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Rear Vision Mirror for Cyclists

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There’s a bunch of safety-minded stuff out there for cyclists, from rear view radars, to LED turn signals, to reflective gloves and socks. Sometimes though, going a little less high-tech can be as effective, and the Rear View Mirror for Cyclists appears to do its job just fine. Worn as an armband, the mirror lets you see what’s behind you without you having to affix any potentially unsightly mirror to your fancy road bike. “With high quality 5 year UV weather resistant materials, the CLASSIC RearViz bicycle mirror also comes with an Identification Pouch inside the armband, for a Medical ID Tag with “In Case of Emergency” tag.” It’s nice to know they hope for the best but also prepare for the worst, so we appreciate the ICE tag. At AUD $50.00 (around $35USD), it’s an inexpensive way to stay just a little bit safer on two wheels.

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The Loud Mini Is A Car Horn For Bicycles


Cycling is great, both for the environment and for yourself. But it’s not without its dangers, not the least of which is how hard it is for motorists to notice you even exist. We tend to be primed to detect other cars, and mostly, to hear other cars. Well, the Loud Mini is a small horn that you attach to your bike, but that sounds just like a car horn, and is just as loud at 125dB! At the press of a button you’ll emit the same kind of sound motorists are used to hear when an oncoming car wants to signal potential danger; they’ll break instinctively, before even knowing where the sound is coming from. This is exactly the sort of reaction a vulnerable cyclist is looking for, and can make the difference between an uneventful trip to the grocery store and a detour to the emergency room. A single charge will last up to 4 months, or 480 seconds of honking. It’s weather resistant, is easy to mount, and weighs only 410 grams. With a $149 pledge, you can get one in black.

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BeeLine Changes The Way We Use Navigation On Bicycles


Normally on a bike, you have a few options to find your way to your destination. Either you use your head and just, you know, go there. Or, you use a GPS device of some kind that will feed you turn by turn directions, telling you exactly where to go. It’ll get you there, sure, but it also takes away one of the most important features of being on a bike: the freedom to go anywhere you want. BeeLine approaches this differently: it still uses GPS to know where it is, but it just points you in the direction of your destination and tells you how far you still are. Which route you take is entirely up to you. As long as your distance keeps getting smaller, you know you’re headed the right way, but you’re free to do so while exploring the city at your leisure. It’s also safer, since you won’t feel pressured into taking turns at intersections that don’t feel right for you. It sits on your handlebar, unobtrusively, and consumes so little power that you’ll be able to go months between charges. Through the app you can set your destination, add waypoints, and it is smartly designed to automatically add a waypoint if your route takes you across a must-use route, like a bridge.

It’s a cool device, and will cost you around $60 as a pledge to get yours, with delivery in August 2016.


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Redshit Redshift Shocktop Gives You A more Comfortable Bike Ride

There’s a few things you can do to smooth out your bike ride, from outfitting your bike with shocks and springs, to a simple gel mat on the seat. Shocks and springs are kind of a no-go on road bikes, so the Redshift Shocktop will be welcomed by speed aficionados looking for less vibrations on their next ride. The Shocktop approaches the issue of bumpy rides with a bendable stem that allows the handlebars to travel up and down with every crevice you ride over, smoothing everything out. Large bumps saw a reduction of up to 70%, while the simple “road buzz” that every rider is used to is pretty much eliminated. The company offers several length stems, with different stiffness levels (thanks to twin interchangeable elastomers), so that you can adjust your experience to your liking. Installation is done in minutes and requires no special tools other than maybe a screwdriver.

It’s $109, you can pre-order it now, and expect delivery in April 2016, in time for the 2016 riding season.


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The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar Keeps Cyclists Safer From Getting Hit From Behind


You’ve seen them: cyclists riding in the middle of the lane, as if they own the road. We can understand the desire to stay away from potentially dangerous curbside holes, but this practice can be dangerous when coupled with less-than-fully-attentive motorists. The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar (by Garmin) alerts cyclists of an approaching vehicle as far as 150 meters away, allowing them to get a little closer to the edge of the road minimizing the chances of getting hit. The device also pairs with “compatible Edge cycling computers. The Edge computer or Varia head unit can then show multiple approaching vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level.” It also pairs with Varia Smart Bike Lights which flash with increasing intensity as vehicles get closer, thus also alerting the drivers of the presence of a vulnerable cyclist on the road.

It’s a great system for cyclist safety, although you’ll have to pay a fairly hefty price for it. It’s £159.99, or about $249USD.

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Litelok Bike Lock Is Both Lightweight, And Sturdy


Securing your bike in public is a delicate affair. Maybe you want to be super safe, but then you’ll have to carry really heavy U-locks. Or if you care about portability, you might sacrifice some safety. But the Litelok hopes to give you the best of both worlds. Created by one Professor Neil Barron, an industrial designer and entrepreneur with a background in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the flexible lock is made of a newly patented material called Boaflexicore®. It’s made of multiple layers of materials, where “each layer provides additional security, meaning it can withstand sustained attack from tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws.” It’s been tested to exceed “British and International lock quality standards and in-house testing has proven that it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock.” It weighs under 1kg (2.2lbs), is 29 inches long, and the lock only requires a key when you’re unfastening it, meaning it takes less time to secure your bike. And its beefy appearance looks like it means business, potentially discouraging would-be thieves before they even try to cut it.

It’s yours for a £80 ($117 USD) pledge, with shipping in August.


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A Collapsible Bike Helmet, For Your Convenience


Despite your brain being protected by nothing more than a slim bony shell that tends to fracture if you knock it a little too hard, plenty of cyclists still opt to ride without a helmet. It’s somewhat understandable, given their bulk. But the Closca Fuga Black collapsible helmet offers a potential alternative that might sway those who would wear protection if only it would fit in their bags.

The helmet is made of three circular shell components, which fold down and nest inside each other to make a package that fits inside a bag. According to manufacturer Closca, the helmet has passed certification in Europe, Canada and the States, thanks to a combination of polystyrene and polycarbonate in the shell.

The helmet even features hidden air vents, so you won’t overheat in the hot summer sun. It’s not necessarily the prettiest thing to look at, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in convenience and protection. It’ll set you back €72.00 ($77USD), with shipping in Spring.

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Seatylock Is An Elegant Bike Lock


Securing your bike in an urban environment normally involves carrying a separate lock, whether a chain or U-shaped. And while you may be able to tie down your frame and wheels, your seat will still remain vulnerable to theft (yes, it happens). With the Seatylock, your seat is the lock. Simply remove it and extend a 1 meter solid lock that will tie your bike down securely. “Seatylock has a universal adaptor that enables easy compatibility with any standard bicycle. After a simple installation it can be adjusted to your preferred saddle position.” Retail will be $129, but you can get it now for an $85 pledge, in either the narrow “trekking” configuration, or the wider “comfort” shape.


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Leather Beer Caddy For Bikes


Making a beer run in the middle of the party can get annoying, but not so with the Fyxation Leather Bicycle Carrier. Instead of stuffing that six-pack in your backpack or bringing it back (gasp!) in your hands, just put the beers in this cool-looking brown leather carrier. It’ll fit right beneath your top post, making it super convenient. Ok… we’re sure some of you will complain that you have to take the extra step to remove each beer from its box and individually insert it in this carrier. It’s true… but just look at it! If you don’t have a backpack, this is still the superior option.

But hey, if you’ve been drinking, maybe it’s better to walk after all? Cycling while intoxicating is no better than driving, so be safe.

The caddy will cost you $57, from Amazon.

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