Bike Light Set Up Hacks | How To Mount Bicycle Lights

Bike Light Set Up Hacks | How To Mount Bicycle Lights

We get asked a lot about the bike lights we use here at GCN whilst cycling, so Chris talks through his lighting setup and shares his advice for mounting and using both front and rear lights on your road bike. Useful both during the day and for night riding, lights are not only help you see but are an important safety feature on the road.

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50 Comments

  1. Random Person on October 3, 2020 at 3:39 am

    I see Fabric launched Lumaray v2 light it mount perfectly with wahoo. Anyone got that light yet?



  2. Albert Booth on October 3, 2020 at 3:45 am

    I like informational shows but could you show the segment On recumbent trike’s maintenance stuff that nature



  3. Peter Brown on October 3, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Great video and I have always gone over the op with lighting on my bike to see and be seen with. I’m British but currently living and working in NLD and whilst they have great cycle lanes and I feel very safe I do find it maddening that Dutch cyclists are, mostly, total stealth at night with little if any lights plus dark clothing. A real nightmare both as a cyclist trying to avoid other people but also when in the car or on foot. So to all the charming and courteous Dutch people here please, please invest in some lights for your own safety. Moreover if you ever go to UK and are not lit up like a Christmas tree you will end up very dead because the cycle lanes and respect for cyclists is not as well developed there.



  4. Steve M. on October 3, 2020 at 3:47 am

    I ride with a Bontrager ‘Flare’ tail-light and a Topeak under seat bag. The quick release for the light is permanently screwed to the bag, and the bag’s quick release bracket is epoxied to the bottom of the saddle. Both can be removed quickly and there are no rubber bands to break or lose on the road.



  5. Luc Els on October 3, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Good old Chris!



  6. Ill Phil on October 3, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Lupine FTW! 👍



  7. Marco Schauseil on October 3, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Top video and great tips. But in Germany no flashing lights may be used on official roads.



  8. Stephen Danby on October 3, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Why dose my front light interfere with my element bolt.



  9. Malcolm Torrance on October 3, 2020 at 3:51 am

    I use the Bontrager blender stem, this allows me to mount a garmin GPS on top with a go pro type mount underneath. The Garmin UT800 mounts on the go pro type mount.
    On the rear I run a varia radar. This radar show traffic coming up behind on the head unit. I also have two varia smart rear lights that can attach to the seat stays. These unit as well as being red lights can be used as indicators and if you slow down quickly will get brighter and act as a brake light.



  10. Jonathan Evans on October 3, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Great video, thank you for answering our questions about this Chris and GCN.



  11. Wo Ko on October 3, 2020 at 3:55 am

    I wrap my lights in the middle of the hubs. White on the front hub, red on the rear. When the wheels turn, the resulting flashes draw attention in road traffic, but do not blind or disturb anyone.
    BE CAREFUL, STAY AT Home! 🇦🇹



  12. Sweet Candy Suga Army on October 3, 2020 at 3:57 am

    I came here to watch Thor tell us about bicycle lights. 🔨



  13. Kris Jones on October 3, 2020 at 3:58 am

    I like mounting my front light below the bars so the bars block any glare from the edge of the light that might hit my eyes.

    I uaually have a pannier rack on the back of my bike, and I think it looks really smart having the rear light mounted on the underside of the rack.



  14. 1xXNimrodXx1 on October 3, 2020 at 3:59 am

    since you mentioned topeak I now use the whitelite 500 mounted to the go pro mount of my garmin mount for side visibility I have 2 little clip on lights cliped into rubber/velcro straps on my upper arm they can be used on blinking mode even in germany because its not attached to the bike so I use an aditional blinking light on my helmet

    I mainly ride in the dark and i can say the blinking red light on the helmet made a huge difference – cars outside of the city spot me way earlier and pass me with more distance



  15. Helen Wilkie on October 3, 2020 at 3:59 am

    I want to start running two lights, one blinking, one constant, for my commute. I swear drivers look around so quickly they often only look in my direction while the blink isn’t on. Over the winter I seem to have near misses almost every ride despite all my lights and reflective jacket.



  16. 10pound on October 3, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Best of luck on your return to competition Chris!



  17. Steve DeHaart on October 3, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Chris – nice overview on your light setup (I too was curious what light you had up front), and the overall information on a good light setup for daytime and night time. Cheers!



  18. Johan Myburgh on October 3, 2020 at 4:02 am

    I am reluctant to place a light a l.e. hard object on my helmet as it my impede the crash safety function of the helmet. It will be good if some testing of this concern can be conducted. Thanks Johan



  19. Will Morgan on October 3, 2020 at 4:04 am

    I bought a Wahoo/GoPro combi mount for my bike and then a Cateye to GoPro adapter which allows me to mount my Cateye volt underneath my Wahoo. I also managed to angle the light so as to not blind others while providing good light for myself, nipping up the bolt means it doesn’t move from this position.



  20. Gianmarco 77 on October 3, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Nice video! Here is my review of the Bontrager FLARE RT https://youtu.be/YTfDOaR4Q8U



  21. HuSanNiang on October 3, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Law in Austria — no blinking front light, back light can be blinking. Lights must be attached to the bike and not helmet/clothing/rucksack
    My 3 bike bags have reflectors and my largest one is a bright yellow Shimano one.
    If I came in the darkness or start quite earlier Front Lezyne Micro Drive 500XL back Lecyne Strip Drive
    just to have a set with me Sigma Mono back and front
    Be careful with the light on the helmet , reminder the ski accidents by Michael Schumacher. His severe head injury was also due to the mounted camera which acted like a predetermined breaking point



  22. Robbie on October 3, 2020 at 4:08 am

    I wear one of these for my commuting or anytime I’m not out on the farm roads. Not aero, nor light, but I don’t think there’s a much better way to be visible to drivers.
    https://lumoshelmet.co/pages/matrix



  23. Alex V on October 3, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Hello GCN Tech i have one question because i sracth my new carbon road bike i just touch the bike to the wall and then have scrathes is that bad? Can i repair the scrathes?



  24. Ryan Taylor on October 3, 2020 at 4:12 am

    I use the viria radar. Worth the money.



  25. Mark Farjad on October 3, 2020 at 4:14 am

    GCN Tech Team – I am looking at buying some new Aero Wheels, for these wheels I want to run a11-32 cassette rather than the 11-30 I currently have,. I understand I have to buy a slightly longer chain to accommodate the additional size but in the winter when I want to run my older wheels with the 11-30, do I have to change the chain back? also, what reindexing of gears would have to take place between changes?



  26. SolarizeYourLife on October 3, 2020 at 4:15 am

    None of those lights have built-in reflectors like this one
    Auto On/Off Rechargeable Front 80… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QKKNT3N?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share



  27. Stuart Roberts on October 3, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Add reflective to EVERYTHING https://www.identi-tape.com/iron-on.html



  28. Jason Odam on October 3, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Look up Raceware mounts uk much better



  29. Stuart Russell on October 3, 2020 at 4:17 am

    One low power front light on my lid (100 lumens), variable brightness Lezyne macro drive 1100XL on handlebars in flash during the day, 800 lumens at night. Smart V2.0 on the rear, just under the seat, flashing during the day, mid setting at night high setting in dark & rain. Mudguard on the rear keeps all the crud off the rear light & thus maintains visibility, and helps to increase useful life of the light.



  30. Colin Bosher on October 3, 2020 at 4:18 am

    How do I stop my Topeak LED light interfering with my CATEYE odometer? I have mounted the light & computer as far apart as I could & I even made a stainless steel sheath for the light to try to stop the RF interference. But when the light is on it still stops the speed & distance from working.



  31. DJ Sonic - Scotland - on October 3, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Maybe wear a high-viz vest & mount a front light on the back of your bike, but pointed upwards onto the back of your high-viz?



  32. Ole Wurtz on October 3, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I think lights and being as visible as possible is essential to bike rider survival. I therefore have a couple of questions and comments for you. Your DTR light seems to be pointing slightly up. I always have mine pointing straight out and slightly to the left to get the oncoming drivers attention. What are your thoughts ? Also, I NEVER wear dark or black cycling tops. Always bright colors – again, its about visibility. Finally, you seem to be riding two up on the road. Why not stay in a single file and respect the other drivers on the road ? That kind of riding is part of the reason some drivers hate us. Keep up the good work, thanks …….



  33. Leslie Capobianco on October 3, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Thanks for answering; I was one of the many who pestered you!



  34. Nigel Best on October 3, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I’m wary about attaching lights (or a camera) to my bike helmet, it may seem like a good idea but helmets are designed to spread impact whereas any attached items are going to punch through the structure of the helmet. Some reports have suggested that Michael Schumacher’s brain injury was a direct result of a Go-Pro attracted to his ski helmet …. might be worth considering ?



  35. N B on October 3, 2020 at 4:24 am

    I bought a 100 lumen flashlight at the Dollar Store and used one of those plastic wristbands to fix it onto my handlebars. I also use dollar store LED blinking lights and attached them with zip ties onto my frame. I am extremely visible at night!



  36. DTY01 on October 3, 2020 at 4:25 am

    All good but why are all the front lights that I saw in this video pointing skywards? As it’s coming into winter here is Australia lately I have been dazzled by so many other riders with their lights pointing too high. With new LED lights being such a bright source of light you would be surprised how blinding they can be even from the the other side of the road especially if you throw in some rain. If only bike lights were more like car lights.



  37. Michael C on October 3, 2020 at 4:25 am

    What about the black kit (shorts, helmet, backpack, and most of your jersey),without the jacket, and the vast area of black fabric with the jacket on? Absolutely invisible in most nighttime conditions.

    Additionally, a flashing rear is noticeable, but as a motorist approaches it is actually quite difficult for them to pinpoint the rider. On the water, I understand that the US Coast Guard asks that (if you need to be rescued) along with a strobe light you have a solid bacon so they can spot you and come to your exact location. Same holds true for riding the roads.



  38. GP on October 3, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Helmet lights can be dangerous. Make sure they are actually rated for helmets otherwise in a crash they could do more harm than they prevent.



  39. Willow James on October 3, 2020 at 4:26 am

    I just got myself the eeekit has a horn and siren awesome not bad for 10 bucks walmart.com it said the 19th it will be delivered they delivered it in 3 days sometimes the cheapest stuff is way better I recommend anybody to go shop on eBay walmart.com Amazon stay away from the bike shops they are Crooks world class bikes owner Jay let me down I bought two Fat Tire Bike tires was going to buy two more sets not now he wouldn’t even order my light for me I had to do it myself oh well bad customer service the Midwest hates Massachusetts people down south whatever Kansas City Missouri yuck



  40. 0828daniel on October 3, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Brooo I’ve been trying to find someone who mounts their light under.



  41. akirakingsley on October 3, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Cool place to mount your light underneath the Wahoo, but in the video it seems to be angled towards the sky rather than the road :D.



  42. Steven Booth on October 3, 2020 at 4:30 am

    If you want to get home safe to the kids then why ride two abreast on a major highway in the dark?



  43. Ogollah Fredrick on October 3, 2020 at 4:31 am

    I need a pair of back and front,… How a can i get one pair please?



  44. A Lb on October 3, 2020 at 4:33 am

    You also have reflective stickers that motorcyclist has to put on their helmets in France. I usually buy a kit in a motorbike shop and use scissors to adapt it at the wanted shapes. It allow you to have you own reflective set up on your helmet and its unsual to see, so its attractive for motorist.
    I have a full black ekoi helmets and it shine as a star when you put a car headlight on it.



  45. Jonathan Tatler on October 3, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Pedal reflectors are excellent, they immediately tell people that it’s a bicycle, reflective sidewalls on your tyres again immediately tell other road users what you are.



  46. Scott Sisk on October 3, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Which Bell helmet model is that? Thanks.



  47. Assunta Rosa Gill on October 3, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Def helmet mount, and smart helmets



  48. Michael Howell on October 3, 2020 at 4:38 am

    I have 2 mounted on the right side one flashing and the other low and steady. But not sure what side is best for cycle lights



  49. smitajky on October 3, 2020 at 4:38 am

    We can get along with flashing lights but putting anything on the helmet is a no no. People have been arrested and charged because the police considered that anything on the helmet made it non compliant. Different countries different "legal" problems.



  50. GCN Tech on October 3, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Where do you have your light mounted on your bike?