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Best bike lights 2017

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Darkness is descending. But it’s nothing dramatic – just the ordinary way of winter. So what matters to the ordinary bike rider? Simon Vincett investigates. Helen Bloustein rides 20km a day commuting to work and on the weekends too, to get around. She volunteered an evening to be a judge on our panel to test
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Illustration by Karl Hilzinger

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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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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Turning blind

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Vehicle blind spots and carelessness are a deadly combination. Simon Vincett reveals how blind spots happen, how to reduce them and how bike riders can stay out of harm’s way. Blind spots around large vehicles blot out regions of the road much larger than most people realise. These are areas that the driver cannot see
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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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Top 50 lights for commuting

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Our Lights test 2012 ranks the best 28 front and 22 rear bike lights to keep you visible when riding in the dark. Simon Vincett reveals the very human art of selecting the best lighting. The 2013 test results, incorporating and building on these 2012 results, are now online. Meet our lux meter, the newest
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