Cateye HL-EL530 front light review£54.99

Retro lighting

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The HL-EL530 combines a small, bright, central spot with a much weaker large circular beam. Cateye claim it’s 50 percent brighter for 2011 and we found it bright enough to ride at slow to moderate speeds on unlit roads.

We'd want something brighter for technical descents or fast rides, but this is the cheapest light we've tested recently that we'd consider a ‘to see by’ headlight.

For your money you only get one continuous light mode, which is easily turned on and off by a sprung sliding switch at the back (easily turned on in your bag too). It uses four AA batteries for a claimed run time of 90 hours, although the intensity does reduce over this time.

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: 53
  • 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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