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Old 07-09-14, 07:42 AM   #1
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What would be the best bang for the buck lights?

I heard that rear lights are required at night, otherwise police may catch you.

Also are there ones that people can't steal?
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Old 07-09-14, 08:39 AM   #2
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This seems to change every 6 month. The best light that can't be steal, are the removable ones. I have a Serfas rechargeable, very bright, removable, that can be notice in the day time, that I like. Also have a dynamo rear (Bush & Müller) that is permanently attached with regular bolt and nut, that could be stolen, but it's best for nights.
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I heard that rear lights are required at night, otherwise police may catch you.

Also are there ones that people can't steal?
"can't" steal, no, anything can stolen given enough time and motivation.

Some lights are less stealable than others. And there are ways to make lights less stealable - for example, my rear light comprises of a rack mount, the light itself, and the batteries inside the light. Since you can change the batteries without removing the light, I superglued the light to the light mount. I could still remove both by unscrewing the light mount, but it's more work for a thief. I've heard of people putting some sort of gunk in the top of the screws that hold their stuff onto their bike so it's semi-permanently mounted to the bike. It's possible remove it, you'd had to soak the screw head in degreaser or something like that for half an hour, but it's to time consuming for a thief. Do an internet search for other ideas on what people have tried, and keep in mind that for this to work you need to be able to charge the batteries somehow.

Here's the amazon top-selling bike light list -
Amazon Best Sellers: Best Bike Headlights
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Old 07-09-14, 01:20 PM   #4
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The only light that someone can't steal is one that isn't there. if it's an issue you'll just have to take it with you.

Personally I really want/need a very bright light, rechargeable. I'm using the Axiom Pulse 60 tail from Performance, it's $35 right now. You WILL get noticed even in the daylight, and it mounts with a very secure heavy rubber strap that you can put on and take off in < 5 seconds.

At $35 there are a lot of very good options. When you get below $35, the landscape changes a lot, and I'm not familiar with that range. If Knog makes anything down in your price range it's probably pretty good and easy to remove, but they have kind of funky designs.
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Old 07-10-14, 02:52 AM   #5
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Okay, the whole OP subject is goofy. If you're going to mount a battery powered rear light it has to come off easy because you need to charge or replace batteries at some point. That means you can take 5 seconds to remove it yourself when you leave your bike parked or take the chance that someone else might come along take 5 seconds to remove it. Your choice. If you're going to bring a lock along and take the time to lock your bike up what the hell is another 5-30 seconds? If you're going to leave your bike unattended for a long period of time you need to lock your bike ( wheels and seat included ) and remove all the items that are quick-release. Sadly, this is just the way things are. If you leave them on the bike they might not be there when you return.
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I heard that rear lights are required at night, otherwise police may catch you.

Also are there ones that people can't steal?
Hi, I live in NYC so I totally understand the stealing concern. I really love these which I picked up last month: http://www.amazon.com/Knog-Blinder-1...C27TYS60FW13FV

Mid-range price but the beautiful thing is they charge through usb (no wires... you literally plug the lights into your computer or other usb-charging device). They're easy to take on/off so they never get stolen since they're in my pocket or at home when I'm not riding. They're also pretty bright compared to other lights at this size (I can blind myself staring into these things). Do a bit more research to see if they'll fit your need.
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