As clocks and time-marking digital devices fall back this Sunday, there’s no need to rue the dark. Celebrate it instead with cool and creative bicycle lights and gear to boost visibility and safety on city streets. From a minimalist fixie frame that stores light from the sun (top photo) to multi-taskers like a combination rear light and HD camera (scroll down), innovative options abound.
A couple of quick reminders:
* New York City law requires a white light on the front of your bike, and a red on the rear between dusk and dawn.
* Swap out batteries or charge your lights via USB now so you’re good to go as the days get shorter.
* If you use detachable lights to deter theft, avoid time-sucking searches by keeping them near the door. (I hang mine from the door knob in a small canvas zip bag, along with other cycling essentials like a trouser band.)
* If you’re in the market for a new lights, stop into your neighborhood bike shop for advice on products best suited to your needs and budget.
Top photo: Zulu from the Pure Fix Glow series, $399. Solar-activated paint on the frame of this fixed-gear bicycle delivers an hour plus of night-time glow for an hour of exposure to the sun.
Torch T-1 Bicycle Helmet, $119.99. This futuristic helmet combines head protection with nighttime visibility. Generously sized panels with 10 integrated LEDs and 4 light functions help you be seen from all sides. The Torch delivers 12 hours of battery life and recharges via USB.
Topeak MiniRocket iGlow Bicycle Pump, $24.99. It’s always a good idea to carry a mini pump for quick changes in case of a flat. The bonus here: A transparent barrel with an optical fiber illuminated by a red LED. The pump/light mounts on a seatpost or –stay.
MonkeyLectric Bicycle Light M232, $58. Attach this battery-operated device to your hub and spokes and it projects brilliant patterns of colored light onto your wheel for high visibility at night — your disco ball on wheels.
Zackees Turn Signal Gloves for Cycling, $55. A clickable switch between thumb and index finger activates the extra-bright LED turn signals in these durable, full-featured cycling gloves. Extend your arm in the direction of the turn to alert cars behind you; plant them on the bars to signal oncoming motorists.
Cycliq Fly6[v] HD Camera and Taillight, $139. Surprise! The HD camera built into this taillight continuously captures what’s going on behind you for greater peace of mind on the road — or just to relive ride highlights. It mounts on a seatpost, records for 6 hours and is USB rechargeable.
Photos: Pure Fix. Others, courtesy.