On video - the vest that displays your speed!

the vest that displays your speed!

by roadcc_admin   September 16, 2008  

Speedvest in action

It's not very often we get excited about a vest, well, never. Until now. The Speedvest is a s a reflective vest… that diplays your riding speed on your back, like a giant speedo, as you ride along. Check the video below. Cool or what?

Developed in the US by Brady Clark and Mykle Hansen, the vest works in a not dissimilar way to a wireless computer: a sensor on the wheel sends a signal to a micro-processor in the vest which then display the appropriate numerals. The vest's top speed is 70mph. SpeedVest inventor, Brady Clark, says he came up with the idea while out on his bike. "Riding my bike down a steep hill one day and 'taking the lane' (riding in the middle of the traffic lane) so that no cars could pass me too closely, I thought- 'Some people must really be pissed at me- I wonder if they knew I was going 25+ mph they’d think the same.' "The idea grew beyond that incident into thinking about having my speed being visible at all times to motorists and wondering if it might encourage them to try biking if they can see that most any person on a bike can average 10+ mph - faster than a lot of the average speeds through cities (taking into account congestion and that cars can’t make use of the road shoulders to get ahead)." The SpeedVest is currently used to teach people about road safety in the pair's home towns of Minneapolis and Portland, but according to Mykle, there has been plenty of enquiries both from the cycling industry and other quarters too. " Interestingly, we’ve been contacted by runners who want to wear the vest in races. How we do the speedometer for that, I don’t yet know, but it’s great that people see this invention and come up with uses we couldn’t have predicted. Motorcyclists have also expressed interest, and I for one would love to see Speed Vests in races." So would we Mykle, so would we!

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pretty cool. is it visible during the daytime?

posted by funnytanlines [4 posts]
17th September 2008 - 3:44

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Top quality bit of design, I've just done the Duncan Bannatyne test (in my head) and this would probably even get the thumbs up on Dragons Den....I can't wait for a second generation model with brake lights and indicators.

....if that actually comes out I'm suing their asses!

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posted by Oli Pendrey [107 posts]
17th September 2008 - 12:46

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I think so, I'll drop them an email and ask

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
17th September 2008 - 19:13

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Heard back from Brad at SpeedVest and he says day time visibility is what they are working on next…

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
18th September 2008 - 11:49

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