It’s always good to do little informal surveys on Twitter. You find out what setups fellow cyclists are using. As visibility and the short days are on people’s minds I asked what bike lights everyone is currently relying on.
- cyclegaz front. Hope vision1 and magicshine mj-808. Rear. Magicshine mj-818, Blackburn mars 4.0 and 2x fibre flare.
- m1mbz 2x RSP Asteri 3 front lights, 1x Smart 1/2Watt rear led.
- dulwichparagon aye up on the front cateye on the back and two Electron Backupz.
- godefroidp Cat Eye TL-LD 130 front and rear light set. Looks cool and they do their job.
- Gloryhornetboy currently using exposure toro and a combination of cateye and bikehut at the rear
- MartinGamage Cateye – swear by them, used them for years and duracells in the LED lights last for ages
- stephenkhay Cateye Light set, HL-EL450 and TL-LD600-R. I think on your recommendation..? Super bright anyway, work a charm
- Chutzpah84 Hope Vision 1 on front with a Halfords light, Smart Lunar R2 on back with Halfords light and LED lights on backpack & helmet
- chrisbpr 5 LED bikehut light up front and topeak LED at the back..good enough for the dark parts of my ride.
- jmwollny hope vision 1 – 240 lumens of goodness
- lovely_jessica Knog Frogs…bright and easy to attach in the dark!
- els76uk cateye with 3 white LEDs on the front, red fibre flare on the back. wish fibre flare did a white one for the front -i love it
- PeterjHolland Really weak ones! x
- simondup Using a Exposure Joystick as a front light and flashing cat-eye tail light.
- suspectpackage cateye tl-ld1100 (i like) & hl-el500 (not so much)
- drakefelDebaser Smart Lunar at the back, Knog Frog and Cateye upfront
- FatCycleRider Cateye HL-EL130 and TL-LD130. Both good for well lit areas but no good for unlit sections.
- steff631 Highish-end single-very-bright-LED Cateye front, little 5-LED-in-blinky-pattern Cateye rear.
- jameogreig NiteRider Cherry Bomb – Good, Knog Frog – OK, Hope Vision 1 – Amazing.
- ExodusTravels Polaris flashing lights – difficult for drivers to miss those – but they still do…with a bright yellow tabard.
- TodaysCyclist We’re using @Knog Boomers (25% brighter than other hi-powered mini lights) or these http://bit.ly/a2vjRi
- WoollenTypist cateye front & back. Use two on the back to be seen!
- BernardJFlynn supernova_lights Thee best
- LiamFitz B+M ikon rechargable – outshines a truck!
- markbikeslondon The red ones and the white ones :o)))
- lindsey_dear A fab set of Cateye EL135/T150 lights I won thanks to @markbikeslondon and extra Knogs for visibility
- ruthclaire I’ve got knog lights. Love the clip on stretchy silicone.
- mategalleta knog frogs and knog gekko, as well as a set of cateyes, front and back. Christmas tree-style!
ROUNDUP: What bike lights London’s cyclists are using
In the more budget bike light range are the Knog lights (£13.90 Amazon) which are proving very popular. Moving up the price range a few people have opted for the slightly more expensive Knog Boomer (£31.92 Amazon) to provide extra light. Right up there at the top of the market I counted a total of 3 that said they opted for the Hope Vision 1 (Evans currently have this on sale at £71.99 – £10 less than anywhere else).
Of course the most popular brand was CatEye. Quite a few people said they have more than one bike light on the back to be sure they get seen.
My bike light setup
I’m currently using the Knog Frog Strobe Bike Lights. I’m enjoying the portable, shove in your jacket pocket and forget about it, size. The Knogs are the easiest bike lights to clip on and off with their unique design. The only complaint I have is that I would like them to be a little brighter. Therefore, I’ve coupled my Knog setup with some Cateye lights that have lasted me years. If I was to splash out on a more expensive light then I’m a big fan of the B&M Ixon IQ.
Also a bike light question I couldn’t answer in-case someone knows…
Related to bike lights:
- London cyclist’s Bike lights guide
- B&M Ixon IQ bike light review
- 7 dangerous mistakes you are making with your cycling
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