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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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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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