Kickstarter funded, Torch Apparel, have shipped out the first batch of LED lit T1 helmets after a long period of product testing, production delays and other unexpected tangles of red tape. As they explain in this recent blog post, the initial shipment is smaller than hoped for and a further delay from the factory will have the next shipment going out in late March…but at least they are on the way!
The T1 helmets are set apart from most other models by their rear and front facing LED lighting capabilities, which can be activated independently by the user. They also house 8 vents, a dual-adjust fit system and can be recharged via USB.
I have contributed to only a couple Kickstarters and although I didn’t purchase a T1 helmet, I did throw in for the corresponding LED lit FLUX backpack, which I have word from Torch will be available sometime this Spring.
The Switch Aero System is a highly customizable set of bar ends and dual-position seatpost for cyclists who want a more aggressive Triathlon racing form without having to purchase an entirely new bike. For urban cyclists or light touring cyclists I could see the seatpost mechanism as an added benefit, offering an on-the-fly change in positioning for either aggressive riding or comfort. The Kickstarter has already met its funding goal, but you can still get in on some “early bird” funding for the first seat posts to be released.
Casey Neistat’s latest video takes a more folk-science approach to evaluating the benefit of the new Citi Bike sharing program in New York. Normally, this wouldn’t even be an issue to concern oneself with, but with so many media blowhards still doing their best to smear the program and the illuminati, errr I mean, the all-powerful bike lobby, we might as well have a little fun with it. Spoiler alert, Citi Bike is not a pain in the ass.
Following up on our video post of the Tour of Rwanda video from last week, Belgian photojournalist, Colin Delfosse, has gathered images from the race for his own portfolio. Delfosse takes the wider perspective, snapping shots of the action, but focusing more on the culture surrounding the race. His images concentrate on the landscape, spectators and overall juxtaposition of earthy African culture against the flash of professional, competitive cycling.
The full series of images can be found here.
The title for this video is somewhat misleading. This isn’t so much a flying bike as it is a quadcopter that uses a bike for the cockpit, which is a bummer because it got my hopes up. Instead, we’ll just have to rely on this version that although doesn’t ever get airborne, still has serious flying potential. We’ll catch up with the Jetsons soon enough.