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The Cateye EL600RC is a front bicycle light that cost anywhere from £50-£70 online. This may seem like a lot to shell out but it is a very wise investment for those who cycle a lot in the evenings or night.
The Cateye is a single shot which has one bright bulb, the fixture for the light is a sort of cable tie clip which secures nicely onto the handlebars, it is easy to adjust and remove if necessary but is very stable when on and riding on uneven ground. The fixture also has removable rubber padding for the inside to prevent it scratching the paint work on the handlebars. The light also can easily be removed from the cable tie fixture. This is great to take off when locking your bike up in the day so the light doesn't have to stay on and potentially be stolen! But it means you don't have to take the whole unit off every time.
One of the biggest plus points about the light is the fact its rechargeable. This saves a lot on batteries and begins to warrant the price tag. It comes with a mains charger which can be plugged in and charged, it takes about 2 hours to fully charge from flat but this light lasts forever when on the bike from a full charge when used on the lower beam, not so long on the full beam which is usually preferential but no chance of it cutting out through a cycle.
The great thing about the single shot lights is that unlike most lights which are used to make you visible on the bike, the Cateye is also used to see what's in front of you. This makes a huge difference when cycling at night on some dodgy UK roads! The range is about 3 metres which is fairly decent when it gets pitch black. It easy to spot potholes and things in the road which aren't visible with cheaper lights.
The light is easy to use with 1 button for all features. Press to turn on, double press to switch between low and full beam and press and hold to turn off. This can all be done from on the bike as the button is at the back which is great when riding from dusk through to the night time. Saves time and hassle of stopping and adjusting it.
Overall I'd certainly recommend the light to anyone who is a serious cyclist. The price is high however you regain some of this overtime without having to change batteries constantly. The huge difference is the ability to see where you are going as well as being visible. This is what sets it apart from cheaper lights and makes it warrant the price tag. The usage time off a full charge could be better on full beam and this is one of the reasons it gets 4 stars instead of 5.
"Cateye Single Shot EL-600RC. Lights - Front. The perfect suburban commuter solution. If you ride at night — especially every night — you’ll appreciate this bright rechargeable light. The HL-EL600 uses a powerful one-watt LED and new ROL™ (Reverse Offset Lens) to fill the road ahead with sm ...."