Cycl WingLights Bicycle Indicators
April 26th, 2017
April 26th, 2017
Anna is a jack-of-all-bikes, and has been riding and racing in a myriad of genres for over seven years; from World Cup level cross-country, to grass roots coaching kids on the road.
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WingLights, by Cycl, were discovered on Dragon's Den, and can now be found in plenty of bicycle stores, as well as in gadget shops like Menkind. At a price ranging from £26.99 to £37.99 they're actually pretty affordable in comparison to a set of good quality front and rear bicycle lights, so I must admit, I half expected these to be a cheap, plasticy gadget that would shortly fall apart after a week of city riding. I was wrong. I have a set of Fixed WingLights, which means that you can insert the main construction into the ends of your bars and then attach and remove the light section via magnet, presumably to avoid theft. The main body is very well made from CNC machined aluminium, in anodised black, and they feel nice in the hands. The magnet that holds the lights to the ends of your bars is very substantial. So much so that I couldn't place the two lights near each other on a table without them locking up like star-crossed lovers. Lithium button batteries are included, but they will take rechargeable ones too, and the whole set weighs about as much as a chocolate bar (a 125g bar to be precise).
I don't want to get into the debate about whether we need indicators or not, because at the end of the day, it's debatable depending on where you're riding and when, but it's certainly not going to hinder you. The WingLights are easy to operate, and I was even able to press the button on the end with my little finger. The shape of the light, having a slight point to them, which means you soon get to know where the button is without looking. During the day, the light is pretty bright, but I must say, I will always signal with my arm and look directly at a driver's eyes before I pull out in front of them. Yes the indicator is visible in the day, but as they are still not widely used on bicycles, a driver may be unlikely to look out for this indication. During the night, however, this is where the WingLights really come into their own, as a motorist is unlikely to see your arm indicating in the dark. These gave me a lot more confidence to take on roundabouts at night, if only because having more lights is never a bad thing, however; I was still cautious and tried my best to hold the light in plain view before I took any drastic turns.
These are made extremely well and I love the action of the magnet and the button. You can see me operating the light switch with my little finger in a video on our Instagram page, which shows just how simple they are to operate, as well as how bright they are, even in the daylight. If you commute at night, or have ever thought these were a good idea, the WingLights are extremely well made and easy to use and pretty affordable, in my opinion, at sub-£30. The only problem I can foresee with them is that they only really become visible to all road users on flat handlebars. Anyone with traditional 'curly' road racing handlebars are likely to only indicate to those behind you, but this is certainly a good start.