Foldable Helmet Designed for Urban Bikers
By Alice Truong Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:36 AM ET
Some people view the helmet as such a burden that they’ll bike without one. It might be a bit of a hassle to carry around an additional piece of gear, especially one that doesn’t fit easily in a bag, but the Overade foldable bike helmet attempts to fix that.
Designed by Patrick Jouffret of French design studio Agency 360 and engineer Philippe Arrouart, the Overade helmet offers the same protection as a normal bicycle helmet while folding to a compact, transportable size — small enough to fit purses and backpacks. Jouffret and Arrouart are hoping the design will increase the number of urban bicyclists donning helmets.
The Overade was prototyped in 2010 and expected to enter commercial production in 2012.
Bottle Lock is Easy to Use, Convenient and Smart
By Alice Truong .Thu Nov 3, 2011 07:00 AM ET
Keep bike thieves at bay with the Küat Bottle Lock.
The bottle lock is a five-foot-long, 7.5-millimeter-thick cable that conveniently coils up into a bottle. It’s long enough to lock the frame and both wheels, but it’s not nearly as secure as a U-lock by any means. What it does offer is extremely smart design. Just look at how the lock works with all elements of the bike.
The cable within the bottle is retractable and attaches to a slot near the bottle’s cap. Push the end of the cable in all the way, and you’ll hear a click. To unlock, insert one of the two provided keys into the very top of the bottle and the cable should come free. It doesn’t self-wind, but you can turn the top of the bottle to coil the cable up again.
A compartment at the bottom can hold small items, such as keys. Just don’t forget to bring valuables when you lock up that bike.
The Küat Bottle Lock fits in standard bottle holders on bikes and is available in black, white and pink for $34. I’m willing to trade in my U-lock/cable lock combo for something as easy to use as this.