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Buyers Guide To Mountain Bike Lights
Hey there guys. Rod over here. Guys, something I have spoken about in the past which is another awesome thing about mountain bike riding is night riding. When the sun goes down, and throw the lights on, getting out in the trails, trails looking once new like the back of your hand become quite different quite firing and a whole new experience for the guys that are bit short on time for work, or when the weather gets a bit colder, and the day started become a bit shorter, or if you are trying an endurance event where you are riding into the night or all through the night by yourself or your mates. Lights are so so important. The matter of fact they are essential, otherwise you are not going to be able to ride. Period. Full Stop.
So few important things that I look for when I am looking at set of lights. There is a slightly different lights at the moment. Lights have come down in price and size over the years from what they used to be. So these are few tips things that I look forward when I am buying a new set of lights.
Good quality light
First and foremost you want to aim for the best quality light you can find. A nice, clear, white crisp light I think is the best light for off road riding as well as a nice wide even spread of a light. And regarding lumens, the short version is the high the lumen value, the broader the light will be. So go for the highest lumen value that fits with your budget.
Easy to mount
You got to be able to mount them easily on the bars and on the helmet. I would like to run two sets of lights. In demonstration later on, I will show you what that’s about.
When you are out and about particularly in the bush, as you know, if you have got screws, nuts, and bolt you try to tight and loosen and put all these gear on and off, I am sure you are going to drop stuff and lose stuff particularly night not going to be easy to find and you are going to be really annoying. So easy mounts to get them on your handlebars and on your helmet and easy removal when you pack up and going home. Really important.
The system needs to be light weight. Battery and your light system whether they combine as one or separate, both need to be lightweight. Obviously, you are carrying that extra weight on your bike, on your body, on your helmet wherever it is and a big cumbersome light is just too awkward and too difficult to carry around, the pain in the neck.
Spare batteries must be easy to come by. If you have got a system that requires a special battery or an expensive batteries it is just an absolute nuisance. Make sure you can always get spare batteries for your light system.
The lights in the batteries need to be compact. As I have mentioned, lights have come down in the size a lot over the years. Make sure that a nice and compact usually associated with the size is the weight and so compact light system, as I said, for your bars and your helmet really, really important. Get that weight down, get that size down, so it isn’t cumbersome awkward.
Light system needs to be really snug fit on your helmet and on your bars. If the lights are wobbling around obviously we are riding off road, we are looking at rocky terrain, rough terrain, if the lights are wobbling around that throwing a wobbly shadow around, it could be put you off your ride, put you off your line, not what you…
Good battery life
It is so important to have light system that has a good battery life. There is no point whatsoever in having a system that has thousands and thousands lumens of brightness looks great but only lost an hour an so and it is going to let you down. It is going to pull up short when you are out on a ride or something a lit longer to race and you are lost, you are stuck, what are you going to do? So I believe you should go to with the light system that has at least 3 or 4 hours of battery life just in the light of setting.
And finally it needs to be well sealed. When we are out and about the bush one day could be fine, the next day it can be rain, mud, dirt you name it make sure the lights and the batter system is well sealed.
So in summary what to look for in buying mountain bike lights: a good quality light, it must be easy to mount and remove, lightweight, be able to get some spare batteries, compact size, a good firm mounting system, good battery life, and well sealed against dirt, dust, and a bit of moisture.
All right guys. That’s a bit of an overview. But guys Mountain Bikes Direct have come out with a great new light system. Cleanskin Solo and Cleanskin Duo. I have got a couple of those light there. Let’s go and see what’s in the box and then head out for a test.
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About The Author
Rod Bucton, mountain bike fanatic from Mid North Coast, New South Wales Australia… helping middle aged men improve their lives with exercise, good nutrition and good health and while you’re at it follow Rod on Facebook or Instagram.
Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and damage. By choosing to ride a bicycle, you assume the responsibility for that risk, so you need to know — and to practice — the rules of safe and responsible riding and of proper use and maintenance. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle reduces risk of injury