Best Bike Tech 2017: A Pick Of The Top Cycling Gadgets
Advances in technology and connected devices over the last few years have had a massive impact on cycling culture across the world. Thanks to a host of innovations making cycling safer, easier and more fun, people are cycling around more than ever before, be it a lengthy commute, adventure trip in the outdoors, or just an occasional jaunt to the shops.
So with summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off that saddle and get back on yer bike. We’ve picked out some of the coolest gadgets to adorn your beloved bicycle with in time for those warmer months.
Available for £125 at blaze.cc
Navigating yourself through busy city streets at rush hour on a dark evening can be stressful enough to get any cyclist’s handlebars in a twist. Enter Laserlight, a rechargeable 300 lumen LED bike light with a bonus safety feature: a laser. Thanks to forward projection technology, Laserlight combines a white light and a bicycle laser image to beam out of blind spots, junctions and situations where you’re otherwise unseen. The laser projects a bike symbol six metres in front of you, visible by fellow road users from various perspectives and increasing your safety.
Available for £136 from Lumoshelmet.co
Ever forgotten your bike lights? Lumos is the gadget for you; it’s a next generation bicycle helmet that goes out of its way to make sure you’re seen when cycling thanks to integrated LED lights with brake and turn signals. A tap of the helmet’s Bluetooth handlebar-mounted remote control means you can communicate your intentions to drivers and people around you.
GPS-305 bike tracker
Available for £69 at Detective-Store.com
The GPS-305 is a tracker that hides in your bike’s handlebars to prevent your bike being stolen when traditional locks do not. It is completely invisible, placed in a head tube, and transmits a GPS signal so you can always know where your bike is, even when in the hands of a thief. It’s easy to install, and better still, it can’t be removed with a special set of tools. Catch that bike thief red-handed.
Available for £99 at Beeline.co
Beeline is a universal bike attachment that sits on your handlebars, connects to your phone’s GPS and tells you which directions to turn. Ideal if you don’t have a clue where you’re going. It doesn’t give you turn-by-turn directions, but instead tells you how far away you are from your destination alongside an arrow that – like a compass – tells if you’re going in the right direction or not. Sunlight readable, backlit display, water and shock resistant, and weeks of use on a single charge: this nifty little gadget is the perfect for those looking for a more adventurous ride.
Available from £25 at cycl.bike
Making its first appearance on our telly boxes as a pitch on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, the CYCL WingLights is a pair of bright LED’s that give cyclists 360 degree visibility in all lighting and weather conditions for a safer ride. But the really cool thing about WingLights is that you can use them to tell fellow road users which direction you’re going to turn. No more stretch your arms out in the dark and hoping they’re seen, simply tap a button on the side and it will flash, acting like a car’s indicator lights.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT
Available for £249.99 at WahooFitness
If you’re serious about cycling and want to keep a dedicated track your rides, Wahoo Fitness’ ELMENT is an ideal companion. It sits on your handle bars and thanks to built-in GPS, doesn’t rely on your phone to tell you where you are or which way to go. Like a sat nav for bikes. It also features Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology to pair with various cycling sensors and heart rate monitors. A free companion app brings all this together, allowing you to set up your data fields, customise profiles, track performance, and share ride data.
Available for £199 at Coros
This helmet has it all. Not only will it protect you from cracking your head open if you happen to fall off the saddle, but it’s got open-ear precision audio so cyclists can safely hear traffic along with music, calls, and even spoken turn-by-turn navigation and ride data via a connected app.
SunnyCam smart glasses
Available for £99.99 at Amazon
Step into the future with the SunnyCam video recording sunglasses. The SunnyCam allows you to record High Definition 720p video while on the road, as well as take photos discreetly between your eyes, all stored on a Micro SD card that slots into the side. This allows you to record true point of view (POV) footage while speeding through the wilderness on adventure trials, or when performing any activity requiring the use of two hands.
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium
Available for £109.99 at aftershokz.co.uk
If you’ve always wanted to cycling while listen to music but didn’t want to risk your life doing so, then you need a pair of Trekz Titanium. The wireless stereo headphones are the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones and earbuds thanks to bone conduction technology. An open ear design offers music play and call features as you cycle from A to B, all while allowing you to hear perfectly what’s going on around you.
Lee is a freelance journalist specializing in technology, health and fitness innovation. Follow him on Twitter @llebeel and read more of his articles at his Forbes profile page.