Cycling at Night: How to Light Up Your Bike

Light Your Bike Into the Night!

That’s right, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Stop complaining about it on Facebook and get outside and ride your bike! We will let you know the best bike lights for night riding, whether you are cycling socially with friends, going on a night-time group ride or mountain biking at night. You can stay safe and have fun while riding your bike long into the night.

Basic Bike Safety for Night Time Rides on the Road

It is NEVER safe to ride your bike at night without proper lights. When you are dealing with traffic while riding on the road, being visible is your number one priority. Safe night riding starts with your clothing. Here are some tips for what to wear when riding at night:

When riding on the road at night, any additional reflectors on your bike could only help, not hurt, your chances of being seen. However, bike lights are your MOST IMPORTANT safety feature when night riding. Make sure you have the following:

Bike Lights for Road Riding

PRO TIP: Charge your lights the day before your night ride and have them set aside ready-to-go. If you try to charge them quickly before your ride and do not get them fully charged, you might find yourself riding home in the dark. Most lights will have different levels of brightness and will last longer on modes that are less bright. So, use your high-beams sparingly!

Mountain Biking at Night

Night-time mountain bike rides are a special treat! Riding at night can make your everyday trail feel new and exciting again. 

Even though you do not have to deal with motorists, riding trails at night can still be dangerous, especially if you are riding an unfamiliar trail at high speeds. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to which lights are the best for night riding and how to position them on you and your bike. Here are a few tips that seem to work for us:

Have Fun with Your Bike Lights!

Wheel Lights for Your Bike

The best part about night riding is lighting your bike up in fun and funky ways. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to rock some multi-colored lights on your bike, but it is an awesome way to celebrate at a holiday parade. The more you light up your bike, the more likely you are to be seen by motorists!

You can buy lights specifically made for bike wheels and frames. We used Wheel Brightz which are extremely affordable and come in a variety of awesome colors. But, you could easily recreate this look with short strings of battery powered outdoor LED holiday lights.

The important thing to remember when decorating your bike with lights, whether you are using bike-specific lights or not, is to secure your lights well and make sure they are not interfering with any of your bike’s moving parts. Small clear zip ties will help you secure the lights to your spokes.

Get creative when lighting up your bike into the night. Share your ideas with us on social media @LivCycling 

Light Up Your Bike

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