Keep your bike riding gift getter safe and seen with our brightest Holiday Guide, featuring the best headlights and tail lights. Some are great for nighttime trail riding, others help assure you’ll be seen on the road day or night.
The Blackburn 2′Fer weighs 29 grams and we measured 65 lumens out of it. It’s rechargeable, yet only costs $25. And the kicker is it has LED and red lights built in. Thus it can be used in the front and the back to see or be seen. It’s not the brightest light, but its certainly the smallest and most versatile light we’ve tested to date. Price: $25 | More info at www.blackburndesign.com
Bontrager Flare R
This unique new light from Bontrager is designed for daylight visibility. The Flare R’s balanced optics set off with a powerful CREE LED can be seen from over a mile day or night. Sixty-five Lumens and 270 degrees of visibility help make you the biggest distraction on the road. Price: $60 | More info at www.bontrager.com
Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore
From its humble beginnings of 550 Lumens, the new Lupine Piko 4 now sports 1500 Lumens, a wireless remote and smartphone app. The $375 cost is a good investment for a light that should outlast your next few bikes. Its 200 grams doesn’t get in the way of bike rides, as the only thing you’ll notice is its bright beam. Price: $375 | More info at www.lupinenorthamerica.com
NiteRider Lumina OLED 800
This latest NiteRider Lumina bumps output to an honest 800 Lumens. It also incorporates an LED display to make switching through modes easy. Tracking remaining runtime on any light level is handy, and you can select the output level that will get you home safely. Price: $160 | More info at www.niterider.com