I can’t imagine needing a light with more lumens because this light is very bright (if anything, too bright) and the size is great as well.
I hope it last for many years with a lot of recharges!.
I’ve owned four Cygolights over the past five or six years. They have all been reliable and nearly indestructible. I think they are among the best in the industry. My first was 300 lumens. A couple years later I bought a 500, then an 600.
This 1100 the best yet. It throws a nice beam without any hotspots. I do have one complaint though: Nine lighting choices is more than I need. I wouldn’t mind so much If there was a quick, easy and sure-fire way to find the setting that I want.
But no, you have to press the button repeatedly until you find the setting you are looking for. If you go past it, you have to press eight more times until you get back to where you want to be. Once set, though, the light is superb.
I’ve done several night rides that lasted a little over an hour, and with the light on high, it never faded. One other thing that might worry some people: this one does not have a removable battery. But for the price, If I needed longer run times, I’d probably buy a second light and run the two of them on medium brightness.
One other thought, if you’re debating about how much money to spend, I’d suggest you get the brightest light that you can afford. You won’t regret it.
Riding – whether that s socially, training or commuting – you re going to need this VASTFIRE USB rechargeable whole metal aluminium alloy bike lights. Which is 1000 Lumen 150 feet range, bright enough to illuminate your commute and night-time training ride Keep you and your lover s safe.
Easy to take off for security Compact size to take on and off and use as a mini flash light if needed 2 x 18650 changeable and chargeable battery contain in the bike light Just Plugging it into your computer at work to top it up for the ride home Easy installation 1.
Loosen the screw and secure the bracket to the bike. Then you can simply tighten the screw without tools. Press the button on the holder. Slide the bicycle light out of the bracket in seconds to disassemble it, quickly and conveniently! Specifications Suit for 1 to 1.
2 inch diameter handlebar 1. Battery: each 2600 mAh 2. Battery Voltage: 3. 7 to 4. 2V 3.
Great light, arrives in just under two weeks. I was expecting it to be in a plain box like some I had seen on You Tube, but was glad to see it packaged in a proper see through display box, the sort of thing you see hung in a cycle store.
One of the reasons I chose the Vastfire was the handlebar clamp. Some other makes came under criticism for poor quality, or even breaking. No problems with this one, it is very robust and holds the light steady.
The light is released by pushing in a small tab on the side, then slide the light forward. Nice to see that the screw is stainless steel, so no worries about rusting. The light itself is very well made, gives a good bright light which on a narrow lane would light both verges.
The photo shows it on full brightness, but I usually only ride with it on the first or second setting. as these are bright enough for road use. Importantly, I have not been flashed by oncoming cars, so it would seem that it doe’s not dazzle others.
Battery life seems to be very good, cant quote how long as I haven’t run them right down. I charge them by plugging the light into my Amazon Kindle adapter. One I found was, you don’t have to keep pushing the on/off button to cycle through the settings in order to turn it off, just press and hold and it turns off after a couple of seconds.
I often ride at night on unlit roads and green lanes, and have found it to be quite up to the job, and excellent value. The photo shows it on full brightness.
20. 000 Lumen, is a lie! This is the first thing i must say. This lamp, only produces about 700lumen, and this is way more than sufficient for a city night ride, in areas where public lights are not very powerful.
For night ride, in absolute dark envoirement, i would advise the use of a more powerful headlamp, with a wider range. Contruction is very good for the money, it stays for about 1/houers full power non stpo, and then, it just goes down dead.
Little heavy, not very practical for fast riding situations, where bumps may deteriorate it’s support. I was able to hear some inside noise, due to battery shaking. An issue to correct in the future.
Overall appreciation is very positive, although the not positive aspects already mentioned above.
I can honestly recommend this product. I also have an earlier version with another style of clamp which was a pain. The clamp finally broke but this version with an upgraded clamp works better. There are enough lumens even in minimum setting and batteries hold up at least over 3 hours commuting to work 15 minutes at a time.
Another plus are the replaceable batteries which can be replaced for premium ones at some stage, I suspect the original chinese batteries will not last forever. The on off switch is quite sensitive which could be a problem.
Once it had turned the light on in my jacket pocket on a coat rack at work for some time and the pocket was quite hot, I don’t know if it could eventually have melt or set the jacket on fire.
The Nitecore BR25 is an ultra-bright bicycle light that enhances your visibility and performance while keeping you and others safe. Combining its maximum output of 1400 lumen and evenly diffused reflector, the BR25 gives you a broader short-range coverage while extending out up to 178 yards in distance.
Its uniquely designed reflector shape cuts the beam above the eye level, which avoids blinding the pedestrians and incoming drivers and riders. BR25 is a premium bike light for road cycling, mountain biking, BMX, or just casual neighborhood rides.
Its quick-release hard bike mount tightly secures the light on the bar while still easy to unmount. Easily adjust among 4 brightness levels and a flashing mode via its convenient side switch. Inside the BR25, you will find a 5000mAh USB-C rechargeable 21700 battery that provides up to 60 hours of runtime on low.
Additionally, the BR25 can be powered by a compatible 18650 or 2x CR123A so you never need to take a break from riding. Rated IP68 waterproof and made from durable impact resistant aluminum, the BR25 is ready to go the distance in any climate.
This is a unique bicycle light in that it provides lighting forward as well as downward, like fog lamps on a car. I’ve only owned this for 2 weeks and so far it is reliable, and besides brightness settings, it also has the traditional vacillating alert light that bikers generally use.
The mounting bracket for the light installed relatively easy to the handle bar, I say relatively, because there isn’t much room to mount anything because of cables and other interfering gadgets on my handle bar.
I gave it a 4 star based on the switch activation button, which seems awkward and unbalanced. Not sure how well it will stand up. The body is solid and the light can easily be removed from the bracket by depressing a small lever.
Very bright at max, the battery lasts long enough for a long lap. high-quality materials, the handlebar mount is easy to put on. It illuminates the front of the bike, the light distributes it well to the ground and does not disturb those who come from the opposite direction.
Fenix BC26R is a compact 1600 lumen LED bike light powered by the latest high capacity (5000 mAh) 21700 Li-ion battery. A Luminus SST40 LED provides a choice of 4 light outputs from 50 to 1600 lumens, delivering excellent brightness and run times for road and trail riding.
The supplied rechargeable battery is easily replaceable via the threaded tail cap so it’s easy to swap cells and keep night riding for hours. Built from tough aircraft grade aluminium, the light weight body and head offer excellent heat dissipation for extended high output power and long service life.
Fenix BC26R bike light is impervious to the worst of weather, being completely waterproof to a depth of 2 metres for half an hour. A versatile handlebar mount is supplied, with bushings to fit bars from 28-35mm.
The mount features 15 degrees of left / right and full vertical adjustment for perfect beam alignment. A quick release lever enables the light to quickly slide from the mount for security, and the compact size of Fenix BC26R means it can also perform as a powerful, long running LED torch.
Only used one day, but it is great. Switched all my lights (headlamp, bike headlight, bike taillight) to Fenix products. Thoughts: + One, simple, responsive button for all functions. This Fenix is so intuitive + USB-C charging (even C2C, which a lot of manufacturers apparently fail to implement) + Metal feels so much nicer to use than the usual plastic on headlamps + Perfect set of options (flashing for daytime, dim to extremely bright).
No flashing or colors or other fluff to needlessly cycle through. + Handlebar attachment is intuitive to mount and dismount. + The light remembers your setting when you turn it off. Makes it nice if you only night ride, for instance, and don’y need to cycle through all the settings each time you turn it on.
+ and – Screw cap closures for battery but only silicone flap for charge port. Silicone flaps I’ve had on other lights have ripped off after 2 years. Also they don’t have a positive feel when closing.
You have to kinda squish it around to seat it properly. – extremely hot beam. I put it in my pocket while high intensity on accident and it melted my polyester pocket straight through. – little concerned it eats batteries, though no long term testing.
Rode with highest intensity which put the battery indicator into flashing after only a minute.
I’m not one to write reviews of everything I purchase, but I want to say some good things about this excellent light. This light ticks all the boxes as far as what I look for in a bike light; must be bright, compact, rechargeable, and have an easily-replaceable battery.
I never buy rechargeable lights that have built-in, proprietary batteries. When they get weak you either have to sent them back for servicing or toss them. In addition, the 5000mAh 21700 battery is much more powerful than most.
5000mAh equals more light and more run time. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the mount is actually very well designed; quite compact and so easy to put on and off the bike that you can just take the light and mount off if you’re not riding at night.
And it’s quite stable. Workmanship is way better than that of many popular bike light brands. Since it is almost cylindrical it is also a perfectly nice 1600L normal flashlight. The only thing I wish it had was a lockout function so that if you put it in a backpack the top-mounted switch won’t engage by mistake.
That quibble aside, IMO the BC26R is to other bike lights what the Fenix HM65R-T is to typical rechargeable headlamps; better by a lot. Another winner from an excellent company.
I just got it but it seems to be a great light. Pros: – Battery life indicator is great – USB C rechargeable so I don’t have to carry tons of cables – Flashing mode doesn’t go high-off, it goes high-medium, so there’s always light on.
This makes riding in low light conditions with flashing mode easier – Mount lets you rotate light left or right. I probably won’t use this but it’s nice to have – I was caught in a torrential downpour but water didn’t seem to affect the light at all Cons: – The button being on the top means it can accidentally get triggered easier than if it was on the back of the light (e.
g. , when you load the bike into the back of a car and it bumps into something) – The mount doesn’t allow you to easily adjust up and down without loosening the nut – While it remembers the last used setting between power cycles, it doesn’t remember you kept it in flashing mode Despite the cons it’s still a well built light and I really like it.
We’ll see how durable it is with time, but I’ve had good experiences with Fenix products in the past.
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Here’s why you need the Vont bike light set: Most cycling accidents happen at night due to a lack of vision. 4 different modes of brightness modes which you can easily switch between. Extra USB cable for your convenience IPX4 weather-proof design.
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A serious tech advance in bike lighting. Better than expected quality, with easy removal and charging through USB power. These are tiny, the size of a pilot’s chronograph, with unexpectedly good battery life.
Different flashing modes are available to ensure you get noticed by drivers on their cell phones. I cannot find serious fault with these, although the small size and small batteries mean compromises in battery life and light output, although I used these for three rides before recharging, with no loss of light output.
Another issue is that the edge of the plastic lens bezel extends below the edge of the sleek aluminum ring, focusing headlight glare into the rider’s face. I painted the bezel edge with black paint to eliminate the issue.
A better solution would be to extend the aluminum ring all the way to the black plastic base. Otherwise, these units are clean, simple, reliable and stylish, without using disposable batteries and permanent clamps.
The rubber ladder-bungee makes for a quick, secure connection that doesn’t slip. No permanent bike frame clamps either. An intelligently thought out design with only one small, easily-remedied design issue.
I love this fairly small bike light. It sits nicely on my handlebars and has plenty of light that allows motorists to see me easily. Really like the available options to choose from; 100% light and two flashing modes on both the rear and front light.
My last bike light was ruined by a leaking alkaline battery. This one has a rechargeable battery that saves me the worry. I also liked that this light is easy to install or remove from the bike. It can be done quickly as there are no screws to deal with.
A rubber piece goes around the handlebars or bike seat pipe and links with a plastic piece on the light to keep it in place. Overall, I stand impressed by the small size of this bike light and will be recommending it to all fellow cyclists.
Lovely LED bike lights. Easy to install and constructed well. The housing is made using high grade rubber that protects the assembly even when you drop it. The power switch is located on the top and has 4 push settings; dim, bright, flash, rapid flash.
They are brighter than you would expect given their size. Mine are in use as safety flashers when I travel down the roadway on my mower or on my side by side. The clip on the back which includes a rubber strap makes mounting easy.
The light come with USB charging cords included for each light. Great value on the lights with one red lenses and one white lens that add safety in your travels.
These versatile bike lights are ideal for adding visibility to everything from family bike rides to bicycle bar crawls. The TwistLit LED Bike Light is great to use as a front or rear indicator light.
It can be set to continuous glow or high-visibility flashing modes with just the press of a button. Featuring a long-lasting LED module encased in specially formed housings, the TwistLit is designed with a curved back that rests snugly against the round surfaces on your bike or scooter.
Grooves on each side hold sturdy, flexible rubber Gear Ties in place – with ends to wrap through, over, around, or under the front and rear of bicycle handle bars, seat posts or racks of nearly any size.
Twist closed, and you’re done. The bright, long-lasting, battery-powered LED is activated with a simple push of a button. Endlessly versatile, secure, and easy to reposition, the TwistLit is perfect for bikes, scooters, jogging strollers – just about anything on wheels that you want people to see.
I buy these to put on my dogs harnesses so they are visible from the front and sides. They are visible for almost a 1/2 mile. The red ones are quite bright but I prefer the brightness of the white lights.
I find they work better than the lighted dog collars, especially if the dog has longer fur. I’ve had numerous people stop me to thank me for making sure they can see us while out of walks, considering we walk between 4:30 a.
m. to 6:30, so, it’s pretty dark. The flash feature works great for getting peoples attention. The batteries last about six months or more, depending on use. They are deffinitely worth it. I will buy these again.
Easiest light I’ve ever purchased. few seconds to install and super easy to turn on even if you are already riding and forgot to turn it on. quick reach with one hand-press and go. Also bc of the shape it is easy to clean if your bike gets messy.
I’ve been using these as safety lights on kayaks and passengers. White stern light on boat, blinking red on PFD (lifejacket) of paddler. They last through at least 2 tours of 3 hours each, give much greater visibility of boat and paddler at night when do tours, and seem to resist water better than most lights.
I keep buying. Biggest issue – customers walk off with them! I will buy again as needed.
Blackburn makes the Click Light in Front and Rear styles because everyone needs a small, light, bright blinky light at some point in their riding. These are ‘be seen’ items, and can be deployed whenever you’re on the road.
Some like the minimal rear-only blinky and bring it out at night. Others prefer front and rear daytime blinking and do it whenever they’re on the road. Most are in between, but everyone needs this kind of protection.
The Click measures 32mmin diameter and is 32mm thick. It is backed with a universal tool-free mounting system that can handle bars, helmets, frame tubes anywhere from 25-35mm in diameter. There are two LEDs in each light that produce 18 lumens of illumination.
To turn it on and off you press in the lens, as the user-replaceable CR 2032 batteries are directly behind the LEDs. The Blackburn Click Light is also waterproof, rated IP-65, which means you’re good in all conditions, save submersion.
I bought these last week, and they are super easy to install. They have 2 nubs to hook the rubber strap around, so it should work for circular frames and the wide oval frames. The fit’s secure, and it doesn’t sag or droop lower than intended.
Simple push once for steady on, push again for flash, once more for off design. The headlight is bright enough to just illuminate a dark street or sidewalk, but not so bright as to blind motorists. The back light is much dimmer, but on the flash setting it’s quite noticeable.
Batteries are replaceable with the cell designation clearly marked on the plastic casing, so you should be able to find them online when they dry up. A must-have for anyone who cycles at night.
I purchased this set earlier this month to replace an older set I have had for several years — battery finally weak. Cheaper to buy new than replace batteries! Headlight fine, as expected. However the tail light did not work.
Blackburn very efficiently replaced the tail light at no cost to me. Very satisfied, and now SAFE in the dark winter hours! Highly recommend the item and the company, as well as Vista Outdoors, who own the company.
I bought this a month or so ago due to needing a compliance light for trail/road riding. This light certainly fits the bill. Click once to start, another time to flash, final time to turn off. Non-rechargeable.
Batteries last a while, though it should be noted that this light is to let other see you, it will do very little to help the rider see in dark conditions.
Day and Night VisibilityThe Sabre 110 from NiteRider is a super bright, lightweight, USB rechargeable LED tail light. It uses a multi LED array design for eye catching day and night use with 180 degrees of visibility.
The Sabre easily mounts to most seat posts with an “easy on off” strap with quick release tab. It can also be used as a wearable safety light and attached to various straps, loops and pockets.
The light i bought is from a reputed brand and of great quality. Performs perfectly. But the unit i got has some of the chrome design scratched off. I first thought it was a used unit but i checked properly and it seems new.
Otherwise, no issues with the shipping and tracking, unit was well packed and delivered timely. Would have given 5 stars, but.
Being an active urban rider for over 17 years, I’ve gone through many tail lights. The NiteRider Sabre 35 USB is easily the best I’ve every used. Not only is it the brightest, by a wide margin, it’s also very solid.
Most of the other tail lights use AAA or AA batteries, necessitating a split body, of some sort, to insert the batteries, and after several sets of batteries, they just don’t snap together tight, and wind up falling off the bike, and getting lost or flattened by a car.
The Sabre 35 has a very solid body, with a neat rubber plug for the micro USB connector used to charge the unit. I fully expect this one to last for years, and the side visible amber markers are a great bonus.
Initially, I had some trepidation about using a rechargeable unit, but since it’s a USB charger, I just make sure I’ve got a fully charged USB power bank in my Panniers, if I’m heading into the wilderness for more than an overnight.
Additionally, there are multiple flashing patterns that can be selected, so you can choose an energy efficient pattern, if you have concerns about battery life. The packaging provides an excellent guide for expected run times for each pattern.
The charging indicators work really well, red for charging, blue for fully charged, and, as advertised, it only takesabout 1 1/2 hours for a full charge. Given their small size and light weight, this unit also makes an excellent wearable light for extra visibility when riding, or for walkers or runners.
Overall, I highly recommend the NiteRider Sabre 35 USB!.
This light shines very bright during daytime, let alone at night, Batteries last a long time. The different modes give you options in terms of battery duration and how you want to be seen. The mounting bracket strap is a bit short for some dropper posts, but will work on most.
Cars coming in behind you can not miss you. Overall a great product.
The next level of visibility. The Cateye set of a Sync Core front light, and Kinetic rear light provide excellent visibility day and night with rechargeable batteries, and syncronisation capabilities.
With 500 lumens and excellent side visibility, the SYNC Core gives you the power to see and be seen. Can be used alone or – better still – combined with other CatEyeSYNC enabled lights for unparalleled levels of 360-degree visibility, day or night.
On the rear, the Cateye Sync Kinetic has a built-in accelerometer that switches to burst mode as you decelerate, SYNC Kinetic gives you an extra level of defense. CatEye SYNC lights are an easier, quicker and safer lighting solution for all types of cyclists, from commuters to enthusiast riders.
CatEye SYNC offers the ability to turn on/off your front and rear light together. It also allows customisability, if you have more than one rear light, you can synchronise the flashing to create a bigger presence on the road.
I chose this light set when building my cycle to work scheme package as they appeared to be exactly what I was looking for (bright, multiple modes, re-chargeable and water proof). They are super bright but can be set lower and there is no doubt you will be seen with these.
The rear light has a brake light system which will automatically illuminate to the highest setting for 2. 5 seconds when it detects the bike slowing down from braking. The only setting this doesn’t operate on is if you have the light set to the brightest setting as standard.
I find a flashing mode shows the difference best. Once you have linked both the front and rear light by using the mobile app, which you can stop using after this step if you wish, it’s as simple as turning on the front light and the rear automatically comes on itself.
Likewise for turning off. The charge has been lasting me safely for around six 40 minute commutes (approx 3 hours 20 minutes) before I feel I need to re-charge but they have never dimmed even when at low percentage.
Absolutely superb lights and I have not been disappointed in any way shape or form. I would urge you to see past the high price tag as you are getting a brilliant piece of kit that is super easy to fit.
All the other reviews cover the lighting system – as with all Cateye products the quality is high and the connection and kinetic system are genuinely useful, good and work reliably. The design flaw is mechanical.
I have had two front lights, and both have failed at the front light mounting clip. It uses a plastic sprung bar and a chamfered peg that lifts up as the light is slid back into the mount, and the peg snaps back down into a holding recess in the mount.
To release you simply lift the bar slightly with a finger, the peg is lifted out of the recess, and the non-chamfered side is thus clear of the recess and the light can be slid forward and removed. When it works it is simple and easy to use.
But the system wears alarming quickly, it is too easy to force the mechanism and the plastic peg becomes chamfered on both sides. Once this happens the light starts to fall out – braking on a bumpy road will do it.
It should be an easy fix for Cateye – let s hope they do, as the system is good in all other respects.
I bought these mainly for use on my commute in the city. They are really bright, and have lots of settings where less light or flashing patterns are needed. You can turn off the features you don’t want to use in the app so that they won’t be selected when you switch through modes.
They sync instantly every time, simply turn one on and the other comes on in the same mode. I didn’t realise when I bought these that the rear light also indicates when you are slowing down if you enable to kinetic mode.
It is brilliant to be able to see the remaining battery power for each light in the app, so you never get caught out without any lights. The front light feels absolutely solid, like you could throw it at the ground and it would be fine (although I don’t recommend it).
The rear light is mostly plastic, but it still feels high quality and durable.
The Kryptonite Incite X3 USB front light has a double lens to distribute the light and perfectly illuminate all the roads where you pass. In addition and in order to further improve your visibility, it has a side lighting so that you can be seen from almost any angle.
With just one button, you can use all the functions it offers and in the same way, you can also choose one of the 5 light modes available to choose the one that suits you best. If you are in the middle of a route and your battery is running out, don’t worry, you only have to activate the Eco mode and you will be able to reach your destination without problems, this mode can be used for 24 hours in a row of use.
Let me start off by saying that I wanted these to be great lights. I saw the reviews that said that the unique beam pattern would be a better approach to nighttime riding than just throwing raw lumens at the darkness (or questionable lumens, if you have dabbled in those ludicrously, too good to be true lights.
Admit it, we all have thought about getting one of those “10,000 Lumen lights” for $40. ). And to be fair, the promotional material for these lights makes it appear that it is a solid solution to a problem.
The reviews I looked at said that if you do riding in dimly lit suburbs and dark roads to go with the X8, and so I purchased this bundle, as there is always room in the arsenal for another good tail light.
Where do I start? I want to start with the pros, so I don’t seem like a downer. X8: – Removal mechanism. The way in which the light attaches and detaches is pretty intuitive, and works well. – That’s it.
XBR: – It’s decently bright for a tail light. If you do the math on the bundle, it comes out to about $20 for the light. Cons: X8: – It’s dim. That’s the best way I can describe it. My daily carry flashlight, which is no bigger than my thumb, is a Fenix E18R, and between it’s highest and second highest settings (which is somewhere between 150 and 750 lumens), it puts out more than this light.
My rule of thumb has always been to never go out with a light that is less than 1000 lumens, preferably at least 1500 lumens. And that holds true for this. If this light were approximately 3 to 4 times brighter, I think it would be acceptable.
I understand that lumens and lux are different measurements, but I need to be able to quantify this light, since most ley people will not know just how dim this light is. – The unique beam pattern is uniquely awful.
It’s actually got a hole in the beam pattern, and it’s not consistent through the entire throw. Also, the width of the light that is cast is super narrow, so you really have no sense of things tha.
Planet Bike’s Beamer 3 Headlight boasts 3 super-bright white Nichia eXtreme LEDs with steady and flashing modes to provide excellent visibility. And, the soft-touch switch makes it easy to change settings, even with gloves on.
The Beamer also features a quick-release handlebar mount that attaches in seconds without tools. Plus, the included 2 AA batteries deliver run times of up to 100 hours.
Well what can i say. I have nothing to review. I placed the order Feb 6 2022. Today is 28 Feb and I have not received my order. Suffice it to say, this will be the first and only purchase i will have with Cambria.
Funny thing is, I receive this email today to give a review to Cambria Bike to get a $15 off my next order. But there is nothing to review, lol!!.
I bought this to replace an old Planet Bike headlight. Easy to see that the plastic strap on the new one is a lot weaker than the older model. The end of the strap is split to accommodate the thumb screw.
But when you tighten the screw the Y-shaped end widens way too easy. Plastic is great for some components, but highly stressed ones should be metal.
Great cheap lights for extra visibility. Won’t light up a lot of road in front of you but does make you visible to traffic and other riders. Easy to install, but the rear light really needs to be mounted to the seat post.
Kryptonite’s new Incite X series of lights focuses less on lumen numbers, and more on high quality optics with extremely clear, precise beams designed to provide more light where you need it, and less where you don’t.
Because of this, they have chosen to rate them based on the lux scale rather than the lumen scale. Lux measures light output on a surface at a set destance rather than total light output in all directions.
Generally speaking a much lower lux level will perform similar to higher lumen numbers, but the two are not directly related nor comparable.
New for Autumn/Winter 2019, the Moon Meteor is a fantastic value-for-money accessory for any discerning cyclist. Moon strive to make the best lights out there, and the Meteor is no exception. With a massive 450 lumen maxiumum output and a 2 hour battery life at maximum, the Meteor will see you through the dark commute or a night ride.
I’ve been using these front Moon 400 lumen cycle lamps for a few year’s now & I must say, they’re hard to beat for the price! The choice of intensity is bang on. There’s several modes to choose from including steady & flash(I personally hate the flashing front light beam cuz it makes me feel nauseous) The body is waterproof & compact & smooth ie no sticky-outy parts to snag clothing etc The strap for the handlebars is great too, with lots of stretch on the strap – to date they’ve not snapped (unlike my overly expensive 55, Leyzene rear lamp strap, which snapped in the first month) If you’re looking for a light to use during the night then thus is an excellent choice – I do my cycle workouts, on & off road, at night & the strongest beam setting is excellent.
Allowing me to easily see where I’m going. infact, just last night, as I rode through a country lane in pitch darkness, there was a kid in front of me (delivering pizzas for deliveroo) who’s lights were as much use as a chocolate teapot!! Gexwas struggling to see where he was going.
So I stayed behind him the whole way & at the other end he turned to me & said, thank you repeatedly, for guiding him through the darkness – later asking where he could buy one? When I told him the price he was clearly over the moon Oh & the usb connector is perfectly placed.
Before I finish writing this I’d like to say why I’ve given it 4/5* The only part that lets this light down is the little rubber tab that covers the usb slot. This has snapped off on both my lights. Nearly all lights today have a tab that hangs from other units on strong tiny cables, unfortunately the one on this is rubber & comes away too easily & once lost, is irreplaceable.
but for the price you can’t complain! I use the lowest setting light beam during the daytime & the charge lasts all day long & I’m still clearly visible. Go buy one & see for yourself.
Small, bright, lightweight, easy to charge, good value and quality build. The flashing and steady functions are really useful. Also, a colour coded LED on top shows which mode you’re in at a glance. Flashing in city and bright steady on the towpath.
Only one downside: the single operating switch is hard to operate with gloved fingers, especially winter ones.
Ion Comp R provides compact power to help illuminate the street, path or trail, and Flare R City rear tail light helps you stand out. Both are USB-rechargeable Daytime Running Lights that feature distinctive focus, flash and range flash patterns designed to boost visibility.
Be seen every ride with lights designed for 24/7 visibility. Bontrager Daytime Running Lights are designed with a specific flash, focus and range to make them visible from up to 2 km, during the day.
The ION lights are great. No question about that. Easy to use, and brighter than you’d expect. For that I would totally recommend. They last a good long time for those of us who get out for serious miles over hours and hours in both day and night.
I have nothing bad to say about the back light. It’s small, bright and does exactly what Bontrager says it will. With a bit of tugging, it fits my odd shaped seat post and is fairly secure. I have no worries about this.
The front light is easy to use and is extremely bright if you’re not careful (like car hi-beams bright). It does what the package says — lights up the road in front of you. There are a couple of downsides to the front light — First, the clip is very light and comes undone very easily when you hit road-herpes or cobbles (aka, rough patches of tarmac).
It is extremely bad when you hang the lamp upside down. Second issue, for the price range, this should come with the universal connector that allows the front light to be attached to a Garmin mount or non-Bontrager helmet.
I had to order that for another 20$(with shipping included). Trek/Bontrager should include that piece along with the clamp that they DO include. Third — the included clamp needs VERY specific sized handlebars to fi or it won’t stay still and the front light will rotate as you go over bumps.
(Even with the screw cranked down and the rubber padding in it. ) — Note — If you do get the universal mount and hang the front light upside down under your head unit, to keep the light from becoming unclipped and falling out randomly, fill the areas around the clip with hot-melt glue.
That seems to make the unit much more solid and it stays put then. I tried zip ties and wadding paper to fit in there and neither worked that well. Hot Glue filled things and the light stayed put (after 125 new miles of ‘testing’).
Overall, with some fiddling, I’m very happy with this light and would suggest you consider it. But I would like to see Trek/Bontrager add that universal mount for future releases.
When I converted to flat handlebars on my road bikes I needed a solution to mounting a headlight because the Light and Motion lights I had used for years only fit on round bars. Trek’s Blendr mount is the slickest, cleanest mount available.
I ride with a group early in the morning and lights are required. Most of the riders have Trek Project One bikes and some also use the Bontrager Blendr light and mount. We do the same ride each morning.
It is about 90 minutes in length and I run the light mostly on the lowest solid (non flashing) setting, switching to a more powerful mode for about ten minutes while we are on a dark bike trail; the rest of the ride on low.
I charge the light after each ride. In only two seasons I have had five lights fail. They last a few weeks or months. Each time the shop has exchanged the lights. This week it happened again, another failure.
The light stops working during a ride and no longer will take a charge, just suddenly stops working completely. Other riders in our group also have had Bontrager light failures. The previous Light and Motion lights I used lasted for several seasons.
Based on my experience I cannot recommend the lights. However, I will keep using them because they are the only option to use with Blendr. I now carry an extra Ion Pro in my jersey pocket because I know the light on my handlebars will fail, based on experience.
When they work, they work great and I love the clean mounting via Blendr. But unless you are using them on a Blendr mount, I would get a different brand for sure.
A brilliant light !!, It is robust and feels like a quality product as soon as you take it out of the box. My prime use of the light is as a daytime running light and I can say without fear of contradiction that it is first class in this regard.
The daylight flash mode attracts the attention of the most unobservant road users. I can also recommend it for commuting during the hours of darkness. In the various modes it illuminates the unlit roads on full power while allowing you to save the battery using the reduced power on the lit sections of the journey.
The RT version allows me to connect it to my Garmin 1030plus and facilities additional functionality from automatic operation to remote operation via the head unit. All works well. The light comes with various size bar mount which holds the unit securely in position.
However personally I secure my unit with a Bontrager blendr mount on my various Trek bikes which I find gives a neater feel to the cockpit. The light gives a strong focused beam which is ideal for road riding.
Perfect for everyday use. The Moon Comet-X Bike Light boasts plenty of great features that help you be seen whether it be day or night. Choose between day flash mode, auto flash mode and memory function mode and hit the streets.
120 lumens ensure that this light will light up your path with ease.
I wanted a rechargeable rear light of good quality and this is just what I needed, it lasts a good few hours when charged and is bright enough to get you seen on dark or busy roads, I feel safer with it on in traffic.
Behold the Trail Evo. The sum total of decades of experience designing automotive optics, all neatly wrapped up in a bike light. Featuring a panoramic, perfectly even beam pattern that has been fine-tuned to meet the demands of trail riding with smooth falloff all around the bike to aid peripheral vision (the beam should fall off, not the biker).
A quick-release fiberglass-reinforced nylon mount that was “borrowed” from the clever camera guys to keep everything pointing in the right direction. Good for 150+ minutes of strong output and, should you need it, the ability to USB charge on-the-go.
Proudly and capably made just down the trail in Chicago IL.
I have only done a couple rides using my Outbound Trail Evo light so will update this with a longer-term review, but so far I am extremely satisfied. I was stunned at how quickly I got it; I think I ordered on a Thursday and received it on Saturday.
It’s a robust-feeling light with a very solid but easy to adjust attachment to the bracket, which is a simple pinch-collar -type mount. Quick and simple to install. Included USB-C cable has a nice solid attachment that would be great for pass-thru charging if you wanted to ride and charge.
I did have to make some changes to my out front Wahoo mount because the 2 use the same real estate on the bar and in front of the stem, but no regrets there. The light beam is exactly as advertised — wide, very bright, high-contrast, and intense.
I used it in the late afternoon twilight which is usually the most difficult time for my eyes to pick up trail features, and found myself going much faster than I normally do when night riding simply because I had such great visibility of the trail.
I wasn’t running it with a helmet light which is normally required on this particular trail for night riding, due to the number of extremely tight switchbacks and dense forest growth, but the Trail Evo light beam was so wide that I was getting quite a bit of visibility into and through the switchbacks with just the bar light.
I rode a few miles on the road to get home after my trail ride, and even on the lower settings I could tell cars were seeing and responding to me at greater distances away than normal. It is a huge, huge upgrade to my previous setup.
I haven’t had a chance to test its longevity or long-term durability yet, but my initial impressions are very favorable. I’m a satisfied customer.
Just replaced an eight-year-old 1000 lumen two-LED light with a separate battery with the Outbound Trail Evo. I had never wanted for brightness with the old light, but mounting the battery pack was fussy and the strain on the cord was causing it to fray where it entered the light.
The quality of the illumination from the Trail Evo is excellent. I don’t bother with a separate headlamp and the medium setting is brighter than what I’m used to. All the design work that went into lens and reflector really shows, with a smooth illumination that works really well on the trail.
The self-contained design is much easier to mount, and the quick release Outbound has created is far better than a GoPro-style finger or adjustable strap. Will appreciate note fussing with velcro straps and GoPro screws when it’s cold and getting dark on winter rides.
The mount is rock solid. I’ve only run it on a 35mm bar so far and was concerned that the large mass of the light extended out from the bar would lead to slippage. But I’ve ridden it over the roughest trails I ride and it hasn’t budged.
USB pass-through charging is another thoughtful feature. I can use the chargers I have and not need a proprietary widget when travelling. I’ll probably never need the extra run time on the trail from an external battery, but it’s nice to be able to carry a small powerbank just in case.
Super impressed by the power behind these lights. I own both the Trail EVO and the Hangover trail lights and I’m amazed at what these lights offer. The tough and rugged construction was immediately noticeable; great for peace-of-mind if I ever take a spill on my bike.
I’m confident both lights will take the abuse. I met Matt, owner and engineer of Outbound Lighting, at Sedona MTB fest and he’s one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet. Outstanding customer service.
Basically, if you’re not a dick about things and your issue is within reason, Matt will personally see to it that your issues are resolved with anything going on with these lights. He wants to earn and keep your business as a small business owner.
They are beautifully engineered and has the “adaptive” function where the light gradually reduces in brightness over a period of time as your eyes naturally adjusts to low-light conditions. What other light does this? Its crazy.
What does the adaptive setting do? Increase your battery life and extends your ride without sacrificing light quality and intensity. Honestly, it’s the most intelligent, industry-leading mountain bike lights to date.
These lights are pricey but you get what you pay for: brilliance. I’ve ridden three long rides with them at different settings and they are great. Matt gave me a special GoPro mount specific to my helmet at no additional charge (a very nice touch).
The lights also come with an angled C-type charger for ease of charging. Another feature is the ability to charge the lights while you are using them if you have an additional battery pack for backup.
The OL team really did think of everything when designing these lights. I also love that they are made for mountain bikers by mountain bikers. I will say, because of the way they are ruggedly constructed and the battery capacity, they are a little on the heavy side so if you’re a weight-weenie, these are probably not for you.
The extra weight on my helmet light will take a little getting used to, but the handlebar light is on my bike. Really, the extra weight doesn’t matter to me. Overall, these are outstanding lights. For desert riders like me that need to ride nights to avoid 118°F death-inducing rides in the summer, these lights are truly remarkable.
Highly recommended. Thanks Matt for these lights and what you do for the MTB community!.
Bicycle lights are important for night riding because they help riders see and be seen. There are many different types and styles of lights available, so it is important to choose the right ones for your needs.
Lights should be bright enough to see and be seen by, but not so bright that they blind oncoming traffic. blinking lights are often more visible than steady lights.
Most importantly, bike lights should be mounted securely so that they do not fall off or get knocked out of alignment. When choosing lights for your bike, be sure to read the reviews to see what others have to say about their experiences.
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