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Reflective Gloves And Socks For Cyclists

Reflective Gloves And Socks (Images courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

Riding a bike in a big city during the day is dangerous enough, but when the sun goes down at night you better make sure you’re as visible as possible to motorists who are already pretty annoyed at having to share the road with you. And while you probably shouldn’t exclusively rely on these to make yourself stand out while riding, SUCK UK’s reflective gloves and socks are a good start.

The socks feature a reflective patch on the pack that becomes visible once you’ve tucked your pant legs into them, while the gloves, which seem a bit more useful to me, feature a reflective arrow on the back making your hand signals extra visible to vehicular traffic behind you. Both are available in a one-size-fits-all unisex design, with each pair costing ~$24 (£15) which is a small price to pay for a bit of extra safety.

[ Reflective Biker Gloves And Socks ]

Pioneer’s Got An Impressive Looking Cyclocomputer In Development

Pioneer Cyclocomputer (Images courtesy DigInfo TV)
By Andrew Liszewski

Pioneer’s skunk works is apparently looking to raise the bar when it comes to cyclocomputers. Typically they’re nothing more than a glorified stopwatch you attach to your handlebars which calculates your speed, time and distance traveled. But Pioneer’s developed one that runs on Android paving the way for a cyclocomputer that’s not only way more intelligent, but also displays your details in a far more graphically-enhanced manner.

But what I think will appeal to most cyclists, who spend their time with their eyes on the road anyways, is the wireless sensors Pioneer have also developed which attach to the crank and measure the force of the rider’s pedaling, displaying the results as graphical vectors for each foot. Probably more information than the average rider needs, but I’m sure serious athletes in training will relish all the extra info about their performance.

[ DigInfo TV – Pioneer Android-based Cyclocomputer ]

Bicygnals

Bicygnals (Images courtesy Bicygnals)
By Andrew Liszewski

When you’re a kid learning to ride, bike safety is the last thing on your mind. But when you grow up and take your first ride around the big city, all those lectures from your parents start to make sense. When you’re sharing the road with motorists there’s no such thing as being too safe, so you might want to consider these Bicygnals which give your bike a bonafide set of easy-to-install turn signals and high-visibility lighting.

Powered by a set of 4xAA and 4xAAA batteries the Bicygnals come in a pair for mounting on both the front and rear of your bicycle. The turn signal buttons are mounted within easy reach of where you normally grip the handlebars, and the lights are connected via a 2.4GHz wireless signal so the rear turning indicators stay synced to the front without you having to run any wires across your frame. They’re also designed to cleverly stick together, back-to-back, when not in use, and include a handy storage case so you can take them with you when you lock up your bike. In the U.K. you can get them from the Bicygnals online store for £44.95, and in the U.S. and Canada from the Cycle Force Group online store for $69.95.

[ Bicygnals ]

SEIL Bag Concept Adds Turn Signals To Your Bike – Lessens Your Chances Of Dying

Safe Enjoy Interact Light Bag (Images courtesy Lee Myung Su)
By Andrew Liszewski

Winner of a 2010 Red Dot Design award, the SEIL (Safe Enjoy Interact Light) bag concept was created by Lee Myung Su to provide a safer way for cyclists to signal. Technically when signaling with their hands a cyclist is only riding their bike with the other hand, which can be dangerous. So the SEIL fixes that problem with an LED-equipped backpack and a detachable wireless remote which can be mounted on the handlebars. And besides signaling your turning intentions, the SEIL bag can also be used to let others on the road know when you’re about to slam on the brakes, or even if there is an emergency.

[ Design You Trust – SEIL bag by Lee Myung Su design lab ]

LiveRider Bike Computer – Just Add An iPhone Or iPod Touch

LiveRider Bike Computer (Image courtesy New Potato Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

The last time we brought you an ‘innovation’ from New Potato Technologies it was an iPhone ‘appcessory’ known as the Jackpot Dock which basically turned your phone into a one-armed bandit slot machine. This time around they’ve got something a bit more useful, particularly for pedal pushers. The LiveRider bike computer is a combination of a dual-mode sealed sensor that mounts near the bike’s rear tire and measures wheel speed and pedal cadence, and an “aerodynamic shock-absorbing handlebar mounted cradle” with a 2.4 GHz wireless receiver.

Data from the sensor is sent to the receiver which is then fed to an iPhone (3G or 3GS) or an iPod Touch via the dock connector, and used to calculate and display various stats including elapsed time, distance traveled, cadence speed, watts, pace, calories burned, average and max speeds and even ghost data so you can race yourself from a previous ride. It can even access GPS data from an iPhone, and inclination info using the tilt sensor. And if you’re a real number cruncher, all of your ride data can be emailed and imported into a spreadsheet or database application. The LiveRider app is of course free to download from the App Store, but the hardware that makes it usable will set you back $99.

[ LiveRider Bike Computer ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Flat Pack Armadillo Helmet Is Flat, Possibly Useless

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By Evan Ackerman

Bicycle helmets are a useless inconvenience every single moment of their existence except for that one super important one when they protect you from death (or such less punishment). Part of the problem is their shape, which (while a predefined inevitability) is not an efficient use of space. The Tatoo helmet (that comes from the french ‘tatou’ which means armadillo) is made out of flexible (and recyclable!) interconnected polypropylene that unsnaps from itself and packs flat for storage.

The problem here is that the convenience of having a bendy helmet kinda means that the helmet is, uh, bendy. As in not rigid. And last time I checked, rigidity was a rather important part of the whole “protecting your brain from impacts” thing. Good thing it looks like it’s still a concept at this stage.

[ Abitare ] VIA [ Fast Company ]

Honda Bike Simulator Designed For Safety Training, Not For The Extremely Lazy

Honda Bicycle Simulator (Images courtesy FarEastGizmos)
By Andrew Liszewski

So I guess Japan is really serious about bicycle safety, so much so that Honda developed this bicycle safety simulator that allows riders of all ages to learn proper traffic rules and manners before they get on the road. The simulator includes different courses and scenarios like “going to school” or “going to the grocery store” and a rear mounted LCD even allows riders to see traffic coming up behind them. The simulators will be available from Honda starting in February of 2010 for an undisclosed price, though pre-orders will be taken starting in November.

[ FarEastGizmos – Honda Bicycle Simulator offers realistic experiences for user groups of different ages ]

The Bottleclip Clip-On Bottle Holder – Smart Design For The Hipster Cyclist

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By David Ponce

Most modern bicycles come with a bottle holder of one form or another. Which is why this product might seem redundant to some of you. But that’s because you’re forgetting an oft ignored class of society: the hipsters. Yes, they’re people too and like us they get dehydrated now and again. It would also seem that part of their wacky shenanigans involve an unexplainable compulsion to acquire certain types of bicycles that are conspicuously devoid of any bottle holder (or gears for that matter; a truly soothing sight to nervous downtown motorists’ worldwide). To their rescue comes Matthias Ries’ concept product called simply enough, The Bottleclip. It’s a little piece of plastic with a threaded opening that accepts most bottles on one side, and a clip that attaches to standard size bike frames on the other.

Of course, like most good ideas this is only a concept for now. But given that it’s just molded plastic, all it takes is one enterprising manufacturer to license the rights and start up production. Someone in China reading this?

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