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TECH NEWS People's Choice: Your favourite rear lights revealed

Your favourite flashers to keep you seen from behind

Being seen on the road is important to you: this People's Choice had the biggest response yet, and a clear winner in an innovative British-made rear light that was only introduced last year. In fact, three of the our top six are UK made. Without further ado, the envelope please.

Bontrager Flare R — £44.99 — 4%



BlodadTand says this light from Trek's components and accessories division is: "Really bright with an excellent daytime mode and USB charge."

>>See the full archive of rear light reviews on

Cateye TL-LD 1100 — £17.99 — 4%

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whizzzz sung the praises of this classic light: "Had one for over ten years now. It's bright, with easy to find or recharge AA batteries and they last weeks between charges on winter commutes. Bright at the back, lights on the side too to help. Easy to use and well built."

VeloCityLight — £49.99 — 6%



edinburghbike: "As well as being one the brightest lights available it also has the speed and brake function which gets you noticed by drivers and cyclists alike. The battery life is awesome and the whole light just makes me feel more distinct."

Read our review of the VeloCityLight

Smart R1 — £8.89 — 8%

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DaveE128 says this light is: "Cheap. Bright. Sensible selection of modes including always on with simultaneous bright flash. Decent mount."

>>Read our buyer's guide to rear lights

Exposure TraceR — £43.99 — 15%



"A brilliant litle light. Well built. British made. Bright & Light." says iUpham.

Read our review of the Exposure TraceR

See.Sense 2.0 — £44.99 — 26%

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Dave Smith comments: "Very noticeable decrease in close passes. Have used one day and night for a year now."

Read our review of the See.Sense 2.0

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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darrylxxx | 89 posts | 7 years ago

I have recently ridden in a club night ride behind several riders that have the See.sense. It's a great bright light, no doubt. But it's a damn nuisance to cycle closely behind - so bright it's hard to see the much else. And the faster flashing as you get close behind (no wheel hugging here!) is very distracting. I now try to make sure I'm not setting off behind one.

IanW1968 | 367 posts | 7 years ago

When I were a lad an ad was an ad with a well spoken person telling me how to get my shirts clean. 


Now its a review or a poll or something. 

PonteD | 327 posts | 7 years ago

Recently took delivery of an Alpkit Tau rear light. Similar to the moon comet, so promptly blinded myself testing it out on highest setting. Can reccomend it at £12 per unit. I'm thinking of getting a few more to fasten to my helmet (they also do white ones as well as red).

KiwiMike | 1596 posts | 7 years ago

WHAAAAAAT? No Lezyne Micro Drive Rear? This is a travesty. An omnishambles of Osbournian proportions. The world's most cost-effective, geniusnessness light, blatantly omitted? 

70 Lumens of fit-anything USB-cable-free chargeability, in a bombproof body. For £20. 

This shall not be allowed to standarghfrothfroth...

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