Bike Lights

Tips about getting the right bike light for you: 

Whatever bike you are riding, seeing and being seen, is a necessity. Helmets protect your head and bike lights protect your whole body. Before buying your bike lights there are some important things you have to bear in mind. Here are some of them:

  • Regulations about bike lights are different from place to place (doing your research about your home-town regulations is highly recommended). But generally you can attach a white LED light in front and your rear light must be red and visible from 500 feet away.old bicycle light 224x300 Bike Lights
  • If you feel safer with more lights, don’t be afraid and do it. You can attach lights (white) on your handlebars and to your helmet.
  • Your back light must be attached under your saddle (into your seat post).
  • For placing your lights you can use plastic clips and brackets.
  • Consulting the employees at the store when buying your lights about their brightness and how well you will be able to see or being seen, is the most important factor for your purchase. So, do not forget to ask those bikers!
  • Another important tip that you should never forget (even after buying your lights) is your light’s battery life:
  1. With multiple lighting modes which come along with your lights(low/high intensity, flashing/blinking mode also called strobe) a MAX BATTERY LIFE should be used (different for each setting)
  2. If you use the lowest setting, then your battery is expected to last longer. But this is not always the right thing to do. It is safer to spend a little more money and replace your battery.
  3. Generally, it is preferable to adjust your light to its highest setting.
  4. For mountain biking (especially at night) you have to use an EXTREMELY LONG LIFE BATTERY.
  5. Buying lights featuring a charge indicator (it lets you know when your battery is low) is a must, if you can afford it. If you can’t, always remember to keep extra batteries with you.
  • For road bikers: seeing and being seen is the aim of the bike lights, so being provided with a back and a front light is very important.
  • For mountain bikers: seeing is the aim, so using high-output lamps (attached to your handlebars and to your bike helmet) can help your visibility at all directions. It is also significant that your light is strong enough so it can resist any falls in the forest.

Riding your bike at night, in the city or in the woods, can be as fun and safe as it is during daylight if you make the right choices and put the necessary lights on your bike and helmet. So, dear bike lovers, make the dark a friend of yours and enjoy your ride!