Light Your Way for the 2014 Winter Season

Days are growing shorter. The winter months provide even more demands on motorists. Cyclists are competing for drivers’ attention along with snow, ice, slippery roads and epic potholes. We cyclists need to do what we can to make ourselves visible on the roadways.

Whether you’re a commuter or a winter warrior, this new season means less hours of daylight and a higher risk of accidents. It’s time to start thinking about bicycle lights.


Fredo Higher Gear DPRT Des Plaines River Trail night ride cycling bicyclingCycling lights aren’t just about seeing the ground in front of you, though that is, of course, important. Lights also serve as a cyclist’s first line of defense.

Lights with high lumens provide a visual signal to motorists at a distance, giving them enough time to react safely. Blinking lights, especially, demand attention from drivers. When their attention is being pulled in so many other directions – in and outside of the car – giving them that extra warning time could be life-saving.

Most lights, logically, are focused forward. But cyclists should also consider lights that provide visual clues behind them and to their sides. While protected bicycle lanes are multiplying in the city and suburbs (Hooray!), a motorist making a right hand turn, may not see a cyclist about to enter an intersection.

Whether you’re morning warrior or a night owl, we don’t have enough light on either end of the day for commuting or safe cycling without lights. We have to do our part to make ourselves visible to motorists. With cycling lights from Higher Gear, you’ll stand out.

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bicycle light cycling cygolite trion 1300Cygolite Trion 1300

1300 lumens of ultra-bright, intense light output with maximized beam angle and throw. Internal battery convenience and external battery compatibility makes this light the ultimate choice for avid road and mountain bikers seeking a versatile all-in-one water-resistant lighting system. Can you see me now?

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Cygolite Expilion 800Cygolite Expilion 800

The one piece design that started it all is brighter than ever with up to 800 lumens of class leading brightness. Featuring a powerful 2nd generation Cree XM-L LED and custom TIR cycling optics, the Expilion easily lights up any road or mountain. The refined fusion of aluminum alloy and durable plastic ensures a powerful lighting system in a compact design. The included handlebar and helmet mounts, along with its conveniently swappable battery stick provides unmatched functionality and value. Power through the night with spare battery sticks.

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Serfas USL 505 bike bicycle cycling light commuterSerfas USL-505 Headlight

Looking for a light that is at home on the mountain bike trail as well as the commute home? Look not further than the Serfas USL-505. It’s lightweight and powerful. Its 505 lumen output is encased in industry-leading led heat sink technology for a longer and brighter light output. Side lighting offers 180-degree visibility. This USB-rechargeable light has five modes, including the ultra bright “overdrive” option.

* Optional helmet mount is also available.

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Cygolite Streak 310 bicycle cycling bike light commuterCygolite Streak 310

The Streak 310 brings versatility in its smallest form yet. This USB rechargeable lighting system offers a powerful 310 lumen output for commuters and avid road riders with advanced features like 24/7 Safety Technology for safer night and day riding. Side illumination ports offer wider visibility to those around you without compromising beam focus.

*Optional helmet mount is also available.

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Serfas Thunderbolt USB USL-6 Headlight rechargeableSerfas Thunderbolt

With  a peak output of 90 lumens, the Serfas Thunderbolt (USB) USL-6 Headlight gives you plenty of light to safely arrive at your destination. The USB-rechargeable Thunderbolt can be mounted virtually anywhere on the front of your bike—from the handlebars to the fork. With seven color options, a variety of mounting options and a reasonable price – and a taillight to match – we’re confident in saying this light is for everyone. Available in a rear light also.

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Serfas TL-STN seat stay light cycling bicycle Serfas TL-STN Seat Stay Taillight

There are brighter taillights out there, but for short commutes or an extra rear light, you can’t get more bang for your buck than the Serfas TL-STN Seat Stay Taillight. The second generation of this taillight features an upgraded design with a more water resistant Silicone casing that can handle splashes and spills. Removable straps attach to your seat stay, seat post, helmet or other convenient spots. The new and improved version with brighter light output makes this sequel worthy of an Oscar.

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Shop online for these and other cycling lights available at Higher Gear:


These are some of the lights we keep stocked at Higher Gear. Don’t be afraid to ask us if you don’t see what you’re looking for. (We can always special order items.)


For more on bicycle lights at Higher Gear, check out the following:



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