Riding bikes is an excellent way for kids to get exercise, explore, and—as they get older—have some independence. However, bike safety for kids is essential, especially when riding at night. Even kids riding bikes with their parents need high-quality, long-lasting lights for a variety of conditions.
When thinking about bike safety for kids, always start with the correct helmet and the appropriate bike size. Next, it’s time to look into bike lights.
The Three Types of Bike Lights
The first thing to know is that there are primarily three types of bike lights: handlebar lights, tail lights, and helmet lights. Every kid’s bike should have at least handlebar lights and tail lights. While a helmet light is not necessary, it can be an extra level of safety, especially if your kid is riding in the dark or challenging weather conditions like rain or fog.
It’s easy to forget about tail lights, so start with a light for the back of the bike. A bright, high-quality tail light will make sure your kids can be seen from behind, whether they are biking in twilight, fog, or at night.
The Fenix BC05R V2.0 tail light has six different modes, including a variety of speeds of flashing lights and brightness levels. The BC05R has an elevated dome design that creates a 180-degree lighting angle, making your kid’s bike visible from the left, right, and from behind.
The light attaches to the seat post easily with a silicone strap, or you can use the clip to attach the light to a seat bag. This versatile light also has a body clip, so your kid always has a light on them even if they are walking with friends, returning late from school, or running to the store. The light is rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about buying batteries and lasts a maximum of 120 hours.
The next essential piece of bike safety for kids is the handlebar light. When shopping for handlebar lights you want to look for brightness, runtime, and durability. Kids can be rough on their bikes, and you need to make sure their bike light will keep running even if dropped or after a spill.
A lighter-weight option that is very powerful, throwing a max of 1600 lumens, is the Fenix BC26R. This light has a 100-degree wide-angle floodlight, which means your kid can see clearly when turning a corner, with no dark spots. If your child enjoys mountain biking, this light has a high-elastic silicone strap that keeps the light in place. The elevated dome design will alert drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists to the left, right, and ahead of your child.
If you plan to ride with your kid in an area with cars, take a look at the Fenix BC25R. An innovative cut-off line in the light blocks off the top of the light beam so you won’t blind oncoming traffic, which increases bike safety for kids. It has four brightness levels, shining a maximum of 600 lumens at a distance of 348 ft (106 m). You’ll always know how much charge is left with the battery level indicator, so your kid won’t be caught in the dark without a light. This light also can be used as a flashlight, which is great for exploring after a bike ride.
A helmet light can make sure your kid has illumination where they are looking, helping them see around corners and spot any hazards ahead. It’s an extra level of security that increases safety when riding at night or during different types of weather.
If you’d like to add an extra level of safety for your kid, the Fenix BC21R V3.0 can be used as a bicycle handlebar light, a helmet light, and a flashlight. When you add in the Fenix ALD-08 helmet bike light holder, this light can attach to a helmet. Remove the mount, and it can be used as a flashlight. The light throws 1200 lumens at a distance of 466 ft (142 m). The light has a battery indicator and a max runtime of 33 hours. Whether you use it as a handlebar light, a flashlight, or a helmet light, the Fenix BC21R V3.0 is versatile and effective.
Get Peace of Mind with High-Quality Bike Lights for Kids
When you have a high-quality, long-lasting bike light you can be assured your child will always be visible when riding at night. With Fenix bike lights you get useful, powerful features that enhance safety for your kids and give you peace of mind.
Invest in the best lights for your kid, making sure they have a high-quality tail light, handlebar light, and, for extra security, a helmet light. Bike safety for kids is of utmost importance to keep them safe on the roads, sidewalks, and trails. Check out all of Fenix’s bike lights here.