Bontrager Flare R rear light review

Designed to help you be seen in day or night, is the Bontrager Flare R the perfect rear light for your winter riding?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bontrager Flare R really is an excellent rear light. It might be a little expensive but you get what you pay for, with a super-bright light that has good battery life, and an easy-to-use secure mount, making sure that you'll always be seen whatever the conditions or time of day.

Reasons to buy
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    Good battery life

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    Multiple modes

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    USB rechargeable

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    Secure mount

Reasons to avoid
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When it comes to safety, having a good rear light is probably more important than having a good front light, so it’s worth shopping around to make sure you get a good one. A great choice would be this, the Bontrager Flare R, a perfect rear light for you autumn and winter riding.

45 quid might seem like a lot to spend on a rear light, but the Bontrager Flare R certainly justifies its cost. Designed to be used during both day and night (Trek Factory Racing used them on both the long stage 14 time trial in the Giro d’Italia, and the opening prologue of the Tour de France), the 65 lumen bulb is bright enough to be seen in all conditions, and has meant this light has been permanently attached to my bike with pre-work rides being a little misty lately. There’s also decent side-on visibility for when you’re riding past junctions.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.