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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

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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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Turn Any Branch Into A Sword

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Kids will go into the woods and pretend to be swordsmen. This is the way kids work. We think. But if they’re going to be doing that, there’s a chance one of them will get their knuckles hit and come back home in tears. That won’t happen if you get them the Nature Sabre-sword Creator from MonkeyBuisness. It’s a simple silicone attachment that fits at the end of a branch and creates a finger guard that not only makes the “sword” look more legit, it also gives your child some semblance of protection. They’re $11, comes in three colors, and is available now.

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Saver Emergency Breath System Can Let You Breathe Through Toxic Smoke

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80% of fire fatalities occur due to smoke inhalation. With every passing minute after the fire breaks out, your chances of survival go down by 10%, and after the first 5 minutes, your chances of making it out alive are 25%. The Saver Emergency Breath System is a sophisticated filter that you place over your mouth in the case of a fire, which gives you a precious few minutes during which to escape. It filters out carbon monoxide and toxic gases for up to 5 minutes. “Saver comes in a 2-person portable set or 4-person wall-mounted set, and also includes a flashlight and built-in alarm to help alert first responders to your location.” Prices start at $99 for 1, and $169 for 2.

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The Tannus Solid Tires Never Go Flat

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Getting a flat tire while riding your bike is a massive pain in the ass. But if you outfit them with a set of Tannus tires, this concern may become a thing of the past. These tires require no inflation since they’re a solid block made of a special foamy resin called “Aither”.

Made from a very special Micro Closed Cell Polymer Resin “Aither”, Tannus tire uses a foaming technology. And, it may look similar to that used in many lightweight sports shoes, but it is totally different from any other foaming technology both in terms of its process or the condition. It is made from the one-and-only material “Aithercompound” with a very unique foaming process.

They’ll allegedly withstand puncture, and never go flat, while suffering from very little rolling resistance. The tires come in 12 different colors, and 3 different hardness types (soft, regular, and hard). They’ll set you back between $50 and $70, and there are different types and sizes to accommodate bikes of all sorts.

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Smart Bike Lock Features Breathalyzer

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We imagine that if you’re going to the lengths of buying a smart lock that won’t open unless you’re below the legal drinking limit, you are aware that you have a problem. Well, good on you for doing something about it, although we’re not convinced this particular product is the perfect answer. The AlcohoLock immobilizes your bike and keeps it that way until you’ve completed a breath analysis, clearing you of excessive amounts of booze. If you fail the test, not only will it not open, it’ll also alert a designated family friend and give them the option to remotely unlock it should they see fit. We imagine that when trying to quit, having someone to be accountable to is a good idea. But to have to pay $250 for an aluminum lock, one which needs batteries that require regular charging, well… that just seems like an annoying and unnecessary expense; perhaps avoiding taking your bike out when you know you’re going for drinks might be the better option?

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The SkySaver Backpack Is Your Lifeline Out Of A Burning Building

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We can’t imagine too many people think daily about what they’ll do if they ever have the misfortune of being caught in a burning building. It’s a terrifying thought, and we understandably don’t spend our waking hours thinking about all the horrible things that could happen to us. Still, if you’ve ever experienced this nightmare, or worry about it more than others, know that there may now be a product that can save you in such situations. The SkySaver backpack contains everything one would need to rappel down a building, in the scary case that the fire department is unable to get to you. There’s a body harness, a window anchor bolt (which needs to be pre-installed), and a special winch that will lower you no faster than 6.5 feet per second. It’s still fast, but not terribly so; you’re going to want to get out of Dodge quickly anyway, so don’t fret. Backpacks come in 80, 160, and 260 feet lengths, so you’ll want to get one that’s appropriate for the floor you live/work on. Costing $750, $800, and $850 respectively, they’ll be “available soon.”

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Flailing Your Arms Around On A Bike Isn’t The Most Efficient Way To Signal, The Lumos Helmet Is

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Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable on the road, and despite many using their hands to signal their intention to turn, two cyclists a day lost their lives in 2013 in the USA. Especially in the dark, hand signals are hard to see, but the bright LEDs on the Lumos helmet? These are unmistakable. Directly integrated into the helmet, the LEDs allow you to signal with the flick of a wireless remote mounted on the handlebar. Additionally, a red triangle remains lit on the back, encouraging motorists to proceed with caution. On the front are white LEDs which also remain lit all the time, making you more visible from the front. And finally, an integrated accelerometer activates as a brake light! The helmet is waterproof, meets many safety certifications, and the batteries are easily rechargeable through USB. If you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $99 on their fully-funded Kickstarter.

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

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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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