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Bicycle Lights Are A Bright Idea!

Get a light to be safe at night

Riding At Night?
Get A Light!

A lot of people buy bicycles never intending to ride after dark and then sometimes find themselves pedaling home after the sun's gone down. This is dangerous because you're almost invisible to drivers and you can't see hazards that could cause a crash. It's also illegal and you could be ticketed should a cop spot you.

To avoid these risks we recommend coming in and picking up a basic lighting system comprised of a headlight and taillight. This will set you back only about $25 to $50 (depending on what you select) and offer you the piece of mind of knowing you'll be safe no matter how late you ride. 

You might wonder why you need a light when your bike is already equipped with reflectors. While these are helpful at night, they only light up when lit by a vehicle's headlights. And, they do not light the road at all to help you see. So, for optimum safety, you really need lights. 

It's also good to dress brightly for night rides. There are now jackets and vests made of, or featuring, built-in reflective materials that make you light up in traffic like a reflective street sign! Another trick is adding reflective tape to your crankarms and/or rims (between the spoke nipples; not on the braking surfaces), which will provide moving reflectors more visible to motorists than stationary ones.

While these steps will increase your safety, headlights and taillights are the most important accessories for riding at Safety lightnight because they make you visible to cars while also providing decent light to ride by. These lights run on standard alkaline batteries (usually AAs; though you can certainly use compatible rechargeables if you have them).

The headlight attaches to the handlebars with a small quick-release mount that makes removal easy when the light's not needed. This means the light can also double as a handy flashlight for fixing flat tires; lighting the walkway to your front door; finding your keys; etc. Plus, it's easy to move the light to other bikes.

The taillight also has handy features. Most models offer flashing and steady modes and can be LED taillightmounted to the bicycle or a pack (when mounting it to a pack make sure the light remains visible when you lean forward to ride).

Taillights use LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which are bright enough to be seen by motorists in plenty of time to move over. The LEDs are very energy efficient, too, so your batteries will last a long time even if you ride at night a lot.

Interestingly, some headlights today feature LEDs for lights, too. While these provide ample light to be seen by, we recommend purchasing a light with a regular bulb if you need to illuminate the road enough to see. Common bulb types are halogen and xenon, which cast a nice beam to illuminate the road ahead.

Keep in mind that all of these lights meet the basic safety requirements for riding at night, yet they're best for roads peripherally lit by traffic, buildings and streetlights. If you get into serious night riding where you travel long distances on unlit roads, or especially on trails, you should come in and look at more advanced lighting options.

Another type of basic light is the generator system. Generator lights increase visibility in traffic for safety, provide adequate light for navigation on roads and don't require batteries, which is their primary selling point.Generator light They run in the $40 to $50 price range.

These systems, however, aren't as available or popular as they once were for 3 reasons: 1) They usually drag on the wheel (sometimes slipping and cutting out in wet weather). 2) They must be bolted to the bike (making them difficult to remove quickly for rides when you don't need lighting). And, 3) They usually turn off when you're not riding, which means at intersections you disappear to motorists unless you also carry a battery-powered bike light.

If you're riding at night, come in and let us light up your bike!

Lighting Catalog

Blackburn Central 300/700 Light Battery Door
$1.99

Replacement Central 300/700 Battery Door. Compatible with: - Central 700 Front Light - Central 300 front Light [more]

Bontrager Flare Rack Mount Kit
$1.99 - $4.99

Key Features - Perfect for mounting compatible Flare taillights to rear rack - Includes a bolt and star washer for extra… [more]

Bontrager Flare Round Mounting Kit
$1.99

Key features: - Replacement or extra mounts for all Bontrager Flare rear lights - Use to mount Flare lights to seatposts,… [more]

Sunlite TL-L225 Bracket
$2.39

- Rack mount bracket only - Fits TL-L225 taillight [more]

Blackburn Flea/Super Flea Front Silicone Handlebar Mount
$2.50

Flea/Super Flea Front Light replacement silicone handlebar mount. Compatible with: - Flea 2.0 Front Light - Flea Front Light… [more]

Blackburn Scorch 2.0 Handlebar Clamp
$2.50

Scorch 2.0 Handlebar replacement clamp. [more]

Blackburn Scorch Handlebar Clamp
$2.50

Scorch Handlebar Clamp. Compatible with Scorch 1.0. [more]

Lezyne Go-Pro LED Adapter
$2.99

Lezyne's Go-Pro LED Adapter allows you to mount your Lezyne LED light to any standard Go-Pro mount. This makes it fast and… [more]

Light & Motion Vis 360 Front Mount Strap
$2.99

If you broke or misplaced your Vis 360 strap, this strap is a longer version of the regular Vis 180 strap, and the perfect… [more]

CatEye C-2 Clothing Clip
$3.00

Updated and more secure clothing clip for mounting CatEye safety lights. [more]

Knog Blinder USB Extension Cable
$3.27

Knog's Blinder USB Extension Cable makes it simple to charge your Blinder light (sold separately) from any USB device. It… [more]

Blackburn Voyager 3.0/3.3 Handlebar Clamp
$3.34

Voyager 3.0/3.3 Handlebar Clamp replacement. [more]

Lezyne LED Handle Bar Mount Adapter
$3.99

Lezyne's LED Handle Bar Mount Adapter is a composite matrix adapter to replace the rubber strap that ships on 2016 and later… [more]

Sunlite Replacement Light Straps
$3.99

- Replacement mounting straps for Sunlite lights - Choose specific model to fit your light [more]

Blackburn Central Smart Front Light Handlebar Clamp
$4.00

Central Smart Front Light replacement handlebar clamp. [more]

Blackburn Flea/Super Flea Rear Silicone Seatpost Mount
$4.00

Keep your Flea and Super Flea lights secure with Blackburn's silicone seatpost mount. Compatible with: - Flea 2.0 Rear Light… [more]

Blackburn Scorch Magnetic USB Charger
$4.00

Scorch Magnetic replacement USB charger. Compatible with: - Scorch Magnetic 1.0 Front Light - Scorch Magnetic 2.0 Front… [more]

Blackburn USB > Micro-USB Charging Cable
$4.00

USB to Micro-USB replacement charging cable. Compatible with: - Central Smart Front Light - Grid Bolt-on Front Light -… [more]

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Blackburn Flea USB Charger
$4.99

At work, home, wherever there's a computer, plug Blackburn's Flea USB Charger in and you can charge your Flea light. It… [more]

Blackburn Local Light Rack Mount
$4.99

Attaches Blackburn Local Lights to any rack. [more]

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 (1 Review)
Bontrager Quick Connect Light Brackets
$4.99

Key features: - Provide quick installation on handlebars, seatposts, and more - Fits all Ion headlights and Flare tail… [more]

Bontrager Tail Light Seat Pack Clip
$4.99

- For use with all Flare tail lights - Perfect for attaching to a seat pack, belt, backpack, or anything with a loop [more]

NiteRider Taillight Seat Stay Mount
$4.99

Taillight Seat Stay Mount [more]

Planet Bike Quickcam Adjustable Handlebar Bracket
$4.99

- Fits 25.4-31.8mm handlebars - Compatible with Blaze, Beamers, 1200, 5000x and Super Spot [more]

Planet Bike Rear Rack Tail Light Bracket
$4.99

- Attaches to rear racks - Compatible with: Blinky 3,5,7 and Superflash - 25mm between each of the top horizontal holes… [more]

Sunlite TL-L170 LED Reflector
$4.99

• Super bright LED & parabolic reflector • Visibility up to 1200 Feet • Universal arm, leg or bar fit • Weather proof design… [more]

Planet Bike Headlight Helmet Bracket
$5.00

- Mounts Beamer and Blaze 1/2W lights to a helmet - Compatible with Beamer 1, Beamer 3, Beamer 5, Blaze 1/2W and Blaze 2W… [more]

Planet Bike Tail Light Bracket
$5.00

- Fits seatpost (up to 31.8mm) or seatstay - Compatible with: Blinky 3,5,7, all Superflash lights and Blinky Safety rear… [more]

CatEye Rear Bracket
$5.95

Optional Accessory Rear rack Bracket for mounting most CatEye Taillights to rear racks with 50/80 mm spaced mounting holes.… [more]

CatEye SP-12 Flex-Tight Bracket Rear
$5.95

SP-12 Flex-Tight Seatpost Bracket for most CatEye taillights [more]

 

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