Cycle Light Buyers Guide

Best Bicycle Light Buyers will help you decide which light is best for your type of riding. New to cycling or a veteran, how do you decide which bicycle light to buy? Our Best Bicycle Light Buyers Guide will guide you through the process of deciding which LED Bicycle Light will suit you best.

First question: Do you want a battery integrated bicycle light or one with a separate battery?

Separate Battery:

Pro: High powered, long run times, can change batteries on the go / during an event

Con: Slightly heavier, 'more cluttered' cockpit

Battery integrated:

Pro: Neat, lightweight, no wires, USB Chargeable, easy to fit on helmet

Con: Cannot change batteries on the go, limited run times, limited power output

Ultimately the question to answer is simple: What type of riding do you do?

Trail Riding Mountain Bikers

Mountain Bikers who do Off Road Trail riding on dirt roads, jeep tracks and single tracks. Not just any single track, but challenging single tracks. You like to impress or scare your mates with your ridiculously bright light, are afraid of the dark or simply want to see EVERYTHING. Only the latest and greatest will do for you.

What you need & why

As much light (lumen) as possible. When you cycle on single tracks, your handlebar will be pointing forward while the tracks will be turning, even into switchbacks.

Best Light

The Baviaans Bicycle Light has 3600 lumen, with a beam distance of 240m, with an added wireless remote. It's the best light that you will find for jeep and single tracks. It still comes in a compact, light weight package that is easy to mount to your bike.

Endurance & Trail Mountain Bikers

Mountain Bikers who do a combination of Road, Off Road riding and seldom enjoys more technical trails. You focus on many hours in the saddle training and riding long distance events like the Transbaviaans, 36ONE, 24 hour events or training for the Munga. You spend most of your time on dirt roads, and moderately technical single tracks.

What you need & why

A lot of light (lumen), when you cycle on winding dirt roads, and you need to see next to the road. You also need lower Modes that will give you sufficient light and not tire your eyes. A long battery life in a light (weight) is essential.

Best Light

The Endurance+ Bicycle Light & Baviaans Bicycle Light are the perfect options. These lights have been specially designed for off-road mountain biking. They deliver unmatched performance and striking a perfect balance between size, weight, performance, and reliability.

 

Long Distance Mountain Bikers

Mountain Bikers who do a combination of Road and Off Road riding. You focus on many hours in the saddle training and riding long distance events like the Transbaviaans, 36ONE, 24 hour events or training for the Munga. You spend most of your time on dirt roads, and moderately technical single tracks.

What you need & why

A lot of light (lumen), in a wide beam. When you cycle on winding dirt roads, and you need to see next to the road. You also need Modes that will give you sufficient light to see into the early hours of the morning, not tiring your eyes. A long battery life in a light (weight) is essential.

Best Light

The Expedition Bicycle Race Combo with the Baviaans Bicycle Light, 6800 & 10200 mAh batteries. On it’s HIGH mode, the batteries together will last around 6 hours, MID mode - 26 hours and on LOW 100 hours.  


Commuter, Road Rider & Seldom Off-Road Riders

Commuters, Road Riders and the occasional off road mountain biker. You want to be highly visible everywhere you go – for safety reasons. However you still want to be able to see clearly – not only to be seen.  

What you need & why

You need a light that has a small, focused hotspot, lighting up the road directly in front of you. This will let you see obstacles ahead. You also want to be able to see a bit wider. You have to be highly visible to motorists, but you do not want to blind them completely.

Best Light

The UPFront Bicycle Light has all the essentials that you need, in a small, light, quality package. A super bright and visible flashing mode makes you very visible to other road users - great for road riding and commuting.  

Day Commuters & Road Riders

Day Commuters and Road Riders. You want to be highly visible everywhere you go – for safety reasons.

What You Need & Why

You need a super bright light, with a flash mode. You have to be highly visible to motorists, but you do not want to blind any oncoming traffic.

Best Light

The Road Ready Bicycle Light Combo has all the essentials that you need, in a small, light, quality package. The white Phoenix USB Rechargeable Front & red Phoenix USB Rechargeable Rear Bicycle Lights keeps you visible from the front, rear and sides - especially during the daytime, overcast mornings, and during your sunset rides.  


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