Before iPhone hit the market, people would laugh at products that combined different features like a Swiss army knife. An item which combines the telephone, camera, watch and calendar just wouldn’t sell, but then it all made sense when the iPhone came.
People who ride bikes may feel the same way about the latest bike design. This bike is engineered to reduce your mass and improve road safety. Behold, the glow-in-the-dark bike is cycling to your way.
To keep riders safe from “four-wheeling lunatics in cars” by being visible, they are stuck with using red lights from rear, white lights in the front, halogen beams, reflectors, helmets, and ankle bands. The glow-in-the-dark bikes’ bodies are highly reflectorized. They are capable of picking up and throwing back even the most minor nighttime lights.
The importance of improving bike safety is never more clear these days because as the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reported last year, the number of bicycle fatalities is rising at a very alarming rate. Aside from that, 48,000 American cyclists were injured in collisions, and 30% of these accidents happened between four and eight in the evening.
The statistics clearly states that visibility is the real issue, and you need not be a product engineer to guess that.
Companies like Pure Fix Cycles, AeroFiz Cycles, and Mission Bicycle Company is keeping up with spirit of all glowing things for sale (e.g., as glow-in-the-dark tattoos, condoms, contact lenses, etc.) and went to work to build bikes that can glow bright even if there is less to no light in the dark.
Mission’s Lumen bikes aren’t technically glow-in-the-dark, but they are highly reflectorized that they can pick up minor ambient nighttime light and throw it back. The Lumen cost about $766 and $1,849. It’s a bit pricey, but of course, you wouldn’t be cheap if your safety depends on it.
Pure Fix, on the other hand, offers their Zulu bike at $399 only. It’s a pure glow-in-the-dark bike. The fixed-gear bike needs to an hour of sun to glow during nighttime sojourns.
Meanwhile, AeroFix has a $50 cheaper glow-in-the-dark bikes that are quite similar to Pure Fix.
Aside from being a safety bike, these glow-in-the-dark rides are fun. Before everyone else has one of these exotic bikes, you’ll become a novelty during your nightly rides.
“I don’t have a driver’s license for a reason,” said New York City resident and bike messenger Gary Baldwin. “Because I can get everywhere without a car here. But being able to get there in one piece is the issue. Glowing like a Christmas tree? Would probably make it more likely that my bike is stolen. But that’s a lot better than dying.”
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