There’s a staggering array of excellent rear lights to choose from this winter, and with prices starting at about £7 for a good powerful model there really is little excuse to compromise.
At around £40, the Exposure TraceR rear light is by no means the cheapest, but it has a number of attractive features including USB charging, wide angle visibility, 3 levels of brightness and power indicator. Furthermore, the ‘DayBright’ pulse pattern is designed to cut through the distractions of busy roads and visual noise in modern motoring and is visible from over a kilometre away, even in sunlight.
Best of all, we have one to give away. Simply leave us a comment below and we’ll pick a winner next week.
Bicycle rear lights and the law
One is required, to show a red light, positioned centrally or offside, between 350mm and 1500mm from the ground, at or near the rear, aligned towards, and visible from, behind. If capable of emitting a steady light, it must be marked as conforming to BS3648, or BS6102/3, or an equivalent EC standard. If capable of emitting only a flashing light, it must emit at least 4 candela… the light shown by the lamp when flashing shall be displayed not less than 60 nor more than 240 equal times per minute and the intervals between each display of light shall be constant.
Ethical cycle insurance
Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, they devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. No wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be ethical in Britain.