Whether you like it or not, shorter days are on the horizon and that means your after-work rides will be most likely happening in the dark. We’ve already been putting in miles once the sun dips behind the Jemez mountains here in Santa Fe and I’ve finally figured out what my winter riding kit will be. After Light and Motion worked on the video profile of the Radavist last year, I got a bag of lights to try out. My favorite in the bunch is the lightweight VIS 360 PRO. When mounted on a helmet like so, it’s a great supplemental spotlight to help guide your way on even the darkest trails. Check out a quick review of this system below.
The Light & Motion VIS 1000 is one of the best cycling lights son the market and with the summer soltice long behind us, it’s time to consider lighting options for the forthcoming months. These 1000 lumen lights have multiple modes, allowing you to run them for 1.5 hours to 12 depending on energy settings, they weigh 121 grams, charge with a USB 2.0 cable, and now, you can fully customize the colors online, all for $99. Head to Light & Motion to see more If you feel fancy, post up your color concoctions in the comments.
-1000 Lumen output certified to the FL-1 Standard
-Waterproof to 1 meter for all conditions reliability
-Custom engineered reflector optimizes the light to provide a smooth, even beam pattern that places the light where you need it.
-Beam pattern was engineered to maximize riders’ depth perception using optics that eliminates the snowball effect with a clean transition across the beam.
-Amber side lighting provides safe visibility to cross traffic
-Race mode toggles between high and medium modes to quickly adjust output
-Ultralight aluminum body with integrated heat sink
-Micro USB Rechargeable (fully charges in 6 hours)
-Accurate battery status indicator with low battery warning and auto shut-off
-Multiple power settings allow for 1.5-12 hour runtimes.
-System weight: 121 grams
Shutter Precision has made a name for itself with affordable, hassle-free dynamo products. Their latest being the DS-4 dynamo lamp. This small light kicks out 290lm and will work with any dynamo hub. What’s genius about it is its direct stem-mount design. It also ships with fork mount brackets if you prefer that. While there are other lamp models out there, it’s hard to deny the DS-4’s simplicity and the price is about $200 USD from Taiwan.
Dimension: 50 x 45 x 42mm
Operation power: 6V System dynamo hub
Product type: Dynamo
Light Mode: 1
Light performance: Low beam (low)
Power consumption: 2W
Holler at your local shop for ordering and see more information at Shutter Precision.
Knog, one of the true light innovators have done it again with the Cobber light lineup. These unique lights offer an industry first, full 330º beam angle, making your night rides even more visible. The Cobber line includes front and rear lights, in a variety of sizes, so head to Knog to see more information.
If you have a commuter bike that you lock up in a city, chances are you have some sort of wheel security. Iozzio Cycles’ new Integrated Bike Lights are part locking skewer and part battery-powered safety lights. Check out this video describing the Iozzio Cycles’ Kickstarter project.
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.
See more specs below.
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…
Portland Design Works introduces their new USB charging commuter lights, the Lars Rover™ in 650 and 450 lumens. Each light has five modes, depending on how you want to use them. For me, a 2 hour battery life on light like this seems pretty good, especially coming from a lamp without an external battery pack. That takes it out of the strictly commuter, blink light mode into some trail romping.
Looking good, PDW.
The team at Portland Design Works have been waiting all summer to unleash this deal. Right now, you can get the Full Metal Fenders and a Fenderbot for $125, that’s 15% off MSRP. I have a set of these fenders and they are great, but it never rains in Austin!
At any rate, I’m sure it rains where you live, so check out more at PDW.