If you love night riding, you must know how important it is to install a bike light. Moreover, in many places, a bike light is strictly required to have. Every cyclist must have an idea on how to install bike lights.
Most of the time, you will need to install it yourself. So, make sure you know it. Well, if you don't, then no problem. The steps are very easy. Once you learn it, you will be able to install any bike light. Make sure that you go through this article.
How to Install Bike Lights?
First, decide on the placement:
It would be best if you decided where you would place the lights. For this, you can take the advice of an experienced person. You must understand the value of putting lights on your bike. Know different places where you can install a light.
Places like—front and back of your bicycle, including racks, seat packs, helmets, racks, your backpack, or belt; you can install your bike lights. Many mount options are depending on your style of riding.
If you ask us, we would recommend you mount lights on both the front and back of your bicycle. This way, you will have maximum visibility during night driving. You might consider other mounting parts to be optional, but make sure you install a light on both the front and rear parts.
While installing a bike light, you must keep in mind that it is not only for you to see the roads or surroundings but also for the people of bikers behind or around you. Other cyclists or pedestrians should see you. You must consider the angle for this. So that everybody can see you but also your light doesn't disturb others.
Decide on the exact location to mount your bike lights. Now, location somewhat depends on the model of bike light you have purchased. Some models are designed for a specific position on your bike.
When you are attaching a light to the front, you must opt for the handlebar's center, if possible. You might need to lower it down because of the space taken by other tools such as a reflector. As we said before, you must prioritize angle adjustment during installing a light.
On the other hand, you merely have an option to install a light on the rear part. Cyclists attach the light right below the seat.
Now, many bike lights come with a battery pack already installed in it. You don't need to spend time on installing batteries in these cases. However, some bike lights don't come with already installed batteries.
In this case, you will see there is a chamber in your light for installing the batteries. You have to open that battery case. You can use a screwdriver, or in some cases where screwdrivers are not an option, you can use a coin.
Inside, you will see a space to install the batteries; insert the batteries. Then shut the battery case with whatever mechanism it needs. Now, you are done with battery installation.
The attachment procedure depends on the type of bike light you are using. In most cases, attaching a bike light involves tightening a clip until it is completely fit.
While attaching some lights, you will need to attach the chamber, which will hold the light. You can loosen up the whole assembly using a screwdriver and take the whole assembly apart. Then position it to the location.
Now, you can slide down the clip of your light into the compartment. You will know it is attached when you hear the snap. When it is positioned vertically, tighten the tool with whatever mechanism needed.
However, some bike lights come with the compartment attached to it. You need to remove the screw and position it. Then you re-engage the screw.
Imagine you installed your bike light and went for a ride at night. When needed, you opt for the bike light and alas! Your bike light isn’t working! Or not giving you the amount of light you need or direction you want. You had to face the situation because you didn’t adjust your bike lights.
The reason why we install a bike light is pretty apparent. We need to see our surroundings while biking at night. Now, if we don't get the result in the necessity, then what's the use of it?
So, adjustment is a necessary step that you need to follow. Most of the bike lights allow you to adjust them. You can move it up and down when needed.
You must adjust the directions of your bike lights after you turn on the light. This way, you will get satisfactory results from your bike lights.
Now that you learned how to install bike lights, we hope you will practically implement it. Well, before installing a bike light comes the question of light types.
You must understand your bike type, then decide on the light type. There are different models of bike lights offering different features to you. You must learn first which features you require, or your bike allows. Compare the pros and cons of different bike lights. Then decide and purchase.
Another thing to consider is what the locations you want your bike light to be installed are? We put more priority on the front and rear lights, but you should consider other places too. Like at night, while riding, having a light on your helmet becomes very useful.
Like this, you should think about other places. Well, purchase one only if you need one—otherwise, no need to spend the money on something you don't find necessary. Most importantly, use bike lights correctly and ride safely.