It’s that time of year when I start collecting conkers, begin planning my Halloween outfit, the days get shorter, the nights draw in, and I start thinking about how to make myself extra-visible when I’m out on the bike.
As you can imagine, I’ve tried plenty of different lights over the years and in the main I opt for powerful options like Bontrager’s Flare R on the back ( I like that I can control it using my Garmin 1030) and up front a Lezyne Superdrive XXL or a Cateye Volt – whichever one’s charged. However, I also like to supplement these with additional lights – especially in daylight – but low visibility – conditions such as fog or heavy rain.
So, over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out Knog’s Plus twin pack. At £31.99 for two lights its a pretty decent value package, offering up to 40 hours run time (flashing), 20 lumens at the rear and 40 lumens up front. With 5 modes split between different flashing patterns and solid, these do make quite an impact despite their small size.
I really like the neat magnetic cradle which holds them either horizontally or vertically, and they easily attach to your bike with a couple of stretchy rubber rings. When detached from these mounts you can clip them onto your clothes, like you would a Bic pen top. The clip’s end also doubles up as the USB for charging. (I’m not sure of the out-and-out run times, but I tend to stick them on charge once a week).
These little marvels are minimal, simple to use, smartly designed, and at a pretty decent price I can see these getting plenty more use over the winter too.
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