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Should your bike have a backup camera?

Backup cameras have become increasingly popular on motor vehicles in the past few years. In fact, since 2018, all new vehicles sold in the U.S. must have a backup camera and a video display. These safety features assist drivers with reversing their cars, minimize collisions and save lives.

While even high-end bicycles do not usually come with standard backup cameras, there are plenty of aftermarket ones you may want to consider installing on your commuter, cargo, mountain or road bike.

Handlebar installation

Aftermarket backup cameras for bicycles function like those on automobiles. Essentially, you mount a small camera on your bicycle’s seat post or rear fender. A visual display attaches to your bike’s handlebars, giving you a continuous feed from the rear of your bike in real time. Depending on the camera you choose, you may also be able to save video footage from your ride.

Accident avoidance

With the growing number of electric vehicles on California’s congested roadways, you may not hear a car, truck or SUV approaching you from behind. On the other hand, road noise may mask the sounds of vehicles with internal combustion engines. With a backup camera, you keep an eye on the space behind your bike without having to turn your head.

Valuable evidence

If a distracted driver or someone else collides with the back of your bicycle, you may sustain life-altering injuries. To boost your chances of receiving the financial compensation you deserve, you want to collect as much evidence as possible about the crash. Backup camera footage may help your case tremendously.

Because of added weight and bulkiness, you may prefer not to add too much to your existing setup. Ultimately, though, installing a backup camera may help you reach your destination without having a catastrophic collision.