Revolights: A Cool New Standard In Bicycle Safety
On the roads, there has always been the ongoing battle of bike vs car. Truth is, there has to be some common ground and safety is a big concern not only for bicyclists, but for anyone who hits the road. Revolights was created to increase visibility while biking at night. Sure, helmet lights and flashers may serve a bit of light, but that is not enough.
This is where Revolights Eclipse Connected Bike System comes up in a big way. Four rings of LED lights (red in the back and white in the front), are easily mounted in the front and back tires. In addition, the electronic design allows turn signaling capabilites which is controlled by the handle bars, as well as Bluetooth connection allows you to connect to your smartphone and lets you track your daily progress, even weather alerts.
Revolights are a system of white and red LEDs mounted on the bike’s front and rear wheels which light up as the wheels spin. Sensors calculate how fast the wheels are spinning and turn the LEDs on and off to create arcs of light – white at the front and red at the back – which are visible from all angles.
The inventor of the lights, Kent Frankovich, says he didn’t set out to create the arcs. “The original idea was actually to try to make a more efficient headlight by getting the light as close to the ground as possible,” he says. “It wasn’t until I had made the first prototype out of my apartment that I realised the huge added side visibility the motion of the lights created, which if you ride a bike you know is a big deal. Based on that I quickly made a red version for the rear wheel, and Revolights was born.”
With Revolights, safety is the priority but it is achieved in a very effective way. It is by far the most visible and functional bicycle system out now.