More and more people each year are opening themselves up to the sports of biking and mountain biking. People are realizing how economical, exciting and fun biking can be. Some people are now riding their bikes to work or to run errands, kids ride them to school and people of all ages are riding them for fun and exercise. Whether you ride a bike for pure pleasure or transportation, safety should always be your first concern. If you ride primarily during the day, you may not see a need for adding lights to your bicycle. They however, can be an important safety feature on your bike and you may not realize just how important until you need them and don't have them.
One day, though you intend to be home before dusk, you may be delayed and be forced to ride at night. When this day comes, you will be glad that you chose to add lights to your bicycle. If you find yourself biking through a densely forested area they will come in handy as well. Not only will lights help you see where you are going, they will also help motorists to see where you are.
There are a few important things to know when shopping for bicycle lights. The first thing you should have in mind is the price range that you can afford. Bicycle lights can range anywhere from $25 to over $500. While both price points offer a functional light, the less expensive version will be heavier and bulkier. If you ride very infrequently you may be happy with this type. However, if you ride regularly and are fairly passionate about your cycling, you may want to invest in the more expensive variety. This type will be lighter and have a more advanced design. When you go shopping, begin with a sports store or a store that handles bicycling specifically. The sales people there will be able to suggest the best accessories for your specific bike and your specific needs.
Be honest with them about your riding habits so they can make the best suggestion possible. After you have spoken with a sales professional, you may want to do some bargain hunting. You could find lights for your bicycle online for a discounted price. Shipping is often free and you should have your lights within a week or two. Also check the newspaper ads for any specials stores might be running. With our current economy and summer quickly approaching, there may be some great deals available.