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All About Cycling – Rear Cycle Lights

One thing that is an obvious common danger to cyclists at night is the fact that it is not easy for other road users to see you unless you wear proper reflective clothing and have good powerful lights mounted on your bike. The last thing you need is to be involved in an accident with another road user who couldn’t see you.

Most rear cycle lights mount on the seat pillar but there are also some that mount on the bicycle frame. Be careful where you mount the light on the bike though because where legislation exists for cycle lighting it is normal to see minimum height from the ground requirements etc. For example it may be illegal to use flashing strobe type lights although they now seem to be more and more widely accepted.

The old filament bulb type of cycle lamp seems to have had its day now with more and more LED style lights coming onto the market with comparable power and usually more favourable battery life.

As mentioned above there may be some limitations as to the type of light you can use on your bicycle and one of the most common restrictions is that the light must be ‘steady’ as opposed to flashing. You will find that most modern LED lights have a steady mode as well as a flashing mode but you may find it beneficial to have two lights mounted. Fulfill legislative requrements with one steady light and ensure you are seen by everyone by using a flashing light as well. It is also possible to achieve this in a single unit that has multiple LEDs as some of them let you set one section of LEDs to a steady state and another section to a flashing state.

One word of caution is that although a flashing light tends to be more visible to motorists and other road users it is sometime difficult to judge the distance to them and there is a suggestion that if the driver behind you is drunk they could actually be attracted to the flashing light. These caution notes though only really serve to backup the fact that you should have both steady and flashing lights on the rear of your bike.

Another reason to have two lights mounted on the rear of your bicycle rather than relying on a single unit is battery life. You tend to find that LED lights will simply fail much quicker once battery power falls below a certain level. So, it is useful to have a second light installed that you can switch to in the case of failure.

So, if your normal routine is to ride at night or if on a particular day the light level is particularly low, make sure you have adequate lights mounted to your bike and make sure that they meet any local legislation as well.

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There are a number of manufacturers of high quality rear lights for your bicycle, including Cateye and Blackburn and at Cycling Lights we have a number of other rear lights to choose from at great prices.

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