The world is full of different types of cyclists. Some swerve through busy city streets on their way to work. Others wait for the weekend and take their bikes to nearby trails to enjoy some fresh air. But whether you’re riding along a path at the beach or taking a leisurely Sunday cycle with your kids, one thing all bikers have in common is the need for safety. That means being visible to others and ensuring the road/path/trail/sand in front of you is also visible.
Bike lights are at the top of the safety list for cyclists right behind helmets (don’t even think about getting on a bike without a helmet). Bike lights ensure that cars and other cyclists or pedestrians can see you coming, which is important even in areas that are brightly lit. Cars move fast, so the brighter you are, the easier it is for drivers to see you and give you ample room.
We also like bike lights because of their durability and compact size, which makes them great options for making yourself visible when doing other activities in the dark, like walking the dog or camping. Heading out for an early morning jog? Strap a bike light to your fanny pack and get running.
Check out three of our top picks for bike lights below and stay safe…and bright.
1. Cincred USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set
With an impressive runtime of 8 hours on a single charge, the Cincred USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set can keep you safe and visible all night. The ultra bright 400 lumen LED light comes with a USB cord and charges in two hours, with a high clarity lens making for a headlight that has long-range visibility. The Cincred headlight has low beam visibility, which means it won’t blind drivers or pedestrians but will still light a cyclists’ path. The waterproof Cincred also comes with a bonus rear light for 360-degree visibility. The Cincred has four light modes, including full and half brightness and fast and slow flashing.
Pros: We like that the Cincred light can be removed from the fixed base when charging, meaning users don’t have to detach and reattach the entire light and base anytime it needs to be charged.
Cons: The Cincred is the most expensive option on our list.
2. Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set
Be visible from the front and back with the Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set, which includes a headlight and taillight that each come with a 650mAh rechargeable lithium USB battery. Like the Cincred, the Ascher lights have four lighting modes and comes with flexible silicone mount straps that make it easy to attach the lights anywhere on a bike or helmet. The Ascher is water-resistant and rated to IPX4.
Pros: Depending on the mode, the Ascher lights can last up to 10.5 hours on one charge.
Cons: The output of the Ascher lights is 140 lumen making them less powerful than the Cincred lights.
3. Malker Bicycle Lights
For lights that are easy to install and versatile, we like the Malker Bicycle Lights. The small but powerful set comes in a pack of four lights, which are made with silicone clips that make it easy to attach the lights to any part of a bike, helmet, backpack and more. The waterproof Malker lights are also resistant against low-impact drops. The Malker have three lighting modes, including high, low and strobe.
Pros: The Malker lights use ultra-bright LEDs that are visible up to half a mile away.
Cons: Although the Malker lights aren’t rechargeable, they come with two lithium-ion batteries that can last between 45-160 hours depending on the lighting mode.