To stay safe as a cyclist, you have to be seen. There are many ways to do this, but a bright, blinking red light is one of the best. If you ride a bike, you need a good rear light.
What to look out for in a bicycle rear light
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hundreds of cyclists are killed each year by cars and thousands injured. Just about every cyclist who regularly drives on the road has a real horror story to tell, and there are many reasons.
Like motorcycles, bicycles have a smaller visual profile for drivers, making cyclists more difficult to recognize. There is also the problem of distracted drivers looking at their phones and drivers who don't know how to pass bicycles.
It is important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe, including wearing a helmet and colorful clothing. NHTSA statistics also show that there are more daytime accidents than in the dark. This means that you need a bicycle rear light that is also clearly visible in bright sunlight, so that drivers can see you when you are in front of them.
The good news is the advancing LED technology that makes bicycle rear lights brighter every year. For a minimal investment, you can buy a lightweight lamp that can be easily attached to your bike and that is clear enough for drivers to notice it in all lighting conditions.
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Instead of choosing one "best" bicycle rear light, we choose to recommend a range of options based on price and different needs. If you are a casual driver, you don't have to spend a lot to get a good rechargeable light. With higher price levels you get more options, longer burning times and some really cool safety functions.
Best budget: Cygolite Hotshot 100 USB
For less than $ 20, the Cygolite Hotshot 100 USB is a great rechargeable bicycle rear light. You get 2.5 hours of operating time from the built-in Li-ion battery in the highest setting of 100 lumens. Cygolite claims to lower institutions, you can stretch that to a remarkable 270 hours. There are a total of six day and night setting options: Steady, Zoom, SteadyPulse®, Triple Flash, DayLightning® and Random Flash. Cygolite says the DayLightning mode "emits lightning-like flashes to mark your presence in the brightest hours of the day."
It is small, water resistant and weighs just 59 grams. The package contains a seat post and seat support mountings. There is also a clip on the back of the light that you can attach to a backpack or clothing.
Best middle class: LEZYNE Zecto Drive Max
In the middle class we love the scorching power of the retina of the 250-lumen LEZYNE Zecto Drive Max. It is not only super bright, but it takes no less than nine hours between two charges in the brightest flash mode in daylight.
The Zecto Drive Max has a robust, machined aluminum housing and can be attached to your bike with a user-friendly rubber tire. It also has a clip if you want to attach it to your backpack or clothing. The only improvement we would suggest is some padding on the back of the hard plastic clip so that it does not scratch the finish of a bicycle. However, a little tape is sufficient.
This light has eight day and night settings and works 24 hours in the 10-lumen mode. It also remembers which mode it was the last time you used it and returns to it the next time you turn it on.
The Lithium-ion battery is charged within two and a half hours via the included micro-USB cable.
Best premium: See.Sense ACE rear light
Rated at 125 lumen with a running time of 10 lumen hours, the See.Sense ACE rear light is sufficiently bright in a small package of 35 grams. It has built-in sensors that detect traffic and let the light flash brighter and faster when cars are nearby. The See.Sense ACE also knows when you stop and changes into a brake light.
When you connect to your smartphone via the See.Sense app, the ACE alerts you when the battery is low and may also notify emergency contacts if it detects that you have crashed. It will even act as an anti-theft alarm and let you know (if you are in the Bluetooth range) that your bike has been moved.
One of the more interesting functions is that the sensors collect information about road surfaces and dangerous
The ACE is water resistant and contains a series of rubber cords and clip accessories to attach to your bike, backpack or clothing.
Best Premium  See.Sense ACE rear light
The See.Sense ACE rear light works for 10 hours at 125 lumens. The smart technology detects traffic conditions and makes the light flash faster and faster when cars are approaching.
Super-Premium Option No. 1: Garmin Varia RTL510
Approximately what you would pay for a middle class bike computer, the Garmin Varia RTL510 rear light is packed with technology. It features a rear-facing radar that alerts you when a car is approaching behind you. If you pair it with a compatible Garmin or Wahoo computer, the warning will appear on the screen.
Although opponents wonder why you should not just install a $ 10 mirror instead, swear Garmin radar fans. They say it has changed how they feel about cycling on the road.
You receive the first notification when a vehicle enters a range of approximately 150 meters. The device can detect how fast the car is driving and will send you a red warning if it is running at high speed. It also tracks multiple vehicles at the same time and can distinguish between a car and your buddy on the bike behind you.
Despite its price tag, the Varia RTL510 only has a 60-lumen daylight flash, but owners say it is bright enough. You get 15 hours of use before you have to charge it.
Super-Premium Option No. 2: CYCLIQ Fly6 CE HD bicycle camera + rear light
If you want to record close conversations with vehicles so that you can give them to the authorities, the CYCLIQ Fly6 CE HD bike camera + rear light is for you. The 100 lumen output is accompanied by a high definition 1080p camera that also records audio.
You operate the device via a smartphone app that is available for both iOS and Android. You can also share your video & # 39; s via the app.
The camera has image stabilization for smooth image material and & # 39; smart looping & # 39 ;, so you no longer have space on your SD card (not included). However, we recommend that you purchase a high-capacity card so that you don't lose anything that happened at the start of a long drive. The Fly6 even has some cunning technology that locks it if you have an accident, so the video of what happened cannot be recorded.
Incredibly, it records video continuously for seven hours in Camera Only mode and about four and a half with the light on. When the battery is low, CYCLIQ says it will go into "HomeSafe" mode and the light will stay on for up to 30 minutes.
You mount the water-resistant Fly6 with a system similar to a Garmin. It charges in two hours via a USB-C cable.
Regardless of how much you want to spend, if you regularly drive on the sidewalk, you must invest in a bicycle rear light. The sad statistics show that roads are becoming increasingly dangerous for cyclists – mainly because of distracted and carefree drivers.
Everything that makes you more visible and encourages drivers to pay more attention is certainly worth the investment.