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Niterider Lightning Bug

The Niterider Lightning Bug is the front blinkie companion to the Niterider Stinger rear LED we reviewed a couple of months back. Three versions are available, with the 1,0, 2.0 or 3.0 designation corresponding to the number of white LEDs on each with each brighter than the last. The Lightning Bug attaches with a stretchy silicone strap for easy installation and removal for parking in unsavory neighborhoods or moving the lights bike to bike. While it will stretch around 31.8mm oversized bars, the light is really meant for smaller, roughly 26mm diameter bars. One of mine is stretched beyond repair from too too many times on and off a 31.8 setup. There are minimal modes on each light—steady and flash for the 1.0 and 2.0, high, low and flash for the 3.0—making it easy to get to where you want without having to click through 16 blinking variations. The lights use button cell batteries that keep the form factor small but lack rechargeable options, and get just around 100 hours each on the blinking mode. Definitely more on the to-be-seen end of the spectrum, the Lightning Bugs lack a reflector to focus the beam. The Lightning Bug is priced between $10 and $20 depending on the model and is available in a number of different housing colors.

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