Night Rides: Guide for Choosing the Right Light for your Ride

November 08, 2017 2 Comments

Gone are the days of riding bikes for hours after work in the daylight, instead sunsets arrive not too long after you clock out from a day’s work. Now you are stuck trying to figure out ways to continue to get those miles in after the dreaded turning back of the clock. What is your solution? Night riding of course!

With so many amazing lights to choose from, night riding has quickly become one of our favorite ways to keep our strava stats up! However, as with most bike related items, the abundance of options have made it somewhat difficult to find the right light! Do not stress though, because we at Pro Bike Supply have you covered with our favorite lights that bright up the trails!

NiteRider Lumina 1100 Boost - $99.99

Starting off our list of favorites is one of the simplest lights of the bunch! The NiteRider Lumina 1100 is one of the best bang for your buck lights on the market, as well as one of the simplest! With plenty of power to light up your local trails, our favorite thing about the Lumina 1100 is how small it and its internal battery are. A lot of lights on the market with a similar power output to the Lumina tend to have external batteries, so being able to stay wire free makes it just a bit easier to stash those light and bust them out when needed (do note that we recommend these as handlebar lights due to the internal battery adding a little bit to the overall weight which would go on your helmet if you chose to go down that route, completely doable but we prefer handlebar).  The run time on the Lumina isn’t the longest though, with a max setting duration of an hour and a low setting of 35hrs. However, something we tend to do with the Lumina 1100 is run it on low on most fire road climbs then crank it to high when we reach our downhill! One cool thing too is being so small and compact, you can carry 2 of the Luminas in your pack, just in case you decide to go on a lengthier night ride! The light beam is pretty awesome on the Lumina 1100 as well, and you can definitely tell that NiteRider put a lot of effort into making sure light was dispersed in a wide fashion and not just a spot beam pattern (some lights on the market have a beam style light dispersion causing most of the usable light to be in a circle beam right in front of you rather than lighting up the entire trail in a wide fashion). Looking for a bit more run time or a more affordable option? The NiteRider Lumina also comes in smaller lumens as well so there is sure to be one to meet your budget!

NiteRider Pro 1400 Race - $249.99 

Looking for just a little bit more power, a wider beam pattern, and a little longer run time? NiteRider also has you covered here with the 1400Race light! One of our favorite lights to use in endurance races because of the longer run times and ability to swap out the battery, the NiteRider 1400 packs a powerful punch in a lightweight package! The beam pattern on the 1400 race series is just a tad wider than the Lumina series, so this is definitely one of those lights for days when you want maximum brightness from your lights! One of the raddest things about the 1400 race light is because the actual light head is separated from the battery, you can run it as a head light keeping the battery in your pack, without feeling an awkward weight on your head shifting from side to side (but we also love this light as a handlebar mount as well so it really is all up to you)! This light also comes in a 1800 version as well if you want to really crank up the power! And if that isn’t enough and you are okay with a slight weight penalty, check out their Enduro 2800 and 3600 lights which pack some of the most powerful punches in the light market!

Lezyne Super Drive 1500 XXL - $119.99 

Lezyne has always been known for making amazing pumps and tools, so it is of no surprise that they would have crushed it in the light market as well! Our personal favorite light by them is the Super Drive 1500 XXL, with an internal battery setup similar to the NiteRider Lumina 1100 but with just a bit more punch at 1400 lumens! The run time on high on the Super Drive 1500 is also just a little longer than the Lumina as well, so at its max setting you get a few extra minutes of brightness. The beam pattern on this light setup is also just a tad wider than the Lumina as well giving you a nice wide light beam to help you see plenty! All of this power and simplicity does come with a slight weight and price penalty over the Lumina, so that is something also to consider. We highly recommend the Super Drive 1500 as a handlebar light and it is sure to get the job done on your darkest of night rides!

Serfas TSL-LT1000 $220.00 

 Looking for a ton of power and a super small and convenient external battery? Serfas’s TSL-1000 makes our list of lights due to its amazing light output and super small battery and light fixture!  In its highest setting of 1000 lumens, the TSL-1000 gets 1.75 hours of light while stretching all the way to 8.5 hours on low. The beam pattern on the light is on the wider side and the light is bright white allowing more trail to be seen, keeping you nice and safe on the trails. The Serfas TSL-1000 comes with both a helmet as well as a bar mount, and we can honestly say that either or works in this situation as the actual light is very lightweight and the battery is small enough to mount to your frame with ease, toss it in your pocket or event mount it to the helmet.  Our favorite thing about this light is that everything is so small that you don't feel the weight on your bike or your helmet which means you have an easier time focusing on the trail. This light is also compatible with larger batteries from Serfas so you can mix and match depending on your ride time.

Light & Motion Urban 1000 Fast Charge - $149.99 

Are you the type of rider that constantly forgets to charge your lights until a few hours before you are supposed to be at the trail head? Light & Motion understand that planning ahead is difficult, especially if you ride every day! That’s why they created the fast charging Urban 1000! Small enough to store in your pack or a small pocket, the Urban 1000 features and impressive 2.5 hour charge time to power its 1000 lumens of bright light! So if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on a night ride because of not having enough time to charge your lights, the Urban 1000 is right up your alley!

Light & Motion Seca 2500 Enduro - $469.99

Like the quality and craftsmanship of Light & Motion but want a light with a lot more punch to it? The Seca 2500 Enduro is the highest performing light that Light & Motion makes and is another one of our favorite high power lights on the market. Featuring an impressive 2500 lumens, an extremely durable waterproof construction, and a very respectable runtime on high of 2.5 hours, the Seca 2500 is sure to be on your wish list this Christmas! One of our favorite features of the Seca 2500 is the ability for it to be used with Go Pro mounts, which makes using the Seca that much easier, especially if you have your favorite Go Pro mounts on your handlebar and helmet currently!

Well there you have it! Whether you are looking for simple great bang for buck lights or most powerful light outputs on the market, our list of our favorite lights is sure to have the right one for you! Hope to see everyone out there!

Happy Night Riding!

 

 

 

 

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Pro Bike Supply
Pro Bike Supply

December 05, 2017

We would recommend the Light in Motion Urban series for road riding. They come in a 900, 700, 500 and 350 series, all of which represent the light output in lumens, and they all have side indicator lights which make you more visible to passing cars. It doesn’t hurt that they are the lightest lights in their class.

Alex
Alex

November 15, 2017

How about a light for those of use who ride on the road? All the lights you mentioned above put out a lot of light, but don’t do a great job of controlling the output. They put light up in the trees and way off to the sides where it doesn’t help us see the road and blinds other road users. Germany has a bicycle light standard, StVZO, but which of those lights are any good?

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