Wheely good gadgets: How to stay safe on your bike
12:06 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
It's an all too familiar story: driver doesn't spot cyclist. Driver turns. Driver hits cyclist. But what if cyclist had all the tools to protect them from danger? With the latest in bicycle gadgetry, they can. Making your presence known on your two-wheeled adventure is key to survival and the Blaze bike light by British designer Emily Brooke does exactly that. A front-mounted light powered by bright LEDs, Blaze projects a green laser image of a bicycle onto the road ahead to let motorists know you are coming.
The inventor —
Brooke, herself a keen cyclist, said she wanted to come up with a solution to the principal cause of cyclist fatalities -- being struck by a turning vehicle.
Night light —
With Pure Fix's glow-in-the-dark bike, nighttime riding just became less risky. The entire frame is charged by sunlight and will illuminate at night.
Courtesy Pure Fix Cycles
Smart bars —
'Transform any bike into a smart bike' is the Helios tagline, whose detachable smart bars house LED lights that provide widespread illumination. You can use your smartphone to alter the color and intensity of your lights as well as track your bike's coordinates should it get stolen.
Hand signals —
Japanese bicycle company Doppelganger has introduced these light-up gloves to improve visibility when indicating.
Detection protection —
This one's for cars rather than bikes but it's still a great tool for safety on the roads. Volvo recently won a 'Techies' award for their Cyclist Detection System, which alerts drivers to nearby cyclists and automatically applies the brakes if they get too close.
Spoke POV's 'design your own' wheel lights inject a little fun and creativity into cyclist safety. With their 'easy-to-make' electronic kit, cyclists can program their wheels to display whatever they wish.
Courtesy Dave Hart / Flickr
Sound defence —
It may look like a hairdryer but in fact the Sound Defense K9 is oh so much more: it can keep you safe from pursuing dogs. By emitting a high frequency audio signal that focuses in on sensitive canine ears, the device will keep excitable dogs at bay (but don't worry, it causes no harm whatsoever).
Courtesy Sound Defense
Cycle Alert —
The aim of Cycle Alert is to promote mutual respect on the roads. It comprises of three units: a sensor fitted to a bicycle, a sensor fitted to a vehicle and a dashboard receiver. The three components communicate, notifying a driver when a cyclist is in close proximity.
Courtesy Cycle Alert
Pump action —
Is it a seat? Is it a pump? Well, actually, it's both. This nifty bicycle seat from Think Biologic detaches easily to double up as a pump, so you never get caught on the road with a flat tyre again.
Courtesy Think Biologic
Cycle sneakers —
With Retrofitz's DIY cycle shoes kit you no longer need to look the part to be the part. Now (according to Retrofitz) you can easily insert a plate into your everyday sneakers to keep your feet in place while you zip around the city.
Foldable helmet —
Carrera's new foldable helmet is a 'revolution in city bike protection'. It's flexible frame means you can stash it away in a bag with no compromise on safety.
More foldable helmets —
Jockey caps, what jockey caps? A similar concept but this time by Closca, these foldable cycle helmets come in an array of different fabrics so you can keep it chic in the cycle lane.
Quick fix —
Repair Rebel is an all-in-one bike multitool that attaches to your bike so you'll never be caught off guard with bicycle dysfunction. It recently smashed its pledge of $10,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter by almost 250%.