Knog is a name that’s been historically synonymous with bicycle lights and over the years, I’ve tried just about all of their offerings. While they get the job done, I’ll admit, I haven’t ever been as impressed with anything as I am with their new PWR lights. Imagine a USB bank that runs a high lumen bike light, and a modular package that allows you to customize the amount of light you need, be it MTB or road. The Knog PWR is the most impressive lighting system the brand has ever put out and it’s in stock now. Expect a full review shortly…
I try to ride with an awareness bell on our front-range trails here as much as I can, but I’ve found myself always having to slide it back into position since its strap is just a piece of velcro and handlebars are tapered. Last night, I removed the strap and mounted it directly to my Light and Motion Urban 500 light – I also run a 800 lumens light on my helmet.
The bell stayed put and didn’t move at all, allowing it to resonate down the trail to alert runners, hikers and other cyclists. This time of year, our trails are very crowded at sunset, with athletes trying to soak in the last bit of light, and running an awareness bell just makes it safer for everyone.
Simple, easy to use lights come in handy more often than not and while these Lezyne lights don’t function any differently, they’ll surely look great with your brass-riveted Brooks saddle. Available now from Brooks!
Remember when 400 lumens required a battery pack? We’ve come a long way in terms of on-the-bike, self-contained lighting and the The City Rover from Portland Design Works looks like a great option for those looking for a high-powered urban commuter light.
Available in 400 and 200 lumen models.
See more at Portland Design Works.
For the oncoming autumn commutes, Blackburn has two new lights to offer a wide range of illumination both on and off-road. The Central 300 is a 300-lumen lamp that’ll get you home safely on the street and still offer enough light to navigate off-road riding, while the 700-lumen Central 700 is a trail-capable head lamp. Both are USB rechargeable and hitting shelves at your local Blackburn dealers this fall.
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A few people have requested photos of the lighting setup on my Geekhouse Woodville tourer. My view on lighting is pretty simple: throw a big beam where you illuminate not just your bike but the road around you. The Portland Design Works Aether Demon USB light is mounting via the included seatpost clip, but I removed the ring and just attached the clip straight to the rack mount on my bike. Most all lights come with a seatpost mount. I’ve found this method to not only be more secure than a seat stay mount, but much more successful at lighting the surface of the road, increasing visibility.
This position puts the light low and to the inside of the road, assuming cars are driving on the right of the road. If I were in Australia or UK, the light would be on the reverse. The same goes for my Edelux front lamp, which is under my Wald basket.
Here’s an interesting competition from Knog:
“We’re looking for the best night-time videos from around the globe. Whether it’s midnight snowboarding, festival crowd surfing, or any weird wonderfulness we couldn’t even dream of, we want to see it.
Enter for your chance to win a range of prizes, plus a worldwide screening of your video at the global festival in June.”
Blackburn’s Ranger program returns in 2015, with another call for entries. Head over to Blackburn for more information!
Yeah, the market is surely saturated by USB charging blink lights, but the Augur Wolf has a functionality that I’ve yet to see. If you’ve ever been in a paceline on a road ride, brevet, or group ride, the rider in front of you most likely has a red blink light that can be distracting.
The Augur Wolf has a system that detects front lights behind it and automatically dims the light from a 3-LED, 35 Lumens, to 1-LED. Now that’s innovative.
See more from the Augur Wolf at their Kickstarter.
Ever wonder what makes the crew at Portland Design Works tick? Well, check this out…