Make your bike smarter
Off the back of the last post, here we have a gadget. I suppose gadgets are usually characterised as things we don’t need, strictly speaking, but are interesting and at least somewhat useful. The Helios handlebars are both of those, or all three of those,actually, but I digress…
The bars come in three styles: bullhorns, drops, or straight bars. Their primary function is to enhance visibility, with a 500 lumen front light, rear facing lights, and turn indicators. Personally, I’m not sure that indicators on a bike with other flashing lights will do anything to inform drivers of your intent to turn, but lucky for you, they’ve still included the option of allowing you to use an alternative turn indicator, placed neatly on either side of your torso. Your arms.
In any case, there are a bunch of other techy features, some more useful than others. GPS tracker and Bluetooth Smart connectivity are things some people will like. I’m pretty impressed with the fact that they’ve apparently got the light to last for 9 hours on the full 500 lumen setting (20 hours on 250), they’re reasonably light factoring in that it’s a bar, stem, lights, battery and more, and they don’t cost any more than these things combined either (less, in many cases). I’m not overly enamoured with the drop bar shape. Seems pretty bad, actually. I don’t see anyone using this aside from a commuting bike, though, so maybe who cares.
Anyway, an interesting attempt at trying to help cyclists be safer in traffic. Go here if you want to see more.