Mike's Advice: How to Buy Lights

How to Buy Lights

Shorter days and longer nights don't have to mean the end of your riding season. In fact, riding at night can provide some of the best experiences you'll ever have on a bike. The roads and paths are clearer, the air is crisp and cool, and trail riding at night can provide an exciting new challenge even to veteran mountain bikers. The key to making it work is choosing the right lights for your needs, and naturally we're here to shed some light on the subject. Click here to browse our entire light selection


Safety Lights:
Commuting in Urban Areas with Streetlights
Whenever you ride at night, your top priority should be to maintain your visibility to motorists. The more brightly-lit you are, the safer you are. It's that simple. If you ride in places with streetlights, chances are you may not need the sort of headlight that illuminates the road in front of you. You just need some well-placed, bright, flashing lights. Mounting a white light in front and a red light in back will help drivers determine which direction you're headed in, another key factor in safety. And though they're no substitute for proper lights, leaving those reflectors on that came with your bike is also a good idea.

A versatile, affordable pair of flashing lights like the BikeSmart MicroFlash ($26.99 per set) are the perfect choice. These sweet little lights have a 2 modes of function: Flash and Steady. Their compact size and stretchy silicon body construction allows them to be mounted virtually anywhere: handlebars, seatposts, seatstays, headtubes, hubs, and forks.

BikeSmart MicroFlashBikeSmart MicroFlash

$26.99 a set


Commuter Lights:
Commuting on Unlit Roads
Many people commute through rural areas that don't have streetlights. This type of riding, especially when it's done on a road bike where seeing potholes matters quite a lot, presents a challenge that is different from urban settings. In the past, bulky mountain bike light systems were the only thing bright enough to serve a rider well on an unlit road. Luckily technology has evolved, and there are now several choices in super-bright headlights that are both rechargeable and compact.
Big things come in small packages and the NiteRider Lumina Micro 250 is the proof. Smaller and more compact than the original Lumina series, the Lumina Micro 250 delivers a powerful punch with 250 lumens of light output. And on top of all of that, it is even rechargeable via USB port.

NiteRider Lumina Micro 250

NiteRider Lumina Micro 250


Light Systems:
Nighttime Trail Riding or Racing
Our favorite type of night riding is in the woods, and thanks to the latest light technology nighttime trail riding is more fun than ever before. If you're a mountain rider and you haven't yet experienced your favorite trail in the dark, you'll be amazed at how different this new challenge can be. At Mike's Bikes we carry high-quality MTB light systems made by NiteRider. The latest systems feature high-powered LED bulbs with Li-Ion batteries. These systems are incredibly bright, charge quickly, provide hours of burn time with no battery memory, and are durable enough to stand up to muddy conditions.

One of our most popular MTB lights is the NiteRider Pro 1800 Race ($349.99). The power-to-weight ratio is astounding with a ton of light—1800 lumens—that illuminates everything on the trail. Beyond just light and powerful, the 1800 runs from 1.5 to 25 hours and is powered by a Lithium-ion battery which recharges in a quick 4:30 hours. There are four modes and they're all controlled by a switch on the light. Plus, the eight step fuel gauge keeps you on top of battery life.
NiteRider Pro 1800 Race

NiteRider Pro 1800 Race