Mean looking thief-proof bicycle lights

These lights look seriously mean because they shaped like the bullet chamber of a revolver.

Shaped like that I can imagine someone modelling a barrel and a handle and sticking them on. Imagine seeing a bike with what looks like a colt 45 clamped to the handlebars! Cars drivers would give you a wide berth. Then again you might get chased by armed police believing they have a serial killer in their sights.

It is called the Defender and is not yet in production, but soon will be.

According to the inventors it is designed to stay permanently locked to the handlebars. As 1 in 3 city cyclists have had their lights stolen and 80 per cent frequently forget their lights at home, this should do well.

It takes 30 seconds to attach the light and once in place a special tool is required to remove it. The light is constructed from aluminium, features six LEDs and can run for 100 hours powered by its three AA batteries. As you would expect from a light designed to never leave the handlebars of a bicycle, it is entirely waterproof.

Kickstarter is an online Dragons’ Den that allows people to pledge modest amounts of money to help entrepreneurs get their designs into production. In the case of the Defender, an investment of $50 (around £30) will buy one when the light goes into production. The recommended retail price is expected to be around $70.

I think it will do well.

Track your stolen bicycle with SpyLamp a hidden GPS tracker

The SpyLamp looks like an ordinary LED rear light. Inside though, is GPS technology. It works using a pay-as-you-go mobile phone SIM card and a motion sensor. The stolen bike can then be tracked online using Google Maps.

It costs £125, though it will also require the occasional top up of the pay-as-you-go SIM card.

The problem I can forsee though is that a thief may lose the light or sell it to someone else for a small financial gain. Perhaps they designers have antisipated this as they are about to launch a version that can be hidden inside the seat post or bicycle frame.

Great gadget!

Bike Hub: Turn your android phone into a route-finding Satnav for bicycles

I know it came out last year but I have just discovered BikeHub.

BikeHub is a great FREE android app (also for iPhone) that finds a cycle route for you, then gives you the option to follow it using your phone’s GPS. It will also give voice directions and vibration alerts when coming to turns.

This screenshot is from the desktop version which gives you an idea of some of it’s features.

All I need now is a handlebar holder for my Dell Streak 5. Might this be another job for duck tape?!

AA Cycle Helmet Stunt

The CTC responded to a helmet give-away for cyclists by the AA on 15 April by staging a simultaneous Highway Code give-away for drivers.

I am glad to hear of it as when I heard of the AA’s stunt I found it extremely irritating.

Cycle campaigners were concerned that the AA’s focus upon vulnerable road users risked misrepresenting the sources of road danger. I wonder if the AA would prefer to deflect the blame on to the victims. Could that have been their plan and their policy?

CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director Roger Geffen explained:

‘If the AA wants to improve safety for cyclists it should work with groups like CTC to encourage all road users – including cyclists – to follow the Highway Code. Police data shows that the risks cyclists face come overwhelmingly from dangerous driving. The AA’s gimmick gives the impression that cycle helmets are an essential safety aid, and that cyclists who don’t wear them are to blame if they get hurt – neither of which is true.’

In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, the threat of compulsory helmets has receded for now. Good!