The TwistLit from NiteIze is a novel and colourful bike gentle that attaches to your bicycle with using two twist-able rubber gear ties, slightly than with a plastic or metallic mount that should be screwed or bolted into place. The TwistLits are available in quite a lot of totally different colours – white for the entrance, crimson for the rear, and a particular multicolored gentle (only for enjoyable).
I used all three lights throughout my summer time and wintertime biking exploits this final 12 months and here’s what I considered these inexpensive lighting merchandise:
Like just about all battery operated bicycle lights, the TwistLit is sweet at getting different individuals’s consideration. It’s brilliant sufficient for automobiles, pedestrians and different cyclists in your space to see and be aware of you. However the lights are usually not practically brilliant sufficient to make use of for navigational functions. In different phrases, the lights are good for private security, however aren’t robust sufficient to help you see the place you’re going in darkish environments.
I discovered the TwistLits to be very simple to connect (simply wrap the gear ties round your handlebars or seat publish after which twist them collectively to safe the sunshine in place).
From the entrance, the sunshine seems fairly good. You virtually don’t even discover it mounted on the entrance of my handlebars.
After a brief period of time driving with the lights in place, I did discover that the sunshine on the entrance of my bicycle would start to slide and fall over time. The gear ties, it appeared, had been slowly wiggling themselves unfastened – probably from the vibrations created by the bicycle or the highway floor. This was a bit unnerving at instances as a result of I did worry now and again that the lights may fall fully off my bike – however they by no means did.
In contrast to the entrance gentle, which is white, the rear TwistLit shines a crimson gentle and mounts to the bicycle with two crimson (virtually pink) coloured gear ties. Though I respect the truth that the crimson gear ties enable me to rapidly and simply differentiate the rear gentle from the entrance one, I don’t like how apparent the crimson gear ties are as soon as they’re mounted to my bicycle.
From the again, the sunshine seems fairly good mounted to my seat publish.
However once you take a look at it from the opposite route, you possibly can see how the gear ties are fixed collectively in a chaotic method and the mess is accentuated much more by the crimson coloring on the gear ties. If the gear ties had been black on this occasion, you won’t discover the sunshine in any respect.
I rode for not less than 6 months with the TwistLits on my bicycle. I rode with the white one in entrance, the crimson one in again and the multi-colored Disc-O gentle on the again as properly.
The white and crimson lights have a stable and flashing mode, whereas the Disco-O gentle has a strobe characteristic that slowly rotates from one coloration to the subsequent. It additionally has a flashing mode and I discovered it to be fairly enjoyable to have mounted on my bicycle for others to see.
General, I feel the TwistLit is an effective product at a superb worth level – lower than $10 USD. They’re simple to mount and take away from the bicycle and so they may even be connected to a backpack or pannier, do you have to select to make use of them in that approach.
The truth that the gear ties create a multitude on the bottom, nonetheless, and wiggle themselves free over time on account of vibrations from the highway, implies that these distinctive bike lights received’t be for everybody.
Nonetheless, for the person who needs a enjoyable, cheap, easy-to-mount bicycle gentle, the TwistLit is a high-quality, long-lasting piece of biking gear.
The TwistLit is on the market at www.niteize.com and at Amazon.com in white and crimson.