For all the advances in chic bike gear, little has been done about the garish orange reflective vest. Until now. Enter Dargelos, a Brooklyn-based company that makes fashionable garb for cyclists. One of their cutest products: the Velo Nuit Tee, a shirt with Nouvelle Vague-inspired bike illustrations printed with reflective ink, so that you stay visible to cars at night. (Of course, you should really combine it with some flashing lights and extra reflective gear just to be super safe.) Pump it with a cute pony tail, and off you go!
At the risk of seeming totally un-hipster (which, would make me more hipster? Like, whatever…), I don’t ride a bike. I would like to, but I am terrified. And riding around in the dark? Forget it. This new invention by Leah Buechley, however, gives me hope and calms my fears. A sweatshirt outfitted with flashing LED lights on the back (connected to sensors at the edges of the sleeves) allow you to select a left or right turn signal. Pressing both at the same time creates an overall glow to show your presence to drivers.
While not available for purchase yet, DesignBoom tells you how to make one yourself (which seems remarkably uncomplicated). Plus, we’re pretty sure that you bicycle-minded folks are already pretty handy with repairs and such. [Design Boom] Keep reading »