Getting ready for next weekend’s El Tour de Tucson? There are some tech gadgets that can be helpful to bicyclists at all levels. In Friday’s Tech Tips, News 4 Tucson’s Quincey Hobbs has some ideas.
No matter if it is a student biking across campus, a child riding in their neighborhood, or serious cyclists preparing for El Tour De Tucson; this a city for bike riders. So this week we’re going to take a look at some of the tech that bike riders of all levels can use.
Companies such as Lumos, Sena, Coros, and Cosmo Connected all have infused the common bike helmet with tech that makes it safer and more visible. The smart helmet from Lumos utilizes led lights in the front and back of the helmet to ensure that motorist can not only see you but are also aware of your traffic actions. You can display turn signals as well as hazard lights by using a directional button that rests on the handlebars and that’s paired with your helmet.
Coros’ attaches a bone conduction device to the strap of your existing helmet to make it smart. Paired with a handlebar mounted controller, you can listen to music, make phone calls, and interact with your phone via voice commands. Because your ears are not covered, you can be aware of your surroundings while not losing the ability to communicate.
Senas’ take on the smart bike helmet includes to listen to the radio, use app-based streaming services, and have a four-way intercom conversation with other riders wearing the same type of helmet. Even if they are half a mile away, and like the Coros, your ears are not obstructed so that you can hear all that is happening around you.
If all of these helmets feel a little too smart, then the helmet light from Cosmo Connected may be what you need. It can attach to your current non-smart bike helmet and display your traffic signal maneuvers. You can pair the Cosmo Connected to your phone via its app and you can input the route that you plan on riding and the light will use GPS to track your location and issue signals when appropriate.
Helmets aren’t the only biking staple that has gotten smarter. Gone are the days of depending on a simple chain and padlock to secure your bike. A company named Lattis has created a smart lock called the Ellipse. The Ellipse is solar powered and both locks and unlocks with proximity and distance from your phone. If your bike is being disturbed once you have locked it, you’ll be sent an alert.
Linka is a smart lock that is mounted on the frame of your bike and locks once you walk away and unlocks when approach. Bisecu is a smart lock that employs an unseen lock mechanism. It rests over the hub of the wheel and prevents it from turning. Once it is locked it will emit an audible alarm if it’s tampered with.
Finally, Cycliq and Swytch take biking in a slightly different direction. Cycliq is a system of lights and cameras that aim to keep riders safe. In addition to perfunctory traffic signaling duties, these devices can be your ace in the hole in a bad situation. The cameras record on a loop, but they can detect when you’ve been in an accident preserve the video footage 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after the event. While Swytch is a device that can instantly convert any standard bike into an electric bike. The range of the converted ebike is 25-50 miles and is quite impressive for a device that can unassumingly rest on your handlebars.
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