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Craig Holtz is sending his wife to work on her bike through the rain and snow, but he’s thinking of her well fair by wanting her to have the best lights available, he really is a caring husband. We give him our suggestions and hope he has bought her the lights before Christmas!
Question: My wife is riding her bike (yeah) to and from work. With the time change it’s dark when she leaves work. I need to get her lights for her road bike. She has a Cat Eye set that is totally inadequate. What are the top two or three light sets that you recommend? Thanks, Craig.
Hi Craig, You have to get a set of twin headlights with halogen bulbs and rechargeable units with enough power to dazzle anything coming the other way, well not dazzle them, but make sure they know you are there. Here are our top three light sets.
THE LUMICYCLE APEX ENDURO PACK
The Apex Enduro Pack has 17 watts of HID arc lamps which are like 17.3 watts of Halogen light, with the 14.8-volt lithium-Ion endurance battery pack you get nearly 2.1 hours of a boost runtime.
The beam is a brilliant blue and nearly as bright as natural daylight, you can either have a wide beam of 13 degrees or a focused 6-degree beam spread. Very bright and quite expensive, but probably the best. More info at www.lumicycle.com
THE PRINCETON SWITCHBACK 3
The Switchback has a strong beam and focused narrow beam with multiple modes for flexibility depending on your needs. A lithium-Ion battery pack that can be charged in 2 hours and even from a car. Lightweight and very versatile. Read a complete review at bikemag.com
THE BLACKBURN X 8 DOUBLE LIGHT SET
The Blackburn is a tough double beam lightest, one light is wide-angle and the other is a one spot which gives a great combination for all uses. The Luxeon lamps are efficient and give extended burn time.
The optics are designed to focus and shape the beam to maximize output and the head units are waterproof and rattle proof. They’re also a dimmer switch for times when you don’t need the full strength, the compact Li-Ion battery pack will fit any bike and has an LED charge indicator and recharging is simple.
BikeRadar also talked about this here, check it out!
We would go for either the Blackburn or the Lumicycle; the Blackburn is not as expensive and has many attributes, lightweight and durable, a very good system. The Lumicycle is cutting edge technology and does everything you would need to keep safe and be seen. The Blackburn just edges it, but only just.