Innovative gear for bicycle officers
New gear on the market may make your riding experience safer and more pleasant
Most of the technology directed at improving bicycles these days seems to be directed at reducing the weight and improving ergonomics, resulting in bikes that cost as much as a car.
There is some new gear on the market that won’t cost nearly as much as that, and may make your riding experience safer and/or more pleasant.
Laser Bike Lanes
It’s powered by two AAA batteries and the projected markers are visible even under streetlights and car headlights.
The device is $39.95, but a notice posted on the company’s website last month indicated their inventory is backordered.
The rider uses an Allen wrench to set the tension of the springs to suit the bike, riding conditions, and weight of the rider. The device allows for 1.5 inches of vertical travel, and can be pre-loaded down to ¼ inch.
Bodyfloat is a pricier item, at $199 for version 2.0 and $349 for version 3.0. Manufacturing was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Version 3.0 will be available in December 2012, with Version 2.0 out the following February.
A model that incorporates a saddle is in the works.
Helmet with Integrated Sunglasses
The lenses come in several colors and are swappable and replaceable. The helmet has 24 vents for air circulation and has an aerodynamic design. You can get it in eight colors, with six different colors of lenses.
The helmet with a gray lens set is $179. Replacement lenses will sell for $30-$35.
The Click-Stand is a support for one side of the bike that collapses into four segments, similar to the way some white canes for the visually impaired break down for carrying. It weighs about 75 grams (2.6 ounces) and is 7-10 inches when folded up.
The Click-Stand sells for $31 directly from the manufacturer, who also offers a carrying bracket for mounting on the bike and some “Fat Feet” for supporting the Click-Stand in sand or soft earth.
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