In July we spent some time to talk to Cyclo about the Lightrider product that will be coming to market at the London Bike Show in 2014. With Cyclo always looking to applauds attempts to make cyclists safer and more visible, Cyclo enjoyed learning more about our 'bright' idea.
Here are a few of our favourite snippets:
Cyclo: Tell us about the Lightrider? What makes it unique?
Tudor Davies: Lightrider is the only bike light in the world to illuminate the rider as well as the road ahead. Most cyclists these days are concerned with being seen at night, and yet all they can do about it is shine a light forward, that actually does a good job of making you, the cyclist, disappearing. A hi-vis jacket in the dark is black, it needs a source of light to reflect, so the best solution is to provide your own source.
Cyclo: The idea came from personal experience?
TD: Yes, I was driving home from work one night and waiting at a t-junction to pull out. I was just about to move when a bike flashed in front of me, I nearly hit it. As I carried on my way I was surprised to realise that this cyclist had both lights on, and a hi-vis jacket, but I didn’t see him… Why?
Cyclo: So, a true inventor’s ‘Eureka’ moment?
TD: Indeed, I realised they needed their own source of light, so at that critical moment when another road user is looking out for you they see the form of a cyclist, rather than another small light on the road. I went home that night and wrapped some tin foil round a torch, to create the all-important hood, which protects your night vision. I taped it on my bike facing back towards me and switched it on. My chest was illuminated, but I was completely unaware of the light myself because of the tin foil hood. Eureka!
Cyclo: So other products are already in development?
TD: Oh yes! Our patent covers the whole concept of illuminating the front torso of a rider- so watch this space!