We've all been there: you're riding down the road, and a car or truck suddenly comes barreling toward you at a high rate of speed. You worry about getting hit—and then, just as quickly as the danger appears, it's gone. You turn around to find out who the driver was, but all you see is their taillights disappearing into the distance.
We know how scary that can feel. And we also know that we're not alone. Lots of people ride bikes in cold weather, and they want to be able to see where they're going.
Winter Front Lights
There are a lot of ways to decorate your bicycle, and one of the most exciting is with lights. Whether you have a neon-green bike or a powder-blue one, you can add some extra pizazz to your ride by adding lights. And if you're just getting started, we've got some great tips for choosing the best lights for your bike!
First things first: what kind of light do you want? Do you need a strobe light that flashes in sync with the music? Or maybe an LED light that stays on until you turn it off? There are a lot of options out there, and it's important to choose the right one for your needs.
When it comes to color choices, there are two main areas: red and white. Red lights are traditionally used to signal cars when they're turning—so this isn't an option for bicycles! White lights can be used as signals or as a general brightening effect around your bicycle. They're also sometimes used with flashing red lights to seem more intense.
Winter is here, and it's time to get your bike ready for the season. We've got the best lights for your bike to make sure you stay safe and visible on your ride through the snow and ice.
Our top bicycle light picks of the year
Whether you're looking for a light that'll help you get around in the dark or keep you safe while you commute, these are the best choices.
The Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XXL – It is our top pick for bicycle lights because of its bright, focused beam that doesn't wash out when you're riding through heavy traffic or foggy conditions. It also has one of the longest runtimes of any headlight we tested, which means you won't have to change batteries as often.
The NiteRider Lumina Micro 900 – This bicycle light is our runner-up pick for winter cycling because its broad beam illuminates a wide area around your bike with plenty of peripheral illumination, making it easy to see what's ahead in low-light conditions. The light has an impressive runtime of four hours per battery charge—and we think you'll forget about changing them altogether once you start using this light regularly!
The Cycliq Fly12 - Is our other pick of the day because it's waterproof, has an integrated USB recharging port, and can charge devices while in use. It also comes with a micro-USB cable so you can charge it anywhere in the world. It comes with a camera to record your riding highlights and share them with the world.
Knog PWR Trail 1100L - This is one of the most popular options out there right now because it offers good visibility even when the road is wet—which means you won't have any problems seeing where you're going when it rains!
Bontrager’s Ion 200 RT – This is a compact power beam, focused to provide a wide sweep of light and is also easily viewable from a very long distance of approx. 2 Km. The main function of this light is to ensure that you are seen but it also casts quite a genuine array of light for you to see the road ahead.
All the above-mentioned lights for your winter rides are lightweight, durable, and easy-to-use lights that you can use for hours on end without getting tired. They are perfect for long rides through the woods at night or just around town after dark—and with their rechargeable battery, they won't take up much space in your bag or pocket (or worry about being stolen).
The best winter front lights for your bicycle are a compromise between visibility and battery life. They will keep you safe in the dark, but you'll have to recharge them more often than with a regular bike light.
Here's what to look for:
· A good quality battery life—the battery should last for at least an hour before needing recharging.
· Brightness—the brighter the better, but don't go overboard! You want to avoid blinding other drivers or pedestrians.
· Value—you want an affordable light, so you don't get stuck paying extra on batteries every time it rains!
We're a cycling community, committed to helping you find the perfect ride for any occasion, whether it's a rush-hour commute or an epic weekend road trip. We believe that cycling should be fun, not work. Our mission is simple: to help you enjoy your ride. We believe that every cyclist should be able to ride comfortably, safely, and in style—and we work hard to make this possible for all of our members.