As any dedicated bicycle commuter will tell you, it’s important to let motorists know when and in which direction you’re turning. At night, however, drivers might not always see your hand signals. Using illuminated gloves is one solution, but British startup Cycl is now offering another: LED turn indicators that attach magnetically to the ends of your handlebars. They’re called WingLights, and we recently had the chance to try them out for ourselves.
Riding a bike is definitely a good source of exercise, although it does
tend to work out the same muscles in the same fashion, over and over.
In an effort to remedy that, the Caron Bicycle was created. It can be
pedaled in six different ways, all of which still move the thing
Consumers currently have their choice of several brake lights for bicycles,
which use an accelerometer to detect when the cyclist is stopping.
However, what if you want something that's a little smaller, simpler and
cheaper? That would be Sigma's tiny new mechanically-activated
Although electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular for
commuting, a lot of people still don't like the idea of completely
shelving their perfectly-good human-powered two-wheeler. That's why
companies such as Superpedestrian, Evelo and Hycore
have developed electric-assist wheels containing a battery pack and
motor, that can simply be installed on a regular bike. Although most of
them are still in the "pre-order" stage, FlyKly's Smart Wheel
is now actually reaching consumers. I recently got to try one out, and
it definitely does help with the hills ... although at least one tweak
is still needed.
Adding lights to a bike helmet is one way to improve visibility at night, but Chinese company Livall has gone a step further – its LED-loaded helmet also serves as a walkie-talkie and sends out an SOS alert when you fall down.
While hub motors may be quite common on commuter e-bikes, they’re not so popular on full-suspension electric mountain bikes. That’s because they add unsprung weight, which nobody wants. Various companies have responded by developing motors that are located in the middle of the bike, near the bottom bracket. These solve part of the problem, although they have to actually be built into the frame. That’s why Germany’s Bionicon has created the e-ram – it’s reportedly the world’s lightest mid-mount motor, and it could potentially be installed on existing mountain bikes.
Aiming to boost bicycle security and rider safety in one stroke, Australian designers Tosika Maluma and Carson Tully have created a wearable bicycle lock with 60 built-in LED lights.
One of the big reasons people give for not commuting by bicycle is the
fear that drivers won't notice them on the road. While various devices
are available to make bikes and riders more visible, the designers of
the 125-decibel Loud Bicycle Horn have concentrated their efforts on
another goal – making sure that cyclists are heard.
Plastic carrier bags are typically petroleum-based, take a long time to decompose and are often imported from distant countries. They're also tricky to carry when cycling. The new PaperJohn tackles all of these issues. It's a backpack made of biodegradable, 100 percent recycled paper.
Although most cyclists probably don't give much thought to their water
bottle or bottle cage, the fact is that like just about anything else,
those components can be lightened and simplified. That's just what
British cycling design company Fabric has done, with its new Cageless