Bike Light Buying Guide

Answer the following questions and/or think through the points.  This will help with the correct bike light choice.

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Match the light to your riding environment.

Different strength of lights (lumens)  are required for different riding environments. Understand the riding environment that you want to be able to ride in and get the right lights to match that environment. Do you need lights so you will be seen by other motorists, cyclists and pedestrains? Do you need to also see with those lights riding at night on the road and cycleways? Do you need to see on off road trails at night- that is night mountain biking?

Strength of Bike Lights.

The strength of lights is measured in lumens

Front lights for riding for riding in darkness no additional light should be at least 200 lumens

Positioning of Bike Lights.

Making yourself visible. The more visible you are the lower the risks if riding at dusk, night or in conditions where it may be challenging to see you, or just busy environements. Lights need to be attached to the front for visibility to oncoming traffic at the rear for traffic from behind. Sidelights also increase your visibility to others especially when turning. Stacking lights offer visibility at different heights as well as using different modes…one light flashing the other constant. .

Modes and Settings

Bike Lights often have different modes. A flashing light attracts the eye so is important in poor weather conditions, in very busy environments or when motorists may not be expecting a cyclist. A solid beam light allows others to understand how far you are away from them and also provides you light to see by. it is important to understand your lights different modes and use them well. 

Learn more at Features of Bike Lights ,  The Right Bike Lights for your Riding Environment

Attachment of Bike Lights

Is it fixed or flexible? A fixed attachment is a light that mounts to a attachment fixed to the bike . A flexible attachment – requires no tools and gives you flexibility to switch the lights between bikes and users so can be shared by family members that ride at night.

Where should you attach the lights?  Front lights. The handlebars. For the ultimate visibility you can vertically stack your front – one on the helmet and one on the handlebars. Rear Lights – seatpost and other options are carriers, helmets a bag or clothing. For the ultimate visibility vertical stack your lights. Find out more about Attaching Bike Lights

Waterproof

If you ride in rain or could be caught out in the weather then your bike lights should be waterproof.

Batteries / rechargeable and length of light time

A USB rechargeable light requires no batteries. You need to consider the run time of the light and whether that will meet your riding time requirements – you do not want to be caught out without light. A rechargeable bike light generally costs more however they cost nothing to run. A battery run bike light requires you to replace the battery.

Find out more  Features of Bike Lights  The Right Bike Lights for your Riding Environment

Size and Weight

The size of the light effects that amount space required at the point of attachment to the bike eg. make sure you have enough space on the handlebars or the seatpost.  If you are going to carry your lights around between use then you may require lightweight, less bulky bike lights.

Kids

Young kids will not be biking at night however there safety is compromised because they are small, riding or scootering on footpaths and there decision making is compromised so you may choose to help make them more visible by using bike lights.

Learn more at: Bike Bells and BIke Lights for Kids

Mountain Bike Lights

Mountain biking at might requires the right lights for your safety. 

Learn more at: Mountain Bike Light Buying Guide

goRide’s Lights for Visibility…so you can be seen.

Front Visibility Light
Light
Feartures
Constant mode 80 lumen maximum output for 4 hours. Vary modes for up to 13 hours run time. Flashing mode 250 lumens for 9 hours 30min Waterproof
Battery
USB rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars using silicon strap provided. Use integrated clip on attachment to attch to other surfaces
Best suited to
Day riding in busy traffic, challenging environments and in poor weather conditions. Night riding in well lit urban areas & twilight riding.
Cost

$59.00

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Rear Visibility Light
Light
Feartures
Constant mode 25 lumen maximum output for 3 hours. Vary modes for up to 11 hours run time. Flashing mode 50 lumens for 9 hours 30 min Waterproof
Battery
USB rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars using silicon strap provided. Use integrated clip on attachment to attch to other surfaces
Best suited to
Day riding in busy traffic, challenging environments and in poor weather conditions. Night riding in well lit urban areas & twilight riding.
Cost

$59.00

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Side Visibility Light
Light
Feartures
Constant mode 85 lumens for 1.5 hours. Varying modes for up to 6 hours run time. Flashing mode 85 lumens for 1.5 hours.360 degree visibility when used with front and rear lights.Waterproof
Battery
Frame and fork mounting
Where to Mount
USB rechargeable.
Best suited to
Riding where visibility is needed ...on the roads
Cost

$71.40

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Kids Visibility Light and Horn
Light
Feartures
Light is 12 lumens White or green beam. Also includes horn – 25 sounds. Remote trigger activated. Fun way to make kids heard & seen.
Battery
Battery operated 2x AAA.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars.
Best suited to
Town, bike path – first bikes, scooters, balance bikes
Cost

$32.90

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Retractable Light and Lock Visibility Light
Light
Feartures
Clip on compact lock that can be used as rear light. 10 lumens.20 hrs on steady
Battery
Batteries included – LR44
Where to Mount
Clip on mpunt for surfaces
Best suited to
Light Traffic – visibility aid during day riding, well lit night riding
Cost

$66.00

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goRide’s Lights for riding environments where you need to light up the path/area  and help you be seen.

Front Night Riding Light
Light
Feartures
Constant mode 700 lumen maximum output for 1.5 hours. Enduro 250 lumen for 6 hours so you won't get caught out with this light. Vary modes for increasing run time.Waterproof
Battery
USB rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars using silicon strap provided.
Best suited to
Moderate to heavy traffic. Commuting & all on road/ bikepath night riding.
Cost

$96.00

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Rear Night Riding Light
Light
Feartures
Constant mode 45 lumen maximum output for 2.15. Flashing modes for day and night with more than 8 hours run time. Waterproof
Battery
USB rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to seatpost using silicon strap provided. Use integrated clip on attachment to attch to other surfaces
Best suited to
Day riding in busy traffic, challenging environments and in poor weather conditions. Night riding in well lit urban areas & twilight riding.
Cost

$70.00

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Multi-use Bike Light
Light
Feartures
Multiuse...Handlebar attachment Helmet attachment and can be used as a headlamp Lightweight. 950 lumen output for 2 hours of riding time. Varying modes and strengths for longer run time. Waterproof.
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 4 cell & rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Mount options: Helmet mount. Flexible handlebar attachment. Headstrap for creating a headlamp.
Best suited to
Night walking/running (headstrap). Also has handlebar attachment for road/bike path use.Up to 2 hours of night mountain biking to light the surrounding environment. See the trail direction and corners etc.
Cost

$279.00

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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Recharge your batteries.

Charge your USB rechargeable lights when you first receive them and then charge after every use. For commuters that may mean charging them at work. Battery lights you need to carry a spare battery with you.

Get familiar with different modes

Most lights will come with different modes, flashing, narrow beam wide beam. Understand when these modes work best to maximise your ability to be seen and see. Find out more The Right Bike Lights for your Riding Environment

Refer to the information on each individual bike light for an understanding how to turn on the different modes and the modes available and their run time.

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