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Join the night crew.
You've been caught out after sundown on the roads a few times now, especially as the days get shorter and the sunset happens earlier and earlier every night, and you're finding it tough to get to the trails before they're shady and dimly lit. If you're thinking about riding in the dark, a compact light like NiteRider's Lumina Micro 350 Headlight is a good piece of gear to invest in. We like that it's lightweight, at just 120 grams, and versatile — you can mount it to your handlebars or your helmet, depending on where your ride takes you.
The Lumina Micro 350 is similar to NiteRider's original Lumina line, but was designed as a more streamlined option, perfect for minimalists and riders who aren't sure how much of an investment they want to make in nighttime riding. The light has 4 steady modes to choose from as well as a daylight flash mode, which keeps you visible to approaching motorists while using very little of the Li-Po battery's power. When you need to recharge, the versatile USB charger will get a full charge in just under two hours if you have it connected to a high power source, so it'll quickly get you back out on the road just in time for the sunset.
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- Q & A
Good Light, Bad Mount
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I'll start with the good news: the light seems like it's very good. It's really bright for 350 and for the price. The modes are easy to toggle through, and the charging system is simple to use and pretty quick.
Now for the bad news: I didn't get to actually ride with the light because I tried to mount it and was absolutely shocked at how bad the mounting system is. I'd actually read some complaints before I purchased this light, but didn't give them enough credit. First, the actual strap attachment system for attaching to your handle bars is not great. It's hard to get on there and impossible to get tight. Even as tight as I could get it, it would still rotate forward and backward fairly easily on the bar.
The worst part is, when you try to clip the actual light on to the mount, the interface is so flimsy that it doesn't work. It can slide right off without much effort at all. I thought maybe this was an isolated issue, but then I tried to mount the second one that I bought and I had the exact same problem. I went online to do some additional research and found that several people say as soon as you hit a bump, the light falls off the mount.