The recent weather is a reminder of what winters used to be like. And who knows, we may have more days where visibility is seriously reduced over the next few months.

Although there is no legal requirement to have lights during the day (basically between sunrise & sunset) it’s just plain common sense that having lights improves your visibility: it makes you stand out, brings you to the attention of other road users & allows them to pick you out from a greater distance which should assist with their decision making.

Equally Wheel Easy has no rules stipulating that your bicycle should be fitted with lights (or mudguards come to that) to take part in rides. As a club, we like to be “light on rules” (no pun intended) and instead promote good practice.

If you don’t have any lights, then perhaps consider adding them to your Christmas list or purchase in the New Year sales. Like all things, lights are sold to fit different budgets but do consider the quality that you are getting – being seen from a greater distance might be worth paying for. Flashing lights (both front & rear) work well & add to the “run time” for lights. Indeed, studies suggest that flashing lights may be detected up to 3 times the distance of a steady light working on the basis that a changing stimulus is detected easier by the eye/brain. Rechargeable lights are favoured by many.

There are a number of guides on the web that can assist with your purchasing decision; for example Bike Radar’s 2022 list of budget lights or visit your local bike shop for advice.

If you do have lights, then this is the time of year to make sure they are fitted and durable.

It’s easy to test their “run time”. Charge fully & then simply leave switched on in the mode that you use on the road. Set your alarm for an hour & then check and repeat etcetera.

[Editors note: Between sunset & sunrise your bike must be fitted with lights if you want to ride on the road. For a full (and interesting) explanation go to https://www.cyclinguk.org/lighting-regulations]