Bike Shed Lights

See and be seen are two concerns of those who practice the bike all year even when the night comes quickly in winter. Today many solutions from the simple “loupiote” powered by a dynamo on your bike down to the real “flagship” drunk of lumens that illuminates as in daylight.  Cyclists to usher outfits of reflective inserts can no longer escape from the brushes of car headlights. Whether you are “thinking” or “enlightened”, it will be necessary to remain perfectly visible.

… Assets and liabilities…

Cyclists you will be ‘active’ by emitting a beam of light that will allow you to see and be seen. If one are a ‘thoughtful’ sportsman you will be ‘passive’ in other words, you will wear clothing or accessories that will reflect the light that will illuminate them. The best way to be visible will be to combine the two modes. Necessarily you will need lighting to make progress in the night and to indicate your presence to the rear. But you also need a contribution of these reflective devices to be seen from all angles.

And If You Thought?

The outfits that make visible

The virtues of the colors neon ‘trend’ of the safety vests are more established. Widely used on construction sites along the road they have inspired the design of our winter outfits. Brands of bikes and running are now all included on this niche of visibility.

And the bags then!

Your back is the ideal support to return the light from the headlights of a car coming behind you. It’s the principle of the safety vest. But if you carry a backpack coming to overshadow the reflective parts of your clothes you lose this advantage. Some brands have “thought” to the problem, and they offer “visible” bags or even sur-sacs that will restore all of the lost visibility.

With these clothes “to both” you’ll see.

Bike 1.Veste reflective raincoat women

2.Gants reflective bike with tactile finger

3.Housse yellow reflecting for bag on back of the cyclist or pedestrian

4.Serie reflectors: rays of bike – rack – pedals

We have selected all of these items on the site LeCyclo.com

Lighting

Know that the lumens are not the glowworms that we would introduce into a lantern… This is the unit of measurement of the luminous flux received by the human eye. This value is subjective, but it clarifies the light output that can be very different from the objective value in Watts of the lamp.

We regularly test new products on Track & News and we see that they are more “responsible” in lumens. Headlamps have become real headlights and now, as the Petzl Nao, these lamps is configure in connected mode to prepare your nightly events.

The choice of your lighting will be based on your practice. For example if you take on a daily basis your bike Julia will explain in the chapter “velotaf”, below, the different possibilities for lighting with their advantages and disadvantages.

If you also run all depend on the situation. The followers of the ultratrail know the virtues of the headlamps that can divert in bike use. There are different kinds and we invite you to review our different articles on the subject. There is even a chest that are invented by Kalenji lamp and that is perfectly suited to the urban race with its rear lights.

Julia talks about the velotaf context

4 years that we do the velotaf with Peter, we had time to test different lighting systems, from the most basic to the most specific. Beyond the regulatory aspects, be visible as a cyclist is above all a matter of day-to-day security. In the city, even in the presence of a public lighting, a cyclist remains little visible on the floor.

We have a small passage in review of existing solutions to continue to velotafer in all visibility.

Lighting

The Lighthouse is quite large and heavy (given that the battery was not deported), but the least we can say is that it lights up! 2 lighting modes are possible: 80 lux (indicated by a green led) or 17 lux (indicated by a flashing green-red), with a fairly wide beam.

Autonomy

Announced autonomy is 5 h mode 80 lux and 20 h mode 17 lux.

The lighthouse has a battery indicator: the Green led starts to blink before automatically switch in eco mode when the battery gets too just for the mode 80 lux. And the led starts to flash red when the battery is really flat.

The lamp comes with a wall charger but can also be recharged by driving with a charger dynamo (provided you have a dynamo…), what we might test on the bike of Julia during the next trip we are looking at.

It is also possible to put 4 AA LR6 batteries to power this lighthouse.

The price

The version that I received and one with battery at €84.99 on the site Our site, there is also the version without battery at €69.99. I find these quite correct rates for a product designed and manufactured in Germany like all products of the brand.

Bonus

Given the quality of the lighting and having used to practice mountain biking in the dark winter, I’m quite tempted to test this ATV lighting even if a fall could damage the lighthouse or its fixation considering the size of the lighthouse.

Magnetic induction lighting

The lighthouse consists of a part “bulb” that lights up whenever the part “magnet” fixed on the rays runs nearby. So this gives a flashing light. There is a white light to the front, and a red one for the back. Most of the models store electricity to continue flashing during a stop at a light.

  • Avantage: difficult to steal because the system is well fixed on the bicycle, doesn’t require no batteries or recharged, discreet on the bike, does not need to turn it on because is activated automatically with the rotation of the wheels.
  • inconvenient: editing more specific (but not insurmountable!), flashing light so this system is interesting to be seen, however to see in the dark is more limited.

Reelight (untested) but available on Our site

This system does not currently match any currently approved devices because it is flashing. Indeed, section R313-25 of the highway code provides that only the turn signals and hazard lights can have a flashing light. Therefore, any fire must currently have a fixed intensity light.