There's a light that never goes out, but only for The Smiths.
Minute by minute, Northern Michigan is getting that little bit darker every day, shortening days until it feels like there isn't much left to ride in. Don't let short days ruin your riding, especially with our mild fall offering some incredible temperatures and outstanding conditions, both on road and off. We've picked out a few of our favorite lights for all types of riding for you to check out, from the fifteen minute commute, the multi-hour mountain bike ride, or the light you bounce between bikes every day.
Blackburn Designs Central 200. For just $40, this guy is tough to beat. It's crazy to thing that five years ago, a 200 lumen light would be pushing $200. Now, this USB rechargeable light uses a quick rubber strap that makes it easy to switch between bikes whenever you're changing ride plan, plus to take off and charge. 200 lumens is ideal for road use, so this is a go-to for commuters or those pre-dawn jaunts on pavement or light trail. It's not going to last all day, but it's just right to get you to sunrise, or those last few miles back to home in the evening.
Lezyne MacroDrive 600 XL. Another one-piece light, with no external battery pack, just like it's little cousin, the Central. A bit more power means it's a bit better geared for true trail use, but knock it down a few settings and you have a light that lasts for hours at 250 lumens. The light comes with two mounts, and while they aren't the quickest to put on, it's only a handful of seconds and very sturdy. The bundle also comes with a helmet mount, a few shims, and a mount for older 25-26mm bars. Not a bad haul for $85!
Serfas TSL-1200. This is the most popular light around the shop, especially once the snow falls. The 1200 lumen light gets up to 3.75 hours at full blast, or 7.5 at a more pedestrian and conservative 550. This is the first light on our list that has an external battery pack, and with that comes a few pros and cons. The obvious boost in max output and crazy long battery life are big pluses, while some riders don't like the cable or the dense battery pack to find a home for. The pack itself straps to your top tube, or slides into a frame bag. It also can charge your phone or GPS unit, which is handy for bikepacking trips or just traveling. The light comes with a helmet and bar mount, a smart charger that doesn't fry the battery, and a few straps that open up your mounting options for the battery. It's $280 for one light that lasts a long, long time, especially in the cold.