helmet has built in, earbud-free bone conduction
audio that still allows you to hear traffic noise around you. It comes with a keypad that you mount to your stem, so you can take calls hands-free from your phone using the
bluetooth connectivity. LED lights ensure visibility, and using the Coros app (available on Android or iOS) you can save and share ride data, and follow routes using voice commands. All in all, this is certainly more than just any old lid.
Smart helmets, and now smart handlebars too. The Winkbar from Velco
has a built-in tracker
to prevent theft and can also navigate you using LED lights. The patented 'Winknav' system signals to tell you which direction to go, and the lights themselves are 224
lumens which can be activated automatically or manually via the Winkbar app. The anti-theft bike tracker uses GPS
and GLONASS, allowing you to check on your steed from anywhere in the world.
This hexagonal device is a personal coach that uses artificial
intelligence to help you train smarter. You wear it on your thigh, and it can give real-time feedback on a number of key metrics to your smart phone, watch or GPS
head unit. It charges wirelessly and has a 12 hour battery life, and Humon
spent a year analysing results of guinea
pig athletes across the US who tested
beta versions. The finished article has now arrived, and is
available to pre-order
now for $295 with the units shipping from February 28th.
This tracking device is super compact and has a battery life of up to 8 months, so could easily be slipped into a saddle bag and forgotten about unless you need to call it into action. Using GPS
and WiFi networks you can easily track the device from your phone, and a three year subscription to the Roadie network is included in the $84 price.
Prime video-recording eyewear
These smart shades smashed their Indigogo funding target at the end of last year, raising
a massive 362% of the initial amount needed. They're claimed to be the first eyewear to offer 360° video , with four
cameras recording your every move so you can make videos from your sunnies. They're made out of
a lightweight but durable polycarbonate frame, offer 60 minutes of recording time, have built-in WiFi and are
water resistant to design IP64.
French crowd-funded innovation makes up for its pretty intimidating appearance by being specifically designed for two-wheeled riders, claiming to filter out all harmful particles present in urban air. The filtration system actually offers more protection than the highest
European standard, and also comes in an array of eye-catching
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.