Avid cyclists know the benefits and risks associated with logging miles by pedaling.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclist fatalities increased by 5% in 2021. With that number rising, many cyclists have turned to technology to up their safety.
1. MIPS technology
Bike helmets remain the must-have gear. While they have proven their worth, technology has continued to improve them. When the day comes for a new helmet, look for one with Multi-Directional Impact Protection Systems. Helmets with MIPS provide protection no matter where a biker comes into contact with the ground.
2. LED gloves
Long rides take a toll on the hands. Instead of going with simple gloves, consider upgrading to ones with LED lights. Along with providing added cushioning and protection for your hands, they also provide added light for safety. Designed for low-light visibility, gloves outfitted with LED lights make it easier for drivers to see a bicyclist approaching them.
3. Short-range radar
The automotive industry continues to up the safety game, including radar. Bicyclists now get to enjoy that same benefit. Research and development has led to short-range radars to better navigate urban streets. These devices warn cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind and include a taillight to let the driver know a bicycle is ahead. They also provide the bicyclist information regarding the speed of the approach and potential threat level.
For people ready to up their safety and make cycling an integral part of their lifestyle, the right gear with the latest technology increases the chances of a safe ride.