Lights & Safety

Bontrager ION 800 RT Headlight

BontragerION800RTHeadlight.WEBIf you can get excited about a headlight for day and night use, this could be the one for you. Bright, high visibility, long battery life, and 270 degrees of visibility make the Bontrager ION 800 RT a winner in my book. Add the ability to pair with your Garmin Edge 1000, 820, 520 (810 and 510 with plug-in) or Bontrager Transmitr and you’ve got one sweet wireless lighting system.

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See.Sense Icon Front & Rear Lights

SeeSenseIconRearLightThese are simply the best set of flashers I've ever had. It's what's inside the small form factor, lightweight lights that makes them stellar performers. See.Sense. avoids using a narrow beam of light, and instead uses a fresnel lens to disperse the light more than 180 degrees. The lights are super bright only when they need to be – in places where a cyclist is most at risk, such as at intersections, in traffic, riding through an underpass or facing oncoming headlights at night. ICON reacts to your situation on the road, flashing brighter and faster at these critical times.

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Epic ID Emergency Bracelet

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I’ve been wearing an Epic ID for a few months now (I chose the red version for extra visibility). It’s a silicon bracelet with a built-in flash drive on which you can easily store all of your contact, medical and health-related information so that any emergency responder can simply insert the flash drive into a laptop USB port to instantly access this critical data. 

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Niterider Sentinel Tail Light

NiteRider Sentinel Tail Light.webThe Sentinel from Niterider claims to boost safety on the road with the company’s latest tail light. They do this by building on their experience with the Solas rear light by adding two downward-facing lasers. These shine on either side of the bike with the aim of creating a “virtual bike lane” that travels with you – in effect, illuminating a “safety zone” for drivers to see.

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Fly6 Combination Tail Light & HD Camera (updated)

Fly 6 New Front Quarter.cropped.web This review was updated after the release of version 2 of the Fly6 in late November 2014. The original model hit the market earlier in 2014, and I first reviewed it in August. I was one of 20 testers worldwide who provided feedback on the new model. Among the upgrades or changes to the new model are a few that have been previously reported (and addressed some of the shortcomings noted in my original review): shorter size of the unit, brighter light, longer run time, and an upgraded camera and lens.

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Safety Wing

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I’ve seen safety devices like this before, and they remind me of the little arms that popped out of the sides of some cars in the 1950s to signal turns, and the ones on old-time traffic lights that said Stop and Go. So, the Safety Wing isn’t a new idea. Yet, because it’s so effective, nicely made and affordable, I consider it a great accessory for anyone riding in traffic.

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HubBub Helmet Mirror

hubbubmirror on helmet.web The best reason to ride with a mirror is that it lets you stop hugging the shoulder, worrying a car is about to pass. Because, with rear-view vision, you can almost effortlessly look behind you (when you get used to the mirror). And most of the time, nobody is back there. Meaning, you can stop worrying and ride right down the middle of the road a lot of the time! Stopping stressing on rides and enjoying the smoother and safer part of roads is a huge win-win. And riding with this HubBub mirror is a nice change for me.

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Niterider Stinger USB Tail Light

Niterider USB Stinger Light.web The USB Stinger is an interesting and very versatile light. Upgraded for 2014 to be USB rechargeable, it features a 25-lumen half watt LED output, which Niterider claims can be seen from up to half a mile away. It has a quick two-hour recharge time and offers four modes — two flashing modes, one solid mode and a group ride mode. As with the other 2014 Niterider lights we reviewed (the Lumina 700 and Lumina 220), the Stinger features an LED that flashes either blue or red when switching off the power, with a blue LED indicating 25% or more charge remaining. Red indicates less than 25%.

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Niterider Lumina 220 Head Light

Niterider Lumina 220 Light.web Just like its bigger brother (the Lumina 700, also reviewed), the Lumina 220 has four main modes — low, medium and high, plus the same useful flash mode for being seen when riding in the daytime. The Lumina 220 is a very small, self-contained unit and weighs only 126g. The light output is noticeably different from the Lumina 700, as you would expect. At the highest output it can be used as a "see-by" light when the speeds are below 20mph.

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Niterider Lumina 700 Head Light

Niterider Lumina 700 Light.web One of the biggest safety advances in cycling in recent years has been the adoption of LED lights, which offer brighter output in ever smaller sizes. Manufacturers have been able to shrink lights while offering long run times at high output levels. The brightest all-in-one unit offered from Niterider is the Lumina 700. (I previously tested the MiNewt 600, which earned high marks.) The new 700 unit adds increased light output while actually decreasing size and weight.

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Trelock Control Ion LS 950 Headlight

Trelock LS 950 Control Ion Light.web Whether you're commuting or can only find the time to ride very early, or very late, as the days grow shorter, you're more apt to be riding in the dark. For any type of riding in the darkness, the German-tech Trelock Control Ion LS 950 headlight will provide ample light to meet your needs. It is among the most powerful, focused and brightest headlights I've ever seen.

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ECOS Emergency ID System

ECOS EID Tags.web If you've ever crashed on the road, or stopped to help a fellow rider who has, you can easily understand the value of readily accessible personal identification on road rides. First responders need to know your name, your emergency contact info, any medical conditions or drug allergies you may have — and the list goes on.

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