Road safety is an important concern on today’s busy streets, and Cycl have come up with a neat accessory to make your intentions clearer when approaching a left or right turn. Their solution is called the “Winglights”, a pair of simple orange push-button lights that fix into the ends of your handlebars.
The Cycl Winglights have two important safety considerations. They give other road users a clear indication that you are intending to turn, and at the same time let you keep your hands safely on the handlebars. They are designed to plug into the ends of the handlebars, so on straight bars it is quite easy to push the indicator button when you need to. The button is a push-button sort located at the end of the unit, and it has a positive clicky action; all you need to do is push it with a single finger! The lights are nice and visible, but bear in mind that your total bar width will increase by a couple of inches (around 50mm). The Winglights don’t work quite so well for drop bars, however: the light will not be anywhere near as visible to people behind you, and you’ll have to reach a long way down (away from your gears and brakes) to hit the button.
After pushing the button, the light will flash once a second and will turn off when you hit the button again – or automatically after around 45 seconds. Each light is powered by just a pair of CR-2032 button cells, which aren’t rechargeable, but the manufacturer estimates 2000 uses before they’ll need replacing.
The Cycl Winglights can be unscrewed quite quickly from the handlebars, so if you are worried about the lights being stolen, there is a magnetic version available. One part fixes into the bar end as usual, and the light clamps to it magnetically. The magnet is very strong, so should stay in place for all road riding conditions.
The lights appear to be quite tough, with a weighty alloy body that screws securely together to hold the orange 360° lens firmly in place. However, the prominent position of the lights means that they are vulnerable if you do have the misfortune of a tumble or if you ride too close to a wall or gate-post. The magnetic version may get knocked off and not get damaged, but the fixed version could well be wrecked by that.
- Convenient for straight bars; hard to reach for drop bars
- Straightforward to install
- Stops flashing after around 20 flashes
- Bright orange light
- Uses two non-rechargeable CR-2032 batteries in each light, but expect a lot of use
A compact and simple safety solution for the urban rider and at a reasonable price, but may be prone to getting knocked and damaged.