While most cyclists like to think that they're pretty good at spotting
road hazards such as potholes and sewer grates, the fact is that no one
can watch the asphalt all the time. Inevitably, things like
smartphone navigation screens, motorists or traffic lights are going to
distract them. That's why Byxee was created. It's a bar-mounted device
that scans the road in front of the bike hundreds of times per second,
alerting the rider to anything that might wreck their wheels or even
cause them to crash.
In what it calls a "world first," Transport for London (TfL) will trial cyclist detection systems at traffic lights in the city with a view to improving cycle-flow. The technology aims to detect the number of cyclists travelling along a route. It then adjusts traffic signal timings to give cyclists more time on green lights.
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.