US brand Light & Motion were at iceBike, the in-house expo of bike and accessories distributor Madison, showing three new lights that we reckon are going to be big in the road market.
First of all there’s a new self-contained front light called the Urban 150. It’s designed for city riding and it has a 150 lumen output – the clue’s in the name, see. As well as a bright, focussed beam, it comes with little side windows to make sure you’re seen by traffic running next to you and as you pass junctions.
It’s pretty small too – about the size of a little Pritt Stik, we’re saying (it's a well known international unit of measurement), and it’s USB rechargeable. This is the proto type version. The real thing will be available from August, probably at £100.
The Urban 250 is, you won’t be surprised to hear, very similar except – you guessed it – the output is 250 lumens. This one will set you back £130.
The final new model is the Solite 150. Like the Urban 150, it’s a front light with a USB rechargeable li-ion battery and it’s 150 lumens. Oh, and you get side visibility thanks to little windows in the lamp on too. But it’s actually a very different light.
For a start, the battery unit is separate, and you get a titchy, tiny head unit with a whole bunch of different mounting modes. It fits to a band you wear around your bike helmet (with the battery at the back), above the bars, or on a little bracket that fits in front of your stem’s front plate. The battery straps easily to the stem or top tube.
Oh, and you can fit the head unit to the battery too, so you can use it as a torch or a little lamp for camping, say. Or whatever else you like – once you've paid for it, it's up to you. Fill yer boots.
The Solite 150 will cost £150 – so that’s nice and easy to remember – and it’ll be available from May.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.