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The Best Bike Lights for the Trail: Cateye + HL-EL625RC Nano Shot

The light's disappearing earlier and earlier, but I'm not ready to stop riding.

Cateye + HL-EL625RC Nano Shot.     Photo: Courtesy of Cateye

A:Cateye’s 5.6-ounce HL-EL625RC Nano Shot feels incredibly light when mounted on your helmet or handlebars, and casts a strong 600-lumen beam that extends way out in front of your mountain bike. This one-piece unit from Japan conveniently charges from any device with a USB plug. It’s not the brightest in the bunch, and takes longer to charge than the other selections (an eight-hour powerup), but its $120 price tag delivers the best value.

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