Bike lights keep you safe and extend your riding season by helping you to be seen and allowing you to see where you are going. Bike lights vary in;
- the strength of the light,
- how the beam of light is displayed. eg flashing modes versus constant beam
- length of the battery time and the type of battery eg. USB rechargeable or install a battery
- where and how they can be attached to the bike or the rider
Different types of lights suit different riding environments – so it is important you get the right bike light for the type of riding YOU do.
There are bike lights that are designed to meet the demands of town riding. Riding in on urban roads that assist you to see your riding environment with street lights.
We suggest lights that will match the demands of a town rider need to provide the following
- Make sure you can be seen when riding in traffic
- Assist to see where you are going. Work with lighting already provided by street lights
- Provide light for greater than your riding time.
- Durable and robust to support regular use
- Can be removed from the bike to avoid being stolen or alternatively permanently attached and only removable with tools
- Need to be waterproof as you may need to ride in the rain.
Now that we have established what a town bike rider needs in a bike light let’s understand what those features look like in a light?
KEY DESIGN to support your SAFETY – help you to be visible in high traffic volumes at dawn, dusk at night.
A typical town night ride can see you riding for a reasonable length of time in urban areas that are well lit.
Strength of light for the front and back light – it is the strength of the light (as well as the mode) that will help you to be seen by others. We suggest a front light of greater than 70 lumens and a rear light of greater then 4o lumens that will provide light for the length of your ride time.
To help you be seen in high traffic environments, or poor weather conditions you can also vertical stack your lights, that is:
2 front lights– attached to your handlebars and generally a light attached to the helmet.
2 rear lights– attached to your seatpost and another attached to clothing/bag or helmet.
Battery and life. A USB rechargeable light is a little more of a costly investment but they cost nothing to run…so we hope this means you will use them more often. Not only at night but riding in town in poor weather conditions or in high traffic volumes.
The battery life for the required lumens in your desired mode needs to be greater than your riding time in town. You want to give yourself a bit of flexibility here…you do not want to get caught out. These lights go from working to darkness. A regular charging routine after every use is important and a battery life indicator on the light is also very helpful.
Ease of attaching lights – so you do not hesitate to use your lights. You will need to remove your lights if leaving your bike unintended. The other option is permanently attached lights that need tools to remove so they do not get stolen.
Mode of light – Different modes will offer you different lengths of battery time and provide different uses. Flashing mode is very effective to catch the eye of motorists – letting them you know you are there.
goRide’s Town Riding Bike Light Solutions are…
Front Bike light for Visibility- Knog Mob –
Easy to Use – Flexibile attachment. 80 lumens. Multiple modes. USB rechargeable.
Rear Bike Light for Visibility – Knog Mob
Easy to Use – Flexibile attachment. 40 lumens. Multiple modes. USB rechargeable.
Town Riding Set – Front and Back Light for visibility – Mob Front and Rear Light
get Safe and goRide – The Right Bike Lights for Town Riding
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