Bright Ideas

Whether we like it or not, it’s that time of year again. Night is creeping up on us faster every day. Next week will be our last road ride of the season due to the earlier sunsets. But we’re not ready to give up riding yet and neither are you! You’ve invested in your bike and it only makes sense that you get as much use out of it as possible. The solution: Night riding lights.

Live from the Berlin Fashion Show: Adam is shining star in town with his ensemble of assorted light accoutrements. Photo courtesy of Tom Bishop.

With a night riding light, you’re not limited by the changing seasons. Not only do these lights help to extend your riding season, they also offer a whole new riding experience. Trails you’ve ridden countless times in the day feel completely new at night. What’s more, your lights will also point out wildlife on the trail that would otherwise go unnoticed: There’s nothing like shining your light into a field and being met with the illuminated eyes of dozens of deer.

What happens when you get almost 80 riders together for a night ride? Good times. Keep your eye out for this year’s iteration. Photo courtesy of Phil Szczepaniak

Freewheel’s got you covered with night lights from Serfas ($149.99 for the True 500 and $164.99 for the True 750), Nite Rider ($184.99 for the Lumina 650), and Blackburn ($84.99 for the Scorch1.0). Compared to previous generations of lighting systems, these lights last longer, shine brighter, weigh less, and cost less. Gone are the days of your battery occupying a water bottle cage. Rather, the batteries of these devices are integrated into the light themselves for a cleaner, simpler system.

Once you’ve got your new light, make sure that you’re mounting it right: Night lights most often come with two separate mounting options – one for your handlebar and another for your helmet. If this is your first and only night riding light, be sure to make use of the helmet mount first. Simply put: the light shines on what you’re looking at rather than where your bars are pointed. In the tight, twisty single track trails of Southern Ontario, this is a huge advantage.

The trails aren’t going anywhere just because it’s dark. Getting yourself a night riding light can help extend your riding season and offer you a whole new riding experience. Investing in a light gives you more time to enjoy the sport you love and to add a whole new dimension to it.

See you out on the trails!