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.