Lumos Helmets launches updated LED helmet

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Lumos Helmets will be the first Smart Bike Helmet sold in Apple Stores. The helmet update will make it so users can download an app to their Apple Watch and use hand signals that correspond with smart gesture recognition algorithms that then communicate to the helmet.

The Lumos phone app will also integrate with Strava and Apple Health. The helmet will be available in 300 Apple Stores across the United States and Europe.

“I am tremendously excited about this new feature and how it will further enhance cycling safety,” said Eu-wen Ding, Lumos Helmet’s CEO.“ As a design-centered company, we’re thrilled to be able to launch this with Apple. Having got our start as an idea on Kickstarter, this is a huge moment for us!”

Take a look at our review of the 2017 Lumos Helmet here.

What do you think about smart technology integrated into cycling products? Let’s discuss in the comment below.

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Tern’s Roji Line of Non-Folding Bikes Goes Global

Urban transportation specialist Tern announced the distribution of their Roji bike collection—traditional diamond frames with 650c, 700c and 451 wheels—to markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Following global demand for the Japan-only product line, select models of the new family of Tern bikes will be available starting Spring 2017 in cities including New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei and Buenos Aires.

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“At Tern, we’re committed to building one of the world’s leading urban cycling brands,” said Joshua Hon, Founder and Team Captain of Tern. “As we develop more product offerings in folding, electric and cargo, it’s a natural progression to bring our design philosophy to classic city bikes as well. The Roji collection has been a runaway success in Japan, and we can’t wait to bring it to the rest of the world.”

The 2017 Roji lineup builds on last year’s 650c and 700c offerings with two new 451 mini velos, the Tern Crest, and the hydroformed Tern Surge. Mini velos, a hybrid design combining traditional road frames and compact wheels, have seen an explosion of popularity across Asia’s megacities, where space is at a premium. The Surge delivers the benefits of 451 wheels, including punchy acceleration and portability, with the rigidity and light weight of a hydro-formed diamond frame. “Our new Surge and Crest bikes are optimized for urban riding,” continued Hon. “What makes them great for Tokyo—size, performance, maneuverability and style—makes them perfect for Paris too.”

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Together with the international launch of Roji, Tern is piloting a new project for 2017—small batch productions of limited Roji designs, sporting radical styling and specs. The Surge LTD, the flagship of the new project, features tri-spoke carbon fiber wheels, custom drop bars, and a global production run of only 50 units. “Every time we post a teaser of the Surge LTD to our Facebook or Instagram accounts, it breaks the internet,” laughed Hon. “The showpiece tri-spoke wheels are a bit of a flourish, but they shave grams off the stock model, and offer a significant improvement in overall aerodynamics. They look pretty good too.”

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Nutcase launches Tracer helmet for town-to-trail cyclists

The Tracer is the newest adult helmet from Nutcase Inc., the Portland-based brand known for colorful helmets designed for the urban cycling revolution.

A lightweight, in-mold helmet that provides full-coverage, the Tracer offers innovative features as well as high-energy colors and reflectivity that make this helmet visible even at high speeds and at night.

Channel venting allows air to flow when riders need it and the CoolControlTM on-the-fly vent closure mechanism blocks the air on chilly mornings or rainy days when they do not. Meghan Sinnott, brand manager for Nutcase, says this feature is “the most universally appreciated thing about this helmet.” They’ve gotten great feedback from commuters who like to wear it because their commute is chilly in the morning but warms up in the evening. “With this helmet, they don’t have to bring a cycling cap to keep warm.”

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The removable cloth visor shields riders’ eyes from sun and rain, while the adjustable retention system, multiple pad sets (3mm, 6mm, 9mm), and magnetic buckle all provide a customized fit.

“It’s going to be my next helmet because it fits better than any Nutcase helmet has ever fit me!” says Sinnott. “It’s not as round as our Street helmet and not as narrow as our Metroride.  It’s also incredibly light.”

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The collection comes in six colorways: Aurora Green, Eclipse Black, Glacier Blue, Ember Red, Spark Yellow, and Shadow Grey.

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The Tracer is now available on www.nutcasehelmets.com and in retailers nationwide. It is offered in sizes S/M (52-56cm) and M/L (56-59cm). MSRP $89.95

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