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I have recently been getting back into riding my bike which I absolutely love but really the only time I get to go out is when the kids are in bed and my husband is home to watch them. With the nights drawing in (boo) I am noticing that it is getting darker and darker and by the time I get back home after my ride it is practically almost dark. I knew I needed lights whilst riding because I go on some dark country roads and also some streets so needed lights to tell people I was there and also to see with.
This light is for the back of my bike, as the name would suggest and it flashes a red colour as the bracket of it is a red plastic so that is another reason why it is a back light. I'm not too sure on the rules and regulations of lights and what colours they should be and how many you should have for a bike but all I know is that you obviously do need them and I'm sure it would probably work like a car with red lights at the back and white lights at the front which is what I have.
This light is only small but it really is quite bright and I feel safer with it on there and know that people will see me going or see me in front of them which is good. What I like about this light is that you can actually take it on and off your bike quite easily as it just clips on the back of the bike on one of the straight bits of the frame. I take it off in the summer because I don't need it but I keep it on all of the winter time. If I actually commuted on my bike I think I would find this useful as you can take it off in case anyone steals it but for me who doesn't really leave their bike, only outside when we ride to the local pub, the lights are quite safe.
There are different ways you can have this light if you wish which I think is another good feature. You can either have it as just a constant, on all the time red light or you can have it flashing. I like to have it flashing just to be a bit extra safe as I think people are more attracted to a flashing light than there are a still light. THe light will run for 80 hours if you keep it on constant and it will run for 160 hours on flashing mode. This is really good in my opinion and if you need to change the batteries which I haven't yet since I bought it, it will take AAA size ones.
We bought a couple of these lights when we went to our local bike shop and at about £5 they are definitely worth the investment for your safety.
This is the backlight I use for during the darker nights when I am cycling back home from work. I wear so much reflective gear and lights etc., I am sure I cannot be missed be fellow-motorists on the roads back home. But, having said that, you cannot be too careful. The light I have is called a Smart Backlight and this set me back just under £5.
What immediately attracted me to this particular light is that it is waterproof. In our climate, I reckon that's essential. More often than not when I am due to finish work and just put on all my cycling gear, you can almost guarantee that the heavens will open and I will be soaked to the skin. It was essential that my backlight was waterproof and I can vouch for the fact that it is, as it has suffered many a downpour on my four mile journey home and it's fine - no problems at all.
This light has a number of different setting so I can either make it flash on and off. I tend to use this setting the most and it gives me a good 160 hours of steady flashing. There is also the steady light (which just remains ON all the time) and this gives about 80 hours of steady light - I tend not to use this setting so much because in terms of battery life, it chews up the battery a lot quicker than the flasher light. Finally, there is the rotary light which is the best in terms of saving your battery as it gives a massive 260 hours of light. I tend not to use this one so much though for some reason.
The light itself is a good size and gives me peace of mind that I am able to be noticed on the road even in the worst of our British weather. It's simple and easy to attach to the bike and really is self explanatory even though full instructions (AND batteries!!!) came with the light in the pack.
Overall, I 'm well pleased with my Smart Backlight. It makes me feel a lot safer out on the road and it was ell worth the small price.
My husband has over the years become keener and keener on cycling, and is building up more and more of the essential gear and tools. One piece of equipment that he felt would be essential when cycling on the main roads, particularly if there is light rain or mizzle on, which is frequently the case in Northern Ireland, is a back light for his bike.
Having looked online for something that wasn't too expensive but at the same time wouldn't break after a couple of used, together we came across this Smart Backlight which you can purchase on amazon for just over £4, which we both felt was excellent value.
This backlight comes with three different lighting function settings. There is the steady red led light, a flashing light and then a rotary light. It is the third of these three settings that are the most efficient in terms of battery use. According to the instructions on the packaging, the steady setting gives 80 hours of light, the flashing offers 160 hours of light, and the rotary offers 260 hours of light using one set of batteries - so it is an obvious choice which you are most likely to use! Three AAA batteries are required for this particular light and came with the product. My husband has been following the sensible advice and keeping it on the rotary setting, which he finds creates a very visual back light, making him easily seen even in damp weather, and he feels much safer with it. The instructions that come with the product however also recommend that if you are not using this product for over 30 days, for example in a spell of exceptionally clear dry weather, you should take out the batteries to avoid battery leakage. We have had no such good weather here in Northern Ireland recently, so this hasn't been necessary!
Another plus feature, and probably an essential feature for most people living in the Uk, is that this product is waterproof, and with all the wet weather we have been having, you can be assured that my husband has tested this out, and it is indeed waterproof, as he has been caught in many rain showers as he has cycled.
In terms of attaching this to your bike, it really does not require a lot of work. The actual light attaches to the seat post or saddle bar. There is a little rubber ring inside to allow you to adjust the light to fit the size of the bar on your own bike. My husband had this fitted in the blink of an eye, as he couldn't wait to use it on his bike. Another benefit of this product is that it can be taken off and worn around the waistband as well, so it is not entirely restricted to simply bike use.
All in all for the very reasonable price of just over £4, my husband, who has been using this light for at least a month, is incredibly pleased with it. It was super easy to attach to your bike, offers efficient and economic battery life particularly on the rotary setting, and it is useful to have the three setting as well. This is one of those rare finds - a cheap product that really works!