Bike Light Comparison: Cygolite Metro & Dart, Planet Bike Superflash Micro, Blackburn 2’FER & More

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Bike Light Comparison: Cygolite Metro & Dart, Planet Bike Superflash Micro, Blackburn 2’FER & More

As the Fall and Winter months approach and daylight gets shorter, it’s important to consider how that will impact your bike ride and consider adding some lights. I prefer the rechargeable types that use long-lasting LEDs and gathered some of my favorite models for a demonstration and test in this video. Included were the CYGOLITE Metro, CYGOLITE Dart, Planet Bike Superflash Micro and BlackBurn 2’FER. I also tested the Specialized CENTRO LED helmet that has a rear-facing red LED light for higher visibility when riding… note that it does not have rechargeable batteries.

At the end of all our ride testing I came away impressed with the CYGOLITE Dart which is super small, light weight and inexpensive. The CYGOLITE Metro did light more of the street but some people have commented that it’s almost too bright and can distract drivers. As for backlights, I liked the Blackburn 2’FER because it was bright, visible from all sides and could be used as a front or rear light and thus, shared with a friend if they forgot one of their lights… it’s just really versatile and still easy to install. The Specialized CENTRO LED helmet was cool, fit me well despite only coming in one size and did an okay job. I like the concept but felt it just wasn’t as bright as some of the purpose made lights that attach to the bike frame. Finally, the Illumilock Blade (which is a u-lock light combo product) worked surprisingly well for lighting but offers a very limited width for actually locking the bike up. I wasn’t convinced that it’s the sturdiest lock or that the quality of the plastic was all that great (the headlight mount is a little bouncy and flimsy feeling) and my unit came missing a nut so I couldn’t mount it as securely as it should have been.

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