Friday, December 21, 2012

CTC York Cycle Event 2013

A bicycle event is scheduled on 21st June, 2013 by CTC. It is named as CTC York cycle Event2013. The event would be a treat for cycling enthusiasts in the region. Many people would also be coming to be a part of the event from far off places. There would be something for all the cyclists at this great cycling festival. It is estimated that over 10000 cyclists from UK and beyond would participate in the event and display their pedal-power. The show would be organized in York Racecourse, UK.
The show includes variety of features for the participants. The occasion is well divided into carefully drafted events apart from the regular bicycle race.
The main features include:
·        City sightseeing on open top buses
·        Trade show and exhibition
·        Extensive catering and bar
·        Arena events
·        Camping and caravan pitches
·        Stunt shows
·        Cyclists’ service at the Minster
·        Grand parade through the city
·        Cycle club displays
·        Veteran cycles
·        Climbing wall
·        Bo the clown exercise
·        Giant inflatables
·        Musical nights
Therefore, all the cycling enthusiasts should confirm their entry for the city centre cycle racing event before the given date. The ride distance ranges between25-150km and it would be ensured that the participants get full security cover.
The cycle event is organized by CTC, the national cycling charitable trust that is involved into protection and promotion of cyclists since 1878. The donations from the members and participants help in running the organization.
The vision and goal of the charitable trust for the cycling enthusiasts is to instill a culture of cycling in the people. It intends to make people aware about the numerous positive changes that cycling brings about in the life of a common man. The trust has a network of energetic and well-informed cycling development officers and member groups that are responsible for encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to adopt cycling as a habit in their daily life and enjoy its benefits. For them, there is nothing else more enjoyable than cycling.
The whole procedure is well planned and it offers a variety of pre-booking discount if the participant registers himself/herself through the website of the organization. The same benefit extends to the members and non-members, too. Therefore, the organization is highly committed towards welfare of the participants.
The organization is hopeful that the cycling instructors, both on and off the road and the groups, involved in leading the cycling rides would enjoy the show and motivate the first timers too. It would be ensured that not a single participant is left unattended.
The event is also very helpful to the people who are interested in cycling instructor courses. CTC offers a variety of cycling courses for professional cycle instructors and ride leaders.
Courses provide you with an opportunity to become a qualified MTB leader or a certified bike rider. The event offers an opportunity like never before for all those who love cycling. Therefore, go ahead and be a part of this global cycling event.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bike Light Packages by Magicshine

For serious riders as well as the newbies, who’d like their bikes fixed with proper light accessories can now purchase complete light packages by Magicshine.
Having a complete package means you can enjoy a safer ride. Besides having the lights, these packages also have extension cables, mounting accessories for the handles and helmets. They also contain spare batteries, O rings, Velcro straps, chargers and replacement glass lenses, splitter cables etc. which allow the rider to have a tension free ride.
There is always provision for dealing with any emergencies that may arise. The bikes can be well equipped for any weather, especially to deal with conditions like fog and mist, apart from the usual visibility functions at night.
Magicshine offers two main light packages, these are as follows:

Fluxient 3xU2 cree LED 3000 Lumen Light Unit + Fluxient 1xU2 Single XML cree 1000 Lumens Bike Light
This is best reviewed light package available in the market. It consists of a combination of a massive flood light, the Fluxient 3000 Lumens and the Fluxient 1000.
The 3xU2 cree LED 3000 Lumen Light Unit has the most powerful and bright lights for the bike. It comes with an 8800 mAh battery, which can run for about 2.7 hours, depending on the usage of the light. Both 3000 Lumens and the 1000 lumen lights come with four modes, high, medium, low and SOS functions that can easily be maneuvered with simple thumb operated buttons.
The 3xU2 mounting is also quiet helpful, you can mount these lights over standard as well as oversized handle bars. The 1xU2 makes use of O Rings for providing the same usability of mounting the lights on any size handle bars within a few minutes.

Magicshine MJ-872 Light unit + Magicshine MJ-818 Rear Light Unit
This light package offers the perfect solution for safety of the bikers. It consists of the Magicshine MJ-872 1600 Lumens for the front and the MJ-818 for the rear side. So you can expect the ultimate light solution for your bike in this light package.
Both these lights can be run on a single battery and one could opt to have an extra battery too. There are three options available for the alternate battery; these are MJ-6002, MJ-828, and MJ-6030.
For those of you using a single battery can now use the Y-splitter cable you get in the package. These allow you to source both the front as well as the rear lights with a single battery. Choose a battery with higher capacity for better endurance.
You can further get these packages customized to suit your needs. Check the Magicshine website for further details.
These packages are also economical on the pocket. If you individually purchase any of these accessories it will cost you more than when you purchase them in package. Also, you get the added benefit of having some spare sets of cables, extension wires, glass lenses, straps and others that will come handy in the long run.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

History and Emergence of Bicycle Lights in UK and Europe

Bicycles have once again become the best mode of transport in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, given the deteriorating environmental conditions, traffic congestions, fitness needs of the people and ever rising petrol prices.

Roads were flooded with bicycles and bicycle lights once, but with the invention of cars and other modes of transport, bicycles were steadily pushed off the main frame. Ready availability of cars, motorbikes etc. squeezed the bicycles to the curb, neglecting the fact that this liking for cars et al., is not at all great when we go around complaining about the rise in petrol prices and telling people how green we are.

Magicshine MJ-818 Rear Bike Light And Y-cable PackageSome people in the country like the UK and in Europe have understood how important it is for us to switch back to the much cleaner and cheaper modes of transport, especially when commuting requires only negotiating a small distance on a regular basis.

Students in schools and colleges are the earliest adaptors to this changing trend that has not only seen the emergence of bicycles on the streets of UK and Europe but has also seen a renaming of the good old bicycle into a much shorter and more modern - ‘bike’.

Bikes have become the need of the hour, so it is important to get people to switch to bikes - not only to save them their traveling cost but also to help them remain fit and help them in bringing about the long term benefits in air quality. Time is right and these kids are educating the seniors by using the bikes day in and day out – perhaps for all commuting requirements.
Bikes have therefore received massive transformations to meet the needs and requirements of the new generation. Bikes now have gears to facilitate riders negotiate climbs and descends; bikes have become more attractive with smart front bike lights, rear bike lights, girlish designs and more masculine designs and lights. There are also bikes that you and fold up into a bag so that you don’t have to worry about parking them, though some major places in UK and Europe have bicycle parks now, made specially to facilitate parking requirements of the bikers.

1 Metre Extension Cable For All Magicshine Lights, MJ-872, MJ-856, MJ-816Riding a bicycle can be dangerous in overcast conditions and in the dark because the drivers in cars, trucks, busses etc may not be able to see you because of poor visibility conditions. Therefore, the bikers are advised to wear bright and colorful clothing, and have good bright lights both in the front and the back. This is why bicycle lights industry is seeing a major emergence in demand in the UK and Europe.
Bikers want their bikes to be most attractive; lights don’t only add to safety but also adds style to the bike. So students and other riders are going in for the best front bike lights and best rear cycle lights possible. Providers like the Magicshine are gaining the most from sale and fitting of bicycle lights, which have lately become a charisma amid bike riders in the UK and Europe.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Big Ride Event: People’s voice for safer bicycle riding in London

To make London more livable and street friendly for bicycles, approximately 10,000 people participated in what is called the Big Ride Event. Organized in the month of April, just before the mayoral elections; citizens of London gathered together to express their concern for making London safer for bike rides.
The success of the event was not an easy one. Riders rode against the ever raining weather of London. It was a spectacular sight to witness the four mile long traffic route reserved for the event, decorated with bells, whistles, and balloons. For a while the entire lane was transformed into a red and white alley, where individuals, families, kids, teens, and even the elderly were seen dressed in red and white. They carried sign boards reading “I want safe streets for bikes in London; I am going to the Big Ride.”
This event is quite inspired by the Dutch, and now people of London, wish to follow in their footsteps. A campaign by the name “Love London, Go Dutch” became very popular during the Big Ride event. People are now demanding London to have proper cycling infrastructure for the streets of London, which would encourage more people to walk and cycle.
Simply cycling and walking is not the purpose for this large scale event. The main underlying proposition behind this event was to promote cleaner, safer, healthier and happier London. And, this would not be possible if vehicles keep treading the streets. The way ahead is cycles and walking.
The politicians, who up to now have remained oblivion to the need for cycling infrastructure, have as well been given a strong message that people of London are serious about what they ask for. If countries like Denmark and Netherlands, can successfully install high-quality infrastructure for cycling, why could London not?
Most people are hesitant about using bikes on the streets of London due to heavy traffic or unsafe riding zones. Many would switch to this mode of transportation if they had safer paths to ride on. Yes, this would be a new innovation, but looking at the current world scenarios, where you see most developed world cities with proper infrastructure in place, governed with rules and laws, you’ll agree that London should not be left behind.
And, the story of London streets does not end with putting in place bike friendly alleys; it also needs to be backed by measures like limiting the speed of such lanes to a maximum of 20mph, construction of a good number of residential and shopping streets across the city, especially Greater London and other similar measures. This when corroborated with separate lanes for vehicular traffic and cyclist, can work well for a city, which remains cluttered with heavy traffic for most part of the year.
Since the whole purpose of demanding cycle safe streets for London is to enhance the quality of life of its people, a harmony can also needs to be established with the pedestrians’. One cannot encroach into their space for creating new lanes for cycles. The development authorities need to plan holistically and create a balance for vehicular traffic, cycles and pedestrians.
With all this in mind, and clear cut demands from the politicians and higher authorities, people expressed their concerns through the platform of the Big Ride event. If 10,000 people could be motivated to take on the streets with their bicycles, braving rain and cold and other adversities, you can well imagine their seriousness for the cause.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Install a Battery with Bike Light on a Bicycle

A bike light is a worthy addition to the bicycle especially for the riders who like to travel in the nighttime. Bike light is well supported by the bike light accessories which make riding more comfortable. The bike light can be mounted by using the mounting systems such as O-ring system and V-ring system. So basically when you have the bike light onto the bicycle handle bar then you also need to integrate the battery to the bicycle. You have to learn the methodology of installing the battery with bike light on a bicycle. For doing the task you need three things i.e. a bicycle, a bike light and a battery for bike light. Below are the steps with which you can carry out the installation part:

1.    Remove the Bike Light From its Mounting Bracket
First of all you need to remove the bike light from the mounting bracket where it sets in. you have to be cautious while you do the un-mounting as hurry can cause damage to the mounting system.

2.    Open the Light Casing
In the second step you will have to open the night casing so that you can put the battery to a better position. Most good companies will give you stable options for putting in the battery.

3.    Install the Batteries and Re-Mount the Bike Lights
 Now you will install the battery and look for the proper re-mounting of the bike lights so that their function is not inhabited. In this mannerism you can install and uninstall battery whenever needed.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Modify your Bicycle with Vintage Bike Lights

Though the times have yielded the very best of modern fashion in all gadgets and accessories used by us but still vintage touch is something many crave for. The vintage bicycles can be commonly seen as most cherished possessions with many bike lovers around the world. Even such vintage bikes can be duly decorated with the vintage bike lights like any other modern time bicycle. Or just when you have a love and passion for the vintage accessories then you can get the vintage bike lights for your modern bicycle too.

Much of sophisticated vintage bike lights can be said as one with the golden or silver plating and some exquisite artistic design. One can integrate the same bike lights on the rear as well as front end with the only difference of the lighting capacity. For the front vintage bike lights you can use the high power LED lights while for the rear end vintage bike lights you can use the low power LED lights. Many bike lights manufacturing company customize vintage bike lights for their customers. Apart from that designers who are passionate about vintage designs keep on coming with new vintage-inspired bike lights design. All you need is to know that what kind of vintage taste you would like the most. This can be said also because even the vintage times had many of design variants. The best way to decide about this is the kind and color of your owned bicycle. When you finally discover the form of vintage bike lights you would like to have then you can order them as bespoke.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fluxient 1xU2 Single 1000 Lumens Bicycle Light

BikelightsUK is happy to be the first in the UK to bring the NEW Fluxient 1xU2 single to the Market. From £59.49 you can not get a better bicycle light for your money below is a brief description on Fluxients New Light. Or visit our website page to order and be the first to get it! Fluxient 1xU2 single XML


Fluxient 1xU2 Single XML cree 1000 Lumens Bike Light are happy to be the first in the UK to bring fluxients latest light to the market. Fluxient have developed this light to go along side the very popular amazingly bright 3xU2. This light can be mounted to handlebars or the free helmet mount provided with a maximum output for this tiny light of 1000 Lumens! This is the smallest light of our range weighing just over 100 grams and we are amazed by how much power you can actually get from it. The Light unit has 4 settings 100%/50%/20% and SOS flash. This versatile bike light can be used for whatever purpose whether it be a main handle bar light for trails/commute or a helmet spot light to accompany a more powerful handle bar light like its big brother the Fluxient 3xU2 3000 lumens.

The fluxient 1xu2 Single uses the trusted O-ring mounting system so it can easily be transferred between bikes and mounting positions. With its clicky button at the back still making it easy to flick through the different output settings. Fluxient have also brought a new battery pack out to accompany this fantastic light. As you can see in the picture it is small in size and has a waterproof IP65 casing around it to protect it from our not so great winters. The new 4400 mAh battery pack give the U2 single a run time of 3.3 hours on full power, 6.6 hours on 50% and an incredible 15 hours on 20% bright mode.

Once again we are that confident with the build of these lights that we are offering 2 years full warranty on all items in the package. If you have any questions regarding this light please get in touch.

What’s included in the box?

-       Fluxient 1xU2 Single Light Unit
-       4400 mAh waterproof battery pack
-       UK mains charger
-       2 O-rings
-       1m extension cable
-       helmet mount

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage bike lights

People who have a classy and vintage taste like to have everything that they possess have that touch too. From dressing and accessories and from home interiors to their most serious belongings can be seen with a vintage touch. Still some other people like to have that vintage touch in few of the items that they have. Vintage bicycles are one such possession. They are as classier as are the vintage cars as they are a great reminder of a biking fashion which even today is in passion of many bike riding lovers.

To compliment the vintage bikes the vintage bike lights are prefect bicycle accessories. Some can be seen as a launch by some bike lights manufacturer whereas some are customized by the bikers themselves. There is a huge fan following of the vintage bike lights lovers and they make it sure that their vintage bike lights have that sophisticated look in their every aspect. The bulbs of such lights are given the shape of the old time. Even the lenses are made bit convex in shape which you do not see in the modern bike lights. The exterior body is made in a silver or gold look which can be given by using simple materials. These vintage bike lights are generally seen attached firmly to the bikes but even the mounting mechanisms work well when customized to their shape. All in all, vintage bike lights are a good and nostalgic section of the bike lights that are still in demand and use. To have a look at the best bike lights you can go to and view top bike light brands.