Our early morning commutes commence before sunrise and our evening trips home are completed in darkness. It’s time to light up!
Bike Lights to Consider
Battery operated lights, the most economical
Re-chargeable battery lights, less hassle than regular batteries
Magnet operated lights, even less hassle, no batteries
Dynamo hub driven light systems, the brightest, long lasting, and most convenient
With so many bike light options are available, we’ll happily outline the benefits different lights have and even offer recommendations for you based on:
the type of bike you ride
the distance you typically travel
the type of streets you traverse
Here is a light system we just wired for a Denverite who commutes on a Surly Straggler.
Front Dynamo Hub
This little dynamo will power your lights even at low speeds
Available for rim or disc brakes
Guaranteed for 5 years of riding
USB charging options are available
B&M's Luxos U is the choice for every techy, gadget-loving cyclist out there. It features:
Fantastic beam pattern which has become a favorite for nighttime travelers
Built-in sensor automatically adjusts the beam to riding conditions
A push button on the handlebars to control the headlight such as a beam boost
Integrated cache battery that supplies voltage to a USB charging station
Standlight, light remains lit for minutes after you stop pedaling
Brake light, the light flutters as you apply the brakes alerting traffic to your intentions
You may decide to wait on a dynamo light system for your bike. I just invested in my hub-generated light system 4 years ago when my daily commute increased to a 20-mile per day trip. I instantly regretted that I hadn’t made the jump years earlier. My German dynamo system grants me instant respect on the streets. I recently rode home on a dark and stormy night, while stopped with traffic at a red light a car passenger next to me rolled down her window and yelled out “Hey you.” I hesitantly looked over not knowing what to expect and she continued “Great Lights!”
dynamo light system cost $250 to over $800 depending on the components chosen
battery light system cost $40-120
magnetic light systems cost $70-90.
Don’t let the change of season get you down, light up your bike and go for a ride.