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2016 Interbike Report, Part 2: Bone-Conduction Audio

In last week’s Interbike Report, Part 1: The Trends, I hit on a number of trends we saw at Interbike. Today, I’d like to expand on the technology behind one of those trends. It's also being employed as a stand-alone product. The surge of so-called smart helmets hitting the market has led some manufacturers to leverage technology so that riders can hear audio without inserting earbuds, wearing traditional headphones or acquiring the audio in the traditional way. The tech is called bone-conduction audio.

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New Radar-Based Be-Seen Tech for Cyclists Looks Promising

Never have I received an email about a new cycling product launching on Kickstarter, dropped everything and read the entire Kickstarter product page – then started a 2-day email Q&A with the company CEO. Until last week. That's exactly what I did on news of the launch of Ilumaware's new Shield TL. The Shield TL is a reflector/tail light that uses a car's collision avoidance system (CAS) radar to, in effect, gather and amplify the signal that bounces back to the car – making the bike and rider "bigger" and more easily detected at a greater distance.

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Rear Lights for Daylight Riding

We decided, as a service to all RBR readers, to pull together into a handy reference guide a rundown of the rear daytime running lights the Crew and readers have mentioned using, along with a few others. If you happen to be in the market for a new rear flasher or just want to update what you’ve got, this guide can serve as a starting point for you in your research. As always, we believe that rider safety – and anything we can do to promote it – is just about the most important topic we can cover.

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What Tools & Gear Should I Carry While Riding?

I am often asked coaching- and riding-related questions on rides. A recent one is a fairly common question, but it's an important one to new riders – and one that most experienced roadies find interesting in terms of comparing how they would answer it to how another rider would reply. That question is: “What are the most important tools/gear I should carry with me while on the bike?” This is a great question, because it brings up a couple of "gotchas," or catches to consider. So, let’s get to my list. (You may not agree with everything I include, and may think other items are needed. Feel free to Comment below.)

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When Should I Replace My Helmet?

It's often recommended that a helmet worn frequently should be replaced every 3 years or so. The reason is that the foam degrades due to sun, heat, salty sweat and other environmental factors, added to the usual knocks of regular cycling activity. Read on for more tips related to helmet replacement.

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