If you plan to use your bicycle at night, a good bike light is an absolute necessity. There are many locations in which bike lights are required by the law. Nonetheless, you may be unsure of how exactly to install a new bike light when you purchase one. If this is the case, what follows should give you everything you need to know.
Step 1 - Deciding on Placement
First, you should decide where you are going to put your new bike light. Ideally, you should have a bike light for both the front and back of your bicycle to maximize your visibility while driving at night. If you have a bike light installed in only one of these locations, opt to add another light.
In addition to deciding whether to attach your new bike light to the front or back of your bicycle, you will have to decide the exact location to attach your bike light to. Part of this will depend on the exact model of bike light you buy. Some will be designed to clip to a particular location, while others will be more generic. However, if you are attaching your bike light to the front of your bicycle, the center of the handlebars is a great place to do it. There are many reasons to opt to place it lower. For example, the space may already be taken up by a reflector. On the rear of the bicycle your options are more limited—you have almost no choices but to attach it directly below the seat.
Step 2 - Installing Batteries
More likely than not, your new bike light will come with a button cell type battery already installed and ready to go. However, this may not be the case. If so, get out your screwdriver and remove the screws holding the battery case shut. Chances are, you will see a space for a button cell battery, which you should insert. Nonetheless, other types are also possible. Use your screwdriver to replace the cover and continue.
Step 3 - Attaching
Exactly how you attach your bike light will vary, based on your individual model. Most will involve tightening a clip until it fits snugly. Clip the bike light onto its new location and snap the clip shut. Next, tighten whatever mechanism controls the clip.
Step 4 - Adjusting
Most bike lights will allow you to adjust them up and down to make them more visible and useful in lighting your path. You should take a minute to turn on your light and adjust the direction it points. Otherwise, you may find that your bike light does not actually illuminate anything for you the next time you use your bike at night.