Choosing Cycle Lights

Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a new member of the club, you will be aware that there is an enormous range of cycle lights on the market today. Choosing the perfect lights for your needs requires careful consideration and looking at all the options available will enable you to make the best choice. Things to consider when looking at all of the available options include.

What kind of terrain will I be riding on?
When will I be riding mostly? Night or day?
Will I need a back-up system or spares?
Do I want to spend a lot of money or a little?
What is most important to me, brightness or reliability?

Cycle lights for commuters

So you have chosen to ride your bicycle to work and back daily and now you need to choose the most suitable cycle lights for your journey. Whether your desire to start cycling is part of a health kick, a money saving exercise or because you want to reduce your carbon footprint there is one thing which is paramount and that is your safety whilst on the road. Even if you will be cycling through well lit urban or suburban streets during the summer months, you need to be aware that in the winter, lighting quality can be very poor quite early in the evening and mist or rain will affect visibility. Things to consider are as follows.

How long is my journey?
How well lit are the streets?
Are the roads very busy?
What extra lighting precautions could I take?

Battery driven cycle lights can be a good choice for riders who know that they will not usually be out after dark, they are cheap to buy and reliable. As you will not be using your cycle lights often you will find that you do not need to replace them with any regularity.

Cycle lights for countryside and off road

Cycle Lights for any terrain which is rough or dark such as forests, woods or mountainous regions should be reliable and very bright. LED lights are eminently suitable for this as they are extremely bright and also not prone to running out of battery power at inopportune moments. Things to remember when choosing lights for cycling in rough terrain are as follows.

Will I be miles from help should my lights fail?How much battery power do I envision needing?What type of spare would be best for my needs?How rough is the terrain?

Remember that once you have chosen the right lights for your cycle and for the regular journeys you will be making, you can relax safe in the knowledge that you and your vehicle will be not only visible to other traffic but also that you will be able to see the land ahead if you are travelling through wooded areas or narrow country lanes. Your safety is paramount and the lights which you choose should be the best you can afford.