2016 Bike Lights Shootout: Commuter Lights

Commuter and tail light reviews

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2016 Bike Lights Shootout Commuter Lights

Bike lights have two objectives, “to be seen lights” and the “to see lights”. This segment of the 2016 Bike Lights Shootout will focus on affordable, low-powered headlights and tail lights that primarily allow the cyclist to be seen. Some lights will allow the cyclist to see as well, but they won’t light up a forest trail at night. Those lights are covered in the 2016 Mtbr Bike Light Shootout.

At the bare minimum, every night riding road cyclist should have a set of at least a headlight and taillight. Studies have shown that the number one fear of cyclists commuting on the road is being hit from behind. However, statistics have concluded that it’s far more likely you’ll be hit from a frontal collision. Of those accidents, 72% occur at intersections, meaning the offending motorist did not see the cyclist. So it’s good to rock a tail light, but if you want to make sure you don’t get hit, it’s a good idea to throw on a headlight as well.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

About the author: RoadBikeReview

RoadBikeReview.com is an online community of cyclists who share a passion for the sport. Visitors of the site regularly purchase gear to upgrade their bikes, share inspiring photos of rides, and keep up to date with the latest industry and technology news. Which products perform best? Where to buy them? Where to ride? How to ride better? Cyclists come to RoadBikeReview.com for the answers.

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  • Koko the Talking Ape says:

    Hi! Any particular reason you don’t review lights from Planet Bike? I’ve had a few in the past and thought they were pretty good.

  • Chris says:

    Great shootout 🙂
    But i miss the announced review of the Cateye Rapid X3 – is it still in the pipeline?

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