The bad news. It’s cold & short days are in full force. The good news. We’ve turned the corner & days are getting a little longer. One of the ways to keep the pedals turning this time of year is night riding. It’s not as fun but it is in my opinion better than a stationary bike. One of the big motivations for most cyclists is to be outside in the elements. We try to overcome and embrace the challenges that each riding season presents. Riding at night gives you another option. What do you need to ride at night? Lights!
This winter season I’ve been reviewing the 2014 Serfas TSL- LT1000. You can get away with less lumens on a road ride but when riding trails at night, more lumens the better. After using this light I can’t imagine needing anything more. It’s generously bright and as your main light could just be all the light you’ll ever need for all night riding applications.
The head and battery pack are very compact for this level of light. I am not a big fan of super busy cockpits or weight on my head. The TSL – LT1000 is sleek, light & efficient. The beam it generates is bright and wide. The price? For $200 bones you get a lot of product. Which makes it one of my favorites of the winter season.
Runtimes & Specifications
Overdrive – 1000 lumens – 1.75 hours
High – 650 lumens – 2.5 hours
Medium – 410 lumens – 3.5 hours
Low – 230 lumens – 8.5 hours
Flashing – 7 hours
Charge time – 4 hours
Weight: 253 grams (with battery)
Strength: This light is generously bright. I was really impressed by this. The head is compact and sleek. I’m not a fan of massive contraptions and wires in the cockpit. $200 bones is a great price for a 1000 lumen light.
Weakness: I had some difficulty attaching the light to the handlebar & helmet mounts. I think it just needs some break in.
Bottom Line: It works and works really well. The light is super generous. Minus having to work at attaching the light to the mounts everything else is flawless. This is a super light for $200.
In stock at The Bike Route!
For more information on the TSL – LT1000 click here to go to the Serfas website. Or head up to TBR and ask one of the friendly staff.