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Flashing LEDs on the back of the hand add visibility to your signalling

British company Skute Design are releasing a new indicator glove called the Lumin8a.

Plenty of indicator gloves have been released in the past with varying degrees of success. These ones come with a red LED chevron on the back of each hand. When you want to signal, you press the button at the top of the forefinger with your thumb and the lights begin to flash.

The Lumin8a gloves are available in both short and long finger options and they are recharged via a built in USB connector. We’re told that they can be washed just fine, although we’ve not got a pair yet so we’ve not tried it. We do have some on the way for testing.

Here’s a short video of them in action…

The Lumin8a gloves are currently available at £39.99 from the Skute Design website although they’ll be making their way into bike shops soon.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Stu1903 [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Got to laugh at the way they are trying to promote safety with the indicator gloves yet the cyclists in the promotion video are wearing dark colours and don't have front or rear lights in the dark!

Well thought out!

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Mart0023 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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The cuffs look rather short.But a good concept.

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vbvb [522 posts] 3 years ago
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Dreadful car oriented concept. A reflective glove or jacket arm does much better if lack of arm signal visibility is a concern.

I enjoyed watching the video though, marvelling at the bravery of the participating rodeo stunt cyclists. Not a lot of looking over the shoulder going on but then it's hard with one arm fully and permanently outstretched through the entire manoeuvre, I'm supposing.

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Bez [584 posts] 3 years ago
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Yup, agree with vbvb - this is just trying to turn bicycles into cars and is totally counter to all of the progressive stuff that's happening in cycling right now.

Have you ever had a problem with signalling a turn? No. And most gloves have reflective material on them anyway. Why would you spend £40 on these?

And, really, if you're going to make indicators at least make them orange.

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a.jumper [845 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes, those pesky cyclists should look like cars. Coming next - big metal boxes to put around their bikes!