LED tyres coming soon to add a touch of Tron to your ride (+ video)

Cyglo tyres form UK company draw comparisons with sci-fi classic

by Simon_MacMichael   August 9, 2010  

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 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.

There’s no word yet on when the tyres will be available or how much they will cost, but you can register for email updates on the company website or follow the company on Twitter for the latest news.

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posted by David French [49 posts]
9th August 2010 - 20:31

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posted by horizontal dropout [148 posts]
10th August 2010 - 0:17

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You can already get cheap LED valve caps which create a ring of light when the wheel rotates, and for that reason, I'm out.

posted by wild man [279 posts]
10th August 2010 - 11:59

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Pimp my ride...

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posted by andylul [412 posts]
10th August 2010 - 12:25

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Very cool. I'm going to get some for the winter commute.

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posted by Mark Clarke [20 posts]
10th August 2010 - 15:44

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where can you get led valve caps from Confused

posted by millook [10 posts]
10th August 2010 - 16:03

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posted by ninjaslim [8 posts]
10th August 2010 - 19:00

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Bright idea. Cool

Just when I thought Tron bikes couldn't get any better.

But I hope they don't take as long as T2 did to make.


posted by Viro Indovina [76 posts]
10th August 2010 - 21:51

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Pancho, you can sometimes find LED valve caps in POUNDLAND!


posted by rogie40 [27 posts]
11th August 2010 - 10:13

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rogie40 wrote:
Pancho, you can sometimes find LED valve caps in POUNDLAND!

I got a pair as a free gift with a cycling mag once. Stuck them on my old commute bike but once the batteries went, so did the LED caps...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7979 posts]
11th August 2010 - 10:27

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