Bicycle accessories designed to elevate your cycling experience, keeping you safe!
If in this age of pollution, pandemic and panic, you are not already a fan of cycling, it is high time to convert yourself into one! The bicycle is gradually becoming the preferred mode of transportation for people. People are abandoning fossil fuel consumption and the air pollution that causes automobiles for the greener option of bicycles! Not only is cycling a boon for the environment, it also promotes good health and allows us to get our daily dose of physical activity. In fact, you can even upgrade and improve your bike with some fun and functional accessories! Whether it’s an ultra-portable adventure light that snaps onto your bike or an air-purifying bike helmet, these accessories are the perfect companions for your bike.
“You are used to changing your shoes and jacket depending on the location or the weather. Why couldn’t you do the same with your bike? »ReTyre’s zippered tread system gives your city bike the versatility to work off-road as well. A simple zipper mechanism allows you to add a stronger secondary tread to your tires, allowing you to go from driving on smooth asphalt to traversing rough terrain. No matter the speed, distance or condition, reTyre’s selection of treads makes them the only set of wheels your bike needs … and in turn, making your bike the only bike you’ll ever need. . The special reTyre bicycle tire comes with a zipper liner and a selection of treads or skins that you can coat over your existing tire. The stock tire works great on asphalt and the wide variety of skins allows you to cycle on mud, gravel, rocks or even snow.
Inspired by his desire to “reinvent the ways we use and produce energy,” on a small scale, Vento is not just a bicycle light, as Bestenheider describes it, but “a powerhouse, a way to put back questioned energy consumption and an object to connect like-minded people. Vento is a state of mind. Composed of four main components, Vento is like a miniature wind turbine. Constructed from recycled plexiglass and aluminum, Vento’s microturbine recovers wind energy while the bike is in motion. Then the energy is converted into electricity by electromagnetic induction which takes place in the generator of the turbine. The bicycle light battery then stores this energy and the LED bulb generates light. As you move around in your bike, the wind is always blowing in front of you, so the light will always work when needed. Conveniently placed right between the handlebars, Vento also features on / off and flashing switches for daytime use.
This Garmin bike computer departs from the design language of the brand’s current line of Edge GPS bike computers for cyclists. Industrial designer WuShuai has come up with a refreshing design for the next Garmin computer for your next outing on any hiking trail. Its design has a more streamlined appearance, the convex display is a telling indicator of the fact. Being an avid bike enthusiast himself, Wu wanted to create a softer design language for a future Garmin Edge product. However, he admits himself that the screen is more likely to break in this new form if dropped accidentally. It’s a story for another day whether this design is referenced by Garmin for review.
Cha Hongkun, a Chinese designer, considered the possibility of refining the design of a portable lamp as it caters to an even wider range of activities. Cha calls it the “Ray” – a portable outdoor companion light with a form factor never seen before. It’s basically a wide strap that can be hooked onto your bike, backpack, or whatever else you can think of. It goes without saying that Ray is an essential outdoor accessory that will never let you down. The ease of use and portable credentials make this an accessory that I would like in my absolute essentials for any travel anywhere. The portable LED light can be charged with a USB-C compatible power bank or via a wall outlet. What got me hooked here was the cool color choice the designer wrote for Ray.
Among the hundreds of entries for the YD x KeyShot Design Challenge that asked participants to redesign the Envoy helmet to make it safer, António Martins’ redesign turned the bike helmet into a versatile headgear that might even offer a full face protection while riding motorcycles. “To make the ENVOY helmet safer, I designed a removable chin bar as well as a practical pressure system. Its clean design makes the chin bar look like part of the helmet, ”Martins said of its Silver Award winning design. The redesigned Envoy features having a separate, detachable chin guard that can be easily and securely put on using tabs on either side of the helmet. Simply clip on the chin bar and the Envoy goes from a bike helmet to something perfect for motorcycling, quad biking and even snowmobiling.
Among the hundreds of entries for the YD x KeyShot Design Challenge which asked participants to redesign the Envoy helmet to make it safer, Jonathan Hatch’s redesign showcased a smart feature – a pair of pull tabs that allowed the helmet to split in half, making it easy for emergency medical technicians to easily and safely remove the harness in an emergency. “My addition to the Envoy helmet concept is to improve user safety after an accident,” Jonathan told Yanko Design. “Typically, removing an injured user’s helmet after an accident requires one EMT to stabilize the head and neck and another to cut the chin bar and remove the helmet. Removing the helmet often results in accidental repositioning of the head and neck, which can cause additional injury or take precious seconds during the rescue.
Called Airban, the urban bicycle helmet aims to face the inevitable crisis of air pollution. The advanced helmet sucks in polluted air, filters it, and then projects clean air onto the fixed face shield which is a slight distance from the face. As the rider continues to move forward, air passes through the front vents in the front and enters the air channel. At the same time, the air is sucked in from the rear via a small brushless fan which projects the air in the breathable position. The air entering the Airban helmet through these two channels is filtered through the HEPA filter which removes 99.97% of the 0.3 m particles. The activated carbon layer removes any smoke, odor or other pollutants – hence radiating the rider with clean air even in the most polluted environment.
Just when you thought tubeless bike tires are the best thing on the road for your bike, the next revolution has arrived. The very technology that NASA uses in its Mars rover and lunar mission, has now reached the consumer-driven arena in the form of the METL tire developed by the startup Smart Tire Company, which licensed the technology to bring to bike lanes. . in the near future. METL Airless Bike Tires are made from Radial Shape Memory Alloy (SMART) technology – made from a strong (like titanium), lightweight yet ultra-elastic material (like rubber) known under the name NiTinol +. This magical material according to Smart Tire Company, “rearranges its molecular structure when you bend it, but instantly returns to its original shape, perfectly.” In fact, these tires are so good that they can last the life of your bike – which means you don’t even have to worry about punctures, tires, or those with tread wear. – and that you must replace them with a new one.
The German startup DroidDrive wants to eliminate all the reasons that make users hesitate to use such trailers with the Trailerduck. This electric cargo trailer is a great option for urban deliveries as it synchronizes its speed and direction of propulsion with the bicycle or electric bicycle towing it. In this way, the four-wheel trailer is able to haul much more cargo than current conventional options. In a way, this is a self-contained trailer that in years to come may not even need a towing vehicle to do the job.