A new bike tyre that uses LED technology to create a ring of light and which has been likened to something out of the sci-fi movie Tron promises to provide cyclists with “a unique and unprecedented safety measure.”
The Cyglo, patented in the US and UK, is the brainchild of James Tristram from Merseyside and uses LED lights housed within the tyre tread or wall which, coupled with motion sensors, ensure that a ring of light is formed whenever a bicycle is in motion.
With the internet already abuzz over Walt Disney’s forthcoming sequel to its 1982 cult sci-fi classic Tron, fans of the movie have seized upon the Cyglo’s resemblance to the tyres used on the motorbikes appearing in the movie.
The company says that “manufacturing bicycle tyres with LED lights already built in has significant benefits, not least that pedal cycles become aligned with all road vehicles by having permanent running lights on day and night to maximise visibility regardless of lighting conditions,” and there’s no doubt that they are visually stunning.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.