The evenings are drawing in and the mornings are getting darker and darker. Yup, it's that time of year again - for 2016 we've got in a whole range of lights, from budget commuter lights to top-end mountain bike lights. 

If you're new to commuting or riding at night, here are our top tips:

  • To be legal on NZ's roads you need at least one front and rear light, but it's always a good idea to have an additional pair of small backup lights too - these increase your visibility (you can run one set of lights on steady and the other on flashing) and provide a backup in case either light runs out of juice.
  • Lights come in battery-powered or rechargeable flavours. Battery lights tend to be cheaper - rechargeable lights are more expensive to buy, but you don't need to buy batteries (or send more old batteries into landfill), and they tend to be brighter. Most rechargeables are USB-powered - high-powered MTB lights come with a wall charger. 
  • Commuting lights make you more visible to other road users so they have a large spread. If you want to ride unlit roads or trails at night, you'll need a dedicated light with a concentrated beam to illuminate the road/trail directly ahead. We'd recommend a high-powered handlebar or helmet-mount light for this. Helmet mounted lights are particularly useful for mountain-biking because you can light up around corners!