Best bike headlights according to redditors

We found 573 Reddit comments discussing the best bike headlights. We ranked the 203 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/epicstratton · 97 pointsr/bicycling

Note: finally posting this as USPS finally paid up on my claim.

USPS truck sideswiped me as we crossed an intersection. Driver was cited and USPS paid my claim. I got out of this with some minor road rash and a strained muscle, but otherwise no injuries.

One more of the bike

Pedal is sheared off the axle, wheels are annihilated, as is the fork, stem faceplate is torn up along with the saddle, and cranks are bent. Rain gear was all destroyed as well due to sliding across the pavement. Helmet also toast.

Also, since the question keeps coming up:

Yes, I did have lights. Tail light was destroyed/thrown from bike. The headlights had been removed by me at time of photos as I didn't want them getting lost/damaged further. Vis 360 was mounted to helmet. Also had a Planet Bike Spok which is slightly viable in the second picture, under the saddle.

u/Kaizmuth · 34 pointsr/MTB

I've ordered six of these lights in the past. Three immediately went back because they didn't work out of the box. They are very cheaply made and are $20 for a reason.

They are also nowhere near 1000 lumens. That's the theoretical max of the LED, not how many actual lumens it pumps out. Realistically, it's about 600-700 at most. That's still awesome for $20, but it's nowhere near 1000 lumens.

This one: is a much better made light. I have two of them and they have a better beam pattern and have lasted a lot longer than the single beam ones. It's nowhere near 2800 lumens though. Again, that's a marketing claim based on a theoretical max.

I use the dual beam on my helmet, and the single beam with a wide beam diffuser on the handlebars. It's a great combination. The use the same battery pack, so if one dies, like it did on my last ride, then you can just swap the battery pack to the helmet.

u/Argosy37 · 11 pointsr/bikecommuting

I usually find the Google maps estimate a bit generous - on a 25-minute estimate I might get 20 minutes, and ride 14-18mph on an upright hybrid. I know some people here on their road bikes ride faster.

Safety-wise, I actually would say your vest is even more important than lights. I personally prefer these straps. I've been using them for over 2 years. They light up like day, and don't overheat you in the summer like a full vest would while allowing you to layer multiple coats in the winter.

A nice 1000+lumen front light is another must - you want to not only be seen but in dark conditions to be able to see hazardous objects on the road, particularly a country road. This is the light I've been using for over 2 years (plus backup batteries to easily swap out), but anything bright will do. I prefer steady beam on my front light rather than having it blink - again for visibility.

For rear lights you (again) want something very bright and visible from far away, but that blinks. This is the one that I use, but again anything bright is good.

Good luck out there!

u/FountainbIker · 10 pointsr/MTB

Get two, one for bars and one for helmet. Spot on the helmet, diffuser on the bars. You'll want a better mount for your helmet light, which depends on your helmet, some manufacturers (Smith) make camera/light mounts.

u/ArmadaZero · 9 pointsr/ElectricScooters

Ok...didn't realize I had to add a comment to add text to an image post. Anyway...

Long story short: first time I rode, I slipped and fell and had nasty road rash. The ignition on my scooter was fucked and I was in recovery for about 2 weeks.

Photos of my injuries when they were fresh, click at your own risk:

Here we are weeks after, everything has healed completely except for my shoulder and wrist. I sprained the shit out of it apparently. I bought some gear to keep me protected and this is what I use:

Knee/shin guards:

Elbow guards:



After doing some errands on the scooter today, two things I've realized: riding for a while really takes a toll on your legs, mostly calves and your hands really cramp up after a while (3+ hours). When I had the accident, I was going 20mph and while I was riding today, I realized why I fell. The speed never went down because with the Emove cruiser, if you hold the throttle for a while, it automatically activates cruise control. I figured out you can just turn it off by pressing the throttle twice but still, better late than never. Also I got a little too confident and went to the second mode instead of just staying on the first. I rode today strictly on the first mode and everything went smoothly. My only complaint is how stupid hot it gets where I live and I was drenched in sweat by the end of the day

Edit: I forgot to mention the smaller things I've attached to the scooter


WILD MAN EVA Hard Waterproof Shell Scooter Storage Bag for Scooters Folding Bike (3L)

Phone holder:

Roam Universal Premium Bike Phone...

Bike headlight:

Bright Eyes Fully Waterproof 1600 Lumen Rechargeable Mountain, Road Bike Headlight, 6400mAh Battery (Now 5+ Hours on Bright Beam). Comes w/Free Diffuser Lens and Free TAILLIGHT

And sunglasses... any will do honestly I just got these since they look cool:

Hulislem S1 Sport Polarized...

u/RunningNumbers · 8 pointsr/Tucson

Bike Lights for $9:

Helmet $25:

I ride 3 miles roundtrip rather than 7 usually on a steel beast. If you can find a lighter frame and don't carry as much it should be fairly easy. Note, there is an evil 1% grade from Grant to like Elm and the wind tends to blow in that direction.

u/way2funni · 8 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

$40 reg and now on sale for $30.

You could outfit your bike with front and back lights + wheel LED lights for about the same.

IMHO it's a great idea and folks with too much disposable income and empty water bottle cages may spring for one or even two but more frugal folks who buy products that are time tested and not compromised to make a bullet point on a sales slick will go a different route.

For extra visibility, you could add a $3 light to your main tube and let it flash up at you and add a helmet mounted light/flasher that you can aim directly at cars when you look at them.

I could be wrong but 30 bucks is a lot of money to spend on a water bottle with no insulating ability - those leds and batt system will presumably be DOA in a month.

I can't imagine this product is going to last more than a couple months riding through street bumps, rain and such + being the internals subjected to constant immersion - the design is fucked, the batts and LEDS should have been sealed in the bottom and completely walled off vs. putting them in the top and making water run through the middle . Just my 2 cents. Sorry OP.

If I am wrong I suggest you update your marketing with some verbiage and images that support the exhaustive and thorough testing you underwent in order to confidently issue a full 1 year warranty on the product. (there is nothing whatsoever about a warranty so once it passes the usual 30 day return window you are fucked when it dies)

Oh, and those 3 reviews? All within a 3 week period in AUgust and none are verified buyers. Fakespot says reviews are "D" rated.

u/thinkfreemind · 7 pointsr/cycling

I commute to work at night as well. I use a Cygolite Expillion 350 headlight on the front and two Planet Bike Superflash taillights on the back. I also wear a yellow traffic safety vest with retro-reflective stripes.

I have been riding at night for more than a year now without incident. I have been told by a coworker who passed me riding to work at night that he could see me a half mile away, lit up and glowing like a Christmas tree. All of this stuff will cost about $100, but it could save your life.

u/Gnascher · 7 pointsr/bicycling
u/KyleWY · 7 pointsr/bikecommuting
u/kickstand · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

SecurityIng Waterproof 1200 Lumens XM-L U2 LED Bicycle Light

Twenty bucks. Super bright. Multiple brightness settings. It will light up the road ahead of you. Great for dark roads and bike paths. This thing is brighter and smaller than the halogen lighting kit I spent $150 for, 20 years ago! Has a separate battery pack, which I ziptie to my rear rack (you can put it in a water bottle cage also).

u/hotdogseason · 6 pointsr/cycling
u/802bikeguy_com · 6 pointsr/bicycling

The cygolite metro 500 is on sale right now. Great light, quality, warranty, company does a lot of assembly in the USA.

u/bk7j · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

My preference for lights depends on the type of conditions I'm riding in. In daylight or early evening, a blinking light is good for making you more visible. At night along dark paths, a solid light is crucial for being able to actually see what's in front of me. In dark conditions, a blinking on/off light will make it harder for other people to track you, which is why a combination is good.
In order to not worry about a huge number of lights, I like the Cygolite Metro which has a steady-flash mode where there is a solid light with a little pulse, so it both gives light and attracts attention without being annoying. I also have a taillight where the light moves back and forth instead of blinking.

u/pmfender · 6 pointsr/Velo

The cygolite 400 works well for me. 400 lumens with rechargeable battery. Something like 3 hour battery life on medium which is enough to ride in the dark still being able to see potholes and the like. Not too expensive either.
Cygolite Metro 400 USB Light

u/joshrice · 5 pointsr/bicycling

I'm currently using the Cygolite Expilion 350-Lumen USB Rechargeable Headlight and a Planet Bike Blaze 1 Watt Led Headlight on different bikes. They're both pretty good, but if you're doing trail riding in the dark you'll likely want a bike mounted light as well as a helmet one so you can see/light-up where you're looking.

The Cygolite's lowest setting is brighter than the brightest setting of the Planet Bike, but is twice as expensive. It also has a rechargeable battery which hasn't really been a big deal as I have access to a computer all day at work and can plug it in there if needed. (It comes with a wall charger too though)

u/liquoredonlife · 5 pointsr/bicycling

Most Cygolites I've seen actually. Here's mine.

u/Laptop-Gamer · 5 pointsr/bicycling

These are awesome. Extra batteries can be purchased on amazon as well as larger ones. They are equipped with a quick detach so it won't get stolen while off the bike. CycleGaz uses one.

u/Trek7553 · 5 pointsr/pics

I bought this light a while ago (it was $40 then, now it's $20). This thing is seriously almost as bright as a single car headlight.

u/nexusheli · 5 pointsr/bicycling

I have now purchased 5 of these lights; 2 for myself, and after seeing them in use, 3 for the owner of the bike company I just recently left:

You cannot beat them for the money.

u/CyclingFlux · 5 pointsr/bicycling

I recently was asking myself this same question, and consensus seemed to be the Air Zound is the loudest horn.

Delta Airzound Bike Horn , colors may vary

But I don't like the idea of needing an air reservoir for my horn. I have been using this for a while:

Hornit dB140 Cycle Horn with Remote Trigger

It's very loud but ruined by the sound it makes: it's a chirping noise and people look up in the trees on shared paths instead of looking back or moving over. I ordered and just yesterday received this:

ORP SmartHorn and Bike Light - BLUE

A light/horn combo, with two different sounds. It's loud, and if you get it off the Orp website they include the remote trigger for free. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet but my initial impression is very good.

u/wickedbeats · 5 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

This is what I use for my handlebars: Night Rider Lumina 650

Bright USB chargeable lights FTW! I like to be able to see what kind of pot holes and rocks I'm approaching. Also, with 650 lumens, you can seriously intimidate cars. Their driving behavior changes noticeably every time they see me.

I also have a Cygolight Hotshot for my rear, but I just got a new bike and now cannot find a way to attach it to my aero seatpost. First world problem, I know. Suggestions?

u/totallyshould · 5 pointsr/whichbike

Honestly, your needs are really pretty minimal and your budget is more than adequate. Here are a few points to consider to get the bike to do what you want.

First, get a rear rack and panniers. This might cost $100-$150 out of your budget, but is VERY worth it because now you can carry things with you. Your commute is short enough that a backpack wouldn't be terrible, but if you want to pick up groceries or go longer distances then the backpack becomes a much less attractive idea.

Second, I recommend getting flat resistant tires for commuting. A flat tire sucks when you're on your way into the office. Count on spending close to $100 for a set of these. It sounds like a lot, but the difference in dependability is huge. I have Continental Touring Plus, but there are a few brands out there that have build a solid reputation.

Third, get a good lock, and use it. The bay area is bad for bike theft, even from places that you think would be safe. They're very easy to sell for a quick buck, no questions asked. Read up on how to lock the bike and how not to.

Fourth, get front and rear lights. Get good ones. It's staying light later now, but you want to be really visible to cars. I use a light like this in front:

Happy shopping!

u/sodium_azide · 5 pointsr/SeattleWA

I like and use this light. On its max setting, it's too bright for lit streets or two way bike paths, but it's nice when I get out into my neighborhood with very little lighting. I usually use it on the first or second brightness setting on paths or roads. I've seen it as cheap as $35 or so on amazon.

When it comes down to it, the other guy is right. It's really all about the angle of the light, not the lumens.

u/The_Wee · 5 pointsr/ElectricScooters

First scooter purchase. Worth the wait so far. Was able to go up a few modest hills at full speed. Although no suspension, handled the rough roads well. 185 lbs, was able to reach 18mph on dash during flats. One of the electric speed signs along the road had 20.



Lights: Even though it comes with front and back light, never hurts to have extra




The only thing I would change are the grips. Sort of wish they used regular bicycle grips so I could easily add

u/fixedelineation · 4 pointsr/bicycling

1200 lumen cree lights from amazon are around 20 bucks. A bit of hackery to mount them better than the kit it comes with but they are bright and rechargeable and so far mine has been really solid for the last 2 months

u/lasdkuhf · 4 pointsr/bicycling

> In a nutshell, I hate that all the battery packs for lights, run out in 20 minutes. All of them are ni-cd or nimh. Super expensive and I don't think that bike companies use the brightest LED's available to save on cost/maximize profit.

Then you haven't explored the existing market for bike lights appropriately. Look into Magicshine, Niterider, Lupine, Exposure, Cygolite.

They're mostly using lithium ion batteries. They all claim hours of runtime, depending on the setting. They're using LEDs that don't suck.

20 minutes? Ni-Cd? Have you even seen a modern bike light? The only really credible point you make there is that they're expensive, but that's really subjective, and in my opinion, also not true.

Exhibit A:

I own three of these and one MagicShine 808. They are functionally identical. I have put them side by side, and they perform identically. I mount one on my handlebars with a wide-angle lens and one on my helmet focused as a spot beam. With this setup, I can ride my 4" FS trail bike through the woods, over demanding trails with multiple 1-2 foot drops, in pitch black. For less than $30 per light.

You could argue, then, that the Magicshine is a ripoff for charging about three times the cost for a functionally identical product. I might agree, I don't know enough about Magicshine's costs and business to really say whether they're price gouging. But in their defense, their products do seem to have a lower reported failure rate by users. The knockoff lights work when they work, but a higher number of customers receive a dud or experience failures of the product with the knockoff. Mine are working dandy, and even if two fail, replacing them will still be cheaper than having bought MagicShines, though I do understand that some people might not want to deal with that kind of product failure.

So I don't mean to insult, I mean to warn you: If you honestly believe the quoted text above, then you have no idea what you're talking about with regard to the current bicycle headlamp market and you need to research this more thoroughly before you start making business plans.

u/drosser · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

I got this back in January and it hasn't died on me yet. All but the lowest setting is too bright for city streets. I keep it aimed down and use the wide angle lens (sold separately) to get better spread.

u/60PercentLeft · 4 pointsr/bicycling

I don't know if this will stop them, or create a sound war, but you could try honking back at them.

u/HenryJonesJunior · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

What's your price range? That affects the options quite a bit.

How dark is your area - are you looking for something to ensure cars can see you (i.e. do you have streetlights on your whole route) or are you going to need the light to actually see? That affects how much power you need.

For taillights, I love the PDW Danger Zone. Not that expensive, quite bright, and its variable flash setting is very attention getting. I have one on each of my bikes and never leave home without it.

For headlights, there are a lot of options out there. I commute down some dark bike trails at night, so I have a Niterider Minewt 600, which was the predecessor to their current Lumina 650. It's stunning - waterproof, durable, extremely bright (on high, I can go 20-25mph in pitch black with great confidence, and most of the time I just leave it on low or medium for fear of blinding people), very good battery life (I recharge it a couple times a month), and USB rechargable so I just bring it in at work occasionally and charge it there. It's not the cheapest, but if you're planning on bike commuting long term it's a solid investment (I've had mine for over a year and it shows no signs of dying any time soon).

u/sandcountyfrank · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

Man, thanks everyone for the responses. I promise I was never trying to be a jerk with the flashing light. I'll not do that anymore (I of course knew it was bright enough to get noticed, didn't think about peoples' lack of ability to perceive motion from the flashing).

I'm going to try the suggested tip to aim the light from 50m at a wall tonight. Also going to see about finding a good and/or diffuser lens for my light. Between these changes, hopefully I'll have better outcomes.

I don't have to ride in the dark enough to buy a more exspensive light, but who knows, maybe Santa will come thru.

FWIW drivers are still jerks sometime, no matter what we do. BUT, hopefully I can be safer, make them more aware, and not ruffle their feathers (too much, a little can be productive! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ).

For all those in the US that do so, enjoy your Thanksgiving! For the rest of you--enjoy your day anyway!

u/offlines · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

get a dynamo to power your headlamp?

u/ElPimentoDeCheese · 3 pointsr/Midessa

As for a headlight, I have one like this. It's extremely bright and has three settings: high, low, blinking. I feel extremely comfortable with this on my bike and it lasts forever. I also opted for the wide angle lens that I think works great for riding on roads as it doesn't shine directly into the eyes of vehicle drivers.

For a taillight, I have this one. Again, it's got a few options for blinking/solid lights/etc, and the blinking option is super bright. I rode at night once and turned around to see if I could tell how far it was casting and I could see it reflecting off a stop sign about 1-2 blocks away.

One suggestion for a helmet (I don't know your budget), but I backed the Lumos Helmet on Kickstarter and received mine last month. It's awesome, and I feel way more visible with it than with a normal helmet. Plus the turn signals are a major plus!

u/atetuna · 3 pointsr/flashlight

It'll probably work the same as any of the other clones like this. They're okay. It really depends what you're using it for. It's probably all you'll need or want for riding sedately on pavement.

If you're in the US, and especially if you're a Prime member, you'll save some money buying it through Amazon.

And the clip lights here:

It doesn't save you much, but savings are savings.

u/dougmc · 3 pointsr/BikingATX

This is the current "best headlight for the money" winner at Amazon :

4 Mode 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Bulb LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Lamp Flashlight Light Headlamp

It doesn't use USB for charging, but that's kind of a good thing as its charger puts out more power than a standard USB port does so it charges faster.

As for a tail light, the winners aren't so clear, but so far I'm fond of the $5 Planet Bike Super Flash clones at -- get two of those and I'm set.

u/YungSatoshi · 3 pointsr/bicycling

I got this light for $17. People always tell me its one of the brightest lights they have seen. You can also get a wide angle lense for it. I've had it for about 6 months. So far so good.

u/YouWillHaveThat · 3 pointsr/MTB

I have two of these:

One on the handlebars and one on my head. The batteries need a little modification to be waterproof, but besides that, they work great.

u/ridetehbike · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Magicshine. I dont know how to insert links. I ride full on dh at night with one of these strapped to my head. Helmet mount can be found on amazon too. Best light for the money imho.

u/JaseTheAce · 3 pointsr/NYCbike

I use a HORNIT. It has 4-5 different sounds. The one that I prefer is like a loud robot chirp.

Its good in conjunction with shouting. Its not the best on the avenues as the noise gets lost, but with the the closer confines of the cross streets its pretty effective.

That being said I still need to shout as a last resort.

u/tempest993 · 3 pointsr/bicycling

NiteRider 650 $100

I've got one of these and love it to death. Helmet and bar mount, 3 levels, strobe, USB rechargeable, etc etc. Durable as hell too.

u/mabba18 · 3 pointsr/ottawa

I have always gotten lights that run on AA or AAA batteries, and I use rechargeables. On sale from Canadian Tire, or cheap off Amazon, rarely more than $10 for a front and back light. Only every had to replace the lights due to my own carelessness (misplacing or dropping them).

Even the cheapest LED based lights are bright enough to be visible and provide illumination far enough ahead to be safe at the speed I ride.

I guess for someone biking daily at 35km/h down a lonely country road, super-duper bright lights might be useful. At that point might as well get a good flashlight that also has a bike mount, that would be more versitale, and would still be less than $70.

u/bullbd · 3 pointsr/Albuquerque

I bought this and while they're not bright enough to illuminate the path, they make me visible to cars, take AAA batteries, and still work after 1+ years. For $8!

u/dale_shingles · 3 pointsr/bicycling

A bike is a pretty convenient thing to have on campus, especially if you can't bring a car. You can get to classes quicker (more time to sleep), get around town, and get to work. Plus you'll get a little bit of fitness in the process.

I would look at the used market for a steel-frame single speed bike for simplicity in that there will be less to worry about mechanically and maintenance wise. I'd advise you be as price conscious as you can be since unfortunately bikes are a target for theft or vandalism on college campuses and even the best bike locks are temporary deterrents to a thief. Sometimes having the least desirable bike in the rack is a good thing.

Riding in the rain isn't very difficult, just don't corner hard and give yourself more room while braking. Riding in the snow is a different story. I would look out for some all-condition type tires that have some tread on them to help you get around in the rain. This light set can be had for <$10.

u/Amp3rSandman · 3 pointsr/bicycletouring

Sure! Honestly, I don't see any headlights that I'd buy but the Cygilite 2W is pretty good. For a headlight you could do really well getting a high lumen light from Amazon. I use a rechargeable one that I've used for over a year now and it works great. Similar to this one.

u/thewarriorhunter · 3 pointsr/MTB

I posted this at r/cycling with no responses so I'll try here since it seems more active.

I am in need of a light (soon).

I am starting to ride my bike to work, and with winter setting in I'll be riding in the dark when it's not freezing out. I ran across these two lights on Amazon, are they any good?

1st choice:

2nd choice:

Those were the top two ranked so I'm not married to them, just trying to get a feel for what I should look at.

I'm riding on streets/frontage roads for 10 miles each way, about 40 minutes of ride time each way. I'm not opposed to an external battery pack. If it matters my bike is a Trek 3900 that is a few years old.


u/samlev · 3 pointsr/MTB

I got a couple of cheap Bright Eyes Headlamps off Amazon. They're not the best head-lamps in the world, but more than good enough for riding, and the price is right.

Night-riding is the best way to beat the heat, and also gives you a nice perspective on the trails that you ride. I really like it - it kind of strips away a lot of distractions, and leaves just you and the trail.

It keeps me riding through Australian summer, and through the heat in Houston.

u/dummey · 3 pointsr/randonneuring

It depends on the route and season. If it's going to be a wet ride with 14 hours of no sun, then I run a dynamo hub with lights. The S&P hubs are relatively cheap. And I pair it with a IQ2 LUXOS U, though I am looking into an Exposure Revo MK1.

For speedier rides in the 5hr zone, I'll strap on one of these. The beam is a bit narrow for road use and it is symmetric so you have to be careful about blinding drivers. A spare battery is also pretty cheap, so you can have 10hrs of for $60 which is probably the best deal anywhere.

Finally, if I am doing something short like a 300/400k (well some 400k anyways), I'll throw on an Nightrider Lumina 750. The 5:30hr rating may be a bit optimistic, or my lights are getting a bit old.

As for lux... yea it's a German standard thing. I always wiki it ( and look at the examples they have. You can also see an example of that beam here:

It looks about the same output as my Nightrider at 200lumens.

u/bosun120 · 3 pointsr/MTB

I got 2 of these lights:

Slightly more expensive at $40 each, but is one of the best reviewed "Magicshine 808 clones" on Amazon and the seller apparently has some of the best customer service (I haven't had to deal with issues yet, but they did send me 2 wide angle lens for FREE after I emailed them).

Real world test is probably nowhere up to claimed 1.2k lumens, closer to 800-900, which is enough for me now. I might grab another one so I can mount 2 on the handlebars side by side.

Note that many of the higher 1.6-3k lumen lights, even the $100-200 MagicShines, have heat issues when running on high for long periods of time, which could affect component lifespan.

u/Scotty_steii · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Could you explain this more?

As I see it, you want lights that can be charged by USB while they're lit. But you don't want to buy a USB battery charger just for the lights, and you don't want to charge lights at night as well? But by using a battery pack to power stuff, you'd have to recharge the battery pack at night anyway.

EDIT: and a lot of lights, like the Cygolite, charge via usb, so they could be recharged by a USB battery pack

u/earthly_wanderer · 3 pointsr/MTB

I considered buying one of those. They look awesome.

I got this since the Outbound lights were out of stock and planned on putting it on my helmet after the Outbound light came in. Instead I'm so happy with this Bright Eyes 1600 lumen that I'll just get a second one. It's plenty bright at highest and coverage was great too with the diffuser lens (included, you just have to pop it in).

The BrightEyes is $150 cheaper which helps. Two sample pics. The pics came out ever so slightly brighter than they were in real life due to a high ISO on my phone. The pics were taken on a 5 year old Nexus 6, so no fancy night shot from newer phones. It's pretty close to what I saw.

u/AnOldBlur · 3 pointsr/boostedboards

Here's what I have-





I only used all of the pads for about the first week or so, but I still wear the wrist guards-they've prevented serious injuries!


Board light (tail of the board):

Board light #2 (front of the board):

Front Backpack light (goes on my backpack strap, or hooked to my jacket on my forward facing shoulder):

Back Backpack light (goes around my backpack):

The board lights aren't super bright, they're mostly so people can see what I'm riding. The O light makes riding at night very safe, and my back light has great visibility.

As for tools, I carry my skate tool and a couple of hexes, and some spare belts. I have a charger I leave in my office and one in my backpack all the time.


Hope this helps!

u/supadoggie · 3 pointsr/boostedboards

How do shredlights compare to something like this

I saw another post with someone having the BLITZU ones. They're cheaper, but I'm wondering which one is easier to take on/off for charging.


u/Catman1027 · 3 pointsr/MTB

Amazon. Looks like they are only 40 right now.

Cygolite Metro- 850 Lumen Bike Light

u/BenzoV · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

There are also comparable Cygolite Metro lights that are at a bit cheaper of a price point, would also recommend something 800+ lumens, might be able to find those under $80 for a 1100 lumen at amazon

u/B_ongfunk · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have a Cygolite Metro 1100 and Light & Motion Urban 650. Both are enough to see with and ride around 20mph on paved surfaces. They are supposed to last ~1.5hrs at peak output. After dark, I ride with both.

I find that the typical advertised runtime on 500+ lumen lights doesn't go past 2hrs without an additional battery pack (not all have swappable batteries). Only the cheap lights aren't weather resistant.

Other brands such as Nite Rider, Lezyne, and Cateye make some really bright lights. I wouldn't go below 500 lumens if you ride with any pace.

As for taillights, a Cygolite Hotshot and Light & Motion Vis 180. I think I go a good week before recharging. I ride with both after dark and one all the time.

As far as flashing and constant, I do one of each in back when in traffic, constant on trails. Headlights are always constant and I turn off the super bright one on trails.

u/z00mr · 3 pointsr/onewheel

I just ordered one of these. It’s a bike headlight, but it looks similar to the Shred Lights. I’m planning on attaching it to my pints fender with heavy duty Velcro on the toe side so it shines around my lead leg.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/cycling

I just popped this seat on my Trek. It's great. Went on several 2 hour rides and didn't feel any discomfort.

Front headlight

Rear light

Have you checked the chain for wear? Since it is older the chain likely needs to be either cleaned quite well or replaced all together. Replacing a chain is a lot simpler than it sounds but you will need to get a chain removal tool. The whole drive train should probably be cleaned as well.

u/tlogank · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Based on the usage you described, I think the best bang for buck is the following:

Front light:

Back light:

If you want to go even cheaper, I picked these up for my girlfriend last week and was shocked at how awesome, small, and bright these were:

u/Dingo8urBaby · 2 pointsr/cycling

I recommend checking out /r/bikecommuting. Although it sounds like you have already been commuting by bike, so I apologize if you already know what I'm saying. I'm assuming because you are asking about what you wear for winter cycling that you do not regularly commute in winter/have a short commute.

You will need to get lights for commuting, especially as winter approaches (assuming that you are in the Northern hemisphere). I have the Cygolite Expillion 350 and the PDW Danger Zone. I once read that a blinking rear light is good for being noticed but a solid light is good for driver depth perception, so my helmet has a red light in back that I keep solid in the evening/night. I will eventually get a second real rear light.

As for clothing - what is your climate going to look like this winter? I was commuting in upstate New York and wore generic winter running tights, wool socks, UA coldgear shirt, a down vest, gloves, and a thin scarf that went around my neck and over my head under my helmet. When I wore thick wool mittens over my gloves, I was toasty in that down to 14 F. I never got goggles/glasses, but they would have been nice when it sleeted.

I don't have any cycling specific wear. I re-purpose what I already have or buy things that will work for multiple activities.

I wash my bike (or at least rinse it off) after any ride where salt from the road was kicked up. Last winter I had a toothbrush and would gently scrub my derailleurs to get off the ice and would use a damp rag to wipe it down. Again, I was biking in upstate New York. I have since moved south and don't yet know what this winter will mean for biking. I'm assuming a lot less ice and a lot less salt.

u/Derptholomue · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I just got:
Front - Cygolite 350
Back - Cateye Rapid3

Spent just over $100. The front light is incredibly bright at the brightest setting. There are two lower settings and a strobe mode that makes me think of that scene from the movie Kickass. The rear light blink modes are great for streets and trails and the always on mode is really bright. FWIW.

u/jugglist · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Cygolite 350.

I have one, my wife has one. Very bright.

u/JoeJoeJoeJoeJoeJoe · 2 pointsr/NYCbike

I have THIS on my bike. It's obnoxiously bright at its highest setting, and it'll do you well on your night rides on the greenway. I'd see reflective street signs hundreds of yards away light up from this thing. Forget about steal-proof accessories; stuff that you leave on your bike is going to get stolen. I always take my lights with me. It's a bit of a hassle having to install them when I return to my bike (takes less than a minute though), but it's the only way not to get them stolen!

u/nrhinkle · 2 pointsr/bicycling

This one is $20. It's not really 1200 lumens of course, but it is cheap.

u/OldDickLemon · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I live in a neighborhood in central San Antonio too! I recently got this guy after my cheap academy set was not cutting it. It is amazing actually, slightly bulky as the battery is a second unit but its still easy to mount and I doubt you could find anything nearly as bright for the price.

u/DonOblivious · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Have you looked at the direct-from-china MagicShine clones? There are quite a few variants out there ranging from "500" to "2300" lumen for not a whole helluva lot of money.

I hear the amazon linked one works pretty well zip-tied to a helmet. Buying 2 (maybe one from a different seller) and mounting one with the wide angle lens on the bars would be a cost effective way to light up everything in front of you.

u/SPV1 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Well, I'd say the taillight I linked should be good enough. I'm very biased towards overkill when it comes to lights. If you can stretch your budget, I'd recommend this headlight:
If not, there's also this headlight which is insanely bright but needs an external battery:

u/Central_Incisor · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

This one?

For really cold environments this set up can be nice because you can keep your battery warm under your coat. Living in MN It happens that the coldest part of the year is also the darkest and batteries die out as they get cold.

u/defacedlawngnome · 2 pointsr/bicycling

y'know i used to have this same attitude, but looking back after my wreck at night due to low visibility from too weak a light and slightly harsh weather conditions, i'd probably still be out riding my bike right now. i was leaving work with a fenix ld20 strapped to my helmet set on the highest output mode (180 lumens). normally that worked pretty well at night, but there was a slight drizzle which impaired my vision just enough that i couldn't see the upcoming pothole. i hit that pothole traveling around 20mph and was very lucky i didn't wreck. both tires popped immediately and my rear wheel was knocked about a centimeter out of true. fast forward about two months later, after getting my wheel trued and tensioned, i'm riding home at night this time just around the block from my house. i'm carving back and forth in my lane and all of a sudden the bike fish-tails and i'm sent flying off into the oncoming lane and my bike slides down the road. very lucky there wasn't any traffic. i did not hit a pothole this time, but instead attribute this wheel failure to the previous wreck which weakened the wheel. i get up, brush myself off and inspect the damage. sure enough, the rear wheel tacoed, no broken spokes but several loose, and i have to walk home. i strongly feel that if i had invested in a better light prior to hitting that pothole, even if it were the 1000 lumen $40 light on amazon, i'd probably still be riding.

by the way, i did invest in that light on amazon, and it is killer. i was using it the night my wheel tacoed but there was obviously nothing that light could do to save me or the bike in that circumstance.

what i'm getting at is get yourself a damn bright light whether it's $40 or $200 as it may just save you from a ton of trouble down the road and quite possibly a hospital bill. these lights are designed to see and be seen, and damnit, that $40 light gets you seen by cars as well as lighting up the road all around you for a good distance.


edit: this post isn't directed just to you, but to everyone that rides a bike but doesn't feel the need to invest in a more expensive light that does more than just getting you noticed by cars. you never know when you may end up on a dark road. be prepared. expect the unexpected.

u/bikie · 2 pointsr/bicycling

This and this.

u/metaltrilogy · 2 pointsr/cycling

I usually run x2 of these, cheap and very bright, with a wide angle diffuser on one.

u/starkimpossibility · 2 pointsr/japanlife

115 dB? I laugh at your 115 dB :-)

u/PadSlammer · 2 pointsr/Roadcam

Worth. Every. Penny.

This horn has prevented cars from hitting me while on my bicycle multiple times.

u/slambur · 2 pointsr/pittsburgh

$30 is probably worth it..but I did go to a bike PGH event where they gave out free lights to everyone that attended. Maybe if you reach out to them they could hook you up?

Edit: found this one for under $10 on Amazon BV Bicycle Light Set Super Bright 5 LED Headlight, 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release

u/the_real_xuth · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

If you're in a city with street lights and you're mostly concerned with being seen than seeing by your lights, almost any cheap lights will work. Here's something picked at random from amazon under $10:

As something of a side note, blinky rear lights are fairly directional. If they're not pointed straight back they almost might as well not even be on. I routinely see people with tail lights mounted to helmets, clothing or just pointed downward while mounted on the seatpost and they are barely visible from more than 30 feet (but if aimed in the right general direction they're extremely bright).

Also, regarding hi vis vests that people are recommending, they really only work as a reflector. While they are decent to make you visible to cars behind you, they in no way replace having a headlight. Headlights are to make you visible for people who don't have their headlights pointed at you (ie those who are crossing your path). This is why many locales only require a headlight and a rear reflector after dark (but you should really have a rear light anyways).

u/Smaskifa · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Disc racks can work on non-disc brake wheels. I use a Blackburn EX-1 Disc Rack on my bike. My bike does not have the eyelets by the wheel hub for pannier racks, but strangely it does have the eyelets on the seat stay for them. I found this rack works very well on my bike.

For USB rechargeable lights, I use a Cygolite Metro 500 and a Cygolite Hotshot. Both lights are easily removable so you can take them with you when you leave your bike locked up. There are cheaper versions of the Cygolite Metro which are also quite good (300, 360, 400), but not quite as bright. The Metro 300 is probably enough light for most people, and is what I used first. The only reason I switched is because my girlfriend's bike needed a better headlight, so I used that as an excuse to upgrade mine and give her my old one. Currently the 360 is cheaper than the 300 on Amazon, and is brighter. So there's no reason to get the 300 right now.

For multi tool, I like the Topeak Hexus II. Someone else on Reddit recommended it to me months ago and I'm quite satisfied.

For a full time commuter, I recommend some puncture resistant tires. I use Continental Gatorskins with Mr Tuffy liners inside them. Haven't had a single flat in several months now. Having a flat on your way to work would really suck, especially in crappy winter weather.

I use Ortlieb Front Rollers on my rear rack, as I was worried the Back Rollers would be large enough to cause heel strike. The Front Rollers are very nice. I love how easy they are to put on and take off, plus they're quite rugged and keep everything dry. The Front Rollers are just barely large enough for a 15" laptop, though I can't roll the top down well with it in there.

u/scotts50 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Just my $0.02, others will disagree, but I would spent most of your budget on the front light. The rear light isn't as important, assuming it's not some walmart POS. You can buy a solid rear light for $20-25ish at your LBS and spent about $50 on your headlight

I have one of these, and you can get it on sale if you look around for about $45

u/asa-spades · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I think it's this one. It isn't $20 though. They're great for the price.

u/hirschmj · 2 pointsr/MTB

Anyone looking to start - imports from China have way lowered the barrier for entry. If you can find a group online that goes, do that or bring a friend, you don't want to get stuck out there without a buddy.

There's a lot of garbage out there too, I've tried several of the imports and found the batteries sorely lacking or the connectors shitty. I can vouch for this one. For bonus points, get this wide angle lens and put it on your bars, plus a normal one on your helmet so you can see where you're looking. If you can only have one, try to find a way to mount it to your helmet.

u/a_retired_lady · 2 pointsr/fatbike

I have like 4 of these. They're super bright and battery lasts a long time. You can find them on eBay every now and then for $20.

Edit: A year ago I switched to a USB version of the light above. I got mine on eBay for $12, but can be found [here]( for around the same price. I use it with a USB power bank, like this. I just put the battery pack in my frame bag. I can charge my phone and light my path at the same time if I want. It's really a great setup!

u/nord1899 · 2 pointsr/MTB

My setup.

Light, get 2:

Kit for helmet:

Wide angle lens:

Put one on your helmet. Put the wide angle lens one on your bars, means when you turn it has less effect on what you can see.

I've had no problem with battery life, but my night rides do tend to be a bit shorter, in the 90 minute range. Use half strength during the climb, full strength on the down.

u/commanderchurro · 2 pointsr/bicycling
u/Metaphoricalsimile · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I used this light before I found something brighter on a ridiculously good sale:

It's really good for the price, the only thing I don't like about it is that it uses mini-USB rather than micro-USB.

u/tenthjuror · 2 pointsr/MTB

A friend told me that he has had good luck with these Bright Eyes when I asked him what he used. One on the bar and one on the helmet.

u/philtech · 2 pointsr/fatbike

Check out Bright Eyes lights on Amazon.

I have this one. Works great.

u/Geminidragonx2d · 2 pointsr/funny

I got this light for my E-bike for riding home at night from work. I wouldn't've thought it would bother anyone because it doesn't even illulminate as much of the road a cars lights do, but then I've had a few occasions of cars flashing their brights at me. I feel bad but I already started to keep it on the lowest setting (because some dumb ass thought it'd be a good idea for a light to go from low to medium to high to FUCKING STROBE LIGHT BITCH to off) and I try to keep it angled down while still being able to see in front of myself.

u/roflsocks · 2 pointsr/MTB

I bought this one from amazon:

I like to leave it on the bike when I'm riding evenings, so I can turn it on if it starts to get dim. Seems to work great for that. I've never timed how long the battery lasts, I think it died once on me mid ride, when i hadn't charged it from two prior rides. I didn't really get a warning, just decided to turn off. You can also get a larger or extra battery if you're concerned about the light making it through the end of the ride. Though that will make it harder to keep under your budget.

I would definitely recommend getting both a helmet light, and a bar light, just so you have some backup, especially if you're looking to pick up a cheap set of lights.

The one I linked only comes with bar mounts, though I believe you can purchase an addon helmet strap. I've not used one though. It has a battery pack that you can strap to your frame. The battery strap is velcro, seems nice and secure. The bar mount is a rubber loop that stretches. It's secure enough that I don't think it'd ever come loose, but it may shift position if you hit some rough terrain. My night riding is generally paved, I can't speak to confidence how well it holds up in the rough.

u/02100kara · 2 pointsr/Super73

I just got a blitzu for the front and meilan for the back.
They look great, very bright, and both have many
settings, mounting options, removable and rechargeable.

amazon - blitzu
amazon - meilan

u/lavransson · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I do a fair amount of night riding in my commute. Here are my tips:

  • I have a front solid light, mounted from my fork crown, powered by a dynahub.
  • The dynahub also powers a solid red taillight, attached to the back of my rack
  • I have a blinking white light on the top of my helmet, facing front. I run this on blink mode, to be visible to drivers.
  • I have a blinking red taillight on the top of my helmet, facing back.

    So, I have two front white lights (one solid, one blinking), and two rear red taillights (one solid, one blinking).

    The dynahub wheel was expensive, but after riding this for 3+ years, I am so glad I got it. I never have to worry any more about batteries, batteries dying mid-ride, remembering to charge the lights, etc. It just works.

    I think the helmet lights are important because they give you more visibility simply because they are higher off the ground, and there could be times where a driver can't see your lights that are at a handlebar or seat post height, but they can see your head.

    If anyone is interested, here are links to my gear, all of which I endorse:

  • [Blinky 3H]( "Blinky 3H") - red taillight, ideal for helmets

  • [ : BLITZU Cyborg 168H USB Rechargeable Headlight SUPER BRIGHT Bike Light - Helmet Front Light Accessories. High Intensity LED Fits on any Bicycles. Easy To install for Cycling Safety Flashlight : Sports & Outdoors]( " : BLITZU Cyborg 168H USB Rechargeable Headlight SUPER BRIGHT Bike Light - Helmet Front Light Accessories. High Intensity LED Fits on any Bicycles. Easy To install for Cycling Safety Flashlight : Sports & Outdoors")

  • SONdelux dynahub

  • [Busch & Muller dynamo bicycle lights - Lumotec IQ Premium Fly RT Senso Plus]( "Busch & Muller dynamo bicycle lights")

  • [Bicycle taillights for dynamo - Busch & Müller Toplight Line Brake Plus]( "Bicycle taillights for dynamo")

u/SnowHeroHD · 2 pointsr/boostedboards

> I need a nighttime setup. I'm thinking headlamps + rear lights attached to the board. Any suggestions?

Shred lights or this & this is working pretty well for me

u/systemA · 2 pointsr/ElectricSkateboarding

This one is white color only, but is built like a tank and has 4 different power levels for solid beam and blinking. It used to be double the price but recently dropped to $10, which is a great deal. Pretty commonly used by the NYC crew here and holds up very well on bumps and such, highly recommended.

I use two on my pack (front and back, with red tape over the rear).

u/tuctrohs · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Maybe just the metro 850 for $40?

Or the fenders: a good SKS Longboard set is in the $40-50 range.

For a tail light, I like the hotrod better than the hotshot. Hmm, there's now an even brighter model to consider.

u/AreYouNobody_Too · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have this light by cygolite and plan on getting a second one. It's extremely bright, affordable, and has a rechargeable battery.

u/aussiekev · 1 pointr/bicycling

I now have one of these lights for riding at night. I think that it's great and you can really see what is in front of you when riding at night. I used to have something like this, but found that it was only good for making yourself visible. I do all my riding in the city and even with street lights I still prefer the brighter lights.

u/raccoonstar · 1 pointr/bicycling

I've got two lights I've got off amazon (front, back) and don't really have any frame of reference. Do you have any idea of how 'bright' those are? Or have suggestions? :D

u/Aww_Shucks · 1 pointr/FixedGearBicycle

For the headlight

u/red_sky · 1 pointr/bicycling

I'm not looking for a huge lit path, but at least somewhat of a path.

what about this?

u/thinkrage · 1 pointr/DIY

Scrap the batteries, Use one of these

u/Dum4brains · 1 pointr/vandwellers
u/anonym0ose · 1 pointr/bicycling

cygolite 350 worth every penny. You will BE SEEN and SEE everything. Don't skimp on lights, they could save your life one day.

this is a good rear light if you don't already have one.

u/ultimatetodd · 1 pointr/MTB

Another option going the same route is something like this

It's the little brother of the light KMart posted.

Get one for your head and one for your bars, that way you can turn your head to illuminate things that are not directly in front of you and level.

Also get a $5 wide angle lens for the light on your bars.

u/ChuckChuckRazool · 1 pointr/bicycling

Cree headlight 17.99 Three light settings all of them bright as hell. You can get a diffuser lens for like 4 bucks that makes it a wide beam.

Edit: bad link. better one.

u/cricketwisperer · 1 pointr/bicycling

This is hands down the best front light for the money. It's so bright that people might mistake you for a motorcycle/car. Some people suggest monitoring the charging, and disconnecting once it's fully charged. Also, mount the light so it's dangling from the bottom, rather than on top on your handlebar.

For the rear, I suggest this:

u/heathcat · 1 pointr/guns

Not on the body, but this is what I use on my almost nightly rides. The frame bag has two nice pockets that make gear easily accessible. Room for my wallet, phone, and repair kit too. I also have a powerful 1200 lumen light that lets me see what's happening farther ahead.

u/Kahnza · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

NICE! I think I'll order that. The one I have is insufficient.

Found it for ~$4 cheaper Link

u/Kevlar3D · 1 pointr/MTB

I'm gonna take some flak for this but I bought three of these guys ($20x3=$60) 1200 lumen is probably overrated a bit but not by too much. Maybe ~900:

And then I bought one wide angle lens.

I am into my lights for $70ish bucks and have one unfocused beam, one trail sized focused beam and a spare light & battery. Nothing worse than getting stuck in the middle nowhere - in the dark.

So yeah, I took the cheap route. The bike specific brands do offer a stronger light but my light output matches or beats all of my riding buddies with brand name lights.

Worst thing I can say about the setup is that they are bound to the bars with a rubber strap. You have to tighten it down pretty well or it can slip on the bar. I didn't like helmet mounted because I blind my friends by looking at them when talking. So yeah probably not the most popular post but they work and they work well. They've lasted about 3 years already and no issues. One word of advice, some of the newer LEDs use a different battery connector so order yours at the same time so all of your lights & batteries are interchangeable.

u/gentech · 1 pointr/MTB

Interesting, I'll try it. This 1200 lumen looks good for a main, would just have to come up with mounting hardware.

u/dunger · 1 pointr/MTB

This is basically a knock off of the magicshine. Works just as well for a lot cheaper. I have a magicshine mj-808 and my friend has one of these. It is almost identical. This particular one claims 1200 lumens too. So it might be even brighter than the mj-808.

u/17_character_limit · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

This! For the price, it is absolutely worth it. I've used it so many times in the dark and it is just so unbelievably bright.

u/neuromonkey · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Yep, most visible-light LEDs have almost no UV. However, use good LEDs, no cheap ones. You want "binned" LEDs; those having a specific color temperature. There's more of a guarantee that there will be no UV.

I like Cree XM-L T6 (T6 is the bin code--warm white.) XM-L LEDs are very efficient, and can get very, very bright if pushed to their max. current. At high currents they do get hot, and require heat sinks to avoid burning out. You can find XM-L flashlight/bike light/head lamps that are real cheap when ordered from China. Wire the battery terminals up to a wall adapter, and they' can be pretty decent lamps. IKEA has some cheap-ish ($10,) but less-bright LED desk lamps. Right now I'm using 4 of those for my emulsion work.

Really frickin' bright bike light...

u/cyclopsdave · 1 pointr/MTB

1200 lumens, $23:

You can buy a mount for your helmet for an additional $12.

I'd also recommend going with 2 lights, one for the bars, one for the helmet -- they're not always pointed in the same directions.

Have fun! Darkness makes old trails new again.

u/yesakmac · 1 pointr/cycling

I will guarantee you that you can't get a better deal on a light. I've been using this to commute for the last 2 months and was blown away.

u/DancingTofu · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I think you should go into lights a little more. Many people make the mistake of just grabbing the cheapest lights, which aren't bright enough to help you actually see or stand out enough that motorists see you.

Most rear lights are fine, it is usually front lights that I find inadequate. I recommend this but it does have a small battery you must find room to mount and on the brightest setting only lasts a few hours. If you keep it charged between commutes, it is perfect, though. I can clearly see the road and cars can clearly see my light. Before, I was using a 1-Watt AA battery powered one and it was ok, but I had a lot of close calls because motorists still couldn't see me until I was right on top of them. If you don't want to deal with mounting a battery and keeping it charged, I recommend using nothing weaker than a 1-Watt, but more will be better and however much you spend, it will be cheaper than a hospital bill.

u/k3nnyd · 1 pointr/MTB

I just got a Cree bike light to mount to my handlebar. I already have a Magicshine mounted on my helmet.

I'm surprised that the Cree is much brighter than my Magicshine which cost double the price, which still isn't much for good lights. I just ran the Cree at the lowest light setting so it blended better with my other light.

I just doubt that flashlights like the one shown in the picture here are bright compared to a real bike light. Plus, the battery lasts 3 hours which is more than enough time to cover 20mi on most trails.

u/LegoBrickRS · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

You should try out the Hornit 140 if you want a loud as balls electric horn. Look up some videos of it on youtube if you want to hear how it sounds. It takes 2 AAA batteries if memory serves and it lasts for months. You can wire it to your bars then route the cable to wherever you've mounted the horn. I believe it was developed in South London.

u/MrMustachio · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a MiniNewt NiteRider 600, it's the older version of this one

It totally lights up dark trails at night and I'll never go back to a "be seen" light. It's well worth the $$ and mine is going strong after more than 2 years and lots of drops. When I switched I noticed a marked difference in the respect drivers give me. If I'm headed down the road and someone wants to make a turn in front of me, they wait til I pass from a lot farther back than they used to.

Also, front light should be steady so you can see and back should be blinking as it suggests a slow moving vehicle and people will give extra care. If you have a second light in back, the dimmer one can be steady and that helps a little with gauging distance as they approach.

u/veganatheist · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I really like the USB rechargable NiteRider Lumina Series. The build quality of the lights as well as the mounts are just amazing. They currently have three models...

350 Lumen

500 Lumen

650 Lumen

Each version has three main brightness levels, plus a fourth dim level as well as a flash mode. If you are riding through city streets with streetlights, the 350 model is more than enough, and can be had for right around $60. I have the 650 version which can completely illuminate pitch black trails, even on moonless nights. On it's highest level, cars will sometimes honk/scream at you, it's so bright. On city streets, I use the lowest level.

For the tail light, I use another NiteRider product called the Solas. This is a VERY BRIGHT 2-Watt USB rechargable tailight. This run can be had for about $35.

u/tspderek · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I'm not sure about front lights - realistically i think you need to spend around a hundred and get something like the niterider 700 lumen lights - but i just picked up a sigma 5-led for $15 at my LBS (cheaper amazon link below) and cars seem to avoid me in much the same manner that they would avoid a low flying ufo or a small explosion.

These are $120 but they're said to be very good.

bottom line, with lighting you get what you pay for. MTBR has their annual bike light shootout:

u/BananaGranola · 1 pointr/ladycyclists

How do I fit both my Nite Ize Handleband phone mount and my cheap bike light on my drop bars? The light can't go past the bar tape, so it's too close to the stem. When I mount the phone mount on my stem, my phone will hit the light.

EDIT: I ended up putting the phone mount on the top bar.

u/lucasandrew · 1 pointr/chibike

I'm cheap, but I just ordered these for myself. I had them a while back but lost them in a move over the summer and haven't needed them yet this year.

u/Collations · 1 pointr/bicycling

I bought my first bike in years to go to school to save on bus fare. I bought a pretty cheap bike, a Supercycle Nitro XT (not my bike in the picture, just a picture I found online. I didn't want the cheapest bike there but I definitely had a budget lower than $200, it was only $169.99. I mean it does get the job done but it still doesn't feel great and I don't know if I want to replace that soon or not. I've owned this bike now for 5 months, it's starting to rust (I don't know if I should've done something to prevent that) and even doe I try pump the tires weekly, try to clean dirt, leaves and snow off of it, the bike still feels like it's dying fast.

If I weigh 250~ pounds and I'm riding for distances no longer than 20 minutes in the city (3km~ but with a lot of traffic lights) multiple times a day 5 times a day, what would be a good bike to have for that? What kind of prices would I be looking at? Realistically I know bike's can run for multiple hundreds of dollars and I'm more inclined to buy something more expensive this time. Should I even replace my old bike? Planning on perhaps some time in the summer to buy a nicer one. Should I be looking at road bikes? Mountain bikes? Something else?

My current bike does kind of feel like it's dying even after owning it for only 5 months. What kind of maintenance should I be doing on my bike?

Should I be riding on sidewalks or roads? I know roads are probably safer because I'll be more visible by cars but on my commute there aren't many pedestrians on the sidewalk and there are no bike lanes. Also I don't have to go into traffic too much anyways.

Is there anything I should be buying? I.e. a bike light for riding at night? Maybe sunglasses if I'm riding in the morning? A helmet?

Recently my bike fell over in my balcony because it was a windy day and the light broke off the little handle that it clips into. The light itself is fully intact but the clip itself is the only thing that broke. I've tried to fix it but I can't, is there any way to fix this? This was the light I bought

I feel like my brakes are a lot weaker than they used to be. Maybe I've just been riding faster but I used to be able to stop on a dime by only using my rear brake now if I use only the rear I'll slide for half a second.

My bike's beginning to rust a bunch. The chain, the pedals, the screws, and the bike is only 5 months old. Should I be leaving it downstairs outside where it'll get hit by rain and snow or should I be bringing it up to my balcony and maybe putting a tarp over it or something?

On cold days and nights where the weather gets below freezing, should I have some kind of facemask or hat? I've got a pair of gloves but they're cheap and ripped from work, should I buy a pair exclusively for riding my bike?

Is there any good rule of thumb to follow on what gears I've got my bike on? I've got a cheap mountain bike that I ride on the sidewalk and I weigh 250~ pounds and I typically keep my left gear on the highest setting and my right gear on 3/7 default, changing depending on up/downhill. Is it just preference?

u/Kluey · 1 pointr/bicycling
u/wolferson · 1 pointr/bicycling

I would recommend this one. I was hesitant in buying it because it sounded too good to be true, 2800 lumens for $30?! But it actually is pretty fucking bright. I have the Light and Motion 700 and I could honestly say that the Amazon light is brighter.

The only downside is that it has an external battery pack has cheap Velcro straps. If you're really interested in it I could post up a test video of it at night.

u/jojotherider · 1 pointr/MTB

I went a similar route and have had plenty of success. I picked up these two:

Helmet -
Helmet mount -
bars -

Here's a video with me just using the helmet light. My friend was using my bar light on medium power:

I think we were out there for 3 hours and I made it through just fine. I would drop the power to its lowest setting for any sustained climbs and then power up when things went downhill.

u/secretlyloaded · 1 pointr/asksandiego

Yep, any bike shop will have a selection of headlights for bicycles. They clamp on the handlebars, generally. The cheaper ones are powered with AA batteries and some have a rechargeable battery pack. If you go with the AAs, it'll be worth investing in Eneloop rechargeable batteries.

If you have a basket on the front of your bike, it may obscure the light. Some people will ziptie a short piece of PVC to the front of the basket and then mount the light to that. Minoura also makes a basket clamp but they're hard to find in the US for some reason.

When I ride at night I use two headlights - an AA powered one that flashes, and this thing which uses a rechargeable battery back. It's insanely bright.

I haven't ridden through Logan Heights recently but my recollection is that it's pretty bikeable and downtown is an easy ride from there.

u/jewpowered · 1 pointr/MTB

FYI this light is amazing, light and small for the money, I wouldn't rate it over 2k lumens but, thats plenty

SecurityIng® 4 Modes Waterproof 2800 Lumens Cree XM-L U2 LED Bicycl...

u/spacejunk95 · 1 pointr/MTB

I can help, I was just in the same situation and got this $20 light from Amazon:

It's got a long enough battery life for evening rides (I tested 3hrs on full brightness under ideal conditions)
It's bright enough alone, but I'm probably gonna get a second to mount on the bars for redundancy's sake. It appears pretty sturdy but quality is still a gamble given how cheap it is. I'm not too worried, I'm a diy person and don't mind fixing things that go wrong, just all as long as I'm prepared with a backup in case something goes wrong on a ride.

u/Amoney8612 · 1 pointr/EDC

Ahh, that looks like a nice one. I've got two that I switch between.

I need to start taking both with, just in case something happens to one of them.


I've had this light for 6 months and like it for mostly XC stuff

u/RustyWinger · 1 pointr/bicycling

500 is brilliant! I wouldn't want it pointed at me.

u/s0briquet · 1 pointr/bikedc

I use one of these, usually on medium, which would be about 500 or 600 lumens, and aim it about 15-20ft ahead of the bike. It's got a tight beam pattern, and doesn't blind other riders.

edit: most of what everyone else says is dead on. Please don't be that ass with the flasher (every headlight that I've ever looked at puts out maximum lumens on flashing mode, and will blind other riders.) Point them where you want to see in order to avoid obstacles - not at the sky or straight ahead. I have a long history of doing endurance mountain bike races, so if you ever want to discuss real lights for seeing in the dark (race speeds! AT NIGHT! IN THE WOODS!) Let me know.

u/Krackor · 1 pointr/cycling

I've had one of these for 1.5 years and it works great. I pair it with another headlight on my helmet and it's plenty for riding singletrack at night on my MTB.

u/MiniXP · 1 pointr/bicycling

I just ordered this bright eyes one:

A guy I work with has one and loves it. The bright eyes brand is supposed to have much better warranty and support than other similar knockoff brands. The battery on it is supposed to be better as well.

Only thing is he said you probably need a diffuser as the beam is pretty narrow as it. His came with a diffuser, even though the listing doesn't say it does. I'm waiting for mine to be delivered before I order one.

u/gb2319 · 1 pointr/cycling

I like these ones from Amazon if you are going to go this route:
Bright Eyes

Basically the same LED and similar housing, but better QC, and much better attention to detail.

Everything from the packaging, to the waterproofing of the housing, to the included accessories, are worlds better than a similar cheap Chinese one I bought off I ebay. Plus, I feel much more confident with the battery. Some of those Chinese versions have had reports of the batteries catching fire while charging.

Also, it's Prime so you don't need to wait for it to ship from China, you can return it without hassle if you don't like it, it comes with a FREE tail light that is really nice, and it just has the overall appearance of a product that somebody actually cares about.

u/WhatsBrownAndSticky · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a rechargeable light with battery pack from Amazon. At first hated the bulky battery but damn do I love this light, I think they have a new version note too.

u/OverlySexualPenguin · 1 pointr/bicycling

buy this thank me later

u/bkrassn · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I generally have to ride kitted out because I can't be in the sun for very long. I find my entire kit very comfortable though more so for being outside. If its a quick trip it isn't worth the time to change. Any more then that and I'll be physically cooler, and more comfortable on longer rides. I can't be outside for too long because of vitiligo without covering up anyways.

I use cameras for multiple purposes. To document interactions, to document idiotic actions -- even mine. Their main purpose though is to have a record in case of an accident and for that purpose I want to be able to clearly identify the driver and license plate. This requires good resolution front and back. I'm tempted to just use two generic go pro style cameras but then I'll have to remember to turn them on, charge them, etc. I'd like one battery pack at most and maybe one switch.

I have a very bright front headlight similar to this that runs off of a battery pack. We have a total of 4 battery packs that we use over 2 different bicycles. The backlights I have are AAA powered and I keep a backup (lights and batteries). I currently switched lights and I have about 6 of the new ones and maybe 3 of the old ones. I also typically care 2 or 3 cheap "to be seen" emergency lights.

Best experience is having a really crappy day at work and taking all the frustration out on the way home crushing my record. I'm just too physically exhausted to be upset. Then, after I've relaxed I perk up and realize that I just crushed my previous best travel time.

My worst experiences excluding being hit or nearly hit would be engaging with idiots that yell at me. Normally I let it go but sometimes I won't because I'm tired of it and I'll catch up to yell at them. For me to have the desire and ability to do this I've got to be pretty pissed which means I'm potentially running into a really shitty situation blind. I never worry about it in the moment, but after the fact in reflection I feel pretty stupid even if I haven't had anybody go physically psychotic on me.

I don't worry about getting injured while flying in an air plane, riding a buss, driving a car, or letting a co-worker who thinks she is the female version of Andretti drive me around. To me cycling isn't any more dangerous then any of these activities. Some of them its actually less dangerous. I try not to let fear paralyze me. I read what I can to learn how to ride the safest I can. I'll position myself in such a way that I'm the safest I can be based on experts and their research.

I'm not sure what would make me more comfortable on a bike. Maybe a bluetooth speaker that gives me several mounting options and has a quick release retention system so I can take it with me. Currently I'm using this I've modified it to work with a velco strap on its rubber mounting. I mount it on the stem just before the drop bars. I'd prefer other mounting options, and better battery life. Currently it only works for about 4-5 hours.

u/pillbinge · 1 pointr/boston

You don't need to spend much on the bike frame itself, but you will need a light for the front, one for the back, a few tools to help you change your own tires and tubes (look into them, not expensive), patch them, et cetera. It sounds daunting but it really isn't, and it's fun knowing you have control over your thing. Like with a computer when you build one.

Cyclists in Boston chain their bikes up to lamps and signs (trees I think are illegal in some cities, so I don't), and bike racks of course. There's the threat of theft though I never experienced it. I always leave my bike in a visible area on the street, so that if someone were to try anything they'd be in sight of a camera or something nearby. Or unfortunately, target other bikes (which sounds bad since by taking up front realty, others can't chain there, but that's just how it is).

u/AV1978 · 1 pointr/ebikes

I bought 2 of these. I really like them and they are decently priced. The external batteries are really nice too

u/SwervingNShit · 1 pointr/cycling

It's always suggested to get a new helmet. You don't know if it's been involved in a slight crash or had anything happen to it that would compromise its safety.

What kind of lights did you get??

I'd like to think I have some properly good lights and I've only spent ~$70 on them

Here's what I have: 2Watt Cygolite hotshot tail light ~$30 and another Cygolite headlight that can do short 600lm flashes, but has a few modes around 500lm or so, $50, but this is what I ordered last month for a friend who recently got into cycling, same 2W tail light & another headlight that's just a bump below the 550 I linked above for $60

Unless you've got some whopping mountain trail lights, I feel like $130 is a bit high, I'm all for supporting LBSs, but sometimes they get silly.

Anyways, stay safe & nice fucking deal on the bike.

u/Jewbaccafication · 1 pointr/bicycling

I'd look into a Blitzu tail light and a CygoLite Metro at whatever pricepoint you'd prefer.

What the other commenters linked or talked about work fine, they're both more expensive options and comically weaker than the lights I just linked. Only downside to the Blitzu tail lights is that they're all soft-mounted with either velcro or silicone. I have never had one fall off while riding, though. I had one stolen awhile ago so I bought the 180 lumen iteration and saved ~18-20$ over buying a 150 lumen version of the hotshot.

They CygoLite Metro, after doing price/review comparisons on Amazon just doesn't really have any rivals outside of maybe Blitzu's Gator series (it's waterproof and cheaper, but not as many lumens).

If you have any questions let me know!

u/CivilBrocedure · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

My headlamp is Cygolite Metro 500. Bright as can be, USB rechargeable, all weather. I'll have to check my tail light next time I ride.

u/Pr0xycast · 1 pointr/flashlight

Looking for light for bicycle commuting

Cygolite Metro 550

u/JustPassinBy337 · 1 pointr/cycling

I think I will stick with the Lezyne Strip for my rear.
I'm considering these for the front though:

Not sure the Lezyne 400xl Micro Drive will light up the streets enough and a lot of people are recommending Cygolite so must be good brand.

u/addys · 1 pointr/bicycling

+1 to both points above. I got the 550 usb-rechargable cygolite in 2015 and it's been going strong ever since:

def strong enough to see and be seen in reasonable conditions. Pretty much anything except midnight fog single tracking :)

u/BrianJPugh · 1 pointr/bicycling

So, probably not a light set for yourself (but I have recommendations for kids setups). However, I run a Cygolite Metro 400($20.....which a few years ago they was $45) on all my bikes paired with a Portland design works Red Planet 5($15) and they work great.

Edit I did mean for yourself (I'm an idiot), but not like a set for your younger kids wanting to ride with you.

u/cacofonie · 1 pointr/toronto

Thanks for asking this!

I recently got a [Cygolite] ( and I am much more confident in being noticed. It has a pulse mode and a super-bright strobe mode (for daylight only).

I have worried that I am blinding people, especially when at a stoplight or what not, but also appreciate the sense of security from being confident I am being seen.

I think the solution is to aim them well. Car headlights are hella bright but they are aimed downwards. I should probably aim mine better. I've noticed that my light catches the reflective paint even on street signs above traffic lamps. But I would prefer to err on the side of my own survival.

u/Mikazukinoyaiba · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Yes it is!

It is from a company called Bright Eyes and I purchased the 1600 Lumens version.

u/iShoot556 · 1 pointr/pics

I have this one. But I want one that throws light in a condensed beam like the one in the photo!

u/niceandblue42 · 1 pointr/MTB

I use this on my handlebars:


and this on my helmet:


The Shenkey is great and you could honestly just get two for helmet/handlebars

u/jermleeds · 1 pointr/cycling

I've had an earlier version of a Magicshine light for 6 years. Have replaced the battery once in that time. Stupidly bright at max setting, more than bright enough to descend tight singletrack as fast as I care to. ~4 hour run time using mixed settings.

u/themiddleshoe · 1 pointr/bicycling

Some lights and a helmet are top on my list. Any recommendations on lights? I've got Prime so Amazon makes sense to get something quick and likely cheaper than a local shop. This is what I'm leaning towards. Areas I'd ride at night are pretty visible, so definitely just need something to alert surrounding cars.

Rear light

Front light

u/pink_taco_aficionado · 1 pointr/ElectricSkateboarding

BLITZU Cyborg 168H USB Rechargeable Headlight

u/youtellmebob · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

This light might work although it may be more of a light to "be seen" rather than a light "for seeing". But it has a low profile and if it attaches to the basket (clip? velcro?) it should not get too much in the way when you take the basket off and carry it.

u/lizmiliz · 1 pointr/boostedboards

I use this attached to the front of my board. I find it works more so that other people see me, then so that I can see in front of me.

u/Neuroplastic_Grunt · 1 pointr/ElectricSkateboarding

187 looks promising may, don't want black ink on hands. Think Ill order that thanks. Decided on soft knee pads for flex and wearability -
Also, found some awesome lights for safety- I have seen Serfas on this sub in other threads on lights and decided against; these have them beat on price and lumens by far.

u/wikiscootia · 1 pointr/gravelcycling

I've been using a combination of a helmet mounted night eyes 1200 and handlebar mounted cygolite metro 850 for night time gravel/trail riding. It's been pretty solid and it cost me less than $100 total for the dual setup. I really feel like the helmet mounted light adds a lot on the trail.

u/ovirto · 1 pointr/cycling

I’ve outfitted all of my bikes with some model of Cygolite. 1000+ lumen model is this.

Cygolite Metro Pro- 1,100 Lumen Bike Light- 5 Night & 3 Daytime Modes- Compact & Durable- IP67 Waterproof- Secured Hard Mount- USB Rechargeable Headlight- for Road, Mountain, Commuter Bicycles

u/aceinhip · 1 pointr/bayarea

> On a bike, it's not too difficult to get 4,000-6,000 lumens strapped to the frame.

Lol wtf. 4000-6000lm on a bicycle light?! No such product exists.

Grab this one, op:

u/waging_futility · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I ended up buying this one based on the advice I got - mainly something that puts out 500+ lumens and that it was the upgrade pick from the wirecutter article posted. That and the price seemed pretty great for what the quality of the light seems to be - I'll update with a review

u/Sparkisparki · 1 pointr/ElectricSkateboarding

I have two of these strapped on my trampa trucks:

Cheap, rechargeable. Easily replaceable if they get lost or something.

u/incognitoPantaloons · 1 pointr/bikecommuting
u/w11 · 1 pointr/cycling

I just got into road cycling earlier this year. This is my gear:

  • shoes - Giro Sentrie Techlace (just ordered)
  • helmet - Bontrager Solstice MIPS helmet
  • headlight - Some random highly rated one on Amazon
  • taillight - Came with the headlight
  • pedals - Shimano PD-6800 (came with the used bike I purchased)
  • Saddle - Bontrager Paradigm R (stock)


    The other gear I have that I recommend:

  • Phone mount (I got one on Amazon)
  • Bag of some sort (I really this Topeak Fuel Tank bag because it's waterproof and I can run my phone charger to an external battery tucked inside)
  • Saddle bag w/ repair kit of some sort
  • Sunglasses. (I got a $5 pair of PUGS at Goodwill that have worked just fine for the last 6 months)
u/DrAudiologist · 0 pointsr/cycling

Bright eyes:
This is mine. Came with decent rear light too. Very bright but has large rechargeable battery. Came with Velcro bag for battery mounting.