Mountain Bike Lights Buying Guide
Strength of the light

The strength of the light is measured in lumens. It is suggested that the front handlebar light be 2000 lumens plus. This light is essential for lighting the trail. To assist the handlebar light it is beneficial to have a front helmet light 800 lumen plus to light up the surrounding environment.

Waterproof

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

Rechargeable and length of time on maximum output

A rechargeable light requires no disposable batteries. The battery is recharged after every use. Make sure the battery will meet your mountain biking requirements. How long will you ride in the dark for? Make sure the battery will provide you the maximum or required lumens for this length of time. You do not want to be caught out without light.

Size and Weight

These lights need to be attached to your bike so size and weight is important. You will need space on the bike to attach the light (if an integrated light) or light and battery if they come separately.

If you attach your light to your helmet then considering the weight and size is important. Too much weight and size would be uncomfortable.

Attachment of the Lights

It is unlikely you will want these lights permanently attached to your bike or helmet so a flexible attachment to allow ease of attaching onto and off the bike when you are going for a night mountain bike ride. A flexible attachment also means these lights can easily be shared by other family members

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 – so other bikers are aware of you.

For more information see:  Attaching Bike Lights

Modes and Settings

Bike Lights often have different modes. Identify the length of light time each mode gives you. Use your modes well to maximise the length of light time if required.

goRide’s MOUNTAIN BIKE LIGHT Solutions

Features

Light and battery separate. 5000 lumen output, vary modes for 2 to 10 hours of riding time – 6 cell battery. Flexible attachment to handlebars. Rechargeable.

Handlebar mount.

Type of Riding

Mountain bike riding in the dark.

Use

Flood the trail. Help identify your riding line.

Features

Light and battery separate. 2000 lumen output for 2 or 3 hours of riding time – 4cell battery. Flexible attachment to handlebars. Rechargeable.

Handlebar mount.

Type of Riding

Mountain bike riding in the dark.

Use

Light the trail. Help identify your riding line.

Features

Light and battery separate. Helmet attachment. Lightweight. 950 lumen output for 2 hours of riding time. Rechargeable.

Headstrap provided. Flexible handlebar attachment.

Type of Riding

Mountain bike riding in the dark. Night walking/running (headstrap). Also has handlebar attachment for road/bike path use.

Use

Light the surrounding environment. See the trail direction and corners etc.

Features

Adjustable modes to suit light/flashing requirement. Flexible attachment

Type of Riding

Mountain bike riding in the dark

Note : Also use this rear be seen light for road/bike path riding.

Use

Help other riders see you from behind

Make your purchase a success…

Don’t run out of light

Charge your lights after every use. These lights will generally use a Lithium ion battery. These batteries will not deterioate with regular charging.

Get familiar with different modes

These light will come with different modes and strength output. Understand when to use the different strengths and modes so you can maximise your battery life.

…so you and your family can SMILE when you ride.