What is the best bike light?
I hear you ask! To answer, let’s take a look at 5 of the most innovative, best selling bike lights.
I’ll list them in order of entry level (highly affordable) to high end (plan a bank heist to buy one).
Raleigh Led Front & Rear bike lights
At just under £15 these Raleigh bike lights give you everything you need. Enough light to be seen, waterproofing to resist the bad weather and durable enough to not need to buy a new pair of lights for a few years. Unfortunately, they rely don’t have rechargeable batteries. That’s good for battery life, but bad for the environment and your wallet.
Cateye El130/Tl130 Set
I remember walking in to a bike shop with my Cateye light and the assistant was shocked to see them: “We haven’t sold these in 5 years!” he told me. Cateye lights are built for durability. The EL130 and TL130 are an excellent pair of lights, but once again don’t come with rechargeable batteries, which is a shame.
Lezyne Zecto Drive LED Light Set
This new small but powerful bike light from Lezyne has really caught my attention this year. It ticks all the boxes; rechargeable, 180 degree side visibility and easy to attach and remove to your bike. It can also be attached to backpacks, belts, clothing etc, which gives you good flexibility if you like to ride with more than one bike light. There is also a lot of comfort in how solid this light feels, despite the low weight. It feels like it can take some abuse and emerge unscathed.
The light set (£49.49) is great for those shopping for a front and rear light. However, there is also a a standalone edition (£40.49, Wiggle) which is rather brilliant as it can be set to a front of a rear light. This is great as a backup bike light, in case your rear light suddenly runs out of battery (which with lower duration rechargeable lights does occasionally happen).
On the rear of your bike you really want as much of a visibility angle as possible. After all, cars are going to not only approach from behind but also from the sides. That’s where the Fibre Flare comes in. This flexible bike light, has excellent battery life, is waterproof, durable and all round fun to use. The downsides? It is not USB chargeable and you have to be careful when its in your bag as if you bend it too far, it will crack.
Exposure Flash Front and Flare Rear Cycle Light Set
I can also highly recommend the very bright LED bike lights by Exposure. The set costs just under £80. For commutes that involve unlit country lanes, this is a great solution and will never leave you wondering whether you are about to disappear in to a pothole.
The flexible easy to attach mount should fit most frame sizes. The lights are rechargeable, so you won’t have to keep buying new batteries. To turn the light on and off, you simply rotate the head and you have a choice between continuous light or a flashing mode.
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