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How visible are you?

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Is brighter better when it comes to lighting up at night or in low light? And what effect does your light have on other road users? Simon Vincett investigates. “Thanks for highlighting the need to point lights at the road!” reads one comment on a recent Ride On Lights test. “I live in the CBD
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Top 150 bike lights 2015

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What price your lights? In our tenth annual test of bike lights, we recall the past, look to the future but most importantly put the current crop through their paces. Simon Vincett reports. Ten years ago Ride On began testing bike lights to provide a comprehensive purchasing guide to the essential gear of bike riding. The
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Light up! Daylight saving saw those in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria enjoy an extra hour’s sleep in on Sunday. However, it also heralded the start of the dark commute. At night and in low light conditions,
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Riding the night – yoga, movies and riding a bike

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Is riding a bike at night as dangerous as the media would have you think? Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Communications (and Ride On Editor) Melissa Heagney takes a look at Melbourne’s newest night ride. Carnage! Danger! Oh the horror of riding a bike at night! If you read the papers in Melbourne over the
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See.Sense. light set

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The intelligence to vary flash and brightness offers a new paradigm in visibility. Simon Vincett reports on testing. Rating              73% Function         34/40 Quality             26/40 Price                 6/10 Appearance   7/10 $178 ($98 each) + $27 postage to Australia Bike lights are getting brighter and brighter, but how about smarter? Well, See.Sense.
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Fly6 HD video cam and tail light review

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A rear-facing HD video cam and tail light that does both jobs well: Simon Vincett reports on testing.  Rating                  89% Function             36/40 Quality                 38/40 Price                     7/10 Appearance            8/10 $290 Having been rear-ended by
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Lights test 2014 – the top 100 lights

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The various bike tribes may be strangers to each other but they are united in their need to be seen. Simon Vincett offers all comers a run through the best lights out there. Which lights for you? Sooner or later, every bike rider finds they need lights. Despite your best intentions, you leave work late
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news A quicker commute Bikes come out on top in a race from Melbourne’s outer suburbs to Federation Square during morning peak hour. Get the full scoop >> Is cycling the new golf? Tony Abbott and eight of Australia’s leading
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Top 60 lights for commuting 2013

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Too bright or not bright enough – how do you choose the best bike lights for riding in the dark? Simon Vincett takes you through the issues, the testing and the best buys discovered. Riders who have racked up a year or two of traversing the bike routes will have witnessed a couple of trends
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Lite-weight wonders

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When weight is a priority, these bike lights truly shine. Simon Vincett reports findings from the 2011 Lights test.  Improvement in LED technology has enabled manufacturers to make some good lights that come in very small packages. The two lights below shone in this year’s Ride On Lights test for impressive visibility for their super-light
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