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CyFy WristView integrates bicycle rear view and ID into a wrist-top package

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September 18, 2012

CyFy WristView lets you check your blind spot

CyFy WristView lets you check your blind spot

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Despite some recent design improvements in field, it's still pretty hard to pedal around with a helmet-mounted rear-view mirror and look stylish. There are, however, alternatives for the fashion conscious cyclist. The CyFy WristView integrates a rear-view mirror into a bracelet, giving you a low profile, adjustable means of checking for traffic behind you.

If you went to elementary school around the same time I did, you probably remember the slap bracelet - a pliable piece of metal that curls into bracelet form when you slap it against your wrist. They were all the rage for a very brief but passionate period around the start of the 90s. Then, schools began banning them for causing injury and distraction. Some schoolyard rebels continued to sneak them around in their pocket or backpack for a couple months, but then the trend faded nearly as quickly as it had rose to prominence. Slap bracelets all but disappeared.

They're back. Bent Grass Concepts has resurrected the slap bracelet for something a little more useful than mindlessly slapping decorated metal against your wrist. It's attached a convex mirror to the bracelet in what it's calling the world's first wrist-mounted cycling mirror. Simply hold your wrist up; check that you're clear; and make the turn or merge safely.

Bent Grass Concepts claims that the bracelet design is safer and easier to use than a bike-mounted mirror, eliminating the impulse to "turn the wheel in the opposite direction to see what is behind you." When compared to a helmet mirror, Bent Grass says the WristView provides a wider field of vision without any of the associated rattling.

The WristView is an alternative to bike- and helmet-mounted mirrors

The slap bracelet design means that the CyFy fits all sizes of cyclists, from child to adult. It should also prove quick and easy to secure - simply slap it, adjust it into place and be on your way. The bracelet includes a felt backing for a soft, comfortable feel against the skin.

In addition to its integrated mirror, the WristView contributes to safety in several other ways. It is bright and reflective, adding a little nighttime visibility. The bracelet also includes a section for writing in identification and emergency medical information.

The CyFy WristView was funded on Kickstarter earlier this year and is making a debut at the Interbike bike trade show in Las Vegas this week. It is available on Amazon for a list price of US$25. Work is underway to get the product into the hands of additional distributors in and out of the U.S.

Source: Bent Grass Concepts

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9 Comments

Or you could build a decent cycling infrastructure in your cities, which put cyclists on decently separated lanes or (even better) paths instead of out with cars on the same road. That's a pretty good way to avoid cycling deaths and encourage people to cycle everywhere.

Practically nobody except tourists wear helmets when cycling in the Netherlands, and nobody has mirrors on their bike. If I need to see behind me, I turn my head/body and look. Much clearer picture. :-)

Frank van Schie
19th September, 2012 @ 01:58 am PDT

A "safety" product that requires cyclists to take one hand off the handlebars??

They've got to be kidding.

davem2
19th September, 2012 @ 02:46 am PDT

First I thought, cool! I'm getting one of those.

Then reality came up to me. It's probably one of the worst idea ever mad by peaple who don't ride a bike. If it's not designed for persons with very stiff neck, then it has a purpose.

The reason we have rear-view mirrors is so we instantly can spot whats behind us without moving our head. If we have to move our arm we could just as easy turn our head around. There is no "blind spot" in biking as the article says.

stigdaniel
19th September, 2012 @ 03:39 am PDT

davem2: I am not defending this product, but one has to take a hand off the handlebar to signal a turn (and in some places to stop...)

The problem is that the arm position they suggest may confuse cyclists and drivers behind. Perhaps it is harmless, perhaps not... but I am a little surprise it made it through the lawyers (so far).

But Frank van Schie is right -- in the Netherlands infrastructure is made to be safe for all. Cycling is safe in general, and safest in that country, and no one there feels the need to use stuff like this.

It is however typical of the frontier safety mentality prevalent in much of the United States, and while can hardly blame people for coming up with products like this, it would be much, much better if people got together and worked on projects based on the Complete Streets idea or followed the best practice from the Netherlands.

Todd Edelman
19th September, 2012 @ 04:49 am PDT

What a load of codswallop. As a child, many decades ago, I had a rear vision mirror on my bike. And an electric horn. All the kids did, they were considered cool, and were certainly good safety features.

As far as I am concerned all cyclists should be compelled to have handlebar mounted mirrors when sharing normal roads with regular traffic. They should also suffer big fines if they use the road when there is a cycle path provided at my (taxpayer) expense.

splatman
19th September, 2012 @ 06:39 am PDT

That has got to be the stupidest gadget yet devised for cyclists. Not only does one arm have to be held aloft in what can only be described as a potentially confusing signal for those motorists that are alert, but the cyclist then has to concentrate on "aiming" the mirror in two planes to get the required view behind him. By which time, no doubt, he/she will probably be under the wheels of the vehicle in front! Bloody daft idea, if you ask me. What's the matter with these people?

Mike Hallett
19th September, 2012 @ 07:10 am PDT

Hardly the "world's first." Sometime in the 1980s or early 1990s, there was a wrist-mounted mirror for cyclists. Positioned on the outside of the wrist, you could use it while gripping the handlebars, no need to hold your arm up.

Gadgeteer
19th September, 2012 @ 04:37 pm PDT

Not ever getting into my bikeshed fellers.

The upright posture of my MTBs makes head checks easy and my roadies are all fitted with The Italian Road Bike Mirror that does an excellent job with just a quick glance down.

Hands are for shifting, braking and signalling.

Hey Splatman, thanks for being so generous with your taxes, now stop walking your damn dog on the cyclepath (paid for at my expense, just like those roads you cover with a haze of smog)

Bill Mulger
19th September, 2012 @ 11:26 pm PDT

Velocchio rear-view mirror (deadware, for some reason)

www.cycledelic.fr/public/produits/veloccio/PLV_Velocchio.jpg

Freyr Gunnar
20th September, 2012 @ 01:03 pm PDT
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