If you’re going out on your bike through the autumn, spring and winter, you might find yourself struggling to be seen. That means you’re going to need some lights! Check out our top light setups for different sorts of riding.
Different riding situations need different lights. It makes sense, really – going slowly on well-lit bike paths is very different to hammering out the miles on dark lanes! Choose your rider type from the profiles below and learn what sort of things you need to think about when you’re choosing your lights.
I’m a super commuter!
If you ride on bike paths and roads in town to get to work and back, this could be you! All the roads are well-lit, and the speeds aren’t too high (no matter what you tell them in the office…), so the main focus is on being seen. You should look for:
- Flashing front and rear lights, to help catch the eye
- If you work at a computer, something that can be charged over USB
Take a look at…the Bikehut 12 Lux Light Set. With waterproof casings, multiple modes and a battery indicator on the front light, you can make sure you’re visible to other road users.
I’m a roadie!
Do you get your training in before and after work? That means riding in the dark on roads that might not be well lit – especially now the nights are drawing in! The speed is higher, and the focus is on being able to see the road ahead as well as being seen by other road users. You’ll need:
- A wide and low front beam pattern, to avoid blinding oncoming traffic
- Longer battery life for longer rides
- A bright enough light to be able to see potential hazards (like potholes) in time to avoid them
Take a look at…The Moon Meteor & Comet Bike Light Set. They’re perfect for lighting the way ahead and being seen by other road users.
I’m all about the trails!
Just like the road rider, you mountain bikers get your rides in at the evening or early in the morning (you must be dedicated!). Unlike the road rider, though, you haven’t got to worry about oncoming cars. You should be keeping an eye out for:
- Lots of brightness and spread to light the trail and your surroundings, like branches and wildlife
- A rear light and some side visibility, so you can be seen by other trail users
Take a look at… The Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL Front Light & Micro Drive Rear Light Set. They’ve got plenty of brightness and spread, and are waterproof and easy to mount on the bike.
As well as a main set of lights, many mountain bikers like to mount an extra light on their helmets, so they can see where they’re looking – as well as where the bike is pointing!
I’m not a fair weather rider… honest!
Not all of us like to go out in the dark, and that’s fine! Turbo trainers are a great alternative to going out before or after work. However, you can still make the most of the weekend! You might not get out during the night, but they still head out to make the most of the weekends! This means facing conditions where visibility is worse, like rain, mist, or just dull, cloudy days. If this sounds like you, you’ll still need to make yourself visible, so think about:
- Flashing lights to be seen
- Enough battery life to last for your longest rides
- Easy mounting on the bike
Take a look at…The Bikehut 7.5 Lux Light Set. As well as making you really visible, they’re easy to throw onto the bike before you head out.
Different strokes for different folks
Remember, different riders have different needs. For example, some commuters might need much more lighting. Use our examples to have a think about the kind of riding you do and figure out what sort of lights you might need.