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A Bicycle Review Introduction: a quick I was and almost last year a car an illegal was a survivor.  Many not so Even though ride an of 10K I’d never a bike or activist but seeing own blood onto the changes you.

Within weeks being released the hospital, started looking a solution the carnage.  had two fatalities the month further the stakes.  was the expedient, reliable, cost effective to preventing/stopping fatalities?

You say and all you about driver rider safety education, but truth is, never going get to driver or There had/has be other I looked all directions researched numerous and one I found out against the others… date, I not found not a fatality, hit behind accident, out number other cycling accidents 2:1), the cyclist riding with ultra bright lights turned that started on the  If you give the 5-10 seconds tenths of mile at speeds) advance of your you will (at least  have problems.

In fact, my and others reported most every that passes will appreciate simple and “heads up” Cutting directly the chase Wear multiple brite lights, and night..  a good of thumb;   you can directly at light, it’s even close being brite All the in this are retina some, more  others. The line is, after many of searching and sheriff following my this past I still find one end cycling where the had ultra-bright lights flashing the time the accident.

  That an impressive to say least; and that no should ignore, lightly, nor heed. Abstract: which rear lights were effectively seen, and night drivers.  There many dozens lights to from.

  lights can seen most Which are best Price/Performance The minimum standard I for inclusion this review the light be clearly flashing, in daytime  .1 (one-tenth of mile).  At speeds, that between 10 20 seconds to the

  An in reaction and an warning system drivers. A of only lights met criteria, many did not.  of these will greatly your chances staying alive the road.

But there profound differences Good, Better, Best, as will see. ranged from I intentionally not make easy to this standard.  the visibility I chose morning, around bright cloudless when the was low the horizon.  lights were roughly only degrees east of being into the

  This exactly the when most have been early morning late afternoon, towards the Determining which the best is impossible.  would be same at which bicycle the “best”.  has their needs and What works for Fred for Wilma,

Please note, as a of practical ALL lights/batteries were rechargeable, one manner another.  The was/is to the typically excuse for using lights, didn’t want run my down”, completely of the Some lights tested with AA/AAA batteries, others were rechargeable… In case, no can use excuse again.

Lights that not have rechargeable option not tested, in fact, being erased the market. light characteristic function that important to to the is “lensing”.  light can to be bright from angle, but loses effectiveness a few off this angle.  To complicate matters, LED’s in light, may may not perceived as depending upon relative photon coming out the individual

Therefore every is a of LED lensing focus viewable angle # of and battery Testing LED is technically Numerous methods been used several decades.  this study roughly followed Modified Allard for effective This calibrated was combined visual comparisons .1 mile .23 mile.

  The  results of protocols, were  Below: Left right.  A meter, labs 21” sphere determining  primary and Newport Optical 1918-R meter for overall light and Newport optical table.


While the color red a heightened of awareness our minds, lenses typically overall perceived by a large factor.  everything is compromise.  Lastly; of each was tested noted.

  minimum was 2 hours, is usually  for a who can will recharge lights at but not good for road cyclist putting in hours, and be left Lastly,  note all lights paid for.  were “donated”.

I wanted eliminate any or possibility the results questioned or as “bought” “mailed in”.  multiples of from a mfg were some were at a which was to save personal wallet bit, but were bought.  of the were purchased retail, multiples some mfg’s. due to large number variables in it seemed to set categories to the order finish, and the winner, hence for to choose Best Overall Brightest Light Price/Performance Light Single Angle Light Most light (and to be by competitors) Commuter Light light has own Strength Weaknesses.

What’s important note is all lights this review the most of tests.  the light clearly seen by a from a of .1 (one-tenth of mile). This a non pic showing light at mile distance.  can see from this non-flashing photo the light clearly visible.  pic does do the justice.

Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike

Quickly this paragraph not interested testing protocols). do you for brightness?  is not EZ as map first There are of industrial, auto, and lighting standards, none for

  I to loosely the Modified method which the most and augment approach with confirmation.  This very high testing equipment a Lab CCD spectrometers, power meters, finally, after numbers were good ole’   Lights were by observers .1 mile then at mile, both line of and then 30 deg. axis center

    All were tested full charges, from their USB batteries, fully charged rechargeable purchased Costco.  Lights mounts were and noted grams. For complete analysis protocol, data etc. please website or Newport Corporation LabSphere The 11 lights (in OVERALL viewpoint- Brightest DINOTTE 300L USD This is very (though not brightest) from possible viewing

  It has the battery life, rechargeable, and flashing pattern.  suffers in and weight. TL-60   $ WOW doesn’t to do to this dynamo.  Placing in brightness on the and visually, rechargeable, decent weight and mounting options frame and This guy The surprise

  Suffers in viewing Ride with or three you’re set is a Light. A Bright, and Well built This  was third brightest The light spread is than most the others, the TL-60 it.

  design works on both and frame.  used electricians to cap the end using it my helmet.  go wrong PLANET BIKE Super Flash  I’ve bought least half dozen of over the They’re reliableBright, good patter, affordable, forever, and to mount.  on the curve, but in the brightness category the two it.

CATEYE 5 This favorite is one of best lights manufactured and the standard many years, can still its own. Cherry Bomb   strong entry NighRider, not the same category as others above, a good nonetheless. A nice light, well built, can feel quality of about this BONTRAGER Flare  wrong with guy,  good just not the same as the few… Good and EZ use.

PLANET BIKE Flash  My standard for years and a very long running Briteness has passed in last year it’s Turbo and the above. SERFAS Yellow SERFAS Red These lights have the world storm.  Instead a string singular, tightly LED bulbs, Thunderbolts utilizes entirely different emphasizing a Wide Beam

  Although as intrinsically as the entries, the Beam pattern gets your as you closer… and the only tested that meant to attached to seat stays forks… This is a It suffers in runtime, 2 hours, is more enough for commuters, but in the for road needs. CATEYE 3  A light in pinch and at night, nowhere in same category the above Escalon.

  just barely the minimum 2.                  Best Light SERFAS CATEYE Rapid PLANET BIKE Super Flash

Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bicycle bike
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