It’s Spring! How do I know this? It’s not because of the birds chirping. Not because I see flocks of geese flying northward. Not even because we set our clocks ahead a couple weeks ago. The real sign of spring for me? Kids riding their bikes in the neighborhood. That means it is just warm enough to thaw us from this overly-long winter weather we’ve had this year.
In the past we’ve always ridden with the girls or allowed them to explore the neighborhood a little bit during the day. With the sun still setting a bit early, but the weather warming, they recently had to cut their riding short due to low light. Here in Iowa all bicycles must be equipped with bike lights if they are riding in inclement weather or low-light situations per statute. Our oldest is 11 and we felt that since she has proven to be trustworthy and prompt, we could trust her to ride at dusk as long as she was careful. So…a light was needed.
The folks at Bright Cycle had sent us one of their new Falcon bicycle lights during the winter. There it sat in its box for months awaiting warmer weather. That time was now here. Bright Cycle is new to us, but after opening the box and seeing this:
I just knew we were in good hands. When’s the last time you saw a warranty like this? I have to believe they’re sincere about being an ethical and upstanding company with a guarantee this strong. Remember, they even sent us their bike light in the WINTER knowing it would be months until we could get a chance to use it – now that’s trust!
This is no ordinary bike light, it’s a full-on blind-you-if-you-stare-into-it rechargeable lithium-ion flashlight on a mount. Everything you need is included, even an extra AAA battery adapter for when you don’t have time to recharge!
Mounting took all of 5 minutes and I needed no tools at all. The base swivels, allowing you to mount it on either a parallel or perpendicular bar and still have it facing the right direction. The lens of the bike light is also adjustable, allowing you to adjust the beam shape from a wide flood light to a tight spot light. You can make this adjustment on the fly while you ride to accommodate changing environments and situations.
Did I mention that this thing is bright? Fortunately you can adjust the brightness by cycling through the power button for high/medium/low as well as a strobe and SOS mode.
So what’s the downside? It is large on a bike, but fortunately is both shockproof and waterproof. You can remove the light from the holder if you need to use it as a flashlight. That’s the area of worry for me; since it is removable (and large), it might be attractive for someone to pocket if you leave your bike parked. I would suggest removing it from the mount if you’re going to leave it unattended. A small inconvenience for having a well-built product.
Currently available on Amazon for around $40 and a much better deal than those $20 plastic non-rechargeable brands you’ll find at your local discount store. Your family is worth it.
Do you bike? At night? What are your favorite add-ons for your bike?