CycleLights Wheel Light Review

We were approached to do a review on Wheel Lights from the USA, as christmas was on the horizon  we could not refuse!

We love wheel lights here at HCPG, always brings a smile to our faces and makes for a joyful ride out, especially as the evenings are now darker.

The review here is on just two of the different colored wheel lights, the first one red, and the other white.

                                                   Red Cycle Lights by CycleLights
                                                   White Cycle Lights by CycleLights

What is in the box!

Cable ties
Roll of Led Lights and a battery compartment comprising On/Off switch
Small instruction card
The instruction you will find printed on the inside of the box, AA battery's are not included.

                                                              Contents of the box
                                                             LED Roll
                                                          Battery compartment
                                                       Small instruction card
                                             Small instruction card
The main instructions are printed on the inside of the box, to be able to read these, you have to cut the box up! this is not as complicated as it sounds, just follow along the dotted lines cutting with a sharp pair of scissors, this then will allow you to open the box, so as to read the instructions.




                                          Photo here of the inside instruction to come later


First thing to do in the fitting is place the battery's [3AA battery's not included] inside the battery compartment, undo the Velcro strap clip off the two clips and open up the lid, then insert the battery's right way up, and close clip's, I pushed the button to make sure they were working, and was extremely impressed with the light show!
Next was to strap the battery box to the inside of the rear spokes, (as this was the red set, these went on to the rear wheel ) and was then secure with the Velcro strap

                                                          Battery compartment

I made the mistake of fitting the box to the Derailleur side of the wheel, I then had to change this to the brake side of the wheel, as I later found out whilst out on a ride, that the light kept switching itself off,  I then realized, that every now and again the switch would hit the plastic cover of the cogs, and would turn it self off,  after which I moved it to the other side of the wheel, and it worked fine with no switching problems.

Next thing was the wrapping of the lights around the wheel, the easiest way is to have the bike mounted in a bike repair stand, of course if you do not have one, turn your bike upside down that way you can slowly turn the wheel as you feed the wire around the spokes, and the light trunking around the wheel, I kept the wire from the battery compartment tight around the first spoke, as I felt the cable may possibly get snagged if off Roading.

                                                    Lead wire from battery box

                                                   Feeding the LED trunking


 To put the LED trunking in place on the wheel is quite simple.
All you need to do is to simply wind the LED trunking in and out of the spokes, whilst slowly moving the wheel bit by bit, feeding the trunking in and out until you get to the end, then simply hold it tightly in place with a cable tie.  (these are supplied in the box)
Make sure that nothing is hitting the battery box, test this by moving the wheel around, when you think all is well, push the On button and spin the wheels for a great light show!
 Repeat this with the front wheel, which are White Led lights. Fitting time was under 10 minutes, and we found it very simple to do!

 The lights in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL4goz0iMJM

The above video shows where the lights have just been fitted to the bike, for the first test!

                                              Front and Rear CycleLights fitted

This video will give you a rough idea on how good they are, not a very good video, but you will see how good the visual effect can be with the CycleLights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUwI3sAw8m4

Conclusion

The CycleLights are the best wheel lights we have tried, they are easy to fix to your bike wheels, and they come in some great colours, if you are going on any Night rides or you just want to jazz your bike for fun you need to get your hands on these! Great not only for Adults but also great for Children. If your only going to buy one set of Wheel lights make it CycleLights.

Ideal for
Critical mass rides, Last Friday of the month normally, find a ride near you  https://www.facebook.com/groups/425506074234166/

The Dunwich dynamo. July the 4th this year, a 120 mile night ride starting from Hackney in London UK
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DunwichDynamo/10153487179464012/?notif_t=like

Night ride London.
 http://www.nightrider.org.uk/

 Ride The Night (Australia @ridethenight ) Ride the Night: fun starts at 10pm Saturday 31 January 2015. Ride begins at midnight, Sunday 1 February 2015.   http://ridethenight.org.au/

The great news is.... at the moment CycleLights have got a sale on! Find them here on the web at

http://cyclelightsllc.com/

Twitter feed is at  @CycleLights

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CycleLights
So what are you waiting for, get those light fitted to your bike and go and have loads of fun!

This video sums it all up, Have fun with your CycleLights


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68SMCLANbHA

A Great Vide here on the CycleLight bike wheel light

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoo2Q1IzjjY


Foot Note

This is Not  a Paid Advertisement....for Cyclelights

















Salice Cycle Glasses Review


 A real treat is in store for you on the review of cycling glasses by a well established Italian company called "Salice".

When you first see these, you will just know your not just looking at any old pair of cycling glasses, your looking at something special, not only in the way they are designed but also in the manufacture and technology. Even the feel of the frames is enough to convince you these Salice 011 RAD are more than a bit special. The brand name is derived from the family who founded the company, and which the current CEO Anna Salice is the third generation in charge, so they must know a thing or two about sports glasses, they not only produce cycling glasses, but also glasses for skiing, snowboarding, motocross, sailing, canoing and so much more.

                                                        Salice 011 RAD           
                            Excellent glass case, strong and padded, included is a glass cloth.

                                                              Salice 011 RAD

                                                                                            Photos by A.Burns

The specifications for the Salice 011 RAD glasses are very long and technical, if you thought they were just a run of the mill pair of cycling glasses, you would be very wrong!

The arms of the Salice 011 have a slender line, built from Grilamid TR90. "What is that" I hear you say, well here is the Technical Part

Grilamid TR90 grades are transparent thermoplastic polymides based on alipaticc and cycloaliphatic blocks, so that makes Griland TR 90 very clear, gives it a good light in natural colours, it makes it tough, stiff, and has a good chemical and stress resistance, also it has a high flexural fatigue strength, so it makes it a ideal choice for sports glasses.


                                        Megol Rubber inserts.                       Photo A.Burns


 The frame is also fitted with Megol rubber inserts on all of the contact points to ensure comfort and stability, especially when the going gets tough, this works brilliantly, it holds the rims firmly in place on your nose, we tested this on a rough mountain bike ride, and not once did the Salice 011 RAD glasses feel like they were sliding or become uncomfortable, in fact they were so comfortable we forgot we had them on, one of the most comfortable pair of riding glasses we have ever tried! Not only were they good off road but out on the road they were superb! not once did they fog up, even though it was a very cold day and I had a neck scarf pulled up, what usually happens is the glasses I wear get fogged up quickly, but the Salice 011 RAD kept clear all the way through the ride, this is due to the top vents in the lenses, fantastic idea! nothing worse than having to fumble around trying to find a cloth and to keep stopping to clean your glasses at the side of the road or in dark woods !

Lenses
The Salice 011 RAD come with lowlight multilayer mirror Orange coated lenses, which cuts glare and increases contrast, this works very well on a dull day, it brightens up the vision and makes objects seem a lot clearer.
                        
                         
Weight
When everyone seems to be trying to get the lightest bike, the lightest wheels, the lightest clothes etc  these days, the Salice 011 RAD  goes along with that principle, weighing in at a very modest 23 grams!
When you look at other makes and models of cycling glasses on the market, that come in that weight category, you will find you have to pay a lot more for a lot less! but not with the Salice 011 RDA, this is where  the Grilamid TR90 comes in, making them light weight and strong!

How to change the lenses.
It will be a lot clearer if you check out the Salice website regarding the instructions, I had no problems with the interchange,  it was also very handy that they have placed a glass cleaning cloth in the glass case.

 http://www.salice.co.uk/detail/011-black-ita-radium 



Summing up
A great pair of cycling glasses from Salice, strong, light weight, great lenses, good quality glass case and a very good price for a top quality product.
If your looking, or even thinking of buying some new cycling glasses, add these to the top of your  list to try out.


http://www.salice.co.uk/detail/011-black-ita-radium

Stockists  listed here

http://www.merlincycles.com/salice-011-rad-cycling-sunglasses-70321.html

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/salice-011-glasses-with-rw-radium-lens-and-spare-orange-lens/salice-eyewear/bikes-components-bikewear/fcp-product/55048?listing=true

Salice UK Twitter feed @SaliceUK

Salice eye ware UK https://www.facebook.com/SaliceUK







 


















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