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  • ashirbadami

    If your design weren't so awesome I'd be envious. When I was growing up in India the bikes all had lights as standard parts of the design. It was an old school design wherein a dynamo powered by the rider pedaling would light up the front and back lights. It's quite common on old British and French bicycles, I believe. You're harkening back to that with so much more. If I had a penny for every rider I see riding without a light who makes me worry for their safety I'd be able to supply a lot of riders with free lights. Hope you get enough demand to lower the price ;)

  • Brian Bostwick

    I love the concept behind these lights. At this time the price seems very prohibitive, but I have no doubt that you should be able to bring costs down after the first few production runs. Keep it up!

  • Joshua Decosta

    While I love the look of these lights, I cannot justify paying $120 for lights while not being able to remove the battery to recharge. This charging system would be inconvenient to having a removable light that I can recharge.

  • Liam Henry Bildsten

    Come to Minneapolis! Our bike paths allow me to get most places without getting on a vehicular road. Our park system was designed specifically for bike transportation, which we're very lucky for.

  • noah mabon

    This article is excellent, and hopefully, a legitimate form of bicycle friendly corridors may became available and develop into full fruition throughout he United States, and become a vital part of our infrastructure. Society, as a whole may be influenced by the increase of active bicyclists, but some areas, of course, may develop slower than others, i.e rural areas vs. metropolitan districts. All in all, this is a move in the right direction towards a more intelligent, active, responsible, and sophisticated, population.

    I live in a rural part of Central California, and the bicycle community and or facilities are slowly advancing. At times, it is difficult because there is little to no maintenance/development of bicycle lanes/paths/etc. However, even thought these facilities are, if ever, progressing, I ride anywhere from 10-60 miles a day, as I please. No matter what, I still ride my bicycle, rigorously, and I have even influenced other individuals and their attitudes about their various modes, and needs, of transportation.

    Keep on riding people!

  • FarmerGiles

    Bicycling is one of the only two biofueled technologies that are better than the 18th century by a factor equal to the human population ratio - 7 billion to < one billion. The other is LED flashlights, powered by hand.
    I actually did bike to work, seven miles away, for about 14 years. I had a boss willing to have me come in sweaty, and wash in the men's room. I did fall off twice on wet roads, but keen bicyclists wear rain gear in such conditions. Ski gloves are a good idea in the cold, but snow or ice on the road do make bicycling impossible. At the age of fifty, I could still climb a mile or two of uphill road, and be amused by a lad on the back of a stationary truck who asked "Can you do wheelies?"
    But the reason that I cannot yet recommend this transportation alternative, is that it needs its own complete network of roadway. I have never seen a bicycle path that went from source to destination without crossing a vehicle highway.
    I've been in Montreal, where bicycling is far more popular than in Washington D.C. But I was pained to learn in the short time I spent there, of a bicyclist slain by a truck. I myself abandoned the bicycle alternative when a motorist ran a red light and struck my front wheel. My employer had been providing a subsidy for users of WMATA's Metro train service. It took longer than biking, but was much safer.

  • maureen.neal.79

    I need the help of a bicycle designer/manufacturer. My son experienced a spinal cord injury a couple of years ago and has paralysis in his longer legs and feet. For therapy he rides a FES bike and he is able to walk using canes, walking sticks, AFOs. He wants to have a bicycle that he can ride on the street that can accommodate his 6'4" build and that also can have a back-up battery pack for inclines or long distances when his power is not enough. Thought I'd found a vendor who could manufacture such a bike for us until he found out that he was 6'4". Can anyone direct me? Thanks so much!

    • Alex Edwards

      Maureen, I'm incredibly inspired by your situation and would love to learn more about cycling options for your son. I'm brand new to the concept of a bike like this, this but would love to help research and see a bike made for your son. I would love to help in any way I can. I just looked up FES bikes online after seeing your post, and want to make sure I know what they are. Is this similar to the FES biike your son uses?

      I live in Cleveland and absolutely love to ride my bike too and feel that everyone should be able to ride a bike. I'm wondering if there is a way to modify a recumbent bike.

    • cary.anderson.77

      With more and more people with spinal cord injuries and other injuries (war veterans and such) I see a real need for technology to get to work designing real bicycles for us. I have a spinal cord injury and have a nifty 3 wheel bike, but it is definitely much harder work to ride than the average 2 wheeler, and no great options for breaks and gear changes that are not super expensive to retrofit.

      • maureen.neal.79

        Agreed. I'm guessing that the military would have the technology but getting it to the public is another story and probably not happening anytime soon.

  • graceadams830

    Over the total product life-cycle--bikes must cause much less greenhouse emissions per person mile traveled than private passenger cars, even electric vehicles. So, Fight global warming, rely on a bike for transportation as much as possible. Personally I walk rather than bike, but I get barely enough exercise walking to stay reasonably fit--not really buff, but in decent health.

    • FarmerGiles

      Dear Grace, As a matter of fact that you can easily check, bicycling creates fewer emissions per person-mile than even horse-riding.
      When I rode a bicycle regularly, I reckoned on 15 mph. Walking, I'd like to think I can still do 4 mph as I used to do. If the workplace is seven miles away, which was the median distance some years ago, biking is a practical alternative, walking is not.

    • Adele Peters

      Yes! I can't remember the exact figures, but it doesn't take long to use a bike in place of a car before the bike is carbon neutral. Electric cars can't even come close, because of the impacts of manufacturing.

      • graceadams830

        I fail to walk the walk on this--but my transportation needs are so modest that shoe leather fills the bill just fine.

  • Harryupp

    I agree with "mxbunster" that there is a lot of money being spent on building separated bikepaths that end up being less attractive and useful route alternatives for the commuters and utility bicyclists than the regular streets and roads. I have found that this "safeguarding cyclists through separatiion" makes the environment more dangerous for cyclists when cars and cyclists meet where the street/road is crossed by the cyclepath in a level crossing. The cardrivers think that they have more rights i the traffic then slower cyclists.

    • Adele Peters

      That's a really interesting perspective. I really love separated bike paths—they're one of the things I love about Copenhagen and some other Scandinavian cities. I felt I had a completely different experience biking there than in NYC, where I live now; I really felt completely safe, even though I see your point about the danger of street crossings. One thing that helps make things feel safer, I think, is the sheer volume of bikers in places like Copenhagen; cars have to pay attention.

      • Harryupp

        I thought that cyclists are generally more respected on the roads in Denmark since the cycle lanes in Copenhagen and some other cities there are way better than in Stockholm, Helsinki or Mariehamn (where I live). But on the countryside the motorists tried to "force" you to use the very narrow and lowgrade cycle paths along the roads. It is not a good thing to let the people that travel by car think that only they are entitled to use yhe public roads.
        On the other hand we cyclists have to get better in coexist with the cars in the traffic.

  • mxbunster

    Designers of bike infrastructure and funding officials alike must make a distinction between biking as recreation and biking as a transportation alternative. Municipalities are spending taxpayer millions building meandering path loops within public parks, and too little safeguarding the bicycle's equal vehicular rights within the city. Denmark is building dedicated bike superhighways - see article at:

  • escoles

    You want to make biking more ubiquitous?

    Make it simpler.

    What I'm seeing here is a US-centric approach, characterized by gadgetry and high-performance setup. When clever new designs are introduced here in the US, they're typically loaded down with features to drive up the unit cost, and over-designed to make them look sexy. What we need are simple, inexpensive, good-quality (not super-quality, not best-quality, just good is good enough) bikes.

    we ain't gettin' 'em.

    while you're at it, you could convince someone to built a genuinely affordable electric bike. $3K a pop (a typical price) is a cruel, pathetic joke.

    What's wrong with bike culture in America is the complexity, and that's purely a result of bike culture in America being a marketing-driven phenomenon. Get marketing out of it. Fire all the marketing people involved in bike design and manufacturing. In fact, just fire all the designers. What they're making is not helping.

    • paulebert

      I've recently started bike commuting. It seems to me that the bike industry is actually very diverse and does a fairly good job of marketing to many different segments. These include serious racers, mountain bikers, commuters, urban bikers and recreational bikers. A workable commuter bike can be purchased for $350. Here's a good example:

      I don't know much about electric bikes, but my guess is that the costs are high due to a small market (a catch-22) and the price of battery technology. I suspect that it is very hard to get sufficient power and keep the weight reasonable.

    • angiekoponen

      "What we need are simple, inexpensive, good-quality (not super-quality, not best-quality, just good is good enough) bikes."

      I'd just like a simple bike with a seat that doesn't make my legs go numb while riding, that doesn't strain my bad knee, and has automatic gears (I hate shifting). Bikes are just too complicated and are very uncomfortable.

      • FarmerGiles

        The Washington Area Bicycling Association once had an article about lightweight bicycles. A 40 lb. bike is rather a brute. For not too much money (at that time) you could buy one weighing 30 lb, or even 25. But at some point, they advised that it was probably easier and certainly less expensive for the bicyclist himself (or herself, presumably) to lose five lbs than to pay the manufacturer to build the bike lighter.

      • paulebert

        Right now, the biggest things in bikes are "fixies" - single gear bikes and "comfort" bikes (aka "recreational" bikes). Most big brands have several of both categories.

        Now, a fixie, while very simple will probably not work for you with your bad knee. The closest you can probably get is a bike with the Nuvinci N360 which is continuously variable. You still have to change it manually, but you turn the grip and it's continuous as opposed to discrete gears. Not cheap, though.

  • Ian Ngo

    The only thing that will get me to bike to work again is the presence of a grid of bike-only streets near my home and workplace.

    I biked to work for years and a had a few close calls with cars as well as a couple of wipeouts on wet or icy ground. Random chance is the only reason those spills disn't end with me being run over by a passing car.

    During that time a colleague died in a bike/car crash, a friend suffered a disabling head injury, and several friends and acquaintances went to the emergency room with the lacerations, concussions, and broken bones and teeth that are 'just part of life' when you're a daily bike commuter.

    Oddly, I don't recall any of my car commuter friends dying or sustaining serious injury in a commuting accident. I forget how to do an ANOVA, but I'd bet my life savings the safety differences between bike and car users were significant to an extreme degree.

    "Bicycle lanes" and "bicycle boulevards" are ridiculous. They lull riders into a false sense of safety.

    In the past few years I've seen a marked increase in dumb decisions by younger riders. [thus begins my sad descent into the 'grumpy old person' phase of life...] The most tragically hip among them come to the city from hermetically sealed suburban bubbles of safety and joy riding brakeless, fixed gear bikes, sans helmet, earbuds inserted, dressed in matte black, and without bright blinker lights or even reflectors. The prospects of wiping out at the bottom of a wet or icy incline or being clipped by a passing truck that is itself trying to avoid an accident with a larger truck, or being run over from behind by a car to whom they are functionally invisible at night doesn't seem within their conscious sphere of personal possibility. Perhaps strict enforcement of safety laws is needed. Just as a car without taillights or brakes is ticketed, so should a bike be.

    If I could do so so effectively and without the sense that I'm being self-righeous or judgmental, just convivially concerned, I'd love it if I could help them understand the long term consequences on a community level of sharing the road with half-ton-plus motorized vehicles. Unfortunately, I'm too emotionally attached to memories of the carnage to do so.

    We need cities with car-free bike paths. This could be done by creating a grid of bike/pedestrian-only streets every several blocks or so. These streets could cross the motor traffic streets via long rolling arch bridges. The increase in property values on the car-free streets (who wouldn't want to raise their kids on one?) with its attendant increase in tax revenues could fund the projects.

    Why can't we do this? Why not at least somewhere??

    • FarmerGiles

      I most heartily agree! If gasoline were taxed at the rate of its cost in wars, pollution, and global warming, automobiles might be too hideously expensive an alternative to saner transportation. And I do not mean electric cars.

    • paulebert

      You raise some excellent points. My current commute involves very little interaction with cars. I don't know if I'd be doing it if it were otherwise.

      I was watching a documentary the other day and it showed a scene in China where they had completely separate bike paths. I thought to myself "I WANT THAT!!!!!".

    • katengh

      I hate to say that I am in the same boat with you, but even literally on my first day of riding my bike to work, a UPS truck pulled into the bike lane as I was riding past and was within mere inches of hitting me before my screaming jolted him to a stop. Holy. crud.

      I've had similar scary situations though as a driver trying to avoid bicycles. Just lsat weekend, I was pulling into a spot on the driver's side on a one-way street, when a cyclist going the wrong way down the street nearly slammed into me. I'm paralleling in, looking behind me to make sure that I don't hit the car I'm backing into, and when I turn my head, there's this cyclist coming straight towards my car.

      In Denmark, they actually make bicycle riding and safety a part of school lessons, so kids actually grow up knowing the rules and how to ride defensively. I'd love to see how something like that could actually help influence a wider swath of young people sharing the road on their bikes in the future.

  • Keith Mulvin

    Good for you guys! This is the type of movement I am all about! ...yes, pun intended.

  • Jeff Nelder

    Love seeing design evolutions and the design approach applied to cycling. Really great work looking at what and how things can be improved. Looking forward to seeing the 'lots more on the way'!

  • EVsRoll

    Now this is indeed Good News!

  • Scott Truett

    Went to Washington to lobby on behalf of bicycles back in 2009 as part of National Bicycle Summit, warm reception by LaHood and our representatives. Nation is headed that way and hope to hear more good news like this.

    • FarmerGiles

      I'm sorry, Scott, but that's not my impression. Cycling seems to me still to be regarded as a "lifestyle" thing, like vegetarianism, "organic" food, and what we used to call "free love".

      • Scott Truett

        Sorry for what? For your "impression" or my comment??? Our nation is headed that way, all the data back it up. Maybe not every town, but many areas of this country are investing in the infrastructure and that is getting more people riding. It is not a debatable statement. It is fact.

  • Chris

    The biggest obstacle is just getting people to try biking a few times, especially on those short trips. Your trip doesn't have to be a cycling odyssey- when integrated with public transit, getting to where you need to go is a breeze. I bike when I can, and use a combination of cycling/Caltrain if I'm feeling 'lazy' or if it's raining and I don't want to get too wet.

  • Penny Thelab

    As someone who often commutes by bike, I welcome this development. But it still won't overcome the following major hurdles to widespread bike commuting.

    1) Hills. People just don't like them. Biking up them is hard work.
    2) Sweat. Most commuters don't want to arrive at work sweaty, don't have a place to shower or even change into dry clothes. This is especially true for women.
    3) Flats. A bike gets a flat tire far more often than a car breaks down. Few people want to change a tire on their way to work.
    4) Rain. Riding a bike in the rain is not only unpleasant, but also dangerous. Bicycles may be an occasional commuting method for some, but it can never be somebody's sole option because it doesn't account for what to do on rainy days.

    • FarmerGiles

      The worst date in Washington DC for punctures was July 5th. Just enough carelessness with glass bottles by patriotic folk in town to watch the fireworks.

  • Adele Peters

    I can't wait to get your light. I wholeheartedly agree that it's the little inconveniences that keep people from biking more often. Next on my wishlist is a helmet that isn't a pain to carry around (unfortunately, I can't afford the invisible bike helmet from the Swedish designers...)