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Momentum Mag reviews the Lezyne Hecto Drive bike light Front/ Rear Pair.
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The Hecto Drive bike lights are lightweight and housed in an aluminum body with a side visibility design that allows 180 degrees of visibility. With 5 modes and up to 100 Lumens of power, these USB-rechargeable front and rear lights attach to a wide range of handlebar and seatpost diameters with a snap-fit Composite Matrix mount that is secured with a multi-position, silicon rubber strap for tool-less installation. Available in Black or Aluminum colors.
These lights are ideal for commuting in a fairly well-lit city environment. The front light doesn’t throw a ton of light forward ,so I consider them primarily a signaling tool to other road users, something that says, “Hey, I’m here!”
I love the compact design and high build quality of these lights. I accidentally dropped both onto the pavement and there wasn’t a scratch.
However, there are two shortcomings I found with these lights, one big and one small. The big one is the charging system. It’s a mini-USB stub that flips out from the back of the light. In theory it should plug into something like an iPhone charger. In practice, the weight of the light means the USB stub tilts up within the charger and doesn’t make contact with the leads. So you have to prop the light up to ensure there is contact and balance it just so. The minor quibble is with getting the lights out of their holders, especially the cylindrical front light. They can be a bit of a pain to get out of the holder at the end of the day.
Overall, I would recommend these lights for anyone commuting in the city and who wants a light set that will blend into their bike’s design well.
Aaron Vidas is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, providing inspirational prints for entrepreneurs. His favorite time to ride is first thing in the morning, watching the sun come up over the mountains in Vancouver, Canada. @aaronvidas tradecraftco.squarespace.com