The world of bicycle helmets has changed a lot over the past 20 years. Now they are being designed with a range of high-tech, futuristic features you didn't even realize you needed until now. From smart helmets that alert you to approaching cars to helmets that purify the air you breathe, check out these 3 cutting-edge helmets on the market now.
Clean air is in and the MicroClimate Air Mask is ready to deliver. With 4 HEPA filters, a removable neck scarf with drawstrings for a secure fit, and two high-powered fans, you can feel confident that the air you're breathing is safe and pure. The fans help keep the mask fog-free and have up to 8 hours of battery life. The air filters 95% of 0.3-micron particles and keeps the air pressure and velocity low for a more comfortable ride.
Step into the future with the ESUB Tracks Helmet. This high-tech helmet created by the German company, WertelOberfell, uses smart technology to let you know when a car is approaching from behind through vibrations in the helmet. The helmet's surface uses solar energy to keep it powered and is Bluetooth-compatible. It also responds to simple voice commands and includes built-in speakers so you can listen to your favorite tunes in style.
Not a fan of helmet head? Now you don't have to compromise safety for style with the Swedish Hövding 3 Airbag Helmet. This innovative helmet wears like a collar but contains 3 airbags that will inflate in 0.1 seconds if you end up in a crash. The helmet contains electronic sensors that follow your movements up to 200 times per second! According to their research, the Hövding 3 Airbag Helmet was found to be 8 times safer than a regular helmet. It is Bluetooth- compatible and will alert your phone's emergency contacts in the case of an accident.
Helmet technology is stepping up its game and providing innovative solutions to everyday problems. To learn more about the latest cycling gear, check out our blog. To see our current selection of bikes and gear head over to Loco Cycles.
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!