These 16 trendy accessories will keep cyclists safe on road
When you’re riding a cycle on street, you share the space with cars, motorbikes, trucks, buses, pedestrians and other cyclists of course. When you see the danger on road, you can avoid it, or at least manage to keep yourself safe by reacting in time. The real problem is when you cannot see the danger, that’s when you need cycling gear that can keep you safe from most potential dangers on road. So, if you’re a daredevil rider, or a safety first kinda cyclists, here are sixteen trendy bike accessories to keep you safe while riding.
# Lumos Bicycle Helmet with built-in 60 LED lights glows up when a wireless signal is transmitted via a two button remote on the handlebar. The helmet by Boston-based inventors Eu-Wen Ding and Jeff Chen works as turn signals and brake lights. Lumos is expected to ship by April 2016.
# While riding you want to see the road ahead clearly and even save your back from other vehicles in the dark. Bike lights are the best alternative – anti-theft Aviator and Afterburner Boost headlight are far better. Developed by Massachusetts-based Fortified Bicycle Alliance, $139 anti-theft bike light features screws to lock it onto your bike.
# For ones who don’t like wearing a helmet – Two Swedish lady designers have made the Hovding – an airbag you wear around your neck. On detecting a crash, this $600 device inflates into a nylon balloon in under 0.1 seconds and warps your head safely inside it.
# LED by LITE Rick and Brandon Smith (Utah-based father and son duo) features silicon enclosed 36 LED lights. The lights are waterproof and are powered by rechargeable 12-volt lithium-ion battery. Good to light up a large area around, LED by LITE costs $175.
# To ensure cyclists are visible on the road all the time, Wealers has fitted bike lights with laser to draw thin lines on either side of your bike- safety lights cost you $8.
# USB rechargeable Cygolite Hotshot is bright, has longest-lasting battery and impressive five flash pattern options. At $27 it is a steal.
# With a bicycle you have a liberty to park anywhere possible. However, theft remains a concern. Full-proof anti-theft C3N combination bike lock by Sphyke leaves the thief guessing from 2000 unique combinations. Single lock for front wheel is priced at $34, while front and rear wheel combo costs $80.
# Size of a fist, TAZ 1500 by Light And Motion cycle headlight shines at 1500 lumens, which is brighter than most motorcycle and car lights. Weighing 230g the $299 light is USB chargeable. It is waterproof and can light up to 90 minutes on single charge.
# Halo Belt is powered by LEDs and is made nylon. This comfortable to wear belt blinks for 20 hours before batteries die out, keeping you visible on the bike all the time for just $49.
# Wearable bicycle lock with LEDs onboard, the Vivid Lock by designers Tosika Maluma and Carson Tully can be worn across the body at night to increase visibility. The 4 digit combination steel lock has 60 LEDs and can light up for 70 hours before batteries run out.
# If you prefer to risk safety because you don’t wish to lug that heavy helmet on the head, inventor Jeff Woolf has a solution in Morpher Helmet that easily flattens and folds to be carried in a bag. Made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), the 250g helmet can deal with all kinds of blows and cost $100.
# Bike racers (including mountain bikers) are reaching motorcycle speeds, thus a full face helmet is a necessity. Kali Protectives Shiva fits the bill by being the lightest and smallest full-face helmet. At $500, Shiva weighs 1050 grams and is U.S. Department Of Transportation certified.
# Ed Word wants you to be sighted by other riders on the road at all times, a reason, he created Commuter X4. This wearable, fiber optic rear bike light is is durable and water-resistant and can be charged via USB. It’s fitted with LEDs and costs $49.
# Cycles don’t have those side mirrors like the motorbikes. Believing that you need them on your bike too, Rearviz has a $27 wrist mounted convex mirror that allows you to see what’s coming up from behind. Mirror is cased in a wristwatch-style band made from UV resistant plastic.
# Fast bike light with 8 LEDs is not any other ordinary light. Equipped with motion sensors, ambient light and Bluetooth, the light connects to smartphone via iOS or Android app. Fast sends an alert to your smartphone when someone tries to mess with your bike. Rear bike light also sends out an alert to a connected smartphone (if you have your friends/family connected) if you happen to meet with an accident.
# Globe Glove by DOPPELGANGER is embedded with a LED light which glows on a press of a button. Just stretch out the hand in the direction your turning, press the button, and the glove will light up in indication. LED globe gloves can light continuously for about 70 hours.