The Bike List

Lights, Cycle Computers & Electronic Accessories

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I always feel safer on the bike knowing I've done my best to help other road users see me. Occasionally I get caught out at the end of summer, when the nights start to draw in and end up riding back in dusk without lights. It makes me feel more vulnerable on the road to think that someone might not see me, and I could have done something to...

These pedals have been a long time coming. Launch dates were put back again and again and, at times, it looked as though Garmin were never going to be ready to put them on the market. To be honest, I got pretty frustrated with the whole process. As a cyclist with a reasonably large stable of my own bikes, test bikes coming and going and taking...

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A few months ago I got my mitts on a Power2Max power meter and first impressions were extremely good. Fitting was extremely easy and early training sessions with power were a revelation. With a hard summer of training and racing though, how has it fared and am I now a complete power convert? The main reason I'd previously had for...

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A few years ago now, Garmin opened up a new market within cycle computers: GPS functionality. It didn't take too long for them to gain a foothold in the industry, converting even some cynics adamant that a paper map and compass are far more reliable. Admittedly, early versions of the Edge did have some poor reliability reports, but the ability...

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I can imagine the marketing meeting at Blackburn when they were trying to decide on the name for this light: 'It's small, light and squat - what shall we call it?' 'Er, how about "Flea"?' 'It's good, but it's not quite right. How about the "Super Flea"?' 'Yes, why not? Lunch, anyone?' And it is, indeed, an apt name for the light. It's a...

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It's always slightly worrying when you read the packaging for a product and it throws up a warning about the intended use you're going to put it to. The wrapper for the Volt 300 has a section highlighted in red lettering: 'For UK consumers. When used for cycling this light should be used in conjunction with a British Standard 6102/3 cycle light.'...

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Rear lights are rear lights, aren't they? Well, sort of. Almost all of them use LEDs to illuminate, most have a 'belt' clip as well as a bike bracket and most have steady, flashing and alternating modes. So why not just buy the cheapest you can find? Well, there's nothing wrong with that - it's better to have a light than none at all, but...

I've been procrastinating about getting a power meter for a few years now. I've been holding out for Garmin's Vector pedal system but, with their launch seemingly terminally delayed and concerns about a £1200+ piece of kit in such a vulnerable position on the bike, it hasn't happened. The cost and lack of bike to bike flexibility of crank systems...

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Every ride as a child would be eeked out for as long and as far away as I could get away with. But just how far away could I escape? The answer came from a cheap, five-function Halfords cycle computer. It was complicated to fit, wires three times longer than they needed to be flapped about and the sensor didn't always work. But to a young boy...

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This light is not only bright, we'll come to that in a minute, but it's extremely handy if you regularly swap bikes. The easily operable adjustable strap means you can quickly take it off one set of handlebars and secure to another. So if you ride a road bike to work but want to use an old I-don't-care-if-you-steal-this bike to town for some...

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The great thing about cycling is it can be as refreshingly analogue as you want it to be. No batteries, no wires, just mechanical components meshing together in perfect harmony. Want to know where you are? Carry a map and learn how to read it. Want to know how fast you're riding, fit a mechanical speedometer (there are always quite a few...

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Yes, you did read that right. £345 for a bicycle light. And yes, you're right again, that is an astronomically huge amount of cash. With it you could buy a second-hand winter bike, a new washing machine or even a used car! If you're not thinking any of those things, you must be either the Sultan of Brunei* or work for one of the other bike...

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I like nicely-crafted objects. And the Exposure Sirius light with its machined-aluminium finish has a functional, but pleasing, design, with neat heat-transferring ribs in the LED end. It's a powerful little beast too. Top of the company's Ride to Work range, the Sirius has a single 360 Lumen LED, is powered by a built-in battery and charged...

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It's always difficult knowing where to start when you get a new toy to play with. Do you studiously read the instructions, learning everything you need to know about it before slowly and methodically following them? Or do you just rip the box to pieces like Staffie with a piece of junk mail? I'm afraid I take the latter line, eventually...

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As a driver, I detest cyclists who venture onto roads at night with no lights. They may be able to see where they are going, but it doesn't mean I can see them. Then there are those who buy the cheapest rear lights imaginable and use them on their lowest power setting to eke out as much battery life as they can get. I mean, how much does a pack...

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One of the most important weapons in the cyclist's ongoing battle with traffic is a super bright rear light, and the Electro Pico Super 2 is the ideal solution at a very reasonable price. It is water-resistant and I can testify to this having used it all winter come rain or shine without any problems at all. Another plus is that the buttons...

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Niterider has a deserved reputation for some serious lighting. The Pro and Newt range are bulletproof, punch some monster power (the Pro3000 is claimed to be the world's most powerful bike light) and they are very, very pricey (the Pro3000 costs a penny shy of £600). Unfortunately the Mako 2 doesn't share much in common with its pedigree...

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I've been using Klarus flashlights for the last year or so of cycling - having reviewed the XT2C , the XT10 and the XT11 , I've had a good chance to make use of the great value and performance they offer compared to bike-specific lamps. Being a flashlight, they're designed to pop onto the bike with a simple clamp (available separately...

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Most of my time in the saddle is spent avoiding errant drivers and dodging stray animals – while the tracks and trails of my neighbourhood offer a fenland-flat excitement in the dark, it's the city-centre that really challenges me. In the winter months decent illumination is all the more important, and with dark back streets comes the need for...

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Cycle lights come in various forms, with mind-boggling outputs and prices to match. With most of my time spent riding in town, I need a reliable light with a good runtime that I can whip off my handlebars in a second when it's time to lock up. Many bike-specific front lights have some superb features, but they can be rather pricey, so to find a front...

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Apple’s iPhone has become one of the most popular smartphones on the market, and aside from the web, email and phone functions it offers, there’s also a vast number of apps you can download to enhance its usefulness. Sat navs, trip computers and GPS-enabled OS mapping are just some of the cycle-friendly software packages you can install,...

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There's no denying that having a solid, reliable, and most of all bright lamp on your bike is essential, but prices can be prohibitive to those of us who don't need or want some of the cycle specific kit out there. Designed as a tactical torch for professional and military use, the Klarus XT10 is a 470 ANSI (American National Standards Institute)...

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The Flea 2 is a great idea for commuters: a tiny, bright 4 LED light that attaches to your bars by a Velcro strap and charges through any computer's USB port. What's more, you have a switch that doubles as a battery status indicator, so you know when you need a charge, and even better, the unit charges to full in just 90 minutes. On top of these positives,...

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Let's cut to the chase. You buy a spotlight to illuminate the road ahead and warn traffic of your presence and this small, neat Lumicycle lamp excels in both. Even in medium mode it casts a dazzling white beam that lights the road ahead with superb clarity, allowing confident progress well into the low 20mphs. Switch to Smart Boost and you get three...

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On unlit country roads, you need lights to illuminate the way, but on the lit streets in towns and cities, it's more important to adorn your bike with a set of 'be seen' lights, so other road users know you're there. The Lightning Bug 3.0 and Stinger tail light set falls into the latter category, and are small, unobtrusive LEDs that won't take up too...

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A good rear light is one of the most important accessories you can buy, and NiteRider's CherryBomb is insanely bright. It sports three red LEDs, with two smaller lights on either side of a larger one in the middle of the unit, and in its flashing or constant mode, the brightest central one is a real retina scorcher! It's especially effective at night,...

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It's easy to get caught up in spec sheets and brightness comparison tests, but choosing a lighting system for night riding requires you to delicately balance an equation with six elements: weight, power, beam spread, runtime, ease of use and price. Having something incredibly bright may seem fabulous, but if it only sports a runtime of 30 minutes...

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There is an escalating arms race taking place on the dark country roads around my home. Over the winter months cyclists have been strapping increasingly powerful lights to the front of their bikes, leaving blinded motorists in their wake. And I admit that I have bunny hopped right onto this rather appealing bandwagon, with a 4 LED Hope...

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To the uninitiated, spending £200 on a bike light is absolute madness. There can be no logical reason to shell out such a ludicrous sum of money when perfectly good bike lights can be had for less than £50. Even cycling fashionistas who gladly open their wallets for the latest titainium widget would probably baulk at such outlandish...

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And lo, a bright light did appear in the north, and 'twas Hope, and it did lead to illuminated roads and motorists dipping their full beam headlamps. Here endeth the gospel according to the Vision 2. But for the purposes of a review I had best add a few more lines, for the Vision 2 LED is truly and literally a dazzling light. Its twin LEDs...

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When it comes to commuting, riding at night or in low-vis conditions a good set of lights is a life saver. A good rear light means vehicles sneaking up from behind will see you in enough time to make sensible overtaking decisions. Research carried out by Light and Motion showed that 96% of the 1550 cyclists surveyed said that their biggest fear was...

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There are few sights as reassuring as the red-glow of this rear light reflected on the dry stone walls that line my nightly commute home. This barrel rear light has a whopping 10 LED bulbs that make you very visible. Six diodes face backwards to let other road users know where you are and there are two pairs that face right and left to improve side-on...

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There's a short stretch of my 15-mile commute that fills me with dread every time I approach it. It's a busy section of A-road that truncates from dual carriageway to a narrow road barely wider than the juggernauts that thunder down it. The road is dangerous enough in broad daylight but in darkness it becomes absolutely terrifying. There's a remarkable...

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A cycle computer adds another dimension to your ride, and enables you to assess your progress in the fitness stakes over time as well as telling you how far you've gone and how fast you're going. They're also useful for navigation - if you know from your map that you turn left in 2km, it's nice to be able to measure the distance by just glancing...

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An inbuilt desire for new bicycles means I currently have three sitting in garage. I'd have far more if my bank balance allowed, I had sufficient space and my equally bike-loving partner would allow it. But three is currently sufficient for all my needs: one that folds down for taking on the train, one that hauls lots of gear for continent-crossing...

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If I had to add up all the unnecessary miles I've driven trying to find places before I had a sat nav I could probably get pretty close to the distance from Land's End to John o' Groats. Having "temporarily" lost my location whilst out riding more times than I care to admit I couldn't wait to try out Garmin's all in one Edge 705. The unit which...

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"Little known fact: everybody who smiles at you when you walk down a busy street actually wants to kiss you with their tongue, check-in to a hotel and recreate scenes from erotic French literature." What does that have to do with bike lighting? Search me... but it is what you will find emblazoned on the side of the ultra-trendy packaging on the Gekko....

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Winter riding is a joy: nothing beats watching the moon run through its phases, the stars move across the sky week by week and the sense of adventure of being out at night when everyone else is tucked up in front of I'm a Celebrity. But to enjoy that in safety you need to light up like a Christmas tree to make sure that car drivers, racing to...

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One of the latest offerings from RSP for this winter is the Asteri 3 front light which boasts a 3 watt LED that can operate in three modes, full beam, half beam and flashing. The quick release bracket is easily attached (by pushing the bracket over the handlebars) and is clamped in place by a rounded plastic nut which can be tightened with your...

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 Pedalite's strapline is "Making Cycling Safer", and with the Pedal Lights, they definitely achieve this. These 360 degree light spilling pedals scream, "Give me space I'm on a biiiiike!" through the night. When using these fearsomely bright pedals, cars gave me more space than usual on my daily commute to work, which in winter takes place...

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The Astrum, sits at the top end of RSP's new rear lights range. The name means star or constellation in Latin and appropriately it comes equipped with two super bright 0.5 watt LED's that can operate in constant and two different flashing modes. The bracket attaches easily to the seatpost and a rubber strip that's cleverly attached to the bracket...