A friend invited us over for dinner at her place one night. “I’m cooking Filipino food“, she said. Hooray! They’re just a stone’s throw away so it made more sense to ride a bike over.
When I took the bike to go out, the hall suddenly seemed so dark compared to the brightly lit room and the light switch was on the other side. I kept saying, “Lumos!” but it wasn’t gonna happen. LOL. Might as well use bike lights.
And Diane said, “Let there be light!”; and there was light. And Diane saw the light was good and she separated the light from darkness.
Harry Potter and Bible references aside, let’s talk about this new light I got. It’s a Lezyne Macro Drive Front which I got from Gee Hin Chan as a set that came with the Micro Drive Rear light. Another friend decided he wanted to get the rear light and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get the front one from the set.
Like many Lezyne products, it’s made beautifully out of CNC-ed aluminum. Too bad there wasn’t any silver color left, because I think it’s got more class than plain black. The light attaches to any tubular surface using a plastic mount and a silicone wraparound strap and it keeps in place unless you’re going through a rough surface.
I think this the single brightest front light I own right now. One of those “too see” rather than a “be seen” kind of light. It has a max output of 300 lumens at high-bright and steady, and a output of 200 lumens when blinking.
I like this kind of light mainly for two reasons: a.) there’s no screw mount so it’s easily removable/transferable and b.) it charges by USB.
I mentioned this light came in a set. Here’s a product shot of the Micro Drive Rear light. It’s also constructed really well. My only concern with this light is the plastic mount. The light rests on its rear and has no other hold. While it seems very secure, a lot of constant movement can jar the light right off the mount. Just yesterday night, a friend’s light dropped off when we passed by ongoing construction at Mountbatten Road. Luckily, we were hundreds of meters behind him, and spotted an incredibly bright blinking red thing down the way.
Short of taping it down, I think it would be better if you attached it on sideways using the same mount as the front light and then adding another silicone strap to go over the whole light body.
Lezyne has way brighter front lights such as this Super Drive (this is an old one; the newer models have a different look) which emits a blinding 500 lumens on high but I don’t like lights that have a screw on mount simply because I switch them around on the different bikes I own and I swap lights based on what I feel like using.
GPOYBFT. Gratuitous Picture Of Your Bike Friday Tikit.
Ah, porky goodness… All’s well that ends well.