My family asks me every year what I want for Christmas and I rarely have a very good answer. Under duress, usually end up blurting out “a new shirt” or some other lame gift – and that’s exactly what I get! (Apologies to my family because they have given me many really cool gifts over the years – thank you!). This year’s going to be different. I need bike accessories! Not just any bike accessories, but “bike lights.” I want to “see” and “be seen,” especially with the frequency of nighttime riding increasing as we roll into the holidays and winter months.
I’m turning to all of you for advice. I need to be clear about the items I put on my wish list and where to find them, so website links would be very helpful. Share what you love about your favorite lights – brightness, battery strength, ease of attaching / removing, or suggestions for fun and decorative lights too. Some of the ideas generated might end up on your own lists, so you may find just what you want under your Christmas Tree.
Headlights and Tailights – From “good enough” to “flat out nuclear powered,” what lighting systems do you recommend to light up the night? The goal is for others to see you, as well as having the ability to clearly shed enough light on the trail or roadway ahead to navigate your route safely. What works best and why?
Side lighting – Many people attach small lights to their bike frames, racks or trunk bags for additional illumination. What “stocking stuffers” do you recommend in this category?
Helmet lights – Another area to brighten up is your helmet. What options exist for lighting up your “control tower?”
Fun Lights – Keri Caffrey recently installed a “Mini Monkey Light” on her bike. The lighted images change as she pedals. Very cool look. Monkey Electric also offers full wheel lights. Here’s my “gift” to you – the link to find these lights – http://www.monkeylectric.com/ What other options are out there for decorating your bike for the holidays?
I can’t wait to see your comments! Wishing all of you a very Happy Holidays and plenty of safe and bright nighttime riding!
Oh, and as long as I’m wishing, I could use a bike trailer to give my grandaughter, Lilly, and my pups, Toby and JJ, a ride. And a new Bianchi road bike, a folding bike (with clown nose) and a Catrike would be cool too!