Written on: 03/10/2012 by monte_cristo (3 reviews written)
With the nights drawing in cyclists will be rummaging in draws and cupboards to dig out their lights. Many will struggle to even find them or like me, discover that they haven’t survived six months in storage.
Bike lights are of course essential, so off I went surfing on Amazon, Ebay and various bike merchants looking for a combination of value but reliability. I have owned many different lights in the past, normally going for value, and they have invariably let me down.
This time I have gone for Knog Frog Strobe LEDs (Front & Rear). Here’s why:
Powerful beam for a small unit (25 Lumens)
Flexible silicon body
Easy Clipping feature
I got the pair – front and back – for £12.18 from Wheelies on EBay, which is great value considering they can retail at around £20.
Couple of caveats here. For this kind of money you cannot expect perfection. I have read a few reviews elsewhere which highlight the sensitivity of the on/off/change mode button. If you just chuck in your bag, they can go off easily.
Given that they are quite battery intensive, make sure you secure them in a tub or similar, and in any case buy some spare batteries when you get the light (Lithium C2032). You can get a dozen for a couple of quid off Amazon; it will be worth your while.
As stated they are easy to remove….that means by anyone. So if you lock up your bike in public, remember your lights as someone will have them away in seconds. The other reason to remember to remove them is that though they are Water Resistant, they are not Water Proof. There is a difference.
Apart from those little considerations I think that for £12.18, these neat looking Knogs are a bargain. Happy and safe cycling.
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