Any bike must include lighting.
Legislation in the Bike Lighting: Bonds
In France, the Highway Code requires cyclists riding at night to be equipped:
- a headlight white or yellow
- a red rear light
- a reflector before white
- a red rear reflector
- reflectors on the pedals
- side reflectors
At night or when visibility is reduced on the roads, the rider should also wear a high visibility vest.
Lighting on the Bike: Where to Put It?
The bike is equipped with lights and reflective elements. The bike is light:
- on the front wheel,
- on the rear wheel.
The reflective elements are:
- on the shelves,
- the cyclist himself.
Bike Lights: Dynamo, Batteries and LED
There are several solutions for the lighting of a bike.
Lighting Dynamo: The Most Common
The generator is a magnet generator that converts the force exerted on the pedals electricity:
- this electricity powers the front and rear lights of the bike,
- a dynamo provides an alternating current on 6 volt, 3 watt, 0.5 amps.
It offers unlimited autonomy, but this autonomy stops when the rider no longer pedal.
To keep some lighting during the downtime, it is possible to install a capacitor.
Note: On the lamp is more powerful than the rear lamp.
There are two types of dynamo:
Lighting bike: select dynamo
|Types of dynamo||Principle||Location|
||Placed on the hub of the front wheel.|
|The bottle dynamo||
||Placed on the rear wheel.|
The lighting Batteries: the Simpler but Limited Autonomy
Dynamos battery does not need bearings with wheels. They can be fixed or mobile.
In mobility, they arise with a hook:
- on the helmet,
- on the handlebar,
- on the rack,
- under the seat.
However, their autonomy is limited.
Bike LED Lighting: in addition
In addition to conventional lighting, it is quite possible to add an LED headlight. It recharges during the day, thanks to the sun.
This lighting, less powerful, provides additional visibility during sunset while waiting to turn a more powerful lamp.
In case of default of the sun, the lamp provides a rechargeable backup battery to an electrical outlet.
Bike Types of Lighting: Comparative
Here is a summary table of the different characteristics of each type of bike lights:
Table of type of lights bike
|battery diode||Simple, effective, offers light continuously.||lighting fee and limited.|
Reflective Elements: Reflectors, Jackets, etc.
A reflective element is an object that landed on the bike or the driver, reflected the lights of headlights or streetlights. There are different types of reflective elements:
- the reflector: mirror reflecting light,
- the reel side reflector,
- the pedal reflector,
- the high visibility vest: the famous “yellow vest”
- reflective clothing,
- reflective armband.
Bike Lights: from 2 €
The lighting for a bike is not what costs the most. We find from € 2:
Motorcycle Chrome Skull LED Turn Signal Lights Dual Dirt …
2017 Giant Trance Advanced 0
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Suzuki SV650 Rally concept
2014 Mongoose Ritual Street Bike
2015 YT Capra Pro Bike
2013 Scott Scale 920 Bike
2014 Transition Bandit 27.5 1 Bike
Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal
100% Peter Sagan Speedtrap Sunglasses
Psycle London, Spinning Class, Body Conditioning & Meditation
Kona Bicycles | Kona Bikes 2018
RockShox Pike RCT3 – 2013 Fork
Shimano R171 SPD-SL road cycling shoe at Mickey Cranks £124.99
Garmin ETrex 20 GPS Unit 2012
Gullon Sugar Free Maria Biscuits
Topeak Headlux Helmet Light
Bicycle Bike MTB Safety Caution Warning Reflector Disc …