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The Crazy World of Bike Lights


January 6, 2011

This should have been written several months ago as the days got shorter and commuting in the dark increased... but better late than never. I’ve gone through dozens of bike lights over the years, mostly low-end but functional. I recently wrote about the X-Mas lights I rock during the Holidaze (I just removed them this past weekend, kind of sad), but there are many more WBBC lights. I have so many lights on my bike that I once had a GGB Bike Policeman yell after me as I passed him that I didn’t have sufficient lights. Incredulous, I slowed down and asked “Really?” “No,” he laughed. “To be honest, you look like a dang Christmas tree!!”

It isn’t that silly, really. I have two taillight and two headlights. On my back rack I have a Serfas taillight, an older model of this one. Then, attached to a custom-made PVC “lifter” I have a fantastic Cateye, again, an older version of this one.

My front light system consists of an ancient Cygo Night Rider with the bottle battery and dual lights (see photo). I can’t even remember when I bought this, but it still cranks. I have to charge it for several hours every other day, but that is no hassle. I laughed out loud about a month ago when I had an oncoming rider complain to me one evening that it was too bright! What a joke. To accompany that I have a Cateye Opti Cube with rechargeable batteries. It is a nice little light, easy to use and an essentially straight beam.

Perhaps one day I will upgrade, but why? I’m all about functionality and not breaking the bank. I have to admit, I see some of the lights out there that turn night into day and I snicker. I mean, how much to you really need to see? I’m all about safety, but some are just over the top, like this puppy. Heck, I’d buy that if I won the lottery…or not.

What kind of lights do you ride with? Let the World’s Best Bike Commute know.

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