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Published on May 14th, 2014 | by Greg


NiteRider Lumina 700: Solid, Rechargeable Bike Light

Smaller, lighter, brighter. Those are the catchwords that lie behind modern cycling light solutions. There are now helmet-mounted options that offer front and rear protection like one we checked out a while ago, and a much wider array of options than a few years ago. LEDs have come a long way, as have batteries, and now you can choose from self-contained models like today’s piece of gear or opt for external, larger battery packs meant for marathon trips.

But for most commuters, they’ll only need a light for a couple of hours at a time. The NiteRider Lumina 700 Headlight attaches easily and solidly to most any bicycle’s handlebars, and offers about 90 minutes of run-time at the brightest setting- 700 lumens, as you might expect from the name. There are several other options though, each of which boosts the runtime significantly. At 350 lumens, you’ll get double the lithium ion’s battery life, and there are settings for 200 and 40 lumens as well.

Weighing in at only 172 grams, it’s nonetheless a well-built light, and at the highest setting, enough to guarantee visibility from a wide angle and a great distance. It’s practically a spot light, only it illuminates the road in front of you as well as ensures oncoming traffic won’t miss you. Granted, you should still have at least one other lighting option- perhaps one with red indicators on the rear of your bike. But this one can flash for extra pop if you need to attract extra attention, in case of an emergency for example.

The light is safe to use in inclement weather as well, as you’d hope from any bike light. And it comes with a cute feature we don’t see very often, the ability to lock it off, so it doesn’t come on when thrown in a bag, draining the battery. Granted, you can find cheaper bike lights out there, but this one comes with a promise of reliability, durability, and ease of use- it pops off in a moment but never budges once installed even on bumpy trails, and you can charge via USB or wall plugs with an adapter. Available now for around $90 online, it’s a great addition to any cyclist’s safety setup for Spring riding.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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