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Tech Corner Archives for September 2017
It's The Right Time For Light Time!
September 5, 2017, 12:00 am

With the sunset getting closer and closer to 7pm, it's tough to get much riding in after work and before dark. The rights lights not only keep you safe getting to and from the trail, but actually light up the night for some memorable adventures after the sun has gone down. 

Serfas offers plenty of options for both red rear lights and LED front lights. There's certainly the right light for your style of riding, with plenty of things to consider when you're picking one up. We get a lot of people looking for lights this time of year, and we wanted to give a few quick tips to help find the right light for you. 

For your rear light, look at how bright the light is in terms of lumens. The rear light is the one that cars overtaking you will see, and you want them to see you from as far away as possible. We're big fans of 20-60 lumen rear lights for two reasons. First, they're very visible, which is useful. Second, when set on a blinking setting, they can last a really, really long time. This is helpful for long rides, but also allows you to go without recharging for longer intervals. 

Up front, the decision comes down to seeing and being seen. Lower lumen lights (think 250 and under) are great for dusk or road riding, where there aren't as many roots, rocks, ruts or other hazards. These lights, even at a lower setting, are very visible for cars to pick you out at intersections. Additionally, they also tend to last a very long time at those lower settings, making it ideal for commuters or to flip on for those darker few miles at dusk as you head home. 

The higher lumen lights are very visible in traffic, but have enough juice to light up the trail and singletrack. 250 lumens and higher are ideal not just for getting home in the dark, but dedicated night rides! These light are bright enough to see the trail at speed, and have the battery life for a few fun hours in the woods before you need to worry about plugging in. Our favorite at this level is the TSL-1200. It has an external battery pack, so you've got plenty of battery life. Plus, the pack has a USB port, so you can use it to charge a cell phone or GPS unit on the go! There's also a TSL-700 that is a one-piece unit that works really, really well. 

There's no need to let short days shorten your rides. Stop by and let us show you the lights we use and recommend, and we'll see you out on the roads and trails all year long! 

 

Cool Kicks: SCOTT MTB Team Boa Shoe
September 11, 2017, 12:00 am

Keep your feet happy with some fresh kicks this fall. We take a look at the Scott MTB Team Boa. 

Fresh Rubber: Panaracer Gravel King SK
September 17, 2017, 12:00 am

After a slew of different rides, we're giving the Panaracer Gravel King SK a big thumbs up. 

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