Gear-Designed

Photograph by Jonathon Kambouris

Biking is fun, but is dangerous at the same time. In U.S alone in 2012, around 49,000 cyclists were injured in traffic accidents, and cyclist deaths from automobile crashes rose 16% between 2010 and 2012. But this thing is gonna change now. Thanks to the new road gear, riders will be able to avoid injuries and crashes completely.

1. Helios Handlebar

Helios has invented handlebars—that are available in bullhorn, drop, and flat—with an integrated 500-lumen LED headlight and a pair of taillights. The latter also functions as blinkers, which lets a rider indicate a lane change or a turn without taking a hand off the bars. With the help of Bluetooth Smart, the bars can attach to a smartphone, & rider-facing lights will pulse with turn-by-turn directions to keep eyes on the road, not a GPS device. The glow won’t get dimmer even during long night hauls, because the system’s USB-rechargeable batteries run for at least 15 hours with lights on high.

2. Scott RC Protec

A standard Lycra riding suit is no doubt sleek and lightweight, but it shreds in a crash–along with your flesh. Scott teamed with Swiss textile maker Schoeller to develop high-strength, break-resistant carbon yarn. The material is woven into cycling jerseys and bibs at places where chances of tear are high—like shoulders and hips—and later coated with ceramic. Although the fabric feels like Lycra, the ceramic coating allows it to slide across pavement, not stick to it, and the carbon doesn’t let the fabric to tear. We have nicknamed it the road-rash killer.

3. Giro Synthe MIPS

Giro blended aerodynamics with advanced safety technology in its recently developed helmet–and it’s still amply light for the racing pros. The side air vents were covered with perforated plastic to get rid of drag and to force wind to stream past while maintaining ventilation. Right in the middle of the shell and the foam liner sits the MIPS (multi­directional impact protection system) low-friction layer. If a crash occurs the layer can slide on the head independently from the helmet’s shell, which eases rotational forces on the brain brought on by angled impacts.