Cateye Hybrid front light£49.99

Ultra dependable commuter light

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Star Trek-style looks and a futuristic energy source mark out the Hybrid. Its solar panel charges an internal NiMH battery, providing a couple of hours of light.

An alkaline AA battery acts as a backup for an extra 10 hours of illumination. The result was that we couldn’t run this light down during testing.

The beam cast is round with some peripheral illumination built in, and although it’s less powerful than other similarly priced lights, it’s fine for commuting.

But its real strength is that you should never be left without any light at all. If we’re being picky, the switches are small and quite fiddly.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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