These CNCed bar plugs from Like-Bikes feature red LEDs for additional visibility in the dark and low light conditions and they work well.
Each light is held in place with a rubber expander in the middle. You twist the business end of the light so the expander is the right diameter, push it in place and that's job done. It takes seconds and holds secure.
Operation could hardly be easier. You press the cap and the two LEDs inside glow steady. Press again and they flash. Press a third time to turn them off. Simple.
The lit area is just 1.5cm across and the cap is a translucent cover rather than a lens, but these are still surprisingly noticeable. They're nowhere near as bright as a rear light -and you certainly wouldn't run these instead of a rear light, of course - but they're a useful extra.
If you fit these to a flat handlebar, you obviously add to your visibility from the side, which is particularly useful at junctions and around town. You do need to be careful when leaning your bike up against a wall, though, because the plastic cover which stands proud of the alloy surround isn't the toughest ever.
I've been using them on drop bars so they face backwards but they're barely ever in your field of vision when you're looking ahead. They're certainly not off-putting. Sometimes you obscure the visibility of the lights to traffic behind with your body but that's not a problem as long as you're treating these as an added bonus and not relying on them to get you seen.
Each light runs on two AG10 (389) batteries. The intensity started to dim after 16hrs in constant mode and I'd say the amount of light was useful for 20hrs. Replacement batteries are cheap. I found 10 for £1.50 online without looking too hard. Spend more on some half-decent ones and they'll last longer.
We did wonder whether rain would get inside because there's no sealing on the threads, but that didn't happen. We put them in the shower for an hour and a tiny amount of water got in but they carried on regardless - and bear in mind that the thread gets additional protection from your handlebar once fitted anyway. You might want to squeeze some silicone grease on there just to be on the safe side, or use some PTFE tape. Grease would make unscrewing the caps easier when it's time to change the batteries too; it can be tricky if you've done them up tight.
Although these are branded Gub, a Like-Bikes branded version is on the way.
Good-quality LED plugs for both drop and flat bars, providing useful additional visibility
road.cc test report
Make and model: Like-Bikes LED Handlebar End Safety Lights
Size tested: Black/Silver
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The distributor says, "One of the greatest bike safety inventions!
Easy install - Simply push these little lights in to the end of your handlebars. They sit flush.
Black CNC with red light (static and flashing).
Ideal for commuters, children and anyone else riding at night or in low light conditions."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
They're CNCed aluminium.
Not quite waterproof, but certainly highly water resistant. Getting the cap off to change the batteries can be a bit tricky if it's screwed down tight.
These provide useful additional visibility.
They're CNCed and should last a while. The plastic cap material isn't the toughest ever so you might need to be careful if you lean flat bars against walls.
They're cheap given the additional safety they provide.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They do their job very well
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
They provide additional safety and they're decent quality; they don't look cheap 'n' nasty.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Getting them open can be tricky if you tighten the cap down hard.
Did you enjoy using the product? 'Enjoy' would be strong, but they work well
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, for flat bar urban riders in particular
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.