Commuting Accessories

USB rechargeable bicycle lights

Lights are an essential part of any cyclists kit, whether you ride for business or pleasure. Set up safely, with white at the front, red at the rear and do a pre-ride battery check before you pedal off.

One development in technology is making things much easier on that front; lights that are rechargeable via a USB port.

They are more efficient, eco-friendly, and considerably less faff – you’ll never need to worry about the battery going flat halfway home leaving you searching high and low for an elusive odd-sized flat battery.

There are a huge range of options both in type and lumens; everything from compact lights for city use through to massive, floodlight-esque off road behemoths. Plus, with options at every price point along the way, there’s no excuse not to light up.

Just pop them off your bike when you arrive at work or home, plug them into your computer, and they can sit there, merrily charging up their battery ready for home time deployment or a post-work night ride.

As a general rule, the more money you fork out, the brighter the light and the longer the battery life, though the latter tapers off again as you get into the really powerful ones.

If you’re not sure where to begin with bike lights, or why you should be using them  – apart from the fact it’s the law! – then check out our beginners guide.


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