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Five interesting bike products on Kickstarter

Monday, April 07, 2014

This isn't Part 4 either, but this didn't really fit with the tone of the previous blog post, so here it goes.

It'll be a while yet before I can get back to commuting via cycle, but when I do, safety is (as always) a priority, and one of the highest priorities is in letting drivers see you. I've been contemplating Revolights for a while now (ever since they originally launched on KickStarter) and they definitely look cool and solve the side visibility issue. However at the same time they are supposed to be somewhat fiddly to install, are somewhat expensive, and some people have found keeping them aligned once installed a little bit of a pain. In addition, while they definitely work well for in-close front lighting, many people find they still need a separate brighter front light see things further away. As a result, I've never been able to convince myself that this is what I want to use.

I use a bright 4-LED headlight up front, but I've been struggling to figure out what to use on the rear. I've got a red LED blinky right now, but never felt that it was enough nor that it worked well for side visibility. The Revolights guys came up with something new, however that I think fits the bill pretty well: a system that mounts two red LED light pipes to the rear fender. It also incorporates a wheel speed sensor and adjusts the light brightness (or blink frequency) when you are braking:

www.kickstarter.com/proj
ects/revolightsinc/revolig
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I've kicked in on this one, and I hope they meet their funding goals.

If they don't, however, there's another KickStarter project that I'm watching:

www.kickstarter.com/proj
ects/137677097/halo-belt-2
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afety-belt


In particular, I'm really interested in the Halo X, a double belt that goes over the shoulders and creates an illuminated X on your back. In fact, even if the Revolights Arc fender light gets funded I may kick in on this one too.



Of course, if you start browsing Kickstarter you will find all sorts of weird and wonderful projects. There is a lot of crud out there (Sturgen's Law definitely applies) but there are three bike-related projects that I found kind of interesting:

A bicycle multi-tool alternative:

www.kickstarter.com/proj
ects/fixitsticks/a-re-imag
ined-replaceable-wrench


A compact handlebar bell that doesn't look horrible:

www.kickstarter.com/proj
ects/1067040129/trigger-be
ll-a-safer-bike-bell


And finally a place to hang (display?) your pride and joy:

www.kickstarter.com/proj
ects/1343076509/shelfie-ho
me-is-where-you-hang-your-bike
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