Best Cycling Bike Gifts: Lights

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Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the RoadBikeReview 2011 Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Cycling light gift ideas- Any road cyclist on the road near or after sunset NEEDS to have some lights, if for nothing else, to be seen. A blinking rear light and a head light are essential safety items for riding after dark. We’ve come up with a list to give you an idea of the options ranging in price that are aimed at helping the urban cyclist be seen out on their commute, late training ride, or just about anywhere.

Blackburn Flea 2.0 Front + Rear Combo

The Blackburn Flea lights continue to be a favorite for us at roadbikereview, the compact size, ease of use, and recharge-ability by USB or solar keeps these lights as some of the most used year round. They’re plenty bright for most uses, actually, we get asked which lights these are all the time. Mount them to your handlebar, helmet, or just about anywhere with the included velcro mounting strap. The rear light also mounts easily with a built in clip either to your saddle bag, backpack, or seat post via velcro strap.

Key Features:
• Ultra compact rechargeable Li-Ion light
• FLEA Front – 4 Super-bright white Nichia® LEDs
• FLEA Rear – 4 Super-bright red LEDs
• FLEA Front – 40 Lumen output
• Magnetic USB smart charger
• Flexible and compact mounting system
• Standard, overdrive and flash modes
• FLEA Front – 1hr High, 3hr std, 5hr flashing runtimes
• FLEA Rear – 6hr Steady, 12hr flashing runtimes
• LED fuel gauge/charge indicator

MSRP: $55 for the combo pack ($29 ea. seperately)

Website: http://www.blackburndesign.com/

Light & Motion Urban 500

We’re seeing a trend this year with self contained powerful LED lights. Powerful, light, and relatively affordable. The Light and Motion Urban 500 doesn’t look like much but pick it up and turn it on and you will be amazed. It is bright and it’s got an excellent beam pattern. Designed with commuters in mind, the light, puts out 500 lumens of light on the high setting, and has amber indicators on the side of the body to help visibility to motorist at night.

Tools Include:
- 500 lumens
- Run Time: High- 1:30, Med- 3:00, Low- 6:00, Flash- 18:00
System Weight: 112 gr
Mounts: Bar

MSRP: $159

Website: http://www.bikelights.com/

CatEye Reflex Taillight

CatEye’s Reflex Auto tail light is a new paradigm for cycling safety. Available in red , this light is the only produced with built in reflectors that exceed international standards (USA, Great Britain, Europe, and Japan.).

Be seen from any angle and in any situation. The Reflex Auto provide the rider with greater than 180 degrees of visibility and provide safety both while the light is turned on and while functioning solely as a reflector.

The Reflex Auto will automatically turn on whenever both darkness and motion are detected by the motion and light optic sensors. No more stopping on the bike path to double check that you’ve turned your tail light on – it’s automatic!

Choose your level of safety with 5 distinct light modes: constant, flashing, pulse, rapid, and long-life. Each light is powered by one high power center LED (with Opticube™ lens technology) and four 5mm LEDs that provide up to 120 hours of life on 2 AA batteries.

Key Features:
- One high power center LED + four 5mm LEDs
- 5 super-bright modes
- Up to 120 hrs of runtime (Reflex Auto Rear)
- Runs on 2 AAA batteries
- Rear rack bracket included

MSRP: $30.00

Website: http://www.cateye.com



About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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