Gallery: Cool bicycle technology you may not have heard of
TORONTO – You’ve got your U-lock, your helmet. You’ve brushed up on your road etiquette. All of the cycling basics have been covered. So what comes next?
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These innovative items will take your cycling to the next level.
Vanhawks Valour connected carbon fibre bicycle
The Vanhawks Valour carbon fibre bike features security sensors and tracking technology, which track your ride, provide directions and can even let you know when cars are passing.
Vanhawks is a Toronto-based start-up dreamed up by two engineering students. The company pitched concept of the bike on crowd-funding website Kickstarter, and with hours to go, the campaign exceeded its fundraising goal of $100,000 by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Hövding Airbag for cyclists
The Hövding bicycle helmet is an airbag for cyclists born out of a master’s thesis in Sweden. The helmet is worn around the cyclist’s neck and inflates, protecting the head, during a cycling accident.
Watch the Hövding Airbag in action:
The Henty Wingman garment bag
The Henty Wingman safely stores your suit, dress, shirts and accessories, conveniently rolling up into a satchel you can wear on your back when cycling.
The bag also features an external pocket for keys, a removable laptop pouch, reflective pipping for cycling at night and a stabilisation strap.
ReeCharge Power Pack
BioLogic’s ReeCharge Power Pack charges most USB-chargeable devices, like your smartphone, camera or GPS while you cycle. The power pack attaches to you a bicycle hub dynamo and captures and stores energy in the hub.
The Loud Bicycle Horn
Safety first! This bike horn is as loud as a car horn, reaching 112 Decibels. The company says the horn can honk up to 30-seconds straigh, but urge cyclists to “be respectful.” You can pre-order the horn for $95.
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