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So I saw this ad for these awesome handlebars, and it got me thinking that it'd be nice to have an ongoing technology thread related to anything bikes or accessories.

Not endorsing at all, but I'm pretty this is going on my xmas wish list.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673198/smart-handlebars-give-any-bicyc...

What do you guys think? Worth the price? Worth the risk in a city like Chicago?

What other questions should we be asking as new, smarter technologies spring up that can affect, improve the way we bike?

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Don't you want other cyclists to see you too, especially on dark streets?  While a bike-bike collision may not be as hard an impact as a car, you can still get hurt - or hurt others. 

Also, with all the distracted drivers, burned out headlights, dirty windshields, etc., do you really want to risk it all on the assumption that a driver behind you will see your reflector in time?

It's much better to have a light and reflective materials.  Just my $0.02...

S said:

I think a CPSC reflector is more than adequate.  Any cars with their headlights on will see it (although there are a distressingly high number of cars with broken headlights out there).

Big +1. On busy city streets it's not about being seen, it's about keeping a driver's attention among hundreds of distractions.



Anne Alt said:

Also, with all the distracted drivers, burned out headlights, dirty windshields, etc., do you really want to risk it all on the assumption that a driver behind you will see your reflector in time?

It's much better to have a light and reflective materials.  Just my $0.02...



Anne Alt said:

Don't you want other cyclists to see you too, especially on dark streets?  While a bike-bike collision may not be as hard an impact as a car, you can still get hurt - or hurt others. 

If the other cyclist has a front light, they'll see the reflector if they're coming from behind.  


Also, with all the distracted drivers, burned out headlights, dirty windshields, etc., do you really want to risk it all on the assumption that a driver behind you will see your reflector in time?

It's much better to have a light and reflective materials.  Just my $0.02...

I agree but given the number of cyclists I see out there with no reflective materials or lights at all, it'd be a decent first step if they had just reflectors.  Hell, having them wear clothing that wasn't black or a really dark color would be an improvement.

These cycling gloves seem awesome and from the 80s at the same time. A rare combo imho.

turn signal glove

The main problem is most gizmos require power, which on a bike means you have to spend the money on a dynamo or carry a battery.

The most effective technology I'd like to see applied is either an active system like lojack or a passive chip (such as many pets have) that allows a stolen bike (or at least frame) to be tracked and identified.

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