Whether you prefer the quieter roads after dark or your lifestyle means that you only get chance to ride in the evening there is one very important thing to consider in terms of safety, lighting up. If you are riding your bike after dark you need to make sure you are highly visible especially if you are on the roads, your life truly depends on it! This means that you need good lights on the front and back of your bike.
1. Xtreme Bright LED
The name may be a little misleading as this is hardly extreme, but itis however a very solid front mounted light. Producing a solid 130 lumens, which can be seen from 500 feet away, this light can also be easily removed to act as a flashlight.
2. Cygolite Expilion 800
The Expilion probably deserves a moniker such as Xtreme but it makes no such bold claim it just lets its light shine through. Casting a broad beam and producing 800 lumens this front mounted light is great for those who want to go off the beaten track away from street lights. This light will mount to eitherhandle bars or helmet and will really light the way for you.
3. Supernova Airstream 2
This solid front mounted light, like most bike lights, resists moisture but goes one step further by being corrosion resistant as well. Great for coastal areas where sea air can do damage over time to things like bike lights this is a product which is meant to last a while.Its light emissions are moderate producing around 370 lumens so no off-roading at night with this one.
4. Niterider Pro 3600 DIY
With serious Lumens packed in the Niterider truly cuts through the darkness for you. Boasting 3,600 lumens there is no way you won’t be seen coming with this front mounted light on yourhandle bars. With 8 different power settings you can turn the intensity down to extend battery life and with an extensioncable you can mount this light in a number of ways.
5. Blaze Laserlite
This clever front mounted light has got a pretty special safety feature which allows it to project an image of a green bicycle on the road ahead of it. The idea of this is that drivers will hopefully see this unusual light and realize that even if they can’t see the bike, that there is one to be aware of. It does also have a normal lamp as well which produces a decent light.
6. Portland Design Works Danger Zone
This rear mounted light offers pretty much all you need from a basic safety light, it has three different flash settings, it’s bright and it’s cheap. On the basic setting2 AAA batteries will give you 50 hours of life with this lamp. Built-in Euro reflectors add aback up for visibility in case your batteries happen to die before you end your ride.
7. Cygolite Hotshot
Boasting five different settings this is a very customizableback light which can be clipped to the bike itself or to your clothing. You can set the light for the road conditions, if you want to be more visible you can increase the light and flashes or if you want to extend battery life you can turn it down a little.
8. Serfas Thunderbolt UTL-6
This may not be a pretty light to attach to the back of your bike but with this model you are getting versatility rather than looks. It is a solid light that produces up to 35 lumens which, for aback light, is impressive. Theother main selling point for this light is how versatile it is in terms of mounting allowing you to put it just about anywhere you need it on the back of the bike.
9. Serfas Super Bright 60
This second offering from Serfas like the Thunderbolt is impressive in terms of light emission. Boasting 60 lumens even brighter than the Thunderbolt it really helps with rear visibility and safety. In a sea of after darklights rear bike lights can sometimes go unnoticed but this one stands out.
10. Vis 180
With rear lights the key is finding one that offers better than average visibility and the Vis 180 pulls that off. Extra side lights on the unit means that the light shines 180 degrees increasing the chance that your rear lamp will be noticed by the cars driving up behind you or as they begin to pass you.