How To Ride Your Bike At Night – Guide To Lighting + Reflective Clothing

How To Ride Your Bike At Night – Guide To Lighting + Reflective Clothing

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Riding at night or in the dark opens up a whole new world of cycling experiences. Here’s our guide to lighting and reflective clothing.
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Being seen, seeing, and staying safe when you’re cycling in the dark are all quite difficult subjects and – depending where you live – you’ll be subject to local laws regarding minimum requirements and what lights you can and can’t use.

So, instead of putting together a hefty legal guide to riding at night, what we wanted to do was share some common sense advice that can open up the world of riding at night; lighting to be seen, lighting to see, and, reflective clothing, will all help you to stay visible out on the roads.

Why did we want to put together a night riding video? Well, we reckon that, for most of us, the evenings and early mornings are when we can ride. As we get in to winter, this means that we’ll be riding in the dark. Plus, night riding brings another factor to your favourite roads and trails; you’ll see a side to them that you might miss in broad in daylight.

Do you regularly ride at night? Let us know down in the comments.

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  1. Jackie Martinez on July 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Hi 👋 what do you think about the mirror glasses? I bought a mirror to put on the handle bars and it was no help… lol

  2. Anthony Falzon on July 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    what is the jacket simon is wearing?

  3. lacucaracha111111 on July 3, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    good is when you can solder electronics together and you create a 1200 lumens monster light XD

  4. Jackie Martinez on July 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I love to ride at night! lol I was told not to.. however there are no cars 🚗 it’s awesome

  5. Mika Hakinen on July 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I really enjoyed this video!

  6. chris monks on July 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    When i first started cycling, i went for a night ride on a road with no street lights. I got a light for €1.50 in the 2 euro shop. It broke after 10 mins.

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  8. Nova Indra on July 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I like night cycling

  9. terry hollands on July 3, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I just came back from riding in the dark. Knowing my rear light run out of charge was cause for concern.

  10. Rafael Mesquita on July 3, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Any difference between that and daylight biking?

  11. Rusty Shackleford on July 3, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    i get hibeams flashed at me with a shark300 cycling light. it’s like a projection headlight w a good light cutoff but dickheads in cars don’t like bikes w bright white lights.

  12. FoCoMoFlo Gaming/Vlogs/Hip Hop on July 3, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    So the way I’m going to do biking by night is with a 200 lumen headlamp.

  13. Neil Carr on July 3, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    some light is better than nothing but essentialy each cyclist is responsible for his or her safety it is not the responsibility of other road users to avoid you if you do not have lights.I ride a motorbike and drive a car and now taking delivery of a BMC bike.But the law and law enforcement in the uk is derisory as i see cyclist’s who think a HI/Viz is a substitute for light’s i’ve nearly knocked over a few along with my wife and they just give the finger when challenged.when I get my bmc bike it’s getting cat eye volt 800 and cat eye rear too.

  14. flxgreen on July 3, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Song at 6:33 please.

  15. Onature Shenzhen on July 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Helmet light is a good advice.

  16. beltdrive cliff on July 3, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    You guys forgot to mention the UK Legal requirement for Rear reflector – this is required. It must be coloured red and marked as complying with BS6102/2 (or equivalent).
    And also.
    Pedal reflectors – these must be amber in colour, marked as meeting BS6102/2 (or equivalent) and positioned so that one is visible to the front and another to the rear of each pedal.

  17. Anne C on July 3, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Glad you mentioned dimming the light in traffic. Blinding a driver is a great way to get hit.

  18. Joseph Smith on July 3, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Nice video guys and informative too.

  19. oliver hill on July 3, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    what is the best way to stop yourself being blind from car head lights

  20. Elibeth Immel Zamora on July 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I commute a lot early morning and late evenings, so I make sure I have a good light; niterider, I love it.

  21. Ufuk Ercan on July 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    even some cars do not have that much light

  22. Ronni Petersson on July 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    i use magicshine 3200 lumen light.

  23. TheAylesburyCyclist on July 3, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Sponsored by Lezyne…?

  24. William the butchers son productions on July 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I just remembered that this was made pre GMBN

  25. Michael Harrison on July 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Good video again guys 🤘 I use exposure front and back..just a thought..I don’t think its a law in uk because of the number of idiots I go past without lights on their bikes. And the police just drive past them..personally I think they should start fining people without lights 🤘😂

  26. MC_P_123 on July 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I know how much safer it feels to have lightning-strobe-flash pattern lights on every angle of you bike but please remeber that that can be very distracting to everyone else and possibly blinding if pointing 90 degrees or upwards

  27. Pistanbroke on July 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    i just light myself on fire… good for very short rides. if i have to go further i light my house on fire and drag it behind me.

  28. David Kings on July 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    If anyone is interested, I just purchased a Proviz 360+ and it ‘s an AMAZING jacket for nighttime riding. My commute takes me through the middle of nowhere for quite a few miles and while riding home tonight, this big bloody pickup pulls alongside and the window winds down. I’m thinking "oh crap, I’m miles from nowhere, what the hell is happening!" The driver calls out and tells me the jacket is brilliant, he could see me incredibly well not only from the back but from the side as well as he turned on to the rode". Needless to say I was slightly relieved.

  29. sherwin salvatori on July 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Copy cats those twin lights is my idea from the a320

  30. chanith peduruarachchi on July 3, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Very informative and very helpful.trying to start the the night cycling

  31. mike x on July 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    if its icy at late night on nights when you see alot of ice on parked cars its best not to ride

  32. TheBlack N on July 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I am just a guy 18 year old going to college my schedule is from 5 PM end to 9 PM. just watching this to do not get killed on the road.

  33. Norris Mihai on July 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Is it legal to ride in parallel with someone on the road? (If yes, in any state?)

  34. Maxthomas Clarke on July 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Are bike reflectors useful? Front rear and weel

  35. Dragon Warhammer on July 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I had someone today when i was riding my bike. It was about 4:10 so it was still pretty light, id stopped in front of a parket car right to the very edge of the road let a few cars go past me and some chap stopped lowered his window and complaned about me not having lights on? Even though you could easily see everything without them. Is there a set light level where you should turn your lights on or was it him having bad eyesight and being a prick?

  36. Peaceful view Background on July 3, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hi just got my new bike thank you for everything

  37. iashrai on July 3, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Is it safe for women to ride alone at night? I mean from 7 to 10 pm, around that time.

  38. TheCoomer on July 3, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    You get shouted at when it’s 5000 lumens…

  39. FoCoMoFlo Gaming/Vlogs/Hip Hop on July 3, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    So I’m going on an early morning bike ride in Colorado. I’m really excited, I have in fact a 200 Lumen LED headlamp, and yesterday I purchased an Excel C buy flights which I imagine is almost a hundred lumens

  40. justmadeit2 on July 3, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I would imagine that the rear light would be the more important one. Ok, both are important, but its likely to be a car from behind hitting you as you are able to see whats ahead of you

  41. Bubacat 1 on July 3, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    something wrong with you guys and your advice !not all bike riders have deep pockets or sponcers

  42. Douglas McDowell on July 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Anything on the effects of strobe lighting?

  43. Robert Hogue on July 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I love to ride at night under a full moon. I sometimes turn off my headlight(on a road or trail without any cars) and it is a surreal experience!

  44. Mark Doney-Mccloud on July 3, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Work colleagues : "Are you mad, cycling home after an 8 hour shift?" Me : " Well as long as my brakes are okay, I get no punctures and there’s no morons out I’m fine", in fact I enjoy it in the cooler weather if it’s not raining after the night in the warehouse – it clears the mind and the cobwebs allowing me to sleep soundly. I also plan new bike rides and possible YT content for my channel for the future. I bought 3 light sets, 2 cheap ones and one fancy usb charging jobs. Well, £3 light pack won out, brighter, better definition, fixtures and the point that if I’m daft and don’t remember to take them off if i need to pop into Asda on the way and get them nicked it was £3 and not £12. I keep spares in my bag. Plus I get an extra 30 – 65 km every shift which includes at least 3 hills, i’m in the Pennines.

  45. Kian Siong on July 3, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    It looks lile a headlamp from a car

  46. hygtfrde vgdsehy on July 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Bugs bugs bugs. Face mask or deer Hunter bug net over hat with brim is the best. I loathe restricted breathing. Never trust a drunk driver. Pull over get off the road. Night is the best for calm cool weather all summer long.

  47. Nathan Jimenez on July 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I always wondered why it felt like i rode faster at night i thought i was the only one

  48. Al Re on July 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    You look like unidentified floating objects

  49. Harminder Singh on July 3, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Hi I have a quick question, I was reading that UK bike law states you need to have reflectors on your pedals and 1 rear reflector..Don’t really see allot of people with these. Do/Should I do do this – I mean I have bike lights front and back. Don’t have no pedal reflectors either.

  50. Phil Cam on July 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Is it a written or unwritten rule about no f

    lashing light use during a group ride?