This guide features the best lights at a variety of price points. Some are great for after-dark trail riding, others help assure you’ll be seen on the road day or night. Many of them are handy around the house as well.
Bontrager Ion 100 R
This light weighs just 17 grams but it is one of the best lights we’ve ever seen. It’s about the size of an iPhone charger but packs a full 100 Lumens with a nice beam pattern. It’s a to-be-seen light that you can actually see with as well. In flash mode, it has a light sensor to make the light very bright when a car headlight is pointed directly at it. Price: $40 | More info at www.trekbikes.com
Ever seen those videos of cars harassing cyclists shot from the rear of the bike? They were likely shot with the Fly12 tail light camera. The Fly12 is a headlight that can also capture 8 hours of HD video on a single charge. This is a very useful tool for identifying unsafe drivers. But it can also capture your trail adventures and get you home with 400 Lumens of light. Price: $350 | More info at cycliq.com
CatEye Volt 500 XC
Big, powerful bike lights are cool but they usually cost a lot, too. Cheap lights work okay but they’re often a fire hazard with questionable longevity. Enter this latest light from CatEye. It puts out a measured 500 Lumens with a big, usable beam pattern. It’s an amazingly handy flashlight around the house, too. Price: $50 | More info at www.cateye.com
NiteRider Lumina Micro 600
A full 600 Lumens at this price is impressive indeed. And the beam pattern is so big and clean it’s ideal for trail riding. Mount it on your bar and/or helmet and you’re set. Price: $65 | More info at www.niterider.com
Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL
Last year’s Deca Drive didn’t quite match up with brightness claims but this year’s passes with flying colors. It is an unbelievably bright and stable light, suitable for aggressive trail riding. Price: $180 | More info at www.lezyne.com
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