My daughter loves to ride her bike, to school, to the park, around the neighborhood, along the coastal trail. Basically anywhere we are willing to take her bike she will ride it. I love that she is getting fresh air and exercise, but want to make sure she stays safe too. She always wears a bike helmet, but there is another piece of bike equipment that is also important for her safety- good bike lights.
When I was a kid I loved to cycle too and my mum always insisted I had lights on my bike. We tried old-fashioned dynamo lights but they made it hard work to pedal, so we settled on Ever Ready front and rear lights. They were big clunky plastic things that had a dim light when they had fresh batteries that got even dimmer as the battery got old. I believe they ran on 2 D-cells which felt like they cost a small fortune to replace, so I kept them going as long as I could between changes.
Luckily, bike lights have come a long way from then, and I found her some great bike lights from K’nog. K’nog is based in Sydney, Australia and makes bike lights, video lights and bells. They have a huge range of bike lights available and I chose the Blinder Mob Kid Grid for her front light and Blinder Mob V Kid Grid for the rear.
Blinder Mob Kid Grid Front Light
The kid grid is square, it has 16 LEDs and puts out a maximum of 80 lumens. It has a wide beam so lights up the whole width of the street, and is bright enough to be visible from 1,200 meters away. It has a stretchy rubber strap to mount it to the handlebars and it can be mounted and unmounted in seconds. At just 4 x 4 cm (approx. 1 1/2″)and weighing 37gm (1 1/2 oz) it is small and light enough to easily carry with you if you are worried about it being stolen from your bike. The light is waterproof so you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged by the rain.
It has a rechargeable LiPo battery, that last 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 hrs depending on which mode it is used in. Ingeniously the USB charging connector is built in to the mounting clip so you don’t even need a charging cable- just plug it directly into a computer USB port or USB charger to charge. To switch it on/off you press and hold the rubber switch and repeatedly pressing it will switch between 5 different modes- 2 different levels of brightness and 3 different flashing modes.
Blinder Mob V Kid Grid
The Blinder Mob V Kid Grid also has 16 LEDs but is rectangular and has the LEDs in a 2 x 8 grid. With the red lens it is a gentler glow than the front light but with a peak of 44 lumens it is still bright enough to be visible from 1,000 meters away. It is approximately 2.5 x 7.5 cm (1″ x 3″) and weighs in at 44gm (under 2oz). It is also fully waterproof and has a similar mounting and charging system to the front light, with a battery life from 2.5-6hrs depending on which of the 5 modes it is used in. It is designed to mount to the seat post, where traditionally a rear reflector is mounted. I could fit it on my daughter’s bike below the reflector as she has the seat post almost fully extended. If you have a child whose seat post is only slightly extended you may need to remove the reflector to mount it and may wish to buy the square version of the rear light (Blinder Mob Kid Grid rather than Blinder Mob V Kid Grid) as it requires less room to mount.
I love these lights – they are small and light yet really bright, waterproof and rechargeable. K’Nog doesn’t just make light for kids- it has a huge range of different styles or rechargeable bike lights for riders of all ages. The Blinder Mob Kid Grid and Blinder Mob V Kid Grid retail for $44.95 and they have other lights starting from $19.95. The full range is available on the K’nog website and K’nog lights are also available in a variety of retailers including REI and Amazon.
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).