Reviews of Cygolite Metro 550 USB Rechargeable Headlight

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StarStarStarStarStar Bright, compact, good mount, perfect!

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Internal battery
Easily charged via USB
Good battery life
Good mount, easy to move from one bike to another, and fits various size handlebars.
Bright. Daytime flashing mode is great.
Good selection of modes to choose from (bright, flashing, etc)
Very good for the price. Way better than the expensive Niterider systems I've used over the years, with their crappy mounts and fraying cables.

Cons

Seem to have to cycle thru the light modes a few too many times to find the right flashing mode.
Although the mount to the handlebars is very good, the mount between the light and the mount is just okay.

Other Thoughts

I love this light so much that I got one for both my adult kids. I figure with the easy charging they're more likely to not run out of batteries on a ride. And super bright.

StarStarStarStarStar Fantastic Light

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Very versatile light, easy on/off, great battery life, quick recharge and pulse mode is fantastic for letting cars know you are on the street.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

As a headlight the Cygolite Metro 550 is fantastic. I thought I wouldn't use the light as much (on daily commute to work) once the sun was rising earlier but I quickly found the pulse mode is absolutely fantastic for helping your visibility to motorist. Highly recommend this light!

StarStarStarStarStar Great light, great price.

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Very bright rechargeable light. I don't bike at night much, but my morning commute is often still dark. Cars easily see me, and when riding at night it really lights up the path. Works even better than I thought it would. Keeps a long charge, and charges up full in a few hours.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar rlirish bob

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Great light, very powerful and durable. I use my light when
commuting to work. I use this headlight in the flashing mode.
When I utilize the unit in a non-flashing mode my wireless
computer does not function properly.

The charging system performs very well. I simply hook
up the charging wire to my computer while at work with
my computer.

Cons

None to report at this time.

Other Thoughts

I am certain my light will provide many years of trouble free
service

StarStarStarStarStar rlirish bob

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Great light, very powerful and durable. I use my light when
commuting to work. I use this headlight in the flashing mode.
When I utilize the unit in a non-flashing mode my wireless
computer does not function properly.

The charging system performs very well. I simply hook
up the charging wire to my computer while at work with
my computer.

Cons

None to report at this time.

Other Thoughts

I am certain my light will provide many years of trouble free
service

StarStarStarStarStar Best light I have owned

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Daytime flash mode is very useful in winter/cloudy days. You WILL be seen. I put this light on my kids' bikes set to this mode often.

The pulse mode is great - see and be seen all at once.

Great on battery life - especially in the daytime, pulse, or low modes.

It remembers which mode you were last in so you don't have to cycle through them each time you turn it on.

StarStarStarStarStar Daylight flash

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Easy to see in bright daylight.
Charge lasts as advertised.
Battery is rechargeable.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

I purchased 2. I only wanted it for daylight flash. An added benefit is that it is easy to see the person behind you if they have one. A mirror is great but if some falls back you can see them with no problem. My wife and I ride together so we know where the one following is at all times.

StarStarStarStarStar very bright

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

very bright. a great light on its own

Cons

less modes than my Cygolite Expilion 850.

Other Thoughts

I bought as a second headlight. I have yet to install to my helmet as I intended. It seems almost as bright as my 850 while on medium. I have yet to ride with it.

StarStarStarStarStar (B)Right light

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

This light throws a nice concentrated beam in the center and a wide evenly lit flood around it. The mount is very sturdy. I use this light to ride fire roads and single track at night, a second light on the helmet is very useful for this activity. The light also has held up to the elements very well and the battery is great.
All things considered; brightness, battery, cost, durability, this is a fine choice.

Cons

On the trail at night, 400 lumens might be sketchy for technical or ludicrous speed riding.

Other Thoughts

Go ride your bike!

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent bright light, clamp screw almost too short

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

high mode is very bright
variable modes
well built
easy installation
light can be removed from clamp for security
rechargeable USB

Cons

light mode with dual headlight/pulse is distracting
mounting screw was almost too short for my thick handlebars
pricey

Other Thoughts

I do a lot of the Critical Mass rides in Houston, Texas and in the hot summer months I have a tendency to ride in the very early morning, late evening or after dark along the bike trails of the city and in the neighborhoods where I live. Some places are very dark and have wildlife and questionable people along them. This 550 lumen light on bright has a wide beam and I can see about 75 yards ahead of me giving me plenty of time to slow down or turn and head the other way. The high beam on the Cateye light that I was using barely made it to 10 yards which is about what I see on low mode of the Cygolite Metro 550. The reason I am giving it only 4 stars is that I was not sure I was going to be able to clamp it to my fat Specialized road bike handle bars because the diameter of the clamp was smaller than the diameter of the handlebar and the screw was almost not long enough. Also the strobe mode used in tandem with the headlight after dark was very distracting and I will probably never use it. During the early afternoon I would have no problem using the strobe alone. My rides are usually only a couple of hours and I stop for breaks so I have not really tested the battery strength. I bought it on sale without the tail light and probably would not have bought it if I didn't ride after dark as much as I do. But, I would highly recommend it if you're a night rider.

StarStarStarStarStar I like this light

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Ownership: a month

Nice to have a USB charger. Very bright. Great for early morning biking.

StarStarStarStarStar excellent little light

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

very bright, easily illuminates 300 feet, various modes, I recharge it at work so it is ready for the return at night

Cons

none

StarStarStarStarStar Glad I bought the Metro 550

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Great illumination. Long life between charges. Multiple light modes for every circumstance.

Cons

Interferes with my wireless bike computer if placed too close.

Other Thoughts

Good value for a great light. Glad to be able to see walkers and joggers on the trails while riding to work in the morning.

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"Founded in 1991 by a group of Southern Californian cycling enthusiasts who envisioned bicycle lighting systems utilizing the latest technology with trend setting designs, Cygolite developed a line of systems that made it synonymous with innovation and quality. Over 20 years later, we still lead the way, creating rechargeable lighting systems inspired through test rides on the trails and roads then engineered and assembled in our California headquarters."

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