Days are growing shorter. This is the time to start thinking about bicycle lights. Whether you’re a morning warrior or a night owl, this new season means less hours of daylight and a higher risk of accidents. For your safety, we recommend picking up high quality bike lights.
Luckily you have a lot of options to keep yourself safe during those dark fall rides. One of Higher Gear’s go-to brands is SERFAS. We think they sell some of the best bicycle lights on the market. Here are some of our favorite lights for the coming months.
The TSL-1500 is a water-resistant helmet headlight that’s incredibly powerful; it produces over 1500 lumens in overdrive mode. At $390, it is a bit pricey but it’s incredibly effective. It comes with a ram air vent coolant system and includes a helmet mount and a battery extension cable with free installation.
The TSL-150 True Light is a compact yet powerful front-facing bike light. Less expensive than the TSL-5000 at $85, its quick-release handlebar mount is perfect for those wanting to “grab and go” without much fuss. This small headlight packs a powerful punch; whether used on your helmet or handlebar, the bright light gives you a visibility up to 150 yards. For a fast and convenient charge, connect it to your computer with a USB port for a 3.5 hour reload.
For those on a budget, go with the USL-5 with a 360 swivel. This 5 LED headlight produces 40 lumens and has a burn time of 6.5 hours. This is another front-facing bicycle light that is easy to attach and remove. For the same price ($40), pick up the USL-5R tail light. More powerful than the first with a production of 70 lumens, this bicycle light is also computer rechargeable and simple to use. SERFAS USL-5 is super bright and includes smart charger and quick release bracket that swivels 360 degrees.
We also carry Light & Motion VIS360 – which is a helmet mounted front and rear light – as a great helmet-mounted light option for commuters or those caught riding in the dark. It retails for $169.99. It has 110 lumen in the front light and includes side lights as a safety feature.
Another riding option to consider this time of year is transitional glasses. These start out as sunglasses during the daytime and turn into regular glasses as it gets darker. Transitional glasses are great for those bad-weather days since they protect your eyes not only from the sun, but also the elements like bugs, rain, snow or dirt. We have a great selection of many brands such as Rudy Project and Tifosi and styles at both Higher Gear locations.