Whether you’re a daily commuter or a weekend warrior, the road can be a pretty dangerous place to ride a bike. The good news is, cycling technology makes it easier than ever to stay safe, be visible and alert others if you need help.
Check out these nine new cycling safety products that help make your ride a safe and enjoyable experience:
1. LATTIS ELLIPSE BIKE LOCK
While one bike lock can look a lot like the next, the new Lattis Ellipse found a way to separate itself from the pack. Distinguishing features include keyless entry via an app on your smartphone, theft alert and a self-charging solar panel that keeps the lock charged and as theft-proof as possible.
2. GARMIN VARIA REARVIEW RADAR
Unfortunately, getting hit from behind is a real issue for cyclists. To solve the problem, Garmin developed the first bike radar system, which alerts you to rear approaching vehicles. You’ll also be notified of the number of vehicles headed your way, the speed of the vehicles and threat level to let you know when it’s time to get out of the way. The Varia unit will also increase in brightness as the vehicle gets nearer, and can be paired with a second unit to use as turn signals.
3. ZACKEES TURN SIGNAL GLOVE
Speaking of turn signals, by pressing together activation plates on the thumb and forefinger, the Zackees Turn Signal gloves emit LED lights on the back of your hand to make your intentions known when visibility is limited. It’s also extremely helpful for oncoming vehicles, and it allows you to signal without having to remove your hands from the handlebars.
4. ICEDOT CRASH SENSOR
Originally introduced in 2012, the updated ICEdot utilizes a pod on the back of the helmet to detect impact and alert your significant others instantly if there’s been a crash or fall, just in case you can’t. This life-saving device is compatible with iPhone or Android devices, weighs just 15 grams and is equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery that will run for up to 20 hours.
5. ORP SMART HORN
Combining a high-powered 70-lumen LED light with a 96-decibel horn, this horn packs a lot of punch in a small package. The dual-decibel horn can either be signaled lower for a more-friendly sound for pedestrians and other cyclists, or louder to get the attention of a distracted driver. It’s also weatherproof, USB rechargeable and has five different light modes.
6. POC AVIP BACK PROTECTION JERSEY
The AVIP lineup from POC is known for its innovation, and this jersey is no different. Designed with a pad made with 92% air, the lower-back protector inserted into the jersey is extremely light and breathable while providing protection should you crash. Like the rest of POC’s jerseys, the mesh is made from high-quality materials for a sleek, aerodynamic fit.
7. CYCLIQ FLY 6 AND FLY 12
Recording footage from an epic ride can be pretty cool, but bike cameras can also be a good way to protect yourself on the road. These front and rear cameras from Cycliq record footage you can use as proof should an incident occur, automatically uploading video just in case your cameras are damaged during an accident. It’s also equipped with high-powered lights, an alarm that detects movement when your bike is parked and a 10-hour battery.
Between bike lights, GPS devices and fitness gadgets, there isn’t a lot of space left on the bars for your hands. The SmartHalo combines all of these into one device, freeing up space and reducing overall weight in the process. The GPS function works in conjunction with a smartphone, using light indicators to provide turn-by-turn instructions so you don’t have to read a map while you’re pedaling. There’s also an internal motion sensor that sounds an alarm during an attempted theft and a tracking function to determine your bike’s location.
9. TORCH T2 BIKE HELMET
Designed for commuters, the T2 helmet from Torch is a sleek, good-looking helmet that is every bit as stylish as it is functional. Ten integrated LED lights on the front and rear of the helmet prevent the need to attach separate gadgets on your bike. Placing the lights on the helmet instead of on the handlebars or frame allows for a wider display at a more visible location, which makes it easier for motorists to see you. The helmet battery will last six hours on constant or 36 hours on flash mode.
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