When cycling at night, it's important not just to be seen from the front
and back but also from the sides. In order to make that happen, bicycle
lighting systems typically either add dedicated side lights or they divert
part of the main headlight beam. The Ding headlight, however, puts out
one beam that shines forward, along with a second one that lights up the
road directly to either side of the bike.
There are already bicycle "running lights" that plug into the ends of
the handlebars, providing side visibility when cycling at night. HueRay
takes that same idea but makes it sturdier and more self-contained, with
silicone bar grips that incorporate their own high-intensity LEDs.
If you'd like the ease of an electric bicycle but don't want to give up your perfectly good "manual" bike, there is something you can do – you can replace your bike's existing rear wheel with the electrically-powered Copenhagen Wheel or FlyKly, or replace its front wheel with the Omni Wheel. Those three products may soon have to make room for another competitor, however, as the Centinel Wheel enters the marketplace.
between cyclists and motorists can be a tense, frankly unpleasant
aspect of the morning commute, but a new invention by Seattle-based
company Artefact (or more specifically its incubation program,
Startefact) is aiming to patch things up and hopefully save some
lives in the process. BrakePack is an LED-fitted smart backpack
designed to make cyclists more visible to motorists,
while signalling their intentions.
If there are a lot of good ol' boys where you live, then you're likely
familiar with Truck Nuts – rubber testicles that are hung from a
pickup truck's trailer hitch. Well, a couple of Toronto-based designers
have come up with something similar for bicycles. Known as Bike Balls,
they actually serve as a tail light that catches motorists' attention by
swinging merrily back and forth.
When it comes to inflating bike tires on the road, there are two
options: a compact hand pump that requires some exertion, or a
single-use CO2 cartridge. New York-based DesignAir Innovations, however,
has created another one. It's called RideAir, and it's refillable
portable compressed air pump.
Bicycle commuters who regularly ride at night would no doubt appreciate
having lights that could be left on their bike all the time, with little
chance of them getting stolen. That's why Fortified Bicycle Alliance
first introduced its Defender
headlight, which can only be removed using a specialized tool. Putting
out just 50 lumens, though, it's certainly more of a "be seen" than a
"see the road" light. That's why Fortified more recently introduced its
considerably brighter Aviator headlight and Afterburner tail light. We gave them a try, to see how they stand up to real-world use.
Pain in areas such as the neck, butt and knees cause many cyclists to
switch to recumbents. A lot of other people shy away from the low-slung
bikes and trikes, however, as they have concerns about visibility.
That's why Australian manufacturer Hiele has created the Trivek. It's a
semi-recumbent delta tricycle that lets its rider sit back in a comfy
seat while still sitting tall enough to be seen by motorists.
Cargo cycles tend to look much more visually interesting than traditional bikes and trikes – designs like the Velove Armadillo
are all but guaranteed to turn heads on the street. Even within a
segment of such new and unusual designs, the Boxer Rocket stands out
with bold, stylish looks. Inspired by both fictional and real-life
aircraft from decades way past, the new bicycle carries passengers in an
Competitive cyclists like to track their power output, and many use a power meter in order to do so. Those meters mostly take the form of a device that's either added to or built into one crank arm, and they can cost anywhere from around US$1,000 to over $2,000. The Limits power meter, however, simply goes between the pedal and crank of any bike, and is planned to cost less than $400.