Forward Lighting

By the beginning of November, the nights are well and truly drawn in and I was determined to keep riding my faithful Swifty Zero, despite the lack of daylight. However, scooting away from the well-lit streets and footpaths of my home town and out into the forbidding  countryside was not quite so easy. What I needed was some decent lights.

Actually, I already had decent lights, a pair of Hope Vision 2 led lights that I bought some years ago for cycling and never really used, having upgraded to a pair of Magicshine MJ-872 lights. Both sets of lights were actually more than adequate for kick scooter use but are lumbered with large external battery packs. I really wanted something smaller and neater for the Swifty Zero, something more self-contained.

As usual, research on the Internet came up with plenty of options but I eventually settled for a pair of Knog Blinder Road 400 lights, small and compact with rechargeable batteries built-in. Measuring only 53 x 30 x 75 mm, they fitted neatly onto the handlebars and offer a range of brightness settings along with strobe or steady modes. The output was less than the Hope (480 lumens) or Magicshine lights (1600 lumens), with only 400 lumens stated but again, at low scooting speeds this would not be an issue.

Out in the field, the lower brightness settings provide plenty of illumination, even in pitch dark woodland trails and the strobe mode is ideal when scooting at lower speeds along urban footpaths and trails. For faster trails, I would recommend some of the brighter setting for additional light output. Run times are between 2 and 9 hours depending on brightness and modes selected.

I use them on both the Swifty Zero and the Swifty Air, only requiring some duct tape to pad out the smaller diameter handlebars on the Swifty Air to get secure mounting points. A few wraps of black duct tape on the handlebars is much simpler than trying to change the rubber straps provided with the light units.

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